MORPHEUS - Morpheus is the two-year-old I was referring to with the son of Snitzel taking on the older horses in the Douglass Blinds and Security Screens CG&E Maiden Handicap (1300m). A Mitchell Bell ride, Morpheus has only raced twice, well beaten at Randwick on debut last year before finishing 2-1/2 lengths from Royal Celebration in a Warwick Farm maiden on May 9 after enduring a wide run. The race has turned out to be an excellent form reference with the winner Royal Celebration and the second horse Whitely on a four day back up after an impressive Wyong win on May 22 filling the placings behind the promising The Autumn Sun at Randwick on May 26. With the statistics telling us we have nothing to fear from a two-year-old coming off a metropolitan run taking on the older horses in a country maiden, happy to declare Morpheus as the stand out bet of the day.
HOSTWIN MERAKI - Back to country grade gives the Gary Moore-trained Hostwin Meraki the chance to return to the winner’s list in the Goulburn Carpet Court Class 2 Handicap (1400m). fter a promising start to his career winning his first two starts at Newcastle and Hawkesbury, Hostwin Meraki hasn’t been able to finish in the placings in eight subsequent starts however each of the runs has been in metropolitan or provincial class including a last start fourth at Scone during the two-day Cup meeting when less than two-lengths from the winner Savatiano who made the form look good with an explosive five-length win at Randwick on Saturday. Running out a strong 1400m looks the only concern for Hostwin Meraki but he will get every chance to see the trip out with a soft run launching from the inside gate.
BRONZED VENOM - The Dunn-trained Bronzed Venom tackles the Casino RSM Club Beef Week Cup (1400m) and is ready to win second-up returning to a dry racing surface. A winner of four races from his 15 career starts including a Highway Handicap win at Randwick third-up last preparation, Bronzed Venom is at his best on top of the ground and the career statistics back up the assertion with each of the four wins coming on dry ground. Bronzed Venom didn’t fire at the Gold Coast resuming last start striking a heavy (8) racing surface but was a significant firmer in betting ($6-$4.80) suggesting the gelding had been showing the stable something. With a good (4) track posted for racing at Casino on Friday, Bronzed Venom gets his preferred track conditions and will take a power of beating in the feature race with the first-up run under his belt.
RISPETTA - The Bellamy-trained Rispetta is another that will appreciate getting back on top of the ground after striking soft tracks at her first two runs this time in. A four-year-old daughter of Lope De Vega has won two of her 15 starts with both the wins coming on good ground with the mare’s good track record reading two wins from nine starts on top of the ground however is yet to return to the winner’s stall from six runs on soft or heavy ground. There are a couple of other statistics that suggest today is the day for Rispetta.
BRITTANICUS - There is no shortage of early speed in the Certech 3YO Maiden Plate (1850m) which gives the John Thompson-trained Britannicus the chance to record a maiden win. The likes of Stone, Kaapfever and Whitney’s Star are expected to roll along which will give Brittanicus the chance to round up his rivals in the Newcastle straight. A three-year-son of Roman Emperor out of the Zabeel mare Miss Melliss, Brittanicus has been placed at his last three outings and will relish getting back to Newcastle after the tight Wyong track last start wasn’t in his favour. If the breeding sounds familiar, you are right, Brittanicus is the younger brother of Roman Son who is being touted as a Group horse and looks a great chance of winning his third race on the trot at Rosehill on Saturday.