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.

Rosehill Race 2 - 12:55pm Davali Handicap (1100m)

Stables are commencing the sharp end of programmes for their two-year-old’s contesting for the invaluable black type available over the coming weeks with the ultimate prize of the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 19th. While the Snowden stable will be closely watching Russian Conquest and Miss Hellfire on the Gold Coast on Saturday, the performance of METALLICITY at Rosehill on Saturday might have more interest going forward into the upcoming Sydney juvenile races. The Zoustar colt has been prepared with two trial wins, the first at Canterbury over 890m on December 21st where he won by 1 1/4L, and the second at Rosehill over 900m on January 4th where he won by 1/2L. Heavily supported for his race debut, the interest will be if he wins where this positions him in the ranks heading towards March. – RB Odds: $2.00

Gold Coast Race 2 - 1:50pm Magic Millions Open (1800m)

WHEELHOUSE might have only recorded his second career victory on the Gold Coast last Saturday but he’d been mixing in rare company throughout his 3-year-old season. Fourth in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and fifth in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m),  the son of Pierro was even tested in the Doncaster Mile in his Classic year — which is a sure indication that the Chris Waller stable thinks he’s well above average. Wheelhouse was a smart winner over this same course and distance last Saturday in his dress rehearsal for this $250,000 assignment and only needs to back-up it up with a similar performance to prove competitive once again. — PF Odds:  $2.50

Flemington Race 4 - 2:18pm Twilight Payment Living Legends Plate (2000m)

CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) is unbeaten in two starts and looks to have the makings of a very good horse. A Ready-to-Run recruit out of New Zealand, this son of Per Incanto has gone about his task with real purpose in both his debut win and subsequent victory, and 2000 metres shouldn’t prove an issue — especially with ace distance rider Johnny Allen in the saddle. Though Saturday is Can’t Go Wong’s biggest test to date, and especially so with 60kg on his back, he’s in the right stable to go on and make ‘the grade’. — PF Odds:  $4.80

Rosehill Race 5 - 2.40pm Hypand Race Colours Bm78 Handicap (2000m)

Patience, maturity and working through the grades makes a long term racehorse and the work Godolphin have invested in DHAKURI is starting to pay off. Since August the Contributer four-year-old gelding has started seven times for three wins, a third and fifth placings in the others, rewarding the work and patience with $161,115 in stakes. Dhakuri has won his last two in succession, the last over 1800m at Randwick with 55kg arriving with a well-timed run by Glyn Schofield to defeat Niffler (NZ) with 54.5kg on Boxing Day. They face off again on Saturday with the weight spread not in Dhakuri’s favour at 58kg to 53kg, so this is worth a look to watch for further progression handling the impost. Schofield rides again and he will be well aware of what he has to deal with. – RB Odds: $7.50

Flemington Race 7 - 4:08pm Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m)

The upwardly mobile MILEVA is worth the look in the Flemington feature with the Phillip Stokes trained four-year-old Headwater mare looking to add to her multiple stake wins, including her last start win on the Listed Kensington Stakes over 1000m on the same sprint course as Saturday. Her three starts with Stokes since October have earned two wins and a third and a win on Saturday will take her earnings over the $500,000 mark. A valuable mare already, she might well add to her record with higher sights ahead as well. Zac Spain rides with 55kg and barrier nine. – RB Odds:  $6.00

Gold Coast Race 6 - 4:15pm Magic Millions Cup (1400m)

BEAU ROSSA is a genuine weight-for-age performer not on the Gold Coast just for a holiday after making the long haul from his home-base in South Australia.  The Morphettville-trained 4-year-old was only beaten a nostril by Behemoth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in the spring and appears to be ideally placed over Saturday’s trip second up from a spell, and with a record which reads 3:2-1-0. Given his share of luck from an outside barrier, Beau Rossa should be fighting out the finish of this $1 million event like the very good horse he is. — PF Odds:  $9.50