WIDGEE TURF - Patrick Payne set this horse a task last start when he took him to Randwick. That was his first race start anti-clockwise, he drew 12 of 13, carried 60kg and was dropping back from 1600m to 1100m in the space of three weeks. He made up good ground late to be beaten 2-1/2 lengths. He’s had a freshen up of three weeks since that run and gets back to the Victorian way of going. Three runs back he won the Victoria Handicap at Caulfield when he ran home 33.22 seconds the last 600m after drawing 16 of 16. His Moonee Valley form reads (4:2-1-0), soft (1:1-0-0), heavy (1:1-0-0) and with Inn Keeper, Ashlor and Saracino going forward a good pace looks assured. Rain is predicted for Melbourne on Friday and Saturday, and he is bred to be a swimmer, being by Turffontein out of a Kala Dancer mare.
SELF SENSE - This horse has a new zest for racing since he’s been over the hurdles. He won a Maiden Hurdle at Pakenham in April then defeated Kiwia at Caulfield over 2000m, Kiwia placed in the Brisbane Cup last week. At his next start he made up many lengths in the Wagga Cup to run second to Life Less Ordinary. At his last start he won the Australian Hurdle at Sandown Lakeside, dominant the last 200m. Over many years those jumpers have won plenty of flat races at this time of the year. He’s fit, loves the soft and or heavy and Luke Nolen has a (1:1-0-0) record on him. I have been on Pilote D’essai his last two, my spies tell me he’s fitter now and he ran early sectionals last start that were much quicker than the average, he’s a $26 chance, save on him.
LAGERFELD - This never got a look in last start here when he jumped well and had the rail behind the leaders. The stewards’ report explains it all ‘held up around the home turn (200m) and for the majority of the straight and went to the line not fully tested’. That followed a solid effort with 59kg winning at Mildura when he was wide the trip, at least four wide early then seven wide on corner. The time that day was respectable only 1.4 seconds outside the track record and comparable to Saxophone’s time in a 1000m race prior. Saxophone ran super at Flemington last week. He has a horror barrier (16) but that may be a blessing after nine races.
KINGS BROOK - I don’t think the $4 about Kings Brook will last much longer. She did enough on debut when only balancing up late over the short 1000m before taking a good step at her next run at Ballarat. She rose to this trip, joined in quickly from midfield on the turn and put them away in good style going through the line in cruise mode. Only 1.5kg over the limit in a race that is all but a maiden apart from Royal Duty and still open to good improvement, she’s going to get the same soft run to be incredibly hard to hold out. Wide open for exotics but always respect the Stokes stable when they bring one over so Symphonette goes in quinellas.
LINGUIST - This race sets up perfect for Linguist as it looks to be run at an even speed at best. She’s a mare that always takes a bit of racing, she’s never won first or second-up but once she’s fit and out to this sort of trip she’s super consistent, winning four of seven starts. She was a strong winner last start against the boys at Geelong from off the pace and she’s twice won when leading including a dominant win at Flemington during the last spring carnival. From the two gate she’ll either take up the running or if Single Note kicks up hard she’ll be just as comfortable taking a sit to not press the speed. She’ll go before the turn and could be off and gone. Another Bullseye had an excuse last start. She’ll get a much softer run here and her best would see her the obvious danger.