SUNDAY’S meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse should provide plenty for punters.
The meeting, slated to be Sale Turf Club’s Christmas in July until the extension of COVID restrictions meant spectators could not attend, will include 10 races, including three over the hurdles.
Punters can get an early start, with race one, the 3232 metre maiden hurdle, scheduled for 10.45am.
Latin Beat has placed second in two of his previous three starts, but anything over 3000m is a question mark. Flickitova shows promise – the stayer didn’t finish off well on his debut over the jumps, but will be better for the run.
An each-way chance is Buffalo Bill, who finished third last start over a similar distance and in similar soft conditions.
With six career flat race wins, Roland Garros performed well in recent trials ahead of his hurdles debut in race two, the 3232m 0-114 hurdle. Mazac has been in the placings his previous three starts, while Sivar is also in form, having won a trial before placing second at Warrnambool last start on a heavy track.
Entered in race three, the 3232m benchmark 120 hurdle, White Heat won last start at Pakenham. While he failed to finish last start, Historic should improve, having placed second and won the two starts prior.
Sconaero and Granny’s Reward both finished sixth in solid debuts, and should be in contention for the first of the day’s flat races, race four, the 1206m two-year-old maiden plate, at 12.40pm.
In race five, the 1206m two-year-old maiden plate, a contender is Tern And Go, who showed speed on debut at Geelong three weeks ago, only to be run down late to finish second.
I’m A Bronco claimed second place with a strong finish on debut at Echuca earlier this month, but will be stepping up from 1200m for race six, the 1415m three-year-old maiden plate. Runaway River has finished second in her previous three starts, and is not far off a win.
In race seven, the 1415m benchmark 64 handicap, Super Yulong is a consistent performer, and shouldn’t be far off the pace, while Epic Ranger finished third last start at Sale.
Shock Zone returns to Sale, where he won a maiden earlier this month following back-to-back third placings at Pakenham, to contest race eight, the 1732m benchmark 58 handicap. Star Ines placed second in his previous two starts, including at Sale over 1717m, while Dance Date, coming off two third placings, represents good each-way value.
After placing eighth at Caulfield following a second placing and win to begin her racing career, Veranskova will step back in class for race nine, the 1206m benchmark 64 handicap. Also worth a look are Yulong Code, who resumes having been good on all three of his three autumn races, and Pelorus Princess, who broke her maiden status at Sale last meeting.
In race 10, the 1615m benchmark 70 handicap at 4.20pm, Worsfold is coming off back-to-back wins at Werribee and Sandown (the latter over 1600m on soft footing), while Get In The Queue is returning from a four-week break, before which he had a win and a second placing.