Worth a closer look...

The ThoroughbredNEWS team look at different aspects of the form ahead of another great weekend of interstate 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 8.00am. Race times are all Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The Valley Race 1 – 12.45pm Mia Kleer Hand Sanitiser Handicap (1000m)

A sign of the times in the race name of this second-to-last two-year-old race of the Victorian season and moving on we come to FROSTIN’ from the Snowden stable. There are numerous reasons to be looking closely at this four start gelding, he is, no surprise, by Frosted out of the Anabaa mare Patina who Peter Snowden trained for Darley as a city winner, including over 1200m at The Valley back in March 2008. Plus the ownership of Frostin’ is no other than Snowden Racing Pty Ltd. Always good to see strong interest from the stable in their runners. Frostin’ will present value as we watch this family affair. – RB Odds: $7.50

The Valley Race 2 – 1.20pm Plant Powered Cleaning Handicap (1000m)

So to the last two-year-old race of the 2020/21 Victorian season and an interesting field of fillies including John McArdle’s Capitalist filly TYCOON HUMMA. The filly resumes after two impressive wins in February including beating Frostin’ – see above – at Bendigo on debut. She then won the Listed Festival Stakes over 1000m at Flemington. McArdle knows this family well with Tycoon Humma’s dam the six times winner, including at Listed and Group 3 level, Humma Humma. The Denman mare also collected black type placings with ease. On Saturday Jamie Mott must contend with barrier 12 on the tight sprint course, all of which adds up to a good watch early in the afternoon. – RB Odds: $4.40

Morphettville Race 7 - 4:02pm Leader Computers, Locally Built, Proudly Australian Handicap (1050m)

TAKEN OFF shaped as a very progressive sprinter last time in work, winning three-on-the-bounce including two at Morphettville. The rising 5-year-old resumes with his record reading a very handy six wins from just 11 starts, with victories first-up or second up in the past, and over this course and distance. A member of Phillip Stokes’ potent stable, Taken Off is one to follow over the next few months and should be able to make his presence felt in his return to competition. — PF odds: $6.50

Randwick Race 9 – 4.10pm Fujitsu General Bm 88 Handicap (1100m)

Greg Hickman’s flying mare OUR BELLAGIO MISS is going for three wins in succession. The rising five-year-old Casino Prince mare collected the first Midway Handicap over 1100m at Rosehill on July 3rd and followed up at Randwick on the 17th winning the Benchmark 78 over the same distance. Both were on Heavy 8 tracks but her Soft track form is just as good. Tommy Berry rode the mare in her previous wins and with 55kg from barrier one, she will be close to the pace ready to be looking good as they come over the rise. Hickman of course is under the pump with two notable Hickman names in the ownership group. – RB

Godolphin toyed with the idea of racing VALAQUENTA in Adelaide in the Listed Lightning Stakes but have instead sided with this Benchmark 88 in which the 3-year-old gelding will carry 54kg — as opposed to 59kg in the other assignment. Another superbly-bred member of the James Cummings stable, Valaquenta is a half-brother to Kementari amongst others and most likely has his best racing days ahead. Three wins so far over 1000m-1100m are a clear indication that the son of Street Boss (USA) is not short of natural speed and could be suited by this assignment first-up and without any evidence of a prior recognised barrier trial. — PF Odds: $5.00 & $9.50