A few to follow – Saturday July 1

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The Love The Punt team have scrolled through all the footage from Caulfield, Rosehill, Sunshine Coast, Morphettville and Belmont to find you a few coming winners.

Caulfield Race 8 Portman
This bloke has always shown plenty of ability, but now that his focus is racing, he looks to be ready to take the next step. Sat midfield in this race and to my eye looked to have a little flat spot at the top the straight before he really started to get through his gears late, his last 200m was the best of his race. He’ll be fitter next time out and I can see him stepping straight to the 1400m and winning.

Caulfield Race 6 Nikitas
Ran 5th beaten a touch under 2L, but he certainly had excuses. He drew 10 and unfortunately apprentice Jordan Childs just couldn’t get this 3yo colt in with any cover, leaving him three wide facing the breeze the entire circuit. To his credit, he really stuck to the task, he definitely runs fourth if not for Enigma giving him a little check at the 150. He’s rock hard fit now and if he can draw a gate, we should be seeing him back in the winners stall shortly.

Morphettville Race 2 Mighty Mick
Good run from well back in the field and was inconvenienced in the straight, if he found a way to the outside or had a shade more luck he could’ve filled a placing. Still does a bit wrong but if they can preferably find a weaker maiden then he’ll break through soon.

Morphettville Race 7 Ilgattino & Sawaiki
Huge run by Ilgattino getting back off an extremely slow pace, ducked back to the inside and just couldn’t quite balance up at the right time, starting to become a bit of a tease but is going far too well to not win one soon. Forget Sawaiki went around, he’s an obvious talent but does need his races run to suit and it wasn’t going to happen in this small field, might get a decent price about him next time too.

Rosehill Race 9 Carzoff
Not jumping off this bloke after Saturday. It was a race that nothing made ground in except him, with the first three out being the first three home. I think Waller has him ticking over nicely and should be getting to his peak next time out, where we should see him over 2000m. He’s getting costly, but he’s worth another chance.

Sunshine Coast Race 6 My Diamantine
New Zealand mare who may have had this race as her grand final. Travelled sweetly to the bend, before having a few traffic issues and copping a bump from the tiring Choysa. Once she had clear air and balanced up, she really attacked the line hard. Not sure what her plans are, but if they stick around for one more run, she’ll go very close.

Sunshine Coast Race 7 Handfast
Godolphin trained gelding who didn’t have much luck on Saturday, not sure he would have got close to the run away winner Monsieure Gustave who was mighty impressive. Handfast was blocked for a run at about the 400m before having to duck back to the inside where the going wasn’t as good. I think he’s a horse that needs to build through his gears so if he can find a race where he can have plenty of galloping room, he should return to winning ways.

Belmont
Hard to follow many at Belmont with any confidence with the deteriorating track condition affecting a substantial number of runners.

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