Worth a closer look...

The ThoroughbredNEWS team look at different aspects of the form ahead of another great weekend of interstate and international action. There may or may not be winners, but there are definitely some interesting points of view worth a closer look…

Odds with as at Friday 8.30am. Race times are all Australian Eastern Standard Time.


Canterbury Park Race 3 - 7:00PM TAB Plate (1250m)

REBEL SHADOW is now ready to open-up his winning account given normal luck in running after three very promising efforts. Two notable performances first time in work were backed-up with an equally acceptable minor placing first-up from a spell in a very similar assignment to this just a fortnight ago. While there is good reason to be wary about the promise of some of his rivals due to their impressive bloodlines, Rebel Shadow has done very little wrong each time he’s been to the races and deserves to break through sooner rather than later. — PF Odds:  $3.90


Caulfield Race 4 - 2:20PM Listed Premier Signs Doveton Stakes (1000m)

ENTHAAR has only raced at Caulfield on two previous occasions, blitzing her rivals over Saturday’s course and distance when landing the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes, before finishing a close-up sixth behind the top-class colts Artorius, Anamoe etc, in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. A blisteringly fast filly, Enthaar’s recent third behind Profiteer down the straight at Flemington was a definite pass-mark and should have brought her on perfectly for this assignment. Back around a turn and weighted on the minimum, the daughter of Written Tycoon should look like the winner at some stage of the contest and shouldn’t be far away at the finish. — PF Odds: $4.20 

Caulfield Race 5 - 3:00pm, Group 3 BECK Probuild Summoned Stakes (1600m)

Matthew Smith’s TRICKY GAL has placed at Group  level numerous times including a narrow second in the 2020 running of the Summoned Stakes. The Warwick Farm trainer has sent the six-year-old Magic Albert mare south once again to try for first prize and to add to her collection of six wins from 27 starts, while she has also placed second ten times with black type mixed into that stat. She is coming off a fifth in the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on November 6th and Damien Oliver rides with barrier three and 56kg under the set weights and penalties conditions. Oliver will ensure she hears his instructions as we watch to see if the elusive black type win can be achieved. – RB Odds: $4.80

Rosehill Race 8 - 4:40pm Group 3 Petaluma Festival Stakes (1500m)

Rosehill was rated a Heavy 8 on Thursday and if the forecast rain arrives on Friday, potentially up to 40mm, the track will be very heavy. So it is worth looking back to STOCKMAN’S (NZ) win in the Listed McKell Cup over 2000m on a Heavy 8 with 54kg under Sam Clipperton. With the latter still recovering from jaw surgery Jay Ford takes over with 54.5kg and barrier 15 at this stage before scratchings, that may deluge like the rain. The five-year-old Tavistock gelding’s heavy form is three from four and a second, and a win would take his earnings to just under the half million mark. – RB Odds: $23.00

Caulfield Race 9 - 5:40PM Quayclean Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m)

The late scratching of I AM SUPERMAN (Ire) at Kembla Grange last Saturday due to a deteriorating track might prove a godsend for connections and supporters of the high-class import as he looks much better placed in the Kevin Heffernan as he did in The Gong. A course and distance winner in August 2020, the Snowden-trained gelding also looks to be drawn to advantage and should be able take a position just behind the speed — a style of racing which has previously seen him perform to greatest effect. After two runs back from a spell, I Am Superman (Ire) is as ready as he will ever be to record his fourth win Down Under and appears to be in a contest which is made to measure. — PF. Odds: $3.60


Tokyo Race 12 - 5.40pm AEST Grade 1 Japan Cup (2400m)

The Japan Cup will be CONTRAIL’S final race before retiring to stud to follow in the footsteps of his sire Deep Impact. A Japanese Triple Crown winner, Contrail was second last year to the now retired Almond Eye in the Japan Cup and remarkably he has yet to finish further back than third in a race. Neither trainer Yoshito Yahagi, just back from a Breeders’ Cup winning double, nor jockey Yuichi Fukunaga have yet to win a Japan Cup, so the trio are a must watch to see if they can correct this anomaly. No matter the outcome, the Japan Cup is always worth viewing. – RB pools