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Herald Sun Form Guide : April 18th 2009
46 Herald Sun, Saturday, April 18, 2009 + Winner’s Enclosure YOUR COMPREHENSIVE MILDURA CUP HARNESS GUIDE KERRYN MIELICKI’S MAIL with DAN MIELICKI BOLD MILDURA COUP BID BOLD CRUISER has had a wonderful season, capturing the Kilmore, Moonee Valley and Tasmania Cups along with a host of feature placings. Trainer Glenn Douglas has a fantastic record with country cups and together with brother Daryl and father-in-law and owner Eric Anderson there is hardly a Victorian regional feature they haven’t won. But BOLD CRUISER has been a revelation for the Anderson-Douglas team. A former New Zealander who commenced his Australian racing in mid-2007, the seven-year-old has contested most of the state’s country cups and has finished in the top four in 15 feature cups. It’s easy to understand why I amvery confident of his each-way chance in tonight’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup. His chances will improve with a strong tempo and the 2600m is an ideal distance. If favourite SMOKEN UP doesn’t get it all his own way then the race opens up a bit. There is no doubt SMOKEN UP is the horse to beat —he is a proven Group 1 performer and a deserved favourite in the $50,000 event. But I believe he may be a little risk from barrier 11 on the tight Mildura circuit. He is still a great chance, but he may not be as suited if he is not able to lead on this track. I expect trainer-driver Lance Justice to press forward as soon as he can, but if he has to sit without cover it brings his dangers closer to him. His staying ability is unquestionable, but the further out from the pegs on this track makes things slightly harder and give others a better chance. If so, BOLD CRUISER and SAMMY MAGUIRE can capitalise and stablemate OUR MALABAR has proved that he can be the giant-killer, too. SMOKEN UP was able to lead in the smaller field in Tuesday’s heat and was, as expected, too good, but I wouldn’t be taking a silly price. SAMMY MAGUIRE has the best draw, but only if he can make use of it. He is an up-and-coming pacer who is yet to reach his peak but gives every indication he will make the top grade. The John Justice-trained pair of LUV THA ACES LOMBO and THATS MISTER ALI both have place claims. The Mark Gurry and Associates Cup carries tremendous prizemoney of $23,500 and the in-form KALYPSON KID can continue on his purple patch of form. The Peter Tonkin-trained gelding is shooting for his sixth consecutive win and is my top selection with VILLAGE WARRIOR and LITTLE SONNY BILL the biggest threats. LITTLE SONNY BILL was first-up when second in his heat on Tuesday and is drawn to get a similar run and could be the improver. MIELICKI’S MAIL Mildura Cup: BOLD CRUISER 1, Smoken Up 2, Sammy Maguire 3. Mark Gurry Final: KALYPSON KID 1, Village Warrior 2, Little Sonny Bill 3. + Mildura Guineas: GOLD TARGET 1, It And A Bit 2, Shot From the Hip 3. Best bet: MICKIE DILINGER (Race 3 No. 6). Each-way: PANSLILSWEETHEART (Race 8 No. 2). LANCE JUSTICE Trainer/Driver MACH TWAIN (Mildura Race 4 No.4) Three of his five starts have been against the top echelon and you don’t do that with three-year-olds unless they’re pretty good. He’s got the best draw he could have got and he’ll be the leader and will be hard to beat. OUR MALABAR and SMOKEN UP (Mildura Race 7 Nos.8&11) Outside of the second line is always tough at Mildura, so Smoken Up will find it a bit tougher but he’s up to the challenge. Malabar won comfortably in good time the other night and even from the draw he’s one of Smoken Up’s main dangers. GAVIN LANG Trainer/Driver OHOKA GEORGIA (Mildura Race 5 No.3) He was pretty brave in the heat, he got trapped outside the leader all the way but never shirked the issue. It’s a good field, but if he gets a good run in transit his form indicates he’ll be one of the main players. SAMMY MAGUIRE (Mildura Race 7 No.3) The other night he did sit outside Our Malabar for the last mile at only his second run in about four months and still performed pretty creditably. He should strip fitter, which he’ll need to because it’s a better field, but he won’t be too far away. GLENN DOUGLAS Trainer/Driver GOLD TARGET (Mildura Race 4 No.11) Although he hasn’t won since Moonee Valley, he’s been chasing home some good horses. He got a bit far back the other night, but a full field should make for a more honest race which will suit him. BOLD CRUISER (Mildura Race 7 No.10) His closing sectionals the other night would have been as good as any horse that’s been around there for a while and he didn’t get beaten far. He’s not a horse that has to be up near the lead, but Mildura being what it is, we’ll probably see him go forward at some stage. THE barrier draw for tonight’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup has thrown up an interesting race. I reckon it gives Sammy Maguire the chance to turn the tables on his rivals and lead throughout from his front line draw. While they tend to run along at Mildura, it’s hard to beat a good horse if he leads and I think Sammy Maguire is a real horse of the future. Tuesday night’s heat was the first time he’s seen a decent draw for a while and I think he’ll benefit from the experience of being asked to run the gate. MANNING From the sulky Gavin didn’t chase him out with everything in the heat. I think he’ll do that in the final and will muster enough speed to hold the front. Conte De Cristo and That’s Mister Ali come out quick and will be the ones testing him early from out wide. That’s important because Smoken Up trails them out and I expect Lance (Justice) to keep pushing through from the start and be into the death inside the first lap. Once there you wouldn’t expect too many moves, but I’m sure Lance will keep the pressure on so the tempo won’t be too slow. Smoken Up is amazing in front, but I don’t think he’s quite as good from the death and that’s why I think Sammy Maguire might be able to hold him off. Bold Cruiser is running well without winning at the moment and it was a great run when he finished fast behind Smoken Up in his heat. Our Malabar looked strong on Tuesday night and he should get a nice run through behind Sammy Maguire if the emergency doesn’t start. He’s the other winning chance in what should be another great Mildura Cup. The support program is really strong and I think the Mark Gurry and Associates Cup will be a good form race. I like Village Warrior. He really impressed me with the way he got to the line in his heat and I think he’s got a good future. Kerryn’s Mildura Cup tips: Sammy Maguire 1, Smoken Up 2, Bold Cruiser 3, Our Malabar 4. Kerryn’s Mark Gurry Cup tips: Village Warrior 1, Ohoka Georgia 2, Kalypson Kid 3, Little Sonny Bill 4. TRAINERS and DRIVERS DAVID MURPHY Trainer/Driver LASER EDGE (Mildura Race 8 No.10) He’s in terrific form at the moment. His last win at Ballarat was really convincing, it was a good strong win, and on paper he looks better than these. The trick is just going to be navigating the Mildura circuit from barrier 10, but I’m confident he can. OURSANDYBEACH (Mildura Race 9 No.4) She’s drawn well and she’s got good gate speed, so she can use her draw. She’s a good half-mile track horse, who’s got good gate speed and is in good form so I’m hoping she’s got a good chance. QUICK FORM with CRAIG RAIL BEST ON TIMES VILLAGE WARRIOR (right) (Mildura Race 5 No.10) Came from last and was about 30m from the leader Kalypson Kid at the bell when a fast finishing second in his heat. Considering the final 1200m was run in a sizzling 1:28.1, his run was outstanding and he should prove hard to beat. BEST ON CLASS GOLD TARGET (Mildura Race 4 No.11) Worked to the line solidly from midfield when second in his heat of the Mildura Guineas and is the only metropolitan winning three-year- old pacer (3MA1) in the final. BEST ON TRIALS HARDCOVER (Mildura Race 2 No.6) Hasn’t had much luck this preparation and finished a close second behind Catlins Lord (C3) in a trial last week so he should be competitive against the maiden class. BEST ON VIDEO LITTLE SONNY BILL (Mildura Race 5 No.2) Worked out of the gate, took a trail and was held up badly for a run until the final 100m when he flashed home for second mid-week. He should be fitter for that performance and is capable of causing an upset. BEST ON RECORD CAMPBELL WALLACE (Mildura Race 3 No.3) Has had five starts at the Mildura circuit for four wins and a second (nose). He finished strongly from midfield to win his heat of the Qantaslink series and is better drawn this evening. BEST ROUGHIES ALBERTA VANCE (Mildura Race 6 No.1) Is better drawn than her unplaced effort mid-week and possesses a powerful finishing burst so will take holding out. CONTE DE CHRISTO (Mildura Race 7 No.5) Was checked at the start and recovered mid-race when fifth behind Smoken Up in his heat of the Pacing Cup. He is much better suited to a front line draw. TOMMYS LITTLE SIS (Mildura Race 9 No.1) Is capable of running to the line quickly with the right trail forward so is ideally suited to the pole position this evening. BEST MULTI BET Flexi Trifecta Race 2: 1,7/ 1,4,7/ 1,2,4,6,7,8 (Cost $20, which gives 125%) BEST INTERSTATE BET LIGHTNING McCOOL (Globe Derby Race 8 No.7) Blew the start completely and lost all chance when tenth at Globe Derby last week but looked good in winning at Terang prior. heraldsun.com.au
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