BOOROOJ - Back to provincial racing should see the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Boorooj return to the winner’s list in the Wilson’s Creek Class 1 Handicap (1200m). A beautifully bred three-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel out of the Flight Stakes winning mare Unearthly, Boorooj has contested metropolitan races in six of her seven starts to date including placings at Warwick Farm twice and Canterbury and was only 1-1/2 lengths form the winner in the Widden Stakes on debut as a two-year-old. Sure, Boorooj hasn’t lived up to the potential she showed earlier in her career, but we are at Kembla on Saturday not Randwick and it's worth noting the only time she headed away from the City tracks previously she was an easy winner at Seymour.
MY ZEBRINKA - My Zebrinka is another three-year-old who will relish a provincial grade race after contesting metropolitan maidens in five of his six starts to date. Trained at Randwick by Ron Quinton and a Blake Spriggs ride, My Zebrinka has shown improvement in his second preparation finishing runner-up in successive races at Randwick and Canterbury before a four-length fifth at Warwick Farm last start. Launching from barrier one in the Kellys Creek Maiden Plate (1200m), My Zebrinka is drawn to get all the favours in the run and gets his chance to record a maiden win back to provincial company.
AUGUSTA IN APRIL - It must be the omen bet of the month with the Masters being played at Augusta this weekend however the Rod Northam-trained Augusta in April has the race form to suggest he can win the Allsopp Signs Maiden Plate (1600m). A four-year-old son of Dream Ahead out of the Danehill mare Zenaat, Augusta In April is finding it hard to break through for a maiden win after seven placings from his 10-starts to date. Early betting has the Paul Perry-trained Aruba favourite at $2.20 based on a runner-up finish last start in a Newcastle maiden, however if we go back two runs we see Augusta In April and Aruba clashed in a Scone maiden with Augusta in April finishing second and the Perry three-year-old finishing fifth with over two-length between them.
BELL SERENADE - The Provincial Championship Final April 14 At ATC Maiden Handicap (1200m) looks the perfect race for the Mitch Newman-trained Bell Serenade to break through. After five indifferent runs in his first preparation Bell Serenade had a change of trainer with the three-year-old son of Your Song hitting his straps in recent starts and finishing runner-up in three of his last four outings including a half-length second at Kembla last start. Bell Serenade looks set to get all the favours in running launching from barrier two and won’t get a better chance to win a maiden.
BETTER TAKE COVER - A $1.40 chance and only three starters would generally mean a line through the race however the favourite looks beatable in the John Books Memorial NSW Former Members Of Parliament Maiden Handicap (1350m). The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Jawhara has come up short in the markets based on a runner-up finish at Wyong resuming last start but how strong a form recommendation was the race? The winner Mighty Marmalade goes okay however Jawhara was beaten 2-1/2 lengths and was only marginally in front of Denials who will be the outsider in the opening race. After a nice trial Better Take Cover from the Gwenda Markwell stable did enough on debut finishing a length third in a Kembla maiden doing her best work late over 1200m. With the benefit of race experience and the step up to 1350m, Better Take Cover will test the $1.40 chance to the limit.