Perfect Witness ran on well to finish third first-up and with natural improvement, he will be extremely difficult to hold out at Ipswich this afternoon. The Star Witness has performed well in similar conditions to this afternoon’s race previously and will enjoy a drop in the weights from his first-up run. Jim Byrne will go back from the wide barrier and look to finish over the top of his rivals.
The John McArdle-trained Hard Faith will step out in Race 5 at Wangaratta this afternoon and will face arguably her easiest assignment, this time in. The All Too Hard filly has placed twice in five starts this time, but is stepping back into country company from a credible performance at Sandown last time out. She’ll have plenty of options from the rails draw and boasts a strong turn of foot that is probably better than anything harboured by the other horses in this field.
Kiwi filly Terra Sancta is on a Queensland Oaks path and will launch her Australian assault in a mile race at Ipswich this afternoon. The daughter of Pierro has been performing well in quality races in her homeland this year and has been given a freshen-up since her credible eighth in the New Zealand Oaks in mid-March. This is a big step back in class, she’s proven first and she could give this field an absolute hiding this afternoon.
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Count Of Essex has only made one appearance at the races so far, but he’ll take plenty of benefit from the experience and looks to be over the odds at his current $19 quote in Race 4 at Wangaratta this afternoon. The Street Cry gelding will get winkers for the first time today and can take a position just behind the pace from an ideal draw, before calling on his turn of foot.