GYPSY’S TIP - Trained by Brian Smith, Gypsy’s Tip has put in good efforts at all four outings finishing in the top four on each occasion. She ran second here at her first start and then has been racing as though the bigger track will suit. She steps up to a mile and being by Sidereus that may worry some but her dam won up to 1800m and placed over longer so I will trust to run the trip out strongly. Boris Thornton stays a board and should position her just off the speed likely to be set by the main danger Meyiwa Hitam Mawar. With a good run in transit Gypsy’s Tip should be too strong over the final part.
CAVALLI - Cavalli wasn’t far away when resuming at Ipswich and the winner Tokoriki Lad has won since so I am prepared to trust the form and anticipate this three-year-old by Pendragon can improve over 1400m on a bigger track. Cavalli is a brother to a mare named Happy Dragon which won five of her first seven starts when trained by Philip Stokes in South Australia. Lawrie Mayfield-Smith has brought Cavilli along slowly but he showed promise at his first preparation winning an Ipswich maiden at his second start and then being spelled. Taylor Marshall stays on and from gate one Cavalli can begin to live up to his promise by disposing of this class one field.
PRIORITISE - Prioritise was unlucky at a number of outings when held up but overall was disappointing last preparation and a shadow of the horse we saw earlier who blitzed the likes of Care To Think and Oink whilst winning four of his first six starts. Steve Tregea has given the horse a 14-week break and for resumption has chosen a provincial Benchmark 75 at a track where Prioritise has won twice and not missed a place in four outings. The four-year-old by Rothesay has usually raced well fresh, 1200m is his most suitable trip and there should be few excuses if he doesn’t perform well. Larry Cassidy rode him at his three outings before a break and consistently got help up in traffic on the rail with the horse rarely being fully tested. In this case barrier 14 may be a blessing as he should be able to get cover off the speed, switch out in the straight and be too good in the run home.
MORE ENERGY - Here’s one that is huge odds on Saturday. Returned from a let-up in the Scone Cup and got put out of play in the straight, running into a dead end 250m from home. He wasn’t going to finish in the placings but it cost him at least two lengths, he went to the line untested and with clear running, he finishes right behind New Tipperary, the favourite here. I concede New Tipperary had no luck either and should have been in the finish but what changes this time is More Energy strips fitter and is drawn to be put into the race rather than being dragged back to last like he was at Scone from the outside gate. Think back to February, More Energy caused a surprise in the Parramatta Cup when blowing them out at $51. That day he jumped from barrier 2 and trailed the speed. Same gate here and I reckon he’s massive overs, especially with the edge off the track which he loves.
MIGHTY LUCKY - This grand old horse’s first-up performance was huge when beaten three lengths by Osborne Bulls in the Luskin Star Stakes at Scone. He missed the start by three lengths then was finding the line better than anything in the race late, storming home down the centre of the track. He’s got solid Rosehill and distance figures then you look at his second-up record which reads three wins and three placings from 10 starts. Think back to his last prep, second-up he gave Washington Heights 2kg and was beaten a half-length in the Group II Shannon Stakes, with 2-1/4 lengths back to third. After the 2kg claim for Jean Van Overmeire he only carries a half-kilo more than he did that day and what price do you think Washington Heights would be if he was in this? This is the best value bet you’ll find anywhere on Saturday, his form is top shelf and he’s got a big second-up profile.