WILD ABOUT HER - There is little doubt Wild About Her will improve as the she steps up in distance, but I wouldn’t be treating her lightly having her first run back from a break in the Wandjina @ Newgate Farm Maiden Plate (1300m). A three-year-old daughter of Big Brown out of the 2010 AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild and racing in the famous Strawberry Hill Stud blue and white colours, Wild About Her will be having her first start for Gosford trainer Kylie Gavenlock after having her first preparation with Chris Waller. With two placings at Canterbury and a Newcastle third before spelling from her five starts to date, Wild About Her has the form credentials to win a country maiden. There was nothing wrong with her form over shorter journeys at her first two career starts finishing a 1-1/2 length fourth at Canterbury on debut when she had no luck before chasing home Marishka and Shudabeen when third in a Canterbury maiden over 1100m at her second career start. Don’t under-estimate her resuming over 1300m at Scone.
KANGA’S EYE - An unlucky second in the 2016 Gimcrack Stakes had Kanga’s Eye pencilled in as a filly of considerable promise but to this date the daughter of Denman hasn’t reached the heights of her debut run. Initially trained by Anthony Cummings and now with John Ramsey at Scone, Kanga’s Eye wasn’t seen for 245 days after the debut run and went straight back to the spelling paddock after being well beaten in a race at Rosehill on June 6. However, her form this preparation suggest she may be on the way back. A Scone maiden win over 1100m was followed by successive placings at Canterbury and Warwick Farm before being outclassed in the Group II Light Finger Stakes at Randwick last start. Kanga’s Eye has the form credentials to win the Horsepower Class 1 Handicap (1100m) with the 60kg for a three-year-old filly some initial cause for concern but as I always do in these situations I turn to the historical stats and could only find two three-year-old fillies in the last five years at Scone to carry 60kg or more in a class one or benchmark 55 handicap and they both won.
DIDNT EVEN KISS ME - Local trainer Scott Spackman holds a strong hand in the SDRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) with three runners including the early favourite O’ So Hazy who no doubt will be hard to beat but going to 1400m for the first time in a high-pressure race looks a genuine query for a horse prominent in the market. Conversely, stablemate Didnt Even Kiss Me is proven at the journey and is unbeaten over the Wagga 1400m. A four-year-old daughter of Murtajill, Didnt Even Kiss Me showed plenty of promise earlier in her career winning three races on the trot including the two wins at Wagga before going off the boil somewhat and finishing out of the placings at her next eight starts. To be fair to Didnt Even Kiss Me she did contest a Group II at Caulfield, a Canberra Guineas, and the 2017 Country Championship Qualifier in the three races immediately following the hat-trick of wins and didn’t fire in four runs last preparation when she struck wet tracks on two occasions. Wins in the Tumburumba and Tumut Cups at her latest two starts by a combined total of nine-lengths suggest Didn’t Even Kiss Me has come back in good order.
TAKOOKACOD - Sticking with the Spackman stable for our bet of the day, Takookacod, who will be striving to maintain an unbeaten record at Wagga when she lines up in the Price Plumbing Specialists Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1000m). A three-year-old daughter of Moshe, Takookacod has won three of her 10 starts to date including a class three victory over the Wagga 1000m two runs back on January 12. Takookacod was outclassed at Canterbury last start on the back of a five-week break between races however takes on a more suitable assignment on Sunday. In a race which is expected to be run at a fast tempo, see the Racenet Barrier Speed Map here, Takookacod is expected to settle behind the solid speed and will get her chance late at Wagga.
CARRY ON JAKE - Horses for courses is an apt description for the Paddy Cunningham-trained Carry On Jake who puts an unbeaten 1900m record at Armidale on the line as he chases back to back wins in the McDonalds Armidale Cup 2018 (1900m). Carry On Jake raced away to win the 2017 edition of the Armidale Cup winning by 3-1/2 lengths and doesn’t look badly treated at the weights on Sunday being asked to carry 55kg. At first glance barrier 11 would look awkward for Carry On Jake however, with two of the potential leaders drawn outside the gelding don’t be surprised to see Carry On Jake finish up with the run of the race one out and one back to use a pacing term. If that’s the scenario that plays out, the $8 available in early betting markets reads as exceptional value for a horse with outstanding Armidale form.