REELEM IN RUBY - Sticking with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained/Triple Crown combo that delivered for me last week at Canterbury with Misteed. Here’s another two-year-old filly set to resume kick off on the back of some smart barrier trials. I do think this has some handy types in the race, but to my eye none more so that Reelem In Ruby. The daughter of Pierro has had a good grounding for her first start, trialling back in October for the first time, she then had another two trials on February before her current preparation and this time through, another two trials. In all five of her public appearances, she’s impressed, going to the line strongly. Most of these are unknown on wet ground so I’m happy to back my judgement that this filly has her share of class and will take beating.
NICK ON THE RUN - This Paul Perry-trained galloper has been a consistent performer on the country and provincial circuit for much of his career and I think he’s represents good value on Wednesday. Lands in a race where none of these have any stronger form this prep and he was luckless last time out at Warwick Farm. He was impressive winning his first two runs of the prep before having 46 days until the Warwick Farm run when held up for much of the straight. He wasn’t going to win, but when clear late he picked up under his 60kg and worked to the line running a quick last 200m of the race, 11.75 seconds which was only bettered by the winner Soothing. He’s proven on wet tracks, gets in well after the 2kg claim and gives the impression he wants the 1200m now. Shouldn’t be these odds in this race.
BALANSA - He’s a handy staying prospect this gelding. They were riding him back in the field early in his career and he would fight the riders for much of the way then still run on. Three runs back when up to the mile, he was again producing his antics when Mathew Cahill allowed him to stride out three wide from the middle stages. He rolled forward and kept going, scoring an easy win. They took him to the front again at Wagga, his manners were better, and again there was no stopping him. Last start at Canberra, they tried to sit off the lead and bad Balansa was back, beaten but far from disgraced. The scenario here is simple – let him run. He’s a big strong horse by Helenus and I’m confident 2100m won’t see him out. This is well within his reach if they ride him right.
ABINGER - At the $6 available early Abinger looks a solid gamble and you can play each-way if you want a safe bet. She is still in her first prep, but she’s just kept on improving as she’s got more racing under her belt and her last run in a strong Saturday metro Benchmark 78 here on the Lakeside track was easily good enough coming back to this level. She’ll get back off the speed but hopefully not too far back with just the 10 runners and with a good solid speed up front she should prove extremely hard to hold out. Za Za Gabor is the obvious query in the race. The forms hard to line up but she was unlucky not to win a Listed race last start in NZ.
SUMMER GLEN - I think the early $7 is a huge price Summer Glen and again you can play each-way if that’s how you prefer to bet. She’s been racing in super form all prep with the only unplaced run coming second-up when trapped off the track when poorly weighted on VOBIS Gold day behind French Emotion. She’s raced well out to 2000m so she’ll be strong over the mile and she only went down on the line last start when hitting the front a long way out up the long Bendigo straight. Drawn directly inside Mr Wonderful that’s likely to take up the running, if she can tag across and has a touch of luck slotting in just off the pace, she’ll be the one to run down. The import Al Galayel is a big betting watch and at odds for trifecta’s I’d be including Fontein Lad and Stormy Shore.