The Early Mail - GBF Underground Kambalda Cup - 11th September
R1 ABIM SOLUTIONS HANDICAP 2225m 1:34
A compact field of six will take to the track over the staying journey of 2225m in the first. Although not as strong as previous years this race can be a guide to the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup in two weeks’ time. The Peter Fernie trained ON THE ROPES (2) is hard to knock based on his past couple of starts. He was dominant last start carrying the 60kg when Glenn Smith once again did not have to go for the persuader. The Fath gelding has looked comfortable at his past couple of wins. The fact that he has carried weight to win recently is enough to stick with him today. Pinjarra galloper QUINTESSENCE (6) looked to appreciate the KBRC circuit last start when finishing second over the 2140m. The Brett Pope trained mare is well performed over a staying journey and should be respected. Tatt’s Cup winner BLACK MOMENT (1) cops weight today and that’s why punters need to be cautious. He hasn’t carried more than 54.5kg to victory at the track to win. He will be a chance in the Cup in two weeks’ time but he looks a risk today with the impost. CINCINNATI BOY (4) should be kept safe with novelties.
R2 TOADS EQUIPMENT HIRE MAIDEN 1760m 2:12
The second on the card has plenty of chances engaged. Peter Fernie has Viscount mare LUNA CHIC (8) engaged today coming off a solid second last start over the mile. The lightly raced five year old has drawn barrier seven which suggests she will settle in the rear half of the field and will be saved up for a late burst in the straight. She has been threatening since arriving in the Goldfields and gets her chance today. Last start place getter LA SEINE (5) is an each way chance today. The big striding type looks one that may get a distance going forward in his career. He went down a narrow margin last start over the mile and the minor increase in distance today will most likely improve his chances. Cliff Green brings a team to the KBRC today with CLOCKER (1) looking one of his main chances. The More Than Ready gelding has placed at his past three and has drawn the inside for his assignment today. TRAP FOR FOOLS (10) looks one to keep safe from the Lindsey Smith camp. The three year old placed last start in the Avon Valley at start two and based on that is a chance.
R3 CPC ENGINEERING MAIDEN 1200m 2:46
The third is a maiden over the short course where punters face a challenge. Rickie Brown has a good run in the latter half of the season and SCHOOLS OUT (7) looks an each way chance after tramping wide last start. The lightly raced five year old will have her second run for Brown today and will have the services of Lucy Warwick. Former Eastern stater HINCHIN’ A RIDE (5) brings a fifty percent place strike rate to Western Australia. It’s always hard to gauge a newcomer’s chance but this one should be kept safe. ORIENTAL CLASSIC (1) has had a freshen up coming into today. She’s figured when first up before today. STRATE RED (6) has the credentials to figure today.
R4 BMGS HANDICAP 1200m 3:22
Punters can make a case for the majority of the field in the first leg of the Quaddie. Cambana Lodge galloper THE CRUEL SEA (2) holds an enviable win strike rate on the Goldfields of one in four. The Blackfriars’ five year old narrowly missed last start over the same distance. BOLLYWOOD BLITZ (8) has taken to Kalgoorlie racing with aplomb. With just 54kg on his back Mollie Clark should be able to work forward early on the Craig Wright trained galloper and he will prove hard to beat in the run home. Last start winner LET ME IMPRESS (11) will once again prove hard to beat with 55.5kg. Jordan Turner rode her superb last start and a similar performance will see go close. YEAH YEAH YEAH (5) should be respected.
R5: SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE HANDICAP 1100m 4:00
The conundrum continues in the fifth where there is plenty of chances over the short course. UNWANTED LASS (5) backed up her maiden victory in impressive style last start when being edged out by her stablemate Prayer In Cee. She looks one that will improve with more racing. MODERN TOUCH (2) has a favourable draw this weekend. The Ross Craig trained galloper is yet to miss a place at the track from her three starts locally. KIM TASHA (7) is the horse that punters will struggle to line up. The Cliff Green trained galloper has finished in the top three six times from eight starts. RIO FLYER (10) has straight out punters questioning themselves but should be kept safe.
R6 GBF UNDERGROUND – KAMBALDA CUP 1400m 4:35
The golden ticket to the Hannans Handicap is up for grabs in this year’s Kambalda Cup. Approximately two thirds of the field will need the ballot exemption if they wish to line up in the $120,000 feature in eleven days’ time. REFLECTANCE (2) looks hard to beat after his gutsy third last start with 60kg on his back. The Redoute’s Choice seven year old gets relief in the weights today with the benchmark raised today. This race seems a make or break race for the impressive HALUSA (5). The six year old was denied a clear lead for the first time this preparation when eyeballed throughout last start. Although looking beaten at the top of the straight he was gallant finishing fourth after sustaining the early pressure. Top weight FLYING TIME (1) had a gifted run last start and was produced at the right time to go on and win. The Heritage gelding has drawn barrier eight today and may settle further back. HIGH LIMIT has been a model of consistency at the track and demands respect.
R7 PRYCE BROTHERS HANDICAP 1400m 5:10
Another tough field awaits punters in the last. George Grljusich has had a sensational season with his small team and SINGITONEMORETIME (7) looks an each way chance based on his strong sectional last start when finishing second. The Danasinga five year old will be piloted by gun apprentice Lucy Warwick who will give her every chance from barrier five. BOOM BOOM BANG (1) will lump 59kg but should be respected. There were no excuses after his three length defeat last start but prior to that the five year old produced a good maiden victory at headquarters. A BIT SKETCHY (4) has been lightly raced in the latter half of the season. She is rarely beaten by a big margin and should be included in your novelties. Likely pacemaker BALROV (10) will once again give some cheek with a cheap lead. Keep the Dave Smith trained gelding safe.
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