Tajarrob has only made two appearances at the races so far, but she’s shown decent ability and won’t be offered a better opportunity to break her maiden. The daughter of Medaglia D’Oro worked home well to finish second on debut in April before immediately returning to the paddock, and she threatened again when third over 1175m first-up this time. With natural improvement, she can take a position just behind the pace and will be hard to hold out.
Burning The Clock is yet to miss a place through three career starts so far and he is ready to peak in form at Benalla this afternoon. The three-year-old took up the running and was entitled to weaken late over 1200m at Pakenham on debut in August, and he has continued to improve with each race that he has contested since. Cory Parish can take the horse straight to the front from barrier 4 and will give them something to chase.
Sepae failed to fire last time out, but he recorded several impressive results in the lead-up to that run and I am happy to give him another chance today. The son of Sepoy dusted off the cobwebs with a credible run for fourth at Gunnedah first-up and took plenty of benefit into his second and third starts over the 1250m course at Taree; both classy wins. He simply did not handle the soft going last time out and will appreciate a return to a good track.
Winter Sonata will strip fitter into her second-up run at Tamworth this afternoon and looks the one to beat. The four-year-old enjoyed a smart debut preparation through late autumn and winter this year and worked home well to finish third at Port Macquarie three weeks ago. She’s drawn ideally in barrier 4 and has the added advantage of in-form hoop Andrew Gibbons aboard.