BOLD SENSATION - Garnett Taylor rarely misses out on his trips North and this Spirit Of Boom filly looked the goods when winning on debut at Rockhampton over 1100m. She faces a much stronger field here but will be improved by the outing, drops 1.5kg and gets the services of Chelsea Jokic. From gate four, the rider can stalk the speed to the turn and she might be too strong in the run home.
GREY MISSILE - I keep tipping him and he keeps getting beaten but he always races well and it has been the 59.5kg and giving weight to other runners that has been his downfall at his past two outings. With 57kg and level weights from a good gate with regular rider Stephen Wilson up he gets all the favours. Grey Missile steps up to 1300m but he is by Red Element and should have little trouble at the trip. Under these conditions Grey Missile gets a chance to knock in another win.
BOCAGE - Bocage is far from a superstar and has done little since moving from Rob Heathcote’s barn to Bill Kenning. However, she showed improvement last outing following a freshen-up and ran on stoutly over 1200m hitting the line with zest. Both her career wins have been over 1600m but 1400m here on a track where Bocage can wind up over the final stages suits. Bonnie Thomson stays on and in a similar quality field to the one Bocage met last start, she can grind them down over the final stages and be hard to hold off.
TOROSO - The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Toroso is one of the four acceptors in the Polytrack Maiden Handicap (1500m) but is the one in the race that has genuine scope for improvement having just his third race start compared to his three rivals who have raced on 24 occasions between them without winning. A three-year-old son of Pierro, Toroso was a firmer in betting when unplaced at Goulburn on debut beaten 2-3/4 lengths and went straight to the spelling paddock. Resuming at Hawkesbury on May 10, Toroso finished third in the maiden won by Blazeray finishing just over two-lengths from the winner after enduring a three-wide run in transit without cover. It would be no surprise to see Tye Angland take Toroso to the front in the small field on Thursday and if that’s the case I reckon it’s all over.
MONSIEUR SISU A photo-finish second on debut in a metropolitan maiden looks the key form reference for the Mostyn Copper Group Maiden Handicap (1300m). After winning three of his six trials prior to going to the races for the first, Monsieur Sisu charged home late when narrowly beaten over 1300m at Warwick Farm on May 9. Monsieur Sisu would only have to be in the same form to handle his rivals back to a provincial maiden and it would be reasonable to assume there is still room for improvement at his third race start and second run this time in – if that’s the case he is close to a good thing.