BOCAGE - Bocage is another mare on the quick back-up after putting in good efforts at her past two starts, firstly at Mackay over 1200m when resuming and then last week at Townsville over 1400m where despite being held up she ran on well near the rail over the final stages. She is having her third run in three weeks so that is a risk but she steps up to her best distance in a 0-65 Handicap with only 54kg and Bonnie Thomson stays on. Bill Kenning would not be sending her around unless he was happy with her and from gate two Bocage gets her best chance in a long time to knock in a win.
CHEUNG FUN - The David Pfieffer-trained Cheung Fun is our speculator bet for the day when the four-year-old son of Savabeel lines up in the Lisle De France French Restaurant Class 1 & Maiden Plate (2100m). Although beaten a combined total of 16-lengths in his two runs this preparation, Cheung Fun’s form improved third-up last time in stepping up in distance when the gelding finished third in a 2000m race at Canberra before going on to win his maiden over the Gosford 2100m two runs later.Corey Brown taking the ride adds confidence and at the $14 available in early betting markets is worth having something on.
SEINE NET - As a person who would have great difficulty staying on top of a rocking horse let alone a 500kg thoroughbred, being critical of jockeys is not my go however I will say I thought the rider on Seine Net went a touch too early at Kembla last start. A beaten favourite and yes, I am speaking through my pocket as the Godolphin filly was our best bet of the day. Seine Net sat third in the run getting the drop on the leaders and I was surprised to see the rider start working forward at the 600m and take over straightening before being left a sitting shot for the swoopers. Brenton Avdulla takes over on Thursday when the daughter of Street Cry lines up in the Pandora Class 2 Handicap (1600m) and Seine Net will wear a set of blinkers for the first time, she is definitely worth another chance.
TIM’S PRINCIPAL - By my reckoning, the Jeremy Gask-trained Tim’s Principal only has to replicate his last run to be in the winner’s stall following the Charterhouse CG&E Class I Handicap (1200m). Resuming from a 419-day break between races on the first day of the Scone Cup carnival, Tim’s Principal settled back in the field after launching from barrier 14 but hit the line strongly to finish a close second to Connemara. Tye Angland retains the ride and it would be no surprise to see Tim’s Principal being ridden closer to the lead around Gosford with the advantage of barrier three and it is worth noting the gelding raced right on the speed when a Strathalbyn winner on March 3, last year three runs back before settling first three in running when placed at Morphettville Parks before the spell. Gask has given the gelding 20-days to get over the first-up run and all things being equal is the horse to beat.