Runaway looms as the one to beat in this Steeplechase.
The Waterhouse & Bott-trained galloper has been a notable and largely consistent performer in some of the country’s best jumps races for a few seasons now, and he has stripped fitter for runs in the Echuca Cup and a Pakenham Hurdle this time.
I like that he has been back to the trials since his last race, and he is the one that I want to be with this afternoon.
Saunter Boy has fast become one of the country’s best jumpers, and he looks the one to beat in this year’s Galleywood Hurdle.
The son of Myboycharlie finished fifth over a mile and a half at Caulfield when resuming, but he charged home to win over the jumps at Pakenham last time out.
Fitter third-up and stepping out in the race that he has been set for, I think he’ll take a power of beating.
This is a typically open edition of the Wangoom Handicap, and there is a case to be made for several gallopers, including Poland.
Poland is yet to win in four starts back this time, but he has returned some eye-catching efforts in good races, and finished a credible fifth in the Neds Oakleigh Plate, most notably.
He steps out today in peak order, and with even luck in running, I’m confident he can make his presence felt.
Wahine Toa hasn’t been seen at the races since November, but this looks a lovely launchpad for her.
The five-year-old daughter of Dalakhani has been a good horse for the Maher & Eustace stable throughout her lightly raced career, are she raced well around some above average gallopers in town, last time in.
I like that she is getting underway over 1700m, and she certainly has the talent to win this race on her way to bigger and betting things.