Belladeel hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but he stamped himself as a colt to follow during his short debut prep and looks well placed to return a winner today. The three-year-old son of Dundeel took up the running on debut at Randwick and was entitled to weaken late, ultimately finishing fifth and he carried wholesale improvement into his second-up effort; a dominant win over 1400m here at Warwick Farm. Chris Waller scratched the horse from a race later in the program to run in this and he has trialled extremely well in the lead-up to today’s assignment.
Jake’s Hill has continued to improve with racing this time and looks ready to peak fourth-up at Warwick Farm this afternoon. The British import made up plenty of ground to finish midfield over a mile at Randwick first-up in February and has since charged home to finish in the minors over 1900m and 2400m respectively. His wide barrier today isn’t a concern as he’ll settle back in the running regardless and with even luck in the straight, he’ll prove extremely difficult to hold out. The booking of James McDonald to ride is also extremely beneficial.
Nicco Lad will take plenty of improvement into his second campaign target at Warwick Farm today and will be tough to beat. The Nicconi gelding has been a strong and consistent performer for Peter & Paul Snowden throughout his career and was an impressive winner at Canterbury at this point of his prep, last time in. He can take a forward position from barrier 4 this afternoon and is a proven performer on soft tracks.
Semper Fidelis rarely runs a bad race and he looks over the odds to salute in the seventh at Warwick Farm this afternoon ($12 at publish). The High Chaparral mare recorded four wins and three minors through her eight starts last time in and resumed this time with a credible performance for fourth over 1300m at Randwick. There is no doubt that she’ll take plenty of benefit into this race and she is a live chance in what looks an open race today.