LATIN LIGHT - Gibbons rides the lightly-raced Latin Light for Jason Deamer in the Adam Faulkner 50th Benchmark 65 Handicap (2125m). Backed from $4.40 to $3.80 favouritism at Hawkesbury last start, Latin Light struggled lumping 59kg in provincial grade Benchmark 60 however looks attractively weighted back to a country Benchmark 65 race with 56.5kg. Ridden by Blake Shinn, Latin Light was seven lengths from the lead early at Hawkesbury before working forward at the 1100m to race outside the leader. Two runs back with Gibbons in the saddle, Latin Light was a comfortable winner at Gunnedah controlling the race in front and it is likely similar tactics will be adopted on Monday. If that’s the case, Latin Light will take plenty of running down.
LA BIERE CHOISIE - The Kris Lees team provides plenty of winners for Gibbons and he rides the stable representative La Biere Choisie in the Cessnock Leagues Club Class 3 Handicap (1570m). A three-year-old daughter of Choisir out of the Fastnet Rock mare Lagerphone, La Biere Choisie is chasing back-to-back wins after a Muswellbrook Benchmark 50 victory last start when the filly overcome a wide run in transit. La Biere Choisie still has scope for improvement at her tenth start and third run this time in and is worth noting she won her maiden at Scone at the same stage of her preparation last time in. A repeat is on the cards.
BUFFY - Winona Costin rode Ronstar to victory for Portelli in the opening race at Rosehill on Saturday and will ride Buffy for the stable in the Club Lithgow Rising Prince Class 2 Handicap (1300m) however results from Kembla on Saturday are where we go for guidance as to Buffy’s chances. After a win and four placings from her first six career starts, on paper Buffy turned in the worst run of her career to date when a three-length second at Kembla last start, but the subsequent form from the race tells us the run wasn’t as bad as it looks. The third placegetter Phabini was an impressive winner at Kembla yesterday whilst the fourth horse Black Chilli made it two wins in four days earlier in the day. Add to the Kembla results the fact the winner Catmosphere ran second in a race at Warwick Farm Wednesday and we have a race that is developing into a significant form reference. Back to a country class two on Sunday, Buffy is the horse to beat.
OSKASTAR - Proven ability over the trip is the key form factor in declaring Oskastar the stand out bet at Bathurst on Sunday. Trained at Dubbo by Garry Lunn, Oskastar will be chasing for his fourth 1400m win when the six-year-old lines up in the Benchmark 65 Handicap – Heat Of The Rising Star. A four-length winner of the Nyngan Cup four runs back and placings in two of his three subsequent runs including a third at Dubbo last start in an open handicap tells us Oskastar is racing well enough to be a significant player in the apprentices only race, however it’s the query at the journey for a couple of Oskastar’s rivals that’s sees the confidence grow. Early favourite and last start Mudgee winner Ricci Royal hasn’t won beyond 1200m in 27-starts whilst the second favourite Our Revenue has had three goes at the trip without success. Oskastar looks the likely leader and it looks a case of first out first home.
IMPREGNABLE - Once again. a 4.5kg weight differential over Don’tbabylon is the significant factor in declaring the Toby Edmonds-trained Impregnable the second special of the day in the Gosels Bus Service Open Handicap (1200m). Although missing a place in his three runs this time and being defeated a combined total of 22-lengths, Impregnable’s form is better than it looks and the son of I Am Invincible does drop significantly in class on Sunday. After blowing the start at Toowoomba resuming and striking a heavy track at Doomben two runs back, Impregnable found 1400m and barrier 14 beyond him in a strong class six plate at the Gold Coast last start. A winner of successive races at Doomben last preparation, Impregnable looks well placed to return to the winner’s list.