TRAINER Jane Clement has every right to be excited about Petra Jewel’s return to racing at Tamworth on Monday.
The Falvelon mare lines up in a Class 3 Handicap (1000m) to run in her first race since finishing sixth in a Highway Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill on July 14.
Before that she won in top fashion at Tamworth over 1000m but couldn’t show that form in town after she was galloped on in the Highway race, which forced Clement to spell her.
Petra Jewel has had two jump-outs and will be looking to make it three wins from as many attempts on her home track when Mikayla Weir rides her from barrier four.
BEST BETS TAMWORTH WITH BRAD DAVIDSON
BEST BET: CONTINUATION (Race 5, No.1)
Found the line well first-up and being by a Melbourne Cup winner (Fiorente) you would expect the step up to the mile to suit him here. He looks hard to beat.
NEXT BEST: SOCIAL (Race 7, No. 3)
Has a handy little record (three wins from five starts) and there was support for her at Canterbury last start. She has had a freshen and looks well suited back here.
OTHER PLAY: Race 8 boxed trifecta-1,2,4,5.
BEST EXOTIC: Quaddie: 1st leg: 1. 2nd leg: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8. 3rd leg: 3,4,2. 4th leg: 1,2,4,5.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW: ANDREW GIBBONS AND GREG RYAN, GRANT BUCKLEY
Both have solid books, while Grant Buckley has a couple of nice rides too.
TRAINER TO FOLLOW: KRIS LEES
Has seven runners engaged at Tamworth today, including a few first starters that have trialled OK.
“She has been a bit of handful at home,” Clement said. “She doesn’t really like working too hard but we’ve got her sorted out this preparation so hopefully she’ll go good.
“She has a perfect gate and everything looks good. She has run a really nice race.
“If everything went well we would come back for another Highway race. There’s even a possibility she could be a Country Championships horse next year.”
Clement’s other main hope is Desert Marshal in the main race, an Open Handicap (1200m).
He’s flying and races well at the trip but is still looking for his first win at the track at start eight.
“He’s a consistent little fella and he was very unlucky the other day,” Clement said. “It was that close to a dead heat at Coonamble it wasn’t funny.
“He doesn’t know how to run a bad race and he will run well again.”
Weir will be back aboard after they came so close to winning at Coonamble last start.
“As a young horse I thought he would get out to a mile but he just wanted to get out and go,” Clement said. “He’s a lot more relaxed this preparation and has been getting back and getting home, so the 1200m will suit.
“We’ll sit back and run on again. But he hopefully won’t get as far back this time in what looks like a pretty tough race.”
Clement and Weir will combine again with Starada in the third race, a Maiden Plate (1200m).
He’s first-up after three runs in the autumn without success. But he has returned a much better horse this time in.
Clement said the four-year-old would improve as the preparation went on but from barrier five he will get all the favours.
“He was very immature but has come back better this time,” she said. “He has a good family so hopefully he starts to perform to that ability.
“He has had a few jump-outs and he’s a lovely, strong horse and should do something in this race.”
November Two is Clement’s other runner in race five. She’s still finding her way but will appreciate the 1600m journey.
“She was very green when racing for me for the first time,” Clement said. “She looked a bit like a praying mantis, she’s all legs.
“We’ve put her over a mile after she got to the line over 1300m last start at Armidale and she will be a lot better on the bigger Tamworth track too, so I’m expecting a lot of improvement.”
Thoroughbred action heads to Tamworth on Monday afternoon. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia
INSIDE MAIL WITH BRAD DAVIDSON: TAMWORTH
1. Pomme La Belle and 3. Boolaroo look the main two here. Pomme La Belle is probably coming out of better races at least benchmark rating wise but Boolaroo has a terrific record at this track to counteract that (four of his six wins have come at home here at Tamworth). 4. Cervinia brings solid provincial form to the table here and she looks the only leader in the race. She could give a big kick.
BETTING STRATEGY: QUINELLA-1,3.
Late betting moves on 5. Power Of Wexford probably hold the key to this race. Her trials have been OK and she doesn’t have to be a superstar to be winning this on debut. 4. Mary Magpie was runner up first-up at Newcastle and the good thing about her is she puts herself up on speed. 7. Wild Sheila trialled up OK and comes from a good yard, while 3. Daisy Pluck (easily accounted for by Mary Magpie at their only clash) and 1. Olivia’s Girl look best of the rest.
BETTING STRATEGY: POWER OF WEXFORD IF SHE IS THE ONE THE PUNTERS COME FOR LATE. MARY MAGPIE IF NOT.
Tricky race with Kris Lees represented by three runners, including two first starters. Andrew Gibbons rides 11. Total Power and that might give us a little guide. The Dundeel colt has trialled solidly coming into this as has the other first starter, 9. Resinite. The third of Lees’ runners, 7. Charlie’s Law raced in better races last time in and should also be competitive first-up here. 1. Blind Love is never far away and looks next best.
BETTING STRATEGY: AGAIN BETTING SHOULD BE CRUCIAL HERE WITH MY MAIN THREE FANCIES ALL COMING FROM THE SAME YARD. LEANING TO TOTAL POWER AT THIS STAGE.
This looks a nice enough race for 1. Magic Name and he has been all right from the back at his past couple. At least we know he will run the trip out here. 2. Akeed is stepping up to 1400m for the first time and that’s the query with him. He probably has the best form lines though and gets the blinkers on for the first time. 3. Herecum Da Drums’ wins have come at 1000m and 1100m but he has been competitive in the past at this journey.
BETTING STRATEGY: BOXED TRIFECTA 1,2,3.
1. Continuation found the line well first-up and being by a Melbourne Cup winner (Fiorente) you would expect the step up to the mile to suit him here. He looks hard to beat. 3. Bemboka wasn’t far away at his first run in NSW and could loom as the danger, while 2. Monument will find this easier than his past couple.
BETTING STRATEGY: CONTINUATION TO WIN.
Really competitive little race this. Leaning the way of 2. Brotherly Secret and he was a good winner at this track last start. He has won two of his past three starts now. 3. Desert Marshal was no match for Brotherly’s Secret three back (he was wide in the run) but he flashed home last start and should be doing the same. Other chances to 4. Iwatani, 5. Kanguru, 6. Medal Afrique, 7. Sepae and 8. Skyscraper. Good race!
BETTING STRATEGY- LEANING TO BROTHERLY SECRET BUT GOING WIDE IN THIS LEG OF THE QUADDIE.
There’s a bit of talent in the race and it will be interesting to see what the market does with 4. Strictly Legit. He has form at Moonee Valley going back in early 2017 but hasn’t been seen since January. 3. Social has a handy little record (three wins from five starts) and there was support for her at Canterbury last start. She has had a freshen and looks well suited back here. 2. Mosrai next best.
BETTING STRATEGY: SOCIAL TO WIN.
4. Winter Sonata wasn’t too far away first-up at Port Macquarie and she will be better for that. 2. Carillon is coming off a good maiden win at Armidale last start and it must be pointed out he started favourite in a Wyong maiden on debut back in March. 1. Autumn Ridge beat home Continuation last start and we will get a guide on that form line earlier in the day. 5. Herzegovina looks the other main chance and he did start favourite in a Class 1 at this track last start.
BETTING STRATEGY: BOXED TRIFECTA: 1,2,4,5.
Originally published as Raceday focus: Tamworth
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