WILLIAM THOMAS - Super keen to load up on two horses here. William Thomas is my clear top pick and looks a horse that is going to go through the grades and win black type races in the future and he could easily have gone undefeated this time in if he didn’t do so much wrong second-up behind the handy Reilmartini. He was ridden a touch quieter last start and charged through the line over this trip and he’ll fall straight into a dream run here from the three gate. Suited on what should be close to a dry track, he’s the one to beat. Load up on him and save on Bel Sonic, he’s come up huge odds early at $8.50. His fresh run was good and his only run here was a strong win. With good pace on he’ll steam home.
CREATIVITY - Race three is another race that we can load up around two runners at their early prices for a good result. I’d be maximum betting Creativity from any other gate than the inside but I’ll bank on the flying Damian lane to get her into the clear. She destroyed a similar sort of field fresh and then wasn’t suited at G3 Level in Adelaide where she led from a tricky gate. Straight into a perfect run here just off the pace, if she can get into the clear from the home turn she’s going to be super tough to hold out. Saving on Divine Quality at $5.50. She was well held fresh but wasn’t suited behind Creativity, she then put in a big run against the boys in open grade. Drawn where she should be able to stay in touch, she’s the big closer.
PILOTE D’ESSAI - Hoping we aren’t going off one run too early but I really like the way Pilote D’essai is headed after two runs back from a long spell. He loomed up fresh but clearly needed the run coming off a sixty-two-week spell. He then stayed at the 1400m and worked home like a horse that’s crying out for a longer trip. Last time in he really hit his straps when he was able to put himself right on the speed once he got out over a staying trip so the rise to 2040m looks ideal. If he can get a drag over with a horse like Prima that’s sure to go forward, he’ll run it strong to be tough to beat. Playing exotics around Four By Four that’s ready to peak and any luck from the gate High Church is ready to show something.
ASHLOR - Wide open race to finish the card but again I think we can back two horses for a strong finish to the day. Ashlor has been racing well taking on some strong races this prep. He pulled up with Mucus post-race when only 3/4 of a length off Rich Charm at level weights two back and he was solid in the Wagga town Plate when going to opposite direction for the first time. Both runs here have been good and back to this grade he’s in well with the claim for Fred Kersley. Straight into a nice run just off pace, he’ll fight out the finish. Camdus is the saver at $8, he was a big winner fresh off a lengthy spell and forget his second-up record, he’s had no luck his last two goes. Good here at the Valley and also drawn for a dream run, he’ll be hard to hold out.
SEPTIMO - Septimo was solid performer in New South Wales but he really hit his straps when he came North and joined Garry Dickson winning his first two starts in convincing fashion the first at Townsville over this trip followed by a class six win at Cairns over 1200m. He suffered injury after that and has been off the scene for 41 weeks. Septimo is a five-year-old gelding by Starspangledbanner out of a good racemare Quest For Success and if he is fully recovered should still have plenty of racing ahead of him. The Starspangledbanner stock usually race best when fresh and with Justin Stanley given the mount Septimo can be expected to perform well first-up. He won at this track and distance at his first North Queensland start and can repeat the dose here.