Wyong R3 No.6 - SAVONA SUNSET (each-way)
Gee I reckon she's come up big overs in whats a fairly average race, liked her two trials warming up for this debut - showed in her first that she appeared to get through heavy going quite ok (Hawkesbury - 11/7), she then appeared to make good progression when trialling very nicely at Warwick Farm on the pro-ride (25/7). She settled two pairs off the leaders and basically rounded them up under minimal riding. Looks like a horse that'll suit 1350m fresh, if the speed is genuine early she could be the one pouncing late.
Savona Sunset - 0.5pt @ 5.50
Pakenham R3 No.8 - KNOCKOURA (each-way)
Thought his debut at Geelong three weeks ago over the 1100m was very good under the circumstances. He was tardy away and settled a good 2 lengths off the second last horse, he travelled fairly sweetly before then being asked to pick up from the 600m where he found traffic problems. It was a fairly poor ride, but I did like his final 200m, he flatted at like a nice horse who'd only be improved for the outing. That race was dominated by the leader (pattern against) so getting to 1200m and a track that suits those making ground will help greatly. Can take closer order from the draw and get it done at a big price!
Knockoura - 0.5pt @ 13.00
Pakenham R4 No.12 - WANTED TO SING
Sat just in behind what was a very genuine tempo on debut over the 1000m at Cranbourne three weeks ago and was only nabbed late by a swooper, though her effort considering others on-speed compounded was terrific. Managed to run through the line well and gave every indication the extra 100m won't be an issue. If she jumps well expect B.Thompson to roll forward/sit midfield with cover, keen they'll want her to be doing her best work late.
Wanted to Sing - 1pt @ 4.40
Pakenham R6 No.1 - ANGRY GEE
Lightly raced gelding resuming here with some serious talent, was a genuine Saturday-metro performer this time last year in very good company without claiming the ultimate success. Dropped in grade in a short prep later in the year and won impressively at Warrnambool in good time (1200m). Has been spelled since but do like a recent trial at Cranbourne on the pro-ride (18/7) when he finished hard held with the Stakes/Group-class Fast Cash (they gapped the rest). Suggest he's primed to run a big race fresh.
Angry Gee - 1pt @ 2.40
Pakenham R7 No.5 - DOWNHEARTED
Was probably unlucky not to press the winner in a $80,000 race in town at his latest effort when drawing awkwardly over the 1400m, just copped interference at a crucial stage and lost key momentum before picking up again and hitting the line well late. That race rated very well, 3rd horse he beat home has since come out and won in Saturday/metro grade and if anything a return to the pro-ride/progression to a mile is ideal. Like he draws out, will be winding up from the 600m and be too strong for them late.
Downhearted - 1pt @ 3.10
Pakenham R9 No.7 - VALTIMOR
Really slick galloper who trialled exceptionally well down the Flemington straight (29/7) in a recent hit-out, recorder good time for the morning and had the better of some class-gallopers. Has had the one one fresh this year, returned in March at Moonee Valley over 1200m and went straight to the front belting a smart bunch, runner-up has since been unlucky in Saturday grade and all the way back to 6th (beaten 12 lengths) have since won their Maidens. Think he'll roll to the front from the wide marble and be too classy.
Valtimor - 1pt @ 2.80