Clevanicc has been racing well without returning to the winner’s stall this time in, but he won’t be offered a better opportunity than what he’ll get at Taree this afternoon. The Nicconi gelding settled off the pace at Quirindi last time out and ran home well, but simply left himself too much work. He can find a position closer to the speed today and he should be right in the finish again.
Enigmatic sprinter Mr Individual typically races amongst tougher company than he finds at Swan Hill today and if his mind is on the job, he can return to winning form. The Starspangledbanner gelding failed to fire in a decent 1200m race at Caulfield last time out, but he has trialled well in the lead-up to this race and will have conditions to suit this afternoon.
I Am Awesome has returned to the track in slick form this time and finds herself in another very winnable race at Taree today. The I Am Invincible mare trialled well in the lead-up to her compeititve return before winning over 1450m at Muswellbrook. She ran into the talented Strome at Wyong last time out, but there is nothing of that horse’s ability in this field and the four-year-old should be returning to winning form.
Best Each-Way Bet
Former Perth galloper First Among Equals will carry winning form into the Golden Topaz at Swan Hill this afternoon and looks over the odds at his current quote ($8/$2.60 at the time of publish). The Exceed And Excel gelding is placed at Group 1 company previously and has steadily built to the task since transferring to the care of Darren Weir; his potential ultimately realised with a dominant win in the Listed Straight Six last time out. He’s drawn ideally and will be ridden by Brad Rawiller.