John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 1 August 2014

 Race 1: 3 - 2 - 5 - 4

3 Baabulu is in top form, this mare winning 3 of her last 5 from heavy to dead, looks to stalk them again here.

2 Street Spirit can control the speed here, likes the distance and the wet and she is better than her last run.

5 Blue Carlou’s last run was an improvement.

4 Steerage is next best.

Race 2: 1 - 2 - 5 - 4

1 Extreme Shot is most consistent and coming off a strong win at Narrandera, loves the 1400 and rises only half a kilo on that win.

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 1 August 2014

 Race 1: 3 - 2 - 5 - 4

3 Baabulu is in top form, this mare winning 3 of her last 5 from heavy to dead, looks to stalk them again here.

2 Street Spirit can control the speed here, likes the distance and the wet and she is better than her last run.

5 Blue Carlou’s last run was an improvement.

4 Steerage is next best.

Race 2: 1 - 2 - 5 - 4

1 Extreme Shot is most consistent and coming off a strong win at Narrandera, loves the 1400 and rises only half a kilo on that win.

Jacinta On Track For Loftier Goals

Promising mare Jacinta will make her return at Randwick on Saturday with Matthew Dale already eying off loftier goals in the near future.

Having continued to raise the bar last time in culminating with a career peak performance in the Listed National Sprint, the daughter of Commands will step out for her just her 13th start on Saturday.

Although a victor of six of her career starts, Dale felt she was still learning last time in and does expect her to show further improvement this preparation.

Brendan Ward Joins 100 Club

Canberra’s leading jockey Brendan Ward has become just the fifth rider to reach 100 winners for the season in NSW and the ACT.

Ward, who is set to walk away with multiple country premiership wins this season, reached the century with a double on his home track at Canberra last Friday.

Proving successful in holding off the challenge of main rival Richard Bensley, Ward clinched his fourth Canberra Racing Club jockey premiership in five seasons, since first moving from Wagga to Canberra in early 2010.

A race to the Premiership

Canberra Racing Club Premierships approach the line as Friday’s race meeting at Thoroughbred Park is the final race meeting for the premiership season.

The result of most of the premierships appear to be clear cut, however the trainers premiership could come down to the wire if Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones pull a big day out of the bag.

Trainers Premiership

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.

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.