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Herald Sun Form Guide : April 4th 2009
52 Herald Sun, Saturday, April 4, 2009 + Winner’s Enclosure YOUR COMPREHENSIVE HARNESS GUIDE THE MAIN EVENT MIELICKI’S MAIL with DAN MIELICKI CALDOWS TURN MAGIC INTO GOLD MAGIC INTEREST was the standout juvenile trotter from last season and I think he can bounce back to his best form in tonight’s Group 1 APG 3YO Trotters Final at Moonee Valley. The Maree Caldow-trained colt capped a stellar two- year-old season with a Breeders Crown victory and after a spell came back a more mature-looking and physically imposing youngster. He was disappointing at Maryborough last start, but if he’s fit and ready he is the horse to beat in the $75,000 feature. He has the experience on his main dangers, having only missed a place just once in 14 starts and that was at his first start. Three of his main rivals have had six starts between them: LET ME THRU (three), OUR AYTHREEEIGHTY (two) and AFTANOONDELITE(one). OUR AYTHREEEIGHTY looks a very promising type who won’t have to improve much to fight out the finish. The Chris Alford-prepared gelding gives every indication he will be among the best of his age. New South Wales visitor HANGINWITHESTARS has been very consistent through his 14-start career, having only missed a place three times. He was runner-up in the Redwood Classic last year and is a quick beginner. The Chris Lang-trained LET ME THRU defeated OUR AYTHREEEIGHTY when both trotters made their debut a month ago, but he was unlucky last start and galloped previously. The barrier looks a big plus for LET ME THRU and his trainer has no peer when it comes to priming horses for a feature race. The filly AFTANOONDELITE ran a terrific race on debut when second to OUR AYTHREEEIGHTY at Maryborough at big odds. The Lisa Miles-trained daughter of Wagon Apollo only has to run up to that to be a huge threat. DEANNA TROY is arguably Australia’s best mare and she looks too classy for her rivals in the VSB&SA Ian Daff Memorial. If the Graeme Lang-trained mare is tuned up she’ll be able to make her own luck and I would expect her to dominate against her own sex. In form mare LUCKY ELSIE is the obvious main threat. The Youthful Stakes looks an exciting race with outstanding young prospects RENAISSANCE MAN and DARK CAMEO the main two chances. The barrier draw is a problem for RENAISSANCE MAN—in fact I don’t think he could have drawn worse as he has no speed at all early. I expect him to drift out to last, but circle the field and still prove too good. I don’t want to discount DARK CAMEO, as he looks highly talented pacer, and he should have a big head start on RENAISSANCE MAN mid-race. The Group 3 Coulter Crown is the feature open-class trot and the Michael Marais-trained IN PURSUIT is clearly the one to beat. The four-year-old was shooting for five wins in a row when he galloped at the start and gave away a huge handicap but still finished a game second to in-form trotter Dream A Moment. Mielicki’s Mail APG 3YO Trot: MAGIC INTEREST 1, Our Aythreeeighty 2, Hanginwiththestars 3. Ian Daff Memorial: DEANNA TROY 1, Lucky Elsie 2, Pacific Charm 3. Youthful Stakes: RENAISSANCE MAN 1, Dark Cameo 2, Jar Zinyo 3. + Coulter Crown: IN PURSUIT 1, La Mosca 2 , Billy Royle 3. BEST ON TIMES RENAISSANCE MAN (MV Race 3 No.1) Was slow to begin, raced out three and four wide for the last lap and ran a huge race for second in a sensational mile of 1.56.1 last outing. He is potentially Victoria’s best juvenile and he should give a bold showing tonight. BEST ON CLASS SOPHIE PASS (right) (MV Race 9 No.10) Faces a tough handicap of 20m but followed a win against the open class pacers in the Boort Cup with a fifth in the Jodies Babe so she will find tonight’s assignment much easier. BEST ON TRIALS THAT’S THE SPIRIT (MV Race 7 No.11) Has struggled for her best form in recent times but indicated that she might be on the way back with a Cranbourne trial victory over Pocket Legend where she finished off in 27.9 seconds. BEST ON VIDEO LOMBO LUMBER JACK (MV Race 6 No.9) Was severely checked on the first turn losing valuable ground and did a remarkable job to beat a few runners home (1.58.2MR 2100m) last week. He is a tough type and must be respected. BEST ON RECORD IN PURSUIT (MV Race 8 No.6) Has the fine record of seven wins from 15 starts and put in an enormous effort last week when he missed approximately 40m at the start, circled the field to race on the outside of the leader and kicked on well for second. BEST ROUGHIES STATUS SEEKER (MV Race 4 No.8) Has the perfect trailing draw behind the likely leader Jaydens Castle and wasn’t far away when fourth in a similar race last time so he is worth thought on an each way basis. QUICK ARMBRO (MV Race 5 No.9) Was unplaced behind the classy pacer Tanabi Bromac last outing and he should be getting fitter after two starts back from a break so he is capable of improving on his numerical form. BEST MULTI BET Flexi Boxed Trifecta R2: 1,3,4,5,6 (Cost $20, which gives 33.33%) BEST INTERSTATE BET MOHUA (Globe Derby Race 9 No.6) Is a beautifully bred filly, which came out very wide approaching the final corner and charged home late for an eye-catching second at Globe Derby last week. She is widely drawn but is ready to break through for her maiden Australian victory. THERE is no more exciting two- year-old in Australasia than RENAISSANCE MAN. Sure the Andy Gath-trained baby has a stack to learn, but his raw talent is stunningly exciting. Anybody who saw his latest run - a monster second in remarkable sectional times behind Bells And Whistles at Moonee Valley on February 7—left convinced they had seen an emerging star. Gath sensibly gave the son of Art Major a freshen-up after the headstrong performance, but he fired-up again and overraced when a sparkling trial winner at Kilmore. HAMILTON’S ANALYSIS Initially barrier one looked a potential hurdle in tonight’s Youthful Stakes (2100m), but Gath expects RENAISSANCE MAN to lead, overrace and still prove very hard to run down. DARK CAMEO looks the only serious danger. He was terrific winning two starts back then won fans with a strong second to Bells And Whistles. He’s good enough to take advantage of anything silly the very green RENAISSANCE MAN might do. THE OTHER BIG ONE IT was impossible not to be impressed by former Kiwi trotter IN PURSUIT last week and he looks the one to beat, providing he doesn’t make a mess of the start, in tonight’s Coulter Crown. Trained and driven by Michael Marais, of Gold N Gold and Noam fame, IN PURSUIT looks to be his next topliner. BILLY ROYLE is the proven class runner and still the main danger despite a daunting 20m handicap over the shortish 2575m trip. Former top young trotter JUST GLORIOUS showed signs of his best form again last time. LA MOSCA and SUN OF IRIS are best of the rest. BEST BET IN PURSUIT (Race 8, No.6): For all the reasons above. This young trotter is going places. BEST VALUE JAYDENS CASTLE (Race 4, No.1): Quick beginner who was just nabbed after setting the pace last week. Better for the run, drawn well again and very hard to beat. BEST ROUGHIE WALTON VAN (Race 5, No.10): Just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and caught the eye last week. Well worth an each-way ticket. TRAINERS and DRIVERS JOHN CALDOW Driver MAGIC INTEREST (MV Race 2 No.4) He needed the run in the heat, so we trialled him at Kilmore to top him off and trialled nicely. He just needed an extra run, so I expect him to go a bit better in the final because we’ve had this race in mind for a while. JUST GLORIOUS (MV Race 8 No.8) He went really well at Cranbourne and it’s the same sort of race this time. He’s back to 10m this week, but he’s done nicely since his last win and I expect him to go really well again despite the 10m. CHRIS ALFORD Driver OUR AYTHREEEIGHTY (MV Race 2 No.6) You can’t be too confident because he’s only had a couple of starts and he’s still learning, but he’s showing his share of ability and if he has the same run as he had last start he could win again. UPWARD EVER UPWARD (MV Race 5 No.6) Won a good race last time when he came down and beat Irish Sailor at Shepparton. Hasn’t had much luck north of the border of late, but he comes down into a winnable race. GEOFF WEBSTER Trainer/Driver McGINTYSGOAT& SECRET TENDER (MV Race 4 Nos. 3&11) McGintysgoat is probably not as good a racehorse, but ability wise there’s not a lot between them and he has drawn the better of the two. On form they should both be around the money. LUCKY ELSIE (MV Race 7 No.10) She’s the star of the stable at the moment. That’s a lovely draw for her, usually she’s wide off the front or way out the back, so hopefully she’ll get the right track into the race and be a chance again. GAVIN LANG Trainer/Driver DB DAZZLER (MV Race 1 No.1) I haven’t driven him before but he looks a nice three-year-old from what I’ve seen. I’d think he’ll get off the gate well enough to hold his own and if he holds the front he’ll be the one they have to beat. DEANNA TROY (MV Race 7 No.12) She’s resuming from her Hunter Cup run, but she has had a couple of trials leading into this and she generally races well fresh. She might not have drawn so good, but they’ll still know she’s there. QUICK FORM with CRAIG RAIL heraldsun.com.au
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