WINNING PARTNER - Putting our faith in Michael Dee to get Winning Partner into clear air from the inside draw to kick us off with a winning start to the day. He cost himself on debut missing the start before a spell. He then rose sharply in grade taking on the Listed Queen Adelaide stakes first-up where he only got warm late, both starts over the short 1050m and on each occasion he’s looked like he’d thrive getting out over longer trips. Fitter for the run and multiple gear changes that could be the key to having him a bit closer, if he finishes off like last start I doubt they’ll hold him out. There’s not much between the top three behind him and I wouldn’t be leaving Mirette out of any exotics.
ANOTHER BULLSEYE - Keen to load up this race around the two main chances. There’s nothing better than when you find a mare in career best form and that’s what we have here with Another Bullseye, she’d been a little inconsistent through earlier preparations but she’s come rock solid this time in and there’s no reason she’s not just coming to her top at her fourth run in from a spell. The wide gate is some concern but there doesn’t look a great deal of speed in the race so if she can roll forward and have a touch of luck early she’ll take some stopping. Go hard on her and save on Éclair Calling. He was luckless second-up behind the smart Flying Murty and after just six starts he has good up-side. From the good gate he is a clear danger.
BOOM TIME - here’s no surprise to see early money for Boom Time and the $2.90 around still looks generous odds. He was a stone-cold certainty beaten first-up from a spell where he was trapped out three-deep facing the breeze the entire race and he still gave a big kick to only go down in the last few strides. He’s always been a horse that improves off his fresh run and for a Caulfield Cup winner back to this grade he gets in extremely well with only 59kg after the claim. Drawn to do no work in the run just off the speed, if Lachlan King doesn’t get boxed in from the home turn they won’t beat him. There’s not a lot between the rest, I’d be playing exotics with Hursley on the quick back-up and Dodging Bullets could be the value runner.
CHEQUERED FLAG - I can see the Darren Weir stable winning the last three races but there isn’t a lot of value in the last two. This looks a tough race but I’m keen to back both Weir-trained runners for a result and I’ll be building a wide trifecta around them. Chequered Flag is airborne this preparation. When they brought him in I’d be guessing they thought they had a quality horse for the jumping season but what he’s done his last few starts suggests he still has good upside on the flat. He raced like a two-miler last start only doing his best through the line and he’s had two strong hurdle trials since which is a key part of the stable's training of stayers over this part of the season. He’ll be in the first half and tough to beat. Big Hammer has had his issues but looks ready to go right on with it this time in, he’s only peaking and the trip looks ideal. Back them both and include Sly Romance in any exotics.
VAUNTING - Vaunting was slowly away and ran on well when resuming at Townsville and usually performs better second-up. He has an excellent record at this track with five wins from seven starts and at this stage of his preparation 1400m should suit. Vaunting hasn’t quite lived up to his pedigree being by Fastnet Rock out of the good racemare Hifalutin but he has been a consistent performer for Samantha Molino knocking in six wins from 20 starts since leaving the Gai Waterhouse yard in 2015. Stephen Wilson says on and with a positive ride from gate one Vaunting will be hard to run down.
JETINTOIT - Jetintoit has been a handy horse during his career with six wins from his 37 starts and even boasts a win over a good pair in Mishani Phoenix and Mr Marbellouz at Ipswich in a class four last preparation. After two ordinary efforts when resuming, he has now changed stables from Paul Butterworth to Samantha Molino and has been freshened. The 1250m in this 0-70 rating class suits as does the 320m straight because he likes to get back in running. In a race where the likely favourite Cruise Power will set a tempo, Stephen Wilson and Jetintoit might be the ones to run over the top of them.
ORGANZA - Street Cry filly Organza puts an unbeaten 1400m record on the line when she chases her third career win in the Tatama Pty Ltd Class 2 Handicap (1400m). Finishing on the placegetters heels at Canterbury, Newcastle and Kembla at her first three career starts, Organza hit her straps when stepped up to 1400m winning a Newcastle maiden on October 7 before spelling and returning a winner in a fillies and mares benchmark 72 handicap at the same track on April 28. The fourth horse has since won to add merit to the last start win and Organza doesn’t look badly treated with 1.5kg more tackling class two provincial company. Organza looks capable of winning metropolitan races but reckon there is one more provincial win in her.
SEINE NET - After two solid placings at her first two runs this preparation Seine Net is ready to win third-up in the Anytime Fitness Albion Park & Shellharbour Benchmark 67 Handicap (1600m). Another daughter of Street Cry, Seine Net hit her straps last preparation when she raced over distances 1500m and longer winning a Hawkesbury maiden over 1500m on November 9 and a set-weight class one over 2100m at Wyong on December 13 with the two wins separated by a close second over the Gosford mile. Seine Net has been in the placings at Newcastle and Wyong in her two runs this preparation over shorter journeys with the step up to 1600m giving her the chance to return to the winner’s list. It’s worth noting the Hawkesbury maiden win was third-up last preparation when Seine Net won by a big space, over five-lengths in fact, doubt the margin will be as significant on Thursday but confident she will be winning and is the best of the day.