Polyphemus To Take The Next Step

An encouraging maiden win last start leaves Canberra based trained Len Hodgson confident Polyphemus can take the next step at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Successful in following up on his solid effort behind Windrunner two back, the son of Denon really hit the line strongly to break through for his maiden win at Canberra last start.

With the likely rain appearing his biggest danger on Friday, Hodgson has never been one to hide his fair opinion of the rising four-year-old having earmarked him as a Canberra Guineas contender early on.

Coco Miss On Track To Go Back To Back

Impressive last start winner Coco Miss gets conditions to suit at Thoroughbred Park on Friday and appears poised to notch up back to back victories for the Matthew Dale stable.

Having only recently joined Dale's team after formerly being trained by Tony McEvoy the daughter of Lonhro proved most impressive when leading throughout at Canberra last start.

Although some query at the trip, Coco Miss proceeded to have little concerns with the wet track saluting by three lengths in good time.

Rose Of Falvelon Back In Great Order

Star mare Rose Of Falvelon appears on track for a bumper campaign following her effortless first up victory at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Having enjoyed a break-out preparation last time in the daughter of Falvelon proceeded to dominate her rivals in what Nick Olive's stable foreman Billy Owen described as a $10,000 barrier trial.

 "Shouldn't couldn't have won it with any more ease than she did, it was very pleasing to see her return in such good order," Owen said.

Dale Looks Forward To Next Season

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale has enjoyed a remarkable strike rate in metropolitan company of late and hopes to continue this trend in the upcoming season.

Cumulatively Dale has collected six victors in metropolitan company and more notably is striking at 29 per cent in Victoria.

Overall Dale's stable has enjoyed a solid strike rate of 17 per cent and while down on his usual high 21 per cent he is on track to collect the most prize money earned in  a single season for the past 10 years.

Polyphemus Rated Better Than Asclepius

Canberra based trained Len Hodgson is confident Polyphemus will surpass his older brother Asclepius following his maiden success at Thoroughbred Park last start.

Earmarked early on as a Canberra Guineas contender, Polyphemus unfortunately surcame to injury but now appears back on track.

"I've had a bit of an opinion for him for a while now," Hodgson said.

"We got him in as an early three-year-old and I was confident that he was going to be my Guineas [Canberra] horse.

Jockarli Set To Return In Good Order

Having been his own worst enemy prior to a break Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident Jockarli can make amends when resuming on Sunday.

Set to resume in the fifth event at Thoroughbred Park, the son of Al Maher has displayed good ability and arguably should have gone to the paddock in winning form only to lay out badly in the straight at Goulburn.

Working home solidly to be beaten less than two lengths, Jones felt his trackwork has indicated that he may be over his previous issues but does wants to see him perform well on raceday.

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 6 July 2014

Race 1: 4 - 8 - 3 - 1

Can't rule many out in this race, as the exposed form is good for country maiden, watch on debutantes, top bottom, little or no wet form about these.

4 Ramesses has shown good speed at all runs and will be prominent for a long way from Gate 1.

8 Cheering trialled well against the well performed older horses at Goulburn, Keep an eye out as it could be prominent.

3 Flying Mamuza, won in trial recently, history shows has been bred to be adept in heavy conditions.

1 Achanizo - watch market.

 

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 6 July 2014

Race 1: 4 - 8 - 3 - 1

Can't rule many out in this race, as the exposed form is good for country maiden, watch on debutantes, top bottom, little or no wet form about these.

4 Ramesses has shown good speed at all runs and will be prominent for a long way from Gate 1.

8 Cheering trialled well against the well performed older horses at Goulburn, Keep an eye out as it could be prominent.

3 Flying Mamuza, won in trial recently, history shows has been bred to be adept in heavy conditions.

1 Achanizo - watch market.

 

Olive Set To Launch At Thoroughbred Park

Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive looks to extend his lead in the trainer's premiership with three-year-old Aircraft well placed to make a winning debut on Friday.

Formerly trained by Tim Martin, Olive acquired the son of Starcraft close to two months ago and has been pleased with his form in the lead up, though admits he hasn't been the easiest horse to train.

"The horse is going well, he has been a little bit of a challenge to train but I'm confident we have got him in a good place at the moment," Olive said.

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