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The Early Mail - Season Opening Race Day - Saturday 2nd April 2016

RACE 1 WELCOME TO THE 2016 SEASON MAIDEN 1200m 2:04

The first race of Season 2016 has a field of ten maiden gallopers engaged to go over the 1200m. Hannans Handicap winning jockey now trainer Stephen Miller has CROSSWALK (7) engaged in the event with the four year old having strong claims. The Street Sense mare finished close up last start when fourth at Pinjarra Park over the 1400m. Expect apprentice Randy Tan to work forward early on the galloper and make his move at the top of the straight. The mare should prove hard to beat based on her efforts at her past two starts. The Peter Fernie trained BRASCO’S BOY (3) had drawn well for his assignment. The son of Lonhro hit the line strongly last start. The gelding is dropping back to the 1200m from the mile with eight weeks between runs. DANISH SECRET (10) will represent the state’s premier trainer Adam Durrant. The filly is having her second start where you can expect improvement on her first career start when fifth over 1000m at Bunbury. Esperance galloper GIBRALTAR’S SECRET (4) has a more favourable draw today and should be included in the novelties.

SELECTIONS: 7-3-10-4

RACE 2 AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY SPORTS HISTORY MAIDEN 1100m 2:46

The second on the card will see a capacity field of maidens go over the short course. Adam Durrant will saddle up SPIN DRIFTER (5) who is coming off a fifth at Pinjarra Park. The Myboycharlie colt was held up in the early part of the straight and hit the line strongly when obtaining clear running. The galloper is dropping back to the 1100m today and should go close if jockey Alan Kennedy can find a prominent position early. The Ashley Grace trained ONE FOR THE GALS (2) showed promise during her first preparation last year. The Bearcat gelding placed on three occasions from six starts. Expect improvement this season and keep safe with the locally trained galloper placing previously at both first up attempts. Lark Hill trainer Brad Graham has successfully brought horses to the KBRC in seasons gone by. Graham brings TROJAN RHYTHYM (1) to Kalgoorlie today looking to break maiden status at start eighteen. The gelding has placed ten times to date and is third up today. STRATE RED (10) ran some handy races at the KBRC last preparation and should be kept safe with the light weight.

SELECTIONS: 5-2-1-10

RACE 3 GET UP WITH NED & JOSH ON HOT FM HANDICAP 1100m 3:20

The first leg of the Quaddie looks to be the hardest race on the card for punters to decipher with eight of the ten gallopers engaged first up. Local trainer Gary Bowen has acquired LONGSCHAMP (4) back to his stable after some promising performances at the track last year. The Bletchley Park five year old has placed at the KBRC on three occasions from four attempts and possesses a good record first up. Kate Fitzgerald’s claim will assist the gelding’s chances combined with a good draw. Trainer Brett Mathews has LEICA HUSSY (9) engaged in the event coming off a long break. The mare won two at the track last year from five attempts. Mathews had a stellar debut year in 2015 winning a Tattersalls and Coolgardie Cup. Four year old YOUSHA DUA (3) performed well last year for her trainer Dave Smith. The 4kg claim of apprentice Bonnie Palise will assist her chances with the Due Sasso mare set to get a cosy run from barrier two. MISS JUPITER (9) was impressive on debut at Esperance when winning over the 1100m.

SELECTIONS: 4-7-3-9

RACE 4 SIGNPOST MUSEUM @ KBRC HANDICAP
1100m 3:55

Kalgoorlie’s best gallopers line up in the fourth event. Punters face a challenge with nine of the ten gallopers engaged first up so there is limited exposed form to assess. The Gary Bowen trained PRIVATE BUSINESS (3) is a horse that performs well first-up. The chestnut is yet to be unplaced over the 1100m from three attempts. Natasha Faithfull will pilot the Key Business gelding from barrier eight. The Peter Fernie trained RAFFERTY (2) performed consistently last year at the track with the eight year old finishing in the top four seven times from ten starts. Apprentice Randy Tan will ride the eight year old who possesses a good first-up record. HELLYER (6) put the writing on the wall last year when winning three races at the KBRC. The Patrick Bermingham Jnr trained galloper went down narrowly in the Magic Millions Classic and performed well thereafter. Neville Newton will saddle up COMANCHE RED (1) who will appreciate the claim of apprentice Sarah Bonner. The chestnut will have to overcome the outside gate. The six year old possesses a good track record.

SELECTIONS: 3-2-6-1

RACE 5 KALGOORLIE REFRIGERATION & AIRCONDITIONING HANDICAP 1200m 4:35

The fifth on the card has a competitive field engaged where punters can make a case for the majority of the field. The Helen Harding trained CAROB (10) represents each way value in the field of eleven. The mare who has saluted twice at the track will have her sixth start this preparation and race fitness will be advantageous. Kayla Cross will ride the five year old from barrier four. DARADALE (4) for trainer Brett Mathews has won three from nine at the KBRC circuit. The son of Elvstroem produced a devastating turn of foot on Coolgardie Cup Day last year when winning by a clear margin. The gelding is well performed first up. Mathews will also saddle up NO SMOKEN (11) who was previously trained by Neville Parnham. The galloper will have his first start at the track with the blinkers being added for today’s assignment. Top weight CYCLONIC HALO (1) has saluted at both of his two starts this preparation. Look for the Hurricane Sky gelding to be storming late being a natural backmarker.

SELECTIONS: 10-4-11-1

RACE 6 WAKE UP WITH GLENNEY HANDICAP 1200m 5:10

The last on the card has an even field engaged to go over the 1200m. The Peter Fernie trained YEAH YEAH YEAH (1) has been a good acquisition for local owner Andrew Inglis. The son of Oratorio will appreciate the claim of Randy Tan. The four year old possesses early speed so expect Tan to work forward straight after the start. PLANET BLACK (7) is one to watch this year. The three year old will have matured further in the off-season and handed in some encouraging performances last year. The Dave Smith trained galloper has drawn well for his assignment today. Esperance galloper RIPPING YARN (9) ran well last start when finishing fourth behind the inform Cyclonic Halo on Esperance Cup day. The Tracey Frizzell trained gelding ran some handy races last year at the track and should be kept safe in your novelties. TAHGEO JAY (5) is well performed over the 1200m. The four year old was acquired by local connections last year after the galloper broke maiden status. Expect the galloper to settle midfield and be running on late.

SELECTIONS: 1-7-9-5