MIGHTY LUCKY - This grand old horse’s first-up performance was huge when beaten three lengths by Osborne Bulls in the Luskin Star Stakes at Scone. He missed the start by three lengths then was finding the line better than anything in the race late, storming home down the centre of the track. He’s got solid Rosehill and distance figures then you look at his second-up record which reads three wins and three placings from 10 starts. Think back to his last prep, second-up he gave Washington Heights 2kg and was beaten a half-length in the Group II Shannon Stakes, with 2-1/4 lengths back to third. After the 2kg claim for Jean Van Overmeire he only carries a half-kilo more than he did that day and what price do you think Washington Heights would be if he was in this? This is the best value bet you’ll find anywhere on Saturday, his form is top shelf and he’s got a big second-up profile.
OZARK - You won’t see a more impressive win than the one this son of Lohnro produced when resuming at Randwick. We all know the Lonhros continue to improve so there’s no reason not to expect this bloke has gone to another level since coming back from a spell and his Randwick win supports that. Getting back at Rosehill isn’t my favourite racing pattern but there looks to be ample speed here for Ozark to produce his blistering turn of foot. I like that they’ve kept him on the fresh side and this looks within his reach.
ROOI ROE - Rooi Roe was fractious at Toowoomba and never likely; she clearly wasn’t herself and Les Tilley was kind to her in the run to the line. The Bel Esprit mare has been given a six-week break and bar plates coming off indicate whatever hoof issues she had are resolved. Rooi Roe has a great record at Rockhampton with four wins from six starts and whilst Scott Sheargold rides her for the first time she will be hard to hold off over the 1050m.
MURDARESS - Formerly with Dwayne Smith in Northern NSW, Murdaress won a maiden at Kempsey early in her career but has found winning hard since despite placing four times in her past eight starts. Since resuming she has placed at both outings, her most recent effort being third at Lismore in a Benchmark 59 where she disappointed as favourite over 1400m. Murdaress has now been moved on to Zoe Horn and backs up for her third run in a month since resuming, a pattern similar to that followed last preparation during which she was able to run a good horse in Sawtell close. Murdaress’ first-up effort behind Wooditton and Exellas was good enough for this company, the blinkers go back on and with Ryan Wiggins to ride she should get a good run throughout.
DOOGUS - Doogus was solid at his last preparation breaking his maiden and finishing in the top four in all five outings. He resumed on the back of a good trial with a narrow defeat in a class three to the good performer Cyclone Fugitive. Doogus is an improving three-year-old, this class one over 1200m looks ideal and from gate two with regular rider Elyce Smith claiming 2kg will be hard to hold off.