Takatoka clearly needed the run when he finished down the order at Pakenham when resuming, but he’ll take plenty of benefit from that effort and can break his maiden this afternoon.
The Reset gelding has made six trips to the races for four second placings and a third, and this looks to be an easier race than his first assignment.
He’ll get some relief in the weights and can fight out the finish.
Rousseau has returned some lovely efforts this prep and strikes another winnable race at Sale this afternoon.
The So You Thin gelding has missed placing once in his last five starts, winning at Pakenham most notably, and he was last seen finishing a nose second in BM64 company at Mornington.
A repeat of that effort would see him into the finish again.
Lady D’oro hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but she was good in some better races than this one last time in, and she can make a winning return at Sale today.
The Medaglia D’oro mare won each of her first two back from a spell before placing in consecutive races at Flemington.
Given the form she found around some above-average gallopers, the $8.50 available for her at publish looks overs.
Contalmaison looks the runner to beat in the last at Sale this afternoon.
The four-year-old son of Rubick needed the run when he finished down the order at Ballarat when fresh, but he has noticeably improved with each of his three subsequent starts, winning at Pakenham and finishing second at Mornington last time out.
He looks to be at peak fitness now and with even luck, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.