The Early Mail - St John Ambulance Race Day - 31st July 2016
R1 ST JOHN AMBULANCE GOLDFIELDS MAIDEN 1:12 1300m
The first on the St John Ambulance Race Day has a capacity field to battle it out over the 1300m. The Brown trained RHINO BUSTER (1) was unlucky last start when forced to carry additional ground throughout. The Danehill Express three year old’s effort was big considering the torrid run he had. Matthieu Autier will be aboard the galloper today and will have to work some magic to overcome the outside gate. THE DELORAN (4) handed in a better performance last start when sitting on speed. Clint Johnston-Porter will be aboard the three year old who has drawn the inside for his assignment. Expect the bay to settle near the speed and fight on to the line. Dean Nazzari has DON’T SPEED (10) engaged in the event. The Demerit filly hit the line in a determined fashion last start when finishing third behind Prayer In Cee. If Randy Tan can keep in touch with the leading division the filly can figure. UNWANTED LASS (8) fought on strong last start to finish second behind Britella. Glenn Smith has an awkward gate meaning she may settle further back today.
R2 ST JOHN AMBULANCE 1ST IN FIRST AID HANDICAP 2120m 1:49
The second race on the card is the staying event of the day. Discorsi gelding CINCINNATI BOY (2) was perfectly ridden by Matthieu Autier last start who retains the ride. The four year old galloper should settle near the speed once again and looks one that will not be bothered by the step up in distance. The Kevin Green trained THE KARNUP KID (8) fought on strongly last start at Pinjarra when leading for the majority of the event. The Blackfriars gelding will be aided by a light weight as a result of Sarah Bonner being aboard. The Brett Mathews trained SIR DANDY (4) was finding the line nicely last start over the 1760m. The Viscount gelding has been competitive since arriving in the Goldfields and he looks an each way chance in the event. Expect Boy Hill to settle him midfield or worse and wind him up from the 600m onwards. DARK DEVOTION (3) has now been settled locally in the stables of Paddy Bermingham Jnr and deserves another chance. The three year old has won over 2200m prior to today.
R3 RFDS RETRIEVAL RUN HANDICAP 1600m 2:23
The third on the card is an open event where a case could be made for several engaged. The Dave Smith trained OPEN ERA (5) has a dramatic step up to the 1600m after finishing fourth over the 1100m. The Balmont gelding is one that can roll along and sustain a sprint home. GONDIGGIN (7) is looking for another win at the KBRC. The Parnham trained seven year old has been a good bread and butter horse for connections. A BIT SKETCHY (8) was doing his best work late last start when going down a length. The four year old possesses a solid turn of foot so look for her late. ON THE ROPES (4) steps up to the 1600m today. The Fath six year old has won up to 200m so the step up won’t worry him.
R4 RED BELLY RUN HANDICAP 1200m 3:00
The first leg of the Quaddie has the on fire MASTER WINKS (1) engaged. The Grljusich trained galloper has to carry 61.5kg as the stable has elected to drop back significantly in class. If he can win today it will be the fifth consecutive victory. The Oratorio gelding has previously won with 59kg. The Paul Smythe trained COCO CASH (5) was impressive last start when reeling in the leaders to win. Randy Tan will be legged aboard today, expect her to the settle in the back half of the field. RUN FOR RUM (4) continues to threaten with his fast sectional. The five year old chased gallantly behind Halusa last start to finish second. RIKKI TIKKI TAVI (8) continues to work home well.
R5 RFDS & ST JOHN AMBULANCE VOLUNTEERS HANDICAP 1200m 3:37
Peter Fernie looks almost certain to take out the fifth having four of the nine gallopers engaged. The 2016 form horse PROHURST EXPRESS (2) has been given a mid-season let up and returns to the track after five weeks away. The Danehill Express gelding has won four from six at the track and looks hard to beat once again. TEMPORISE (1) chased home gallantly last start when finishing three lengths behind Reflectance. The Blackfriars gelding will once again have to carry 60kg. CASINO PRINCE (3) was encouraging at his first run back this year. The five year old led them into the straight fighting on strongly finishing fourth. CROWN LAWYER (5) will appreciate the drop in class today.
R6 ST JOHN AMBULANCE FIRST RESPONDER HANDICAP 1200m 4:07
The sixth on the card has twelve to go over the 1200m. The Gary Bowen trained LONGSCHAMP (2) has been racing well this preparation. The Bletchley Park five year old sat in the cheap seats three wide last start and fought on gallantly to finish a narrow second behind Miss Jupiter. The gelding’s chances will be enhanced by the claim of Fiona Bell. Last start maiden winner ADRIAN MAKFI (4) looks to have ability and will get every chance today from barrier five. The three year old was ridden like the best horse in the race last start when tramping widen and still winning. MOMENT OF PRIDE (1) was sent out short last start and never threatened. The recent acquisition of the Fernie stable has had a run at the track and should be respected today. DARK RHYTHM (6) has finished close up at her past two starts at the track. The Due Sasso mare is well performed over the 1200m. Be sure to include her in your novelties.
R7 PRIORITY ONE RUN HANDICAP 1400m 4:37
The last on the card looks an absolute raffle for punters with a capacity field engaged to battle it out over the 1400m. The Peter Fernie trained INJECT THE VENOM (5) looks one that can figure with the good draw. The Hala Bek gelding hit the line solidly when the race was all over last start. The galloper will be suited by the 1400m and will start at an each way price. CHHAYA (3) looks a nice acquisition for Esperance trainer Helen Harding. The Dane Shadow filly has been freshened for her assignment today. The three year old’s last run was impressive when hitting the line strongly in the Class One company. GOLD CLUB (4) continues to run well for Merv Dellar. The three year old has placed at all three starts at the KBRC to date. If Autier can cross from the wide gate he will be a big chance. ZABA ZABA DOO (6) has been thereabouts this preparation and should be included in your exotics.