PETITE - After winning the Randwick Guineas with Kementari on Saturday followed by the win of Encyrption in the Black Opal at Canberra yesterday the winning run for James Cummings and Godolphin looks set to continue with Petite in the Winning Commercial Maiden Plate (2100m). Bred to get over ground being a three-year-old daughter of Reset out of a Danehill Mare, Petite has finished in the placings in three of her four starts including runner-up finishes at her latest two outings at Pakenham and Newcastle. The step up to 2100m looks ideal and with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle Petite gets her chance to record a maiden win.
MIGHTY MARMALADE - Fresh from qualifying Uptown Lad for the Provincial Championships Final at Hawkesbury on Saturday, the Kim Waugh stable looks set for another win with Mighty Marmalade who will be having her second career start in the WWW.WyongRaceClub.Com.Au 3YO & Up Maiden Plate (1200m). A three-year-old daughter of Duke Of Marmalade as the name suggests, Mighty Marmalade was sent out a $1.55 favourite on debut at Wyong, but the start proved to be costly with the filly slow away and copping some interference shortly after the start giving away three-lengths to her rivals. After giving the leaders four-lengths start at the top of the straight, Mighty Marmalade motored home to go down narrowly. With the benefit of race experience and an extra 100m to travel, Mighty Marmalade just needs even luck in running to be close to a good thing on Monday.
GLAMOROUS MISS - There are plenty of maxims in racing, some true some fiction and one that I love to debunk is the supposed difficulty horses face trying to achieve back to back wins after a maiden victory. It is obvious if a horse takes 14-starts to win a maiden, winning a higher-grade race is going to be a formidable task but not so for lightly raced horses and that’s the case with the Matthew Dunn-trained Glamorous Miss who is chasing back to back wins in the Sasha Berry Foundation Class 2 Showcase 1600m. The stats tell me horses with one career win taking on class two company have a 16 percent winning strike rate over the last five years at Grafton but more importantly produce a 9 percent profit on turnover, so the task is certainly achievable from a historical perspective. A daughter of Redoute’s Choice out of the Sunday Silence Mare Glamour Stock, Glamorous Miss raced like she will relish the step up to 1600m when hitting the line strongly to win her maiden at Ballina on February 15 easily accounting for subsequent winner Hollydeen in the process. The decision to take on class two company means Glamourous Miss gets in with the minimum 54kg on her back and $4.80 looks generous odds for a filly that has the potential to work through the grades.
MISHANI HONCHO - Four two-year-old wins and a third in the 2015 Silver Slipper had connections dreaming of Golden Slippers for Mishani Honcho but the dream never came to fruition with Mishani Honcho going off the boil and eventually having three years away from the races as the result of complications from a hock operation. Inverell trainer Shane Edmonds was given the task of returning Mishani Honcho to racing and his patience has been rewarded with the now five-year-old winning the Pink Silks Cup at Coffs Harbour on January 14 before two solid metropolitan runs finishing less than a half-length from Bratislava and Lofty’s Menu when fourth in a benchmark 80 at Rosehill on January 27 with the now five-year-old having a chequered path in the straight when unplaced behind Suncraze at Randwick last time out. Mishani Honcho carried 56kgs to win at Coffs Harbour and doesn’t look badly treated with 56.5kg in the Cambuild Constructions Showcase Handicap (1200m) and whilst he may never quite reach the heights of his two-year-old year his form is certainly good enough for a country open handicap.
VENTURE CAPITAL - After contesting provincial and city class races at her last six starts, I Am Invincible filly Venture Capital gets her chance to record a maiden win in the Kia Ora Stud 3YO Maiden Handicap (900m). Venture Capital will be having her first start for Brette Partelle after previously being trained by Gerald Ryan finishing in the placings in three successive races at Gosford before being well beaten in a Canterbury maiden last start when the filly led and weakened. A 900m scamper in a country maiden from an ideal barrier looks the perfect combination to see Venture Capital record a confidence boosting maiden win.