RENEGED - The stars are in alignment for the John Thompson-trained Reneged who will tackle the Half Yearly Membership Handicap (1550m) having his third run this time in. To say Reneged hasn’t had much luck in his two runs this time in when unplaced would be somewhat of an under-statement, the five-year-old didn’t see daylight at Warwick Farm resuming before never being closer than four from the fence at Randwick last start in the race won by Fierce Impact. Reneged is a gelding that tends to hit his peak third-up in a preparation with his record reading two from three at the same stage of a preparation and with Stewards posting a heavy (8) surface it is worth noting the son of Mossman is unbeaten in two runs on heavy ground. With a proven form pattern, conditions to suit and a distance range where each of his four career wins have come, Reneged only needs even luck in running to be right in the finish on Monday.
JOEY’S DESTINY - With three of his four career wins coming when wearing blinkers, the decision to put the shades back on looks a winning move for Joey’s Destiny in the Narromine USMC Diggers Cup (1300m). Trained at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm, Joey’s Destiny is a consistent gelding with four wins and eight placings from his 18 career starts and has only finished worse than fourth on two occasions throughout his career. Although his best form is over the short courses, Joey’s Destiny’s current preparation was aimed at the Country Championships with the four-year-old ultimately finishing fourth in the Dubbo Qualifier last start. The 1400m of the Country Championships was always going to be a test for Joey’s Destiny and it is reasonable to assume that is the reason the blinkers haven’t been worn in three runs this time in. Joey’s Destiny was an Orange winner last preparation over 1300m carrying 61kg and looks well treated on Sunday with 54.5kg after the claim for in form apprentice Chris Williams.
INKULU - Former Victorian Inkulu will benefit from the services of Greg Ryan when the son of Denman has his second NSW start in the Narromine USMC Light Horseman Class 3 Handicap (1100m). Now trained at Narromine by Justin W Stanley, Inkulu did enough in his first start for the new stable to suggest there are a few wins in store on the NSW country circuit. After being slow away, Inkulu hit the line strongly when fourth at Dubbo over 1000m resuming from a 76-day break between races last start finishing1-3/4 lengths from the winner Squared who will be one of Inkulu’s main rivals on Sunday as will the third horse Kenny Succeed. At first glance with his last six runs before heading to NSW over distances of 1600m or longer it would be reasonable to assume Inkulu’s future would lie in staying races however after analysing his entire career I am not so sure. Three wins and four placings from 22 starts at distances of 1300m or less compared to 18 starts at distances greater than 1300m and the decision to stay over a short course on Sunday would suggest connections may well be training the gelding for the shorter races.
DESTINY’S HERO - Although he has only raced on six occasions it is possible to draw a conclusion on where the Jason Coyle-trained Destiny’s Hero is likely to record another win at this early stage of his career. A three-year-old son of Helmet, Destiny’s Hero will be chasing a second career win when he lines up in the Figtree RSL Bowling Club CG&E Class 1 Handicap (1500m). Destiny’s Hero has contested metropolitan races in four of his six starts without placing whilst the two times Coyle has ventured to a provincial track the gelding recorded a win at Kembla and a runner-up finish at Hawkesbury. The runner-up finish came two runs back first-up from a break before when Destiny’s Hero hit the line strongly in the race won by Schubert before finishing just over three-lengths from the winner at Warwick Farm last start. A Kathy O’Hara ride, Destiny’s Hero is ready to win third-up in his right grade and it is worth noting the Kembla win was recorded over 1500m at the same stage of his first preparation.
DYLAN’S DYNASTY - There is no trainer in Australia that gives me more confidence than when I see Gosford trainer Angela Davies name next to something I like in the race book and that’s the case with Dylan’s Dynasty which tackles the Horsepower Benchmark 62 Handicap (1280m) second up on Friday. Davies has maintained a winning strike rate of 25 percent over the last decade and punters can invest on her runners with the knowledge she only takes horses to the races when they are ready to win. In what looks an astute claim by connections, 1.5kg claiming apprentice Chris Williams takes the ride on Dylan’s Destiny meaning the gelding will carry 59.5kg, a winnable weight considering the son of Dylan Thomas finished runner-up in a benchmark 64 handicap at Gosford resuming last start lumping 60kg.