UNBIASED - The former Godolphin gelding Unbiased is a better horse than his two wins from 19 starts would suggest and although still eligible for a class two race is the horse to beat taking on open company in the Hope Fuel Gunnedah Showcase Cup (1600m). Now with Tamworth trainer Cody Morgan, Unbiased hasn’t been able to win in six starts for the new stable however the son of Medaglia d’Oro latest two outings would suggest the five-year-old will be in the thick of things on Sunday. After finishing a 1-1/4 length third in the H&NWRA Association Country Championships qualifier at Scone on March 8 hitting the line strongly over the 1400m before returning to racing on the back of a 54-day break, Unbiased again worked home solidly finishing second to After All That in the Country Cup at Scone on May 11. Earlier in his career when racing in the Godolphin blue, Unbiased finished less than a length from the winner in a 1900m race at Canterbury and his last couple of runs indicate connections have been preparing the horse for longer races. The step up to the mile on Sunday looks perfect for Unbiased and I reckon he will be winning.
ALL STAND - The Todd Howlett-trained All Stand has a couple of things against him in the MPC Earthmoving – GJC Lightning Showcase Handicap (1000m) but with any sort of luck will be sending punters home on a winning note. Similar to Unbiased, All Stand is still eligible for class races winning four of his 11 starts and goes to open company for the first time, albeit with a wide gate to overcome. A Highway Handicap winner at Randwick last preparation, All Stand was a beaten odds-on favourite at Newcastle resuming however will be a fitter horse on Sunday. As a noted speedster, barrier nine in a field of 11 with the likely early speed drawn inside him doesn’t look advantageous for All Stand and although the four-year-old has led in eight of his races to date he doesn’t necessarily have to take up the running. Arguably All Stand’s best two runs were at Randwick when he took a sit chasing the leader before winning and a photo finish second when he was nailed on the line by the Country Championship winner Victorem after sitting outside the leader.
NOW YOU SEE - Now You See was unwanted in the market and ran accordingly at Gatton. He is much better than that as his previous four outings in good city company show and the three-week break since last outing has given him a chance to freshen up. Now You See returns to his home track at which he has won two of three outings and with Beau Appo to ride should be on the speed throughout in this Benchmark 65 over a highly suitable 1050m. The Ben Currie stable has been under plenty of pressure of late and on home turf in race one Now You See can make a statement.
DEVILS PINCH - Devils Pinch has been improved by two outings since joining the Lindsay Hatch stable. He has performed well on both occasions with a runner-up effort first-up over 900m followed by a close-up fourth over 1000m at Sunshine Coast both outings being in class five. He has won three times over 1200m and looks well placed in this Benchmark 75 over 1200m with Michael Schrapel claiming 2kg. From gate five the rider should have him on the speed throughout and be hard to pass over the final stages.
GEOMETRIST - One of the few remaining Octagonal’s running around, Geometrist is far from his sire in ability but has had four runs back from a letup and Marcus Wilson has found a race here that is within his capabilities. Two starts back he put in a solid effort over 1600m at Sunshine Coast in a Benchmark 75 and then was backed up quickly into a Benchmark 70 over 1680m at Ipswich in which he only battled but was far from disgraced and may not have appreciated the soft track. Geometrist has had a two-week break and should be in peak condition for this Benchmark 62 at a track and distance at which he has won once and not missed a place in four attempts. Ryan Plumb has won and been narrowly beaten at his past two rides on Geometrist over this journey and from gate four will give him every chance.