Thu, Feb 28, 11:13am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the eight race program at Sale on Thursday, February 28
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Race 1: The Laurels Plate (1013m)
With a heavy 8 track rating, and the likelihood of further rain throughout the day the track could get downgraded. With a field of only five left in the open race, we are putting the Ross McDonald-trained No 7 Lustful on top. After a very good second two starts back, the four-year-old mare finished fourth last time out but should be ready to break her maiden here. Going with No 2 Chad from second as he has some ok form on wet ground, while No 6 Suggesta Star is a three-year-old Any Suggestion gelding making his debut and he could produce a good turn of foot on the wet track. No Hannaford, also making his debut here should be included.
Race 2: Inglis yearling Sale Handicap (1113m)
This field has been reduced to only four runners, so the first-four is assured, just what way is the question. We are going with No 3 Livorno Express from the Jason Warren yard. The three-year-old filly has only been out of a place on one occasion from five starts, so rates highly again. No 2 Anonmarie is a four-year-old mare who finished third last time out after jumping away awkwardly, and the start before that she was a good winner – so has great claims again here. No 1 Dash Divine races second up here and should be included, as should No 6 Miss O’Toole who is the rough runner of the field.
Race 3: Skilled Plate (1426m)
The third of the day is a three-year-old maiden race, and even with the eight scratching’s it still does not make it any easier. No 4 Excursions from the Jason Petch stable has had one start finishing fourth on debut and looks likely to improve here, but the question is will he handle the wet track? Hoping he can. No 11 Shady Consul has had one start where she also finished fourth, and based on race day conditioning, she goes in for third. No 12 Something Magical is one of the veterans of the filed having had three starts from trainer Mick Price and has recorded a second, third and fourth from those runs and should be included here as a great chance. No 3 Credit Only was disappointing on debut but did strike some trouble, and the Peter Moody-trained runner should be included here.
Race 4: Turnbull Toyota Plate (1213m)
The fourth of the day is a three-year-old and Up fillies and mares maiden and once again is a very open race. Putting No 11 Valid Contract on top as the three-year-old filly has recorded four placed efforts from five starts has her foot right on the till! No 10 Toyed from the Michael Trotter stable resumed from a spell with a good fourth and looks capable of being able to go on with it here, while No 6 Night Stalker race first up over the 1213m and although she had had seven starts to date, she should have race experience on her side. No 4 Chloestar is having her second race day start and looks a likely improver.
Race 5: Betfair Plate (1526m)
The fifth of the day sees another maiden race with a large field set to jump away. No 2 Make Us Richo looks the one to take the race based on some good recent form including third last time out. No 3 Rule The Way is another who is in good recent form with a second at Cranbourne last time out. No 8 Portway from the Cindy and Colin Alderson stable has only had two starts with a good third last time out, which was first up this campaign, and this gelding should be further improved. No 11 Bondi Break is on debut here for the the Michael Kent stable, a stable that has been in good recent form and therefore at odds, she should be included.
Race 6: Andrews Land & Surf (1526m)
No 3 You Tell Me from the Colin and Cindy Alderson stable was an unlucky fourth last time out before Royal Scandal who has since performed wll un town. No 4 Constant Momentum from the Robbie Griffiths yard and is in good form and should also be fitter for recent racing. Has the blinkers applied here, and this should sharpen him up a little and he must go close. No 6 Odd Socks does only have one win from 14 starts, with the positive it was at this track and therefore goes in, while No 1 Beyondagoldendream should be thereabouts – like awlays.
Race 7: Hoaks Racing Handicap (1213m)
The seventh race of the day sees No 7 Momentary the likely favoured runner based on two starts to date where he has recorded a win and a second place. No 2 Tanjil finished third last time out behind city class gallopers New York And Storm Burst and on that should be very hard to beat here, while No 4 Esprit Rossa is worth some thought after a fifth place last time out at Moonee Valley, always consistent and is a player for the places. No 9 Unruly Princess has two wins and two third placed efforts from even starts and is a good chance for the first four assuming she can handle the wet track.
Race 8: Lords Cleaning Service (1726m)
The final event of the day is a large field with No 2 I Maximus, an Exceed And Excel gelding from the Pat Carey stable breaking his maiden last time by four lengths once he was at the right trip. Does drop back in trip here, which is the only concern, but should go close again. No 9 Shearer is up in grade here and is still a maiden after five starts, but has always shown some promise and hopefully the trip and the wet track suits. No 8 Cash Burner should have finished closer last start and the Dash For Cash gelding is likely to appreciate the step up to the trip. Going with No 12 Cheeky Wizard for fourth even though he has struggled recently at the picnics, hoping that he can handle the wet track at good odds.
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