Gary Harley – Preview – 28.01.23

Race 1 – Sharp Office Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1600m

Piraeus is in great form, and he steps up to the 1600m trip. He landed a plunge to win at Gosford three starts back and then carried 60kgs to win at Muswellbrook. Last start he was beaten ½ length at Wyong in a better field than this.

Theo Legion is a leader and has won two races here, and Too Good To Be Tru will run well if the track is firm.

Selections:                           1- Piraeus                            2- Theo Legion                   5- Too Good To Be Tru


Race 2 – Avid PM Midway Maiden Plate 900m

Soobooco was beaten as an odds-on favourite on this track two weeks ago, but he will be fitter second up. He was runner up in both starts last preparation and he looks the winner.

Our Kobison is on debut after a nice trial and Starspangledancer is quick.

Selections:                           8- Soobooco                       7- Our Kobison                                 10- Starspangledancer


Race 3 – Strathayr Benchmark 64 Handicap 1850m

I Am The Empire has put the writing on the wall in both starts this preparation. He was run down late first up at Scone and just missed at Gosford second up. He led all the way over 2200m in July.

Olympic Gaze races well on this track and the distance suits while Oakfield Warpaint has good recent form.

Selections:                           3- I Am The Empire                          2- Olympic Gaze                4- Oakfield Warpaint


Race 4 – Horsepower Maiden Plate 1850m

Pioneer Lass has had eleven starts for seven placings and is going well enough to win this race. She was beaten 1 ½ lengths over the Randwick 1600m on Boxing Day and was runner up at Wyong last start.

Duma was narrowly beaten here two starts back and was run down late at Canterbury last start.

Don Quixote has a chance.

Selections:                           6- Pioneer Lass                 5- Duma                              2- Don Quixote


Race 5 – Sage Painting Provincial Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m

Harlem Groove is knocking on the door after two creditable runs this preparation. He stormed home late when beaten a length on the Beaumont track on Boxing Day and last start on this track he ran home strongly to get within ¾ of a length of the winner. The rails barrier is a positive.

Rocstar Boy is a backmarker with a strong finish while Linguee has been placed in her past two starts.

Selections:                           1- Harlem Groove                            2- Rocstar Boy                  5- Linguee


Race 6 – Australian Bloodstock Maiden Handicap 1300m

Barmera was tough first up when beaten a length at Warwick Farm. He had not raced for eight months, and he was trapped three wide outside the leader with no cover. He will be fitter and has drawn favorably.

Show No Compassion has been placed in his past two starts at Kembla and Nowra while Oakfield Paperbark is racing well.

Selections:                           1- Barmera                          3- Show No Compassion                7- Oakfield Paperbark


Race 7- New Zealand Bloodstock Maiden Plate 1500m

Competition put the writing on the wall with an eye-catching performance last start at Wyong. He came from second last in a field of thirteen on January 7 only to fall short by a length. He was placed at Newcastle in August, and he will appreciate the long straight.

Kapakiri was placed at Flemington in September and is the main threat first up.

Eau De Vie is knocking on the door.

Selections:                           5- Competition                 6- Kapakiri                           12- Eau De Vie


Race 8 – Coastline Pools Benchmark 68 Handicap 1200m

Reggie’s Boy is ready to win after placings at Gosford in both starts this preparation. He is a backmarker but he is a fast finisher and he has a good record.

Rivabrook will be improved by the first up run and Oakfield Twilight has a chance.

Selections:                           7- Reggie’s Boy                 4- Rivabrook                       1- Oakfield Twilight