Tom Gilmore looks to finish the week in style with four from Pakenham and two from Wodonga!
Reckon he gets all the favours today and if he didn't manage to get the job done, I'd be considered if he ever could. Went well fresh over the 1200m at Sale on a soft track when just finding a fitter/more seasoned horse too much to overcome. Was a fairly testing surface on that occasion and not entirely sure he went through it, fitter/1400m and onto the pro-ride are major ticks, along with the fact he maps for the PR in transit. Second-up last prep got within 2 lengths of Flemington winner Pattern!
Trialled really nicely in a fairly sharp heat here two weeks ago, that trial has since produced a subsequent winner and runner-up so it should hold up. He bowled around under his own steam and went nicely. Went well in a slick race fresh earlier this year at Sale and this race looks to lack depth. Will roll forward from the wide draw and take beating.
Thought his win here fresh over the 1400m was super, got a long way out of his ground (a market drifter too) and yet reeled off a slick final 400m to come home over the top. He clearly had improvement to come from that and no doubt looks a better prospect out to the mile, if he's improved he'll be mighty tough to beat. Improved significantly in August last year when second-up/mile, got within 1.8 lengths of metro winner No Return - that form is good enough.
Got a mile out of his ground at Sandown in a race dominated by the leaders, made huge inroads late (against the pattern) so reckon theres merit to the effort. Thought he might be looking for further at this stage but is four weeks between runs (kept relatively fresh) so sticking at the mile might not be an issue. Could take closer order from the friendly marble and with good tempo mid-race be strong late over the top.
Was first-up for a year over the 1200m at Echuca three weeks ago on what was a bottomless track, considering all that I thought his effort was super to stick on as well as he did. Reckon the six furlongs might just be a bit sharp for him so the progression to 1400m looks ideal. Big tick to the wide draw (he'll roll forward) and their doesn't look to be enormous tempo on paper. If pattern suits those handy he'll be winning.
Has been a genuine midweek-metro performer in recent outings, prepared to forgive recent failure at Sandown - assessing off run prior he went huge when forced to try and improve in what was inferior going, 'A' ground was outside and yet he still managed to get within 1.7 lengths of the winner (race rated well). Like the progression to a mile and he gets through testing surfaces with no issue. If pattern suits those making ground he'll win.