LOCAL trainer Garry White is taking a big team to Hawkesbury on Thursday and he will be combining with top jockey Corey Brown to secure a few winners.
White is looking forward to seeing Military Academy try to breakthrough in a Maiden Handicap (1100m) as he drops back from city grade for his first-up run.
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“On paper, Military Academy is probably my best,” White said. “He’s definitely a lot stronger and more mature this time around, his trial was good and his work has been great terrific.
“This doesn’t look like an overly strong race and he’s got a good gate.”
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BEST BET: LIVE AND FREE (Race 6, No. 1)
He was impressive in breaking through last start and although he’s going from a maiden win to a Class 2 race this isn’t beyond him and Brenton Avdulla sticks with him.
NEXT BEST: SOKUDO (Race 4, No. 1)
If he takes any improvement off his first campaign in much higher grade it’s hard to see him losing this. He’s got a great team behind him and should be fighting out the finish.
VALUE BET: EXTREME MEASURE (Race 3, No. 5)
How often do we see them bounce back from cardiac arrhythmia? This horse is racing for a stable with a tremendous strike-rate and has trialled well enough to suggest a forward showing.
Race 5: 4, 6, 7, Race 6: 1, 4, 6, Race 7: 1, 5, 7, 10, Race 8: 3, 5, 7, 8
TRAINER TO WATCH
JASON COYLE only has two runners but they both look to be over the odds and should race nicely.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
COREY BROWN has a stack of rides for Garry White and a number of them look well-placed and ready to win.
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White thinks if his three-year-old colt can get the better of the Gary Portelli-trained filly Cortesta he’ll be winning.
“It’s a two-year-old though and there’s only 2kg between them in weight,” he said.
White feels punters shouldn’t underestimate his two-year-old Brown Thomas a race later over 1300m. He’s got to take on what looks to be a very competitive and promising field of runners. Some which could go on to a race like the Fernhill Handicap (1600m) on day two of The Championships at Randwick on April 14.
“The two-year-old goes all right,” White said. “He’s just got to do everything right on the day. “He’s a nice horse and he looks like he’ll get over a bit of ground which is why he’s starting in a 1300m race.
“His trial was good even though beaten a long way, but I didn’t take much notice of that because it was against a much older, seasoned horse (Final Trick) that has won seven races.”
White is confident So It Goes can go to a new level at its first provincial start after winning a few well in the bush while Fifth Affair heads into a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1100m) off a luckless third placing last start. She has been a model of consistency this preparation and almost ran down Vellor and Artemis Rose last start.
“She should have won last time,” White said. “Noel Callow said he would have protested if the margin was a bit smaller because she was flattened at the turn (by Artemis Rose) and that cost her the race. She’s going as well as ever and looks great and she gets a nice barrier for a change and will get a nice cosy run behind the speed.
“Corey’s one of those blokes who, when he’s ridden them a couple of times and has worked them out, can win on them whereas a lot of other jockeys can’t.”
In the Provincial & Country Maiden Plate (1300m), White has Perfect Heritage and Fourth Protocol. Perfect Heritage returns from a year-long break but has won a lead-up trial over 760m by one-and-a-half lengths.
“If he delivers what I know he can do he will win, but you’ve got to take him on trust because he’s had four goes (for a third placing),” White said. “Fourth Protocol has also trialled well and I think he’s done enough work so if he gets any luck he’ll be in the finish too.”
White says Lady Chalfont only has to carry her 59kg to get the job done in her Benchmark 63 Handicap (1400m). “It’s a winnable race for Lady Chalfont. She was in a lot stronger race than this before so she’s a solid chance,” he said.
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RACE 1 (12.55pm)
4. Given Time should be a big improver here and he was good on debut behind a pretty good horse so this is his race to win before a likely move to metropolitan racing. 5. Red Captain has shown some promise but still needs to improve a couple of lengths to win this race, but isn’t the worst in the field for an underrated trainer. 2. Triksing comes into this race now that he’s up to 1500m and should be hitting the line well.
BETTING STRATEGY: GIVEN TIME to win.
RACE 2 (1.35pm)
1. Masterati hasn’t won first-up from three attempts which is the obvious concern, but he’s a horse on the way up and Joe Pride has given him two good trials. 3. Rather Sweet races best at his home track and he looks to be at his best over 1000m where he’s won before at the track and distance. 4. And So It Goes has good country form and now has to bring that, and a bit more, to the provincials. 7. Our Rosemaree is in top form and is a real threat.
BETTING STRATEGY: MASTERATI to win.
RACE 3 (2.10pm)
7. Cortesta has the natural ability to get the job done. The concern is she’s only carrying 2kg less than the three-year-old colt 4. Military Academy who is first-up and drops in grade for this race and is coming off a lead-up trial win. 5. Extreme Measure returns after suffering cardiac arrhythmia last October and horses tend to not only return well from it but come out and win, or go close, when they come back.
BETTING STRATEGY: EXTREME MEASURE to win.
RACE 4 (2.45pm)
1. Sokudo was racing in the top-class juvenile races before a let-up and if he brings any improvement to this race he’ll be the leading contender. 2. Brown Thomas is a first starter and he trialled nicely for this behind an older horse that had already won seven races. It’s hard to see 6. Royal Captain finishing worse than six lengths from the winner like last time and he’s a real contender here. 8. Reagan was super last start in town and this is his final run before a Stakes race at The Championships.
BETTING STRATEGY: REAGAN to win.
RACE 5 (3.25pm)
6. Mr Plow had a nice tune-up trial for this and was good at his first two career runs and this trip will suit him in a race he’s placed to win. 4. Spin Bowles ran into two better ones last time but didn’t shirk the task and ran through the line strongly. 7. Evolet was pushed out in its lead-up trail and will put in a nice run. So will 2. Fourth Protocol and 3. Perfect Heritage for trainer Garry White.
BETTING STRATEGY: MR PLOW to win.
RACE 6 (4.05pm)
1. Live And Free was good in winning last time at Kembla Grange. 4. Madam Juror is Scott Singleton’s best of the day and he’s a good judge of his horses, particularly at home. Another runner trained on the track is 6. Ausbred Diamond and she loves racing over a mile while the in-form 5. Staggering is being tested at the trip for the first time but she’s won two of her past three and should run the trip.
BETTING STRATEGY: LIVE AND FREE to win.
RACE 7 (4.40pm)
7. Appetizing has drawn wide but he will still likely cross the field and lead and his fate will be known after a furlong depending on how much work he has to do to find a good spot, but he’s racing well and the 1400m is ideal. 2. Damaging pulled up with heat stress last start and that won’t be a worry here. 8. First Courrier is looking for further but was an in-form horse last preparation and these 2000m horses can sprint fresh. Best of the rest is 10. Could I Be.
BETTING STRATEGY: APPETIZING to win.
RACE 8 (5.15pm)
8. Ballet Rose is a well-bred filly who will be better after a little break and even though she has beaten 5. Fifth Affair in the past the Garry White-trained filly loves racing on her home track and she was unlucky not to win last start after getting interfered with. 7. Tapavino is adaptable and in fine form. She’ll have to come out of gate 10 and that’s the tricky part but if she can get cover she’ll be firing late.
BETTING STRATEGY: FIFTH AFFAIR to win.