Almalita does not win out of turn, but she is a strong and consistent performer and has surely found an avenue back to winning form in Race 5 at Sandown today. The Al Maher mare has been up for a while and this will be her seventh campaign start, but she continues to produce and finished third over 2000m at Ballarat, before hitting the line for second over 2040m at Moonee Valley last time out following a tough effort on-pace. She’ll enjoy the sting out of the ground today and has a class edge over the majority of her rivals.
Chalmers will carry winning form into his run in country New South Wales today and looks to have found his ideal feature race in the form of the Grafton Guineas (1600m). The Mossman gelding is yet to finish worse than second through four starts this time and was last seen recording a comfortable win over a mile and on heavy going. I like that trainer Kris Lees has elected to trial the horse in the lead-up to this race and he’s drawn to get all the favours.
Magicus has returned to racing in great form this time and is primed for another big performance at Warwick Farm this afternoon. The State Of Liberty gelding took a couple of runs and a slight increase in trip to blow off the cobwebs upon resuming in May, but he has savaged the line for second at each of his two most-recent starts and is rock-hard fit for today’s fifth-up run. He’s drawn to get a nice run in transit and has the added bonus of leading jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
The Monstar has returned to racing in outstanding form this time and is a live chance of winning the Ramornie Handicap at double-figure odds ($11 at the time of publish). The California Dane gelding ran a nose second behind Calanda in this race last year and has really only improved since then; running third in the Group 2 Multiplier Stakes (1200m) most notably in spring and winning the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) two runs back. He was clearly outclassed and caught in the wrong part of the track in the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) last time out, but this is a big drop in class and he’ll be hard to hold out.