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Preview: Warwick Farm and Best Bet

Thu, Feb 8, 3:53pm by Staff Writer

Sydney racing heads to Warwick Farm this Saturday where it also sees the opening of the new Inglis sales complex. The rail is in the true and the track will be good.

The Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) for the mares is one of the features of the day with nine acceptors.

Bonny O’Reilly ($3.90) resumes for Bjorn Baker and her first-up record is impressive with three wins from four first-up attempts. She’s been a ‘punters pal’ in the past with eight wins from her 15 career starts with Egyptian Symbol ($3.30) also lining up for Baker. She won the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) back in December (on a heavy-8) before finishing third to Viddora during the Magic Millions Carnival at her most recent run.

Top weight Prompt Response ($5.50) has only won the three from 20 but she has been placed a further nine times and was fourth in the Group 1 Myer (1600m) of the spring when only beaten 0.3L. She resumes here but is yet to win from five first-up starts.

Danish Twist ($12) is another ‘first-upper’ and she was given a good push by trainer Kris Lees during the week while Slightly Sweet ($16) resumes for Jason Coyle and is joined by Memes ($8.50) who won first-up before finishing sixth of six in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) behind Trapeze Artist. Faraway Town ($7) broke a long run of outs when winning a BM85 over 1200m at Randwick beating Fortensky on that occasion who has since franked that form with a win.

A field of eight will line up in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m), a set weights and penalties for three-year-olds.

Siege of Quebec ($3.30) has won three of his four career starts and he resumed this campaign with a win over 1100m a fortnight ago. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins but he’s a fighter and the step up in distance will also be in his favour. Single Bullet ($20) was third in that race with eight placings and just the one win coming from his 12 starts.

Kementari ($3.30) is first-up and while he didn’t win last campaign in four starts, he did run second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) when beaten 0.3L. Assimilate ($8) – who finished in a photo with Addictive Nature last campaign – resumes for Team Snowden while stable mate Brave Song ($4.20) looks to make it three in a row. Bjorn Baker saddles up Goodfella ($9.50) who has been placed behind Pierata at his last two runs.

The two-year-olds open the day in the Listed Lohnro Plate (1100m) which sees the return of the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) winner Satin Slipper ($3.50). Chris Waller saddled up two juvenile winners last week and he’s got Burbank ($14) and Phoneme ($12) here while Sandbar ($12) and Make ’em Cry ($9.50) were winners on debut and line up for their second race start. Oxford Tycoon ($4.40) is making his race debut for Kim Waugh off the back of two trial wins with Godolphin saddling up Osorno ($4.50) who has the one minor placing from two starts.

Race three is the Inglis Sprint (1100m) and while it’s the smallest field of the day there is plenty of interest in the race as Nature Strip ($2.70) lines up against last year’s Golden Slipper winner, She Will Reign ($1.70). Nature Strip has won four from five career starts and has been touted as a potential black-type winner while She Will Reign won the G1 Moir Stakes (1000m) last campaign when first-up.

SUGGESTED BET:  Show A Star ($2.60, race 8, number 4) is a consistent little performer with seven wins and 11 minor placings from his 25 career starts. He’s racing well under Bjorn Baker with a third and a victory from his last two starts and down on 53.5kg he should give a good sight.

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