PAREMUUS BOY - Not going to hard but at double figures I’ll be having something on Paremuus Boy for a big end to the day. There was a tip around for him when resuming at Warrnambool over the carnival that he’d gone well in a private trial. He did nothing but that fits in with his usual pattern of needing his first-up run. He quickly improved second-up when out to this trip at Geelong where he hit the front and only went down late behind the in-form Silentz. Ready to peak and drawn to race midfield or better form the good gate, he’ll run it strong and be hard to hold out. Haripour, the import is one of the big query runners on the day. He could have bolted in a recent jumpout if they let him stride. Play these two on top in a wide trifecta.
CANYONERO - A set of blinkers for the first time and back to maiden company should see the Mark Newnham-trained Canyonero record his first career win in the Unconquered Sprint (1100m). Placed in the Inglis Nursery on debut last December before having genuine excuses in his remaining first preparation when a beaten favourite in a Saturday grade two-year-old handicap won by Futooh, Canyonero resumed with a 1-1/2 length third behind Ronstar and River Bird at Rosehill doing his best work over the latter stages. Canyonero has always raced like a horse that will benefit from wearing the shades and it would be no surprise to see Josh Parr be a touch more aggressive on the son of Pierro and either lead or settle outside the leader in the run. If that’s the case it’s time to get in the queue.
RENEGED - The stars are in alignment for the John Thompson-trained Reneged who will tackle the Half Yearly Membership Handicap (1550m) having his third run this time in. To say Reneged hasn’t had much luck in his two runs this time in when unplaced would be somewhat of an under-statement, the five-year-old didn’t see daylight at Warwick Farm resuming before never being closer than four from the fence at Randwick last start in the race won by Fierce Impact. Reneged is a gelding that tends to hit his peak third-up in a preparation with his record reading two from three at the same stage of a preparation and with Stewards posting a heavy (8) surface it is worth noting the son of Mossman is unbeaten in two runs on heavy ground. With a proven form pattern, conditions to suit and a distance range where each of his four career wins have come, Reneged only needs even luck in running to be right in the finish on Monday.
BEAT THE BEAST - Beat the Beast is resuming after a bleeding attack, a change of stables and a change of ownership. His two runs prior to bleeding were sound placing in strong maidens at Doomben and Sunshine Coast. Now with Natalie McCall, he has been readied for this fist-up assignment by a good trial and on revealed form this is not a particularly strong Maiden. Michael Hellyer takes the ride and if Beat The Beast is fully recovered from what was a very bad bleeding attack he should be too good. His name “Beat The Beast” is a slogan for MND (Motor Neurone Disease) research and with the Big Freeze on at the MCG on Monday he is the omen tip.
MEWSTONE ROCK - I tipped Mewstone Rock and she disappointed last start on a very heavy track though the tempo may not have suited and she was making ground late. She takes on similar company here and with the ground likely to be soft rather than heavy Mewstone Rock may find conditions more to her liking. A well-bred mare by Fastnet Rock out of an Australasian Oaks runner-up Star Of Gretchen she had been a consistent performer prior to her last start failure and with Michael Hellyer riding again I will trust him to have Mewstone Rock settled at the back of the speed early and run over the top of them in the straight.