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Selections for Melbourne’s Thursday meeting at Sale

Thu, Jan 17, 7:41am by Kevin Pitstock

We take a look at Thursday’s January 17th meeting from Sale

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R1: Laurels Function Centre Maiden Plate(1210m)
Small field of eight runners to start the day, with all having raced to date, just not successfully – at least one of them will come away from the event no longer a maiden galloper! No 6. Regan from the Hawkes yard finished over seven lengths from the winner at Moonee Valley on his debut just over a month ago, and given time to be readied for this race, a positive market lead would suggest this Dehere gelding is ready. No 7. Astro Lass from the Danny O’Brien yard has been putting together some nice places, and although does not have any first up form, she is from a leading stable and should be given her chance. Russel Cameron’s runner No 1. More Please with Jamie Mott in the saddle is also first up and could sprint well fresh. Rough chance to No 8. Margie’s Dream a recent barrier trail runner up.
Verdict: 6-7-1-8

R2: Newry Fencing Contractors F&M Maiden Plate(1613m)
The Peter Moody/Luke Nolen combination gets the nod here with No 7. Grand Daughter having finished in the runner–up stall at her past two starts. She is the best bet of the day, and can also be touted as one of the best bred runners of the day being a Redoute’s Choice filly out of the Sunday Silence mare Sunday Valentine. Fastnet Rock mare No 2. Promise To Rock has not finished further back than fifth in her last six starts and looks at least capable of a place. Tony Noonan saddles up No 6. Golden Tart, while disappointing at her only race start, she has since barrier trialled well. Rough chance to No 9. Yantar, an American-bred mare raced by Emirates Park
Verdict: 7-2-6-9

R3: Pantac Security Maiden Plate(1413m)
A large field here which makes it a tough assignment, but the Moody/Nolen combination looks hard to beat once again as they combine with No 8. Chiccharito, a three-year-old Red Ransom gelding who has recorded two placed efforts from his three starts. No 9. Oceanographer from the Tony Vasil stable has put in two good efforts leading into this and the step up in trip will assist the Choisir gelding. The Hawkes stable representative No 3. Foranotherday ran on well last start at this course and distance, while watch for No 7. Rhodesia, a Zabeel gelding who could be an improver working home late.
Verdict: 8-9-3-7

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R4: Lords Cleaning Service Showcase BM72 Handicap(1513m)
Small field of seven acceptances with No 3. Tallat looking to continue on with his winning form for new trainer Mathew Gilmore. Recently purchased from the Darley operation, this gelding has won three of his past five starts and is a half-brother to Group One winner Fiumicino. No 7. Aurum Spirit will jump from barrier one and recent form suggests the Bel Esprit gelding should get all the favours, while No 6. Elwick Jack, who is also in good form should be getting home late. Luke Oliver’s runner No 1. Makeadreamcometrue does have some ok second up form, and a good showing would not be out of the question.
Verdict: 3-7-6-1

R5: Bennett Electrical Contractors Showcase SV 3YO 0-68 Handicap (1210m)
A nice field of three-year-olds here with three last start winners in the field of eight. Leaning towards Peter Moody’s runner No 4. Royal Hunt, a gelding by Darley stallion Hard Spun who won on debut over 1009m a few weeks back. No 7. Fine in the Hawkes yard also has good recent form and any improvement should see the Excellent Art filly being very hard to beat. Trainer Greg Eurell has three in the race and No 2. Cast Iron and No 1. Velonski both look capable of being in the mix.
Verdict: 4-7-2-1

R6: Sale Water Specialists 0-62 Handicap(1110m)
No 5. Graceland is first up here and with a win and a second from two previous first-up runs, the Stratum gelding will be hard to beat. If No 1. Justice Fighter copes with the top weight and the wide barrier, he too does have good first-up form and should be capable to get into the money when the whips are cracking. No 6. Esprit Rossa does have a win over the track and distance, albeit it on a heavy track, but the mare is a consistent galloper and can place. The Bill Wood-trained No 4. Prime Ace has been in good form of late and can’t be left out.
Verdict: 5-1-6-4

R7: Australia Day Races @ Sale 0-62 Handicap(1713m)
The final field of the day and arguably the hardest race of the day. The Michael Moroney-trained import No 3. Surface tension ran well first-up at Cranbourne and with any improvement is sure to be on the pace and should prove hard to run down. The hardest to beat could come from the Shea Eden-trained No 11. Teretoa who has produced a win and a second from his last two starts at this track and distance. The Ross McDonald-trained No 9. Need To Exceed a last start third at Stoney Creek appears a rough chance, while the weight relief from the apprentice claim that No 1. Blaze Adrift gets should see him also in with a rough chance.
Verdict: 3-11-9-1

Best Bet and Best On breeding: R2, No 7. Grad Daughter 3yo f. (Redoute’s Choice x Sunday Valentine, by Sunday Silence) – full-sister to the Group Two winner El Dana, and a half-sister to the stakes performed Hus der Lieften – Familists (H.K.)

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