Tom Gilmore's best bets for Thursday, April 28th.
Kilmore R2 No.1 - OLD TRIESTE
Was a highly thought of 2yo around this time last year when he raced in very good company, finished under three lengths behind Kinglike (G1 competitive since) and then went around favourite in a slick race at Flemington over 1400m. Returns to the races for the first time since that occasion and his trial at Cranbourne 11/4 was good, had plenty up his sleeve and the jumpout the week later at Caulfield was very good. Nice horse who'll kick off his prep with a win.
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Old Trieste - 1pt @ 2.70
Kilmore R7 No.5 - NAKATAAN
She's a genuine stayer this girl with her efforts at a mile the past two starts giving every indication she needs a trip. This is a very shallow race so I'd be stunned if she couldn't get the job done this afternoon, has finished on the heels of some genuine city-class gallopers over the last month and from the wide draw I fancy she may be positive early looking to take luck out of it. Clearly the most progressive horse of this lot.
Nakataan - 1pt @ 2.30
Pakenham R2 No.6 - THE WEALD
Was an average ride at best when beaten at a short (well backed!) quote at Kyneton two weeks ago. Was first time 1600m to 2000m this prep so fancy he'll take very good improvement from that, should slot in to a spot midfield and if he finds a cart into the race he'll be too strong coming home over the top late.
The Weald - 1pt @ 1.95
Pakenham R3 No.10 - LA PADRINA
Only held her ground fairly/went ok second-up to 1400m at Cranbourne two weeks ago when beaten by what looks a good one, like the winkers go on in order to keep her mind on the job and does secure the services of gun apprentice Regan Bayliss. Gets the right run on the map tonight and she does look like the mile will suit, can box-seat and go bag rounding the bend. Hayes/Dabernig horses traditionally perform very well on the poly surface.
La Padrina - 1pt @ 5.50
Pakenham R8 No.8 - ALL IN THE REFLEXS
Pretty nice filly this on debut for the Mick Price stable since being transferred from Peter Moody, has form in very good company late in 2015 when only beaten a length by the Group-class Jacquis Joy. Has jumped out at Caulfield (latest 19/4) where she went back to last in a very slick heat with proven gallopers, the one a week prior was much more encouraging. Should find the fence/lead and control things, might need some winding up from the 600m but Caulfield horses tend to run very well on the pro-ride surfaces. Has a touch of class.
All in the Reflexs - 1pt @ 4.60