Friday, June 23, 2017


By Trent Masenhelder

Rail Position: +7m 1150m-W/Post; +3m Remainder

Track Conditions: Soft 6

Track Comments: Expect them to use the outside section of the track. Rain is forecast, so a downgrade is possible.


Race 4, No.3 – Striking Prospect

This three-year-old’s ability appears to match her breeding (So You Think x Brazen Babe, by Fastnet Rock). Got his maiden out of the way two starts back, before being touched off over the mile by Matiano here on May 7. Handles soft ground and should get a nice run under Siggy Carr from gate 6.

Race 5, No.5 – Hushama

She’s no star, but she loves the wet, and with rain then showers forecast, this Angela Brakey-trained mare is likely to get conditions to suit. Both wins have been here. Untried at 1600m.

Leading hoop David Pires has 70 wins for the season (at 26 per cent) and barring a mishap, will break his personal best (75), which he set in 2014/15. Pires has chalked up six wins from his past 19 rides – a strike rate of 31.6 per cent, which is well up from his career mark of 14 per cent and slightly better than his season strike rate. Furthermore, from his past 25 rides on favourites at Hobart and Launceston, he’s won 15 (60 per cent) and finished second four times.  

Race 6, No.11 – Cyclone Jess

A former Victorian, she finds it hard to win, but punters like her chances today. Cyclone Jess opened at $4.50 with SportsBet and by 10am was into $2.90.

Leg 1 (Race 5): 1,2,5
Leg 2 (Race 6): 1,3,4,6,11
Leg 3 (Race 7): 2,4,6
Leg 4 (Race 8): 1,2

100 per cent is $90 – take what you can afford.