Worth a closer look…

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


Morphettville Race 5 - 2:22pm Listed Dominant Centaurea Stakes (2015m)

FOXY FRIDA put the writing on the wall at her latest outing when hitting the line strongly in a very similar event over 1600 metres. Close to last with 400 metres left to run, the Ballarat-based 4-year-old passed all of her rivals bar the winner Silent Sovereign, only just failing by a Long Neck in taking out a prestigious Group 2 event. Although yet to win over 2000m, Foxy Frida’s effort in the Ballarat Cup last November over the very same trip was an absolute ripper and she should gave her supporters a real show for their money. — PF Odds - $2.30

Doomben Race 8 - 3:58pm Group 2 The Roses (2000m)

The Chris Waller trained and part-owned filly SMIRK (NZ) faces another step in a carefully planned path of development over her five starts from Newcastle to Canterbury, the Gold Coast and now Doomben. She has won two of those starts and placed in another two, including her last start third to Dynasties and Gypsy Goddess (NZ) in the Listed Bracelet over 1800m at the Gold Coast on May 7th. Smirk is by the young Zabeel sire Preferment with a deep NZ pedigree on her dam side being out of the Stravinsky mare Keep Smiling, hence Smiling Like and Eustaci. Patience and maturity will reward connections and it will be interesting to see how she handles this next rise in class. - RB Odds:  $6.50


Sandown Race 6 - 2:45PM Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (2100m)

MONBAHER (Ire) made a good impression when saluting at his first start in Australia — a 2000m assignment on a heavy track at Ballarat first-up no less. Formerly raced in the UK by Shadwell Estate in whose colours he flogged a smart galloper named Fairmac over 2400m at Doncaster, the relative newcomer to the local scene is now with Matt Cumani and was ridden by Johnny Allen in his debut success. The combination of (former owner) Shadwell, (the surname) Cumani and (ace distance jockey) Allen is a formidable concoction in any part of the world and Monbaher (Ire) is well worth keeping tabs on for Sunday and further down the track. — PF Odds - $3.00

Sandown Race 8 - 3:45PM Ladbrokes Blended Bets Handicap (1400m)

RHINOCEROS (NZ) shaped as one of the most promising 3-year-olds in Melbourne during the spring when brought over from New Zealand for an extended campaign. A member of the Emma-Lee & David Browne team that helped fill their coffers during a very rewarding stint this side of The Ditch, the Vadamos gelding has been running in major black-type company ever since and should appreciate a massive drop in grade for this run-of-the-mill event on the big jumps card at Sandown. Though Rhinoceros (NZ) has not looked close to winning since last October, he remains a lightly-raced prospect with arguably his best victory still waiting ahead and can take the first step in salvaging what was once a very promising career. — PF Odds - $17.00


Tokyo Race 11 - 4.40pm Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (2400m)

The traditional step for the three-year-old fillies attempting the 2400m so it to STARS ON EARTH that we look to with her sire the 2015 Japanese Derby winner Duramente to give her the required stamina dose. Stars on Earth already is consistent having placed in her six starts to date including winning the Oka Sho. A race packed with class pedigrees as to be expected, Christophe Lemaire will ride and a fascinating watch. - RB

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Sha Tin Race 6 - 5.00pm Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m)

An excellent field for the Champions & Chater Cup and a stern test for the Casper Fownes trained SENOR TOBA. The experienced trainer has a very high opinion of this four-year-old Toronado gelding who has made rapid strides in his Hong Kong career. He strode away from the field in the Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup over 2400m at Sha Tin on May 1st to win by 2L and now steps up to Group 1 company. A watch to see this far out how he might go against international opposition on HKIR Day in December. - RB

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