Big Richie Callander’s early plays for this weekend

Big Richie Callander’s early plays for this weekend

EARLY PLAYS

 

@ Rosehill

 @ Moonee Valley

@ Ipswich

 

By Richard Callander

 

ROSEHILL-               Rail True         Track- Heavy              Race 1 @ 11.25amEST

MOONEE VALLEY- Rail +3m         Track- Soft                 Race 1 @ 12.15amEST

IPSWICH-                  Rail True         Track- Heavy/Soft      Race 1 @ 11.40amEST

 

 ROSEHILL

 

Race 2             No.1    High Mist                   C Waller         H Bowman

 

I was starting to get worried about High Mist with his form of last preparation but I think both runs this time in have been full of merit and with further improvement I think Saturday’s race looks ideal. The speed looks ok with Arbeitsam and Just Dreaming which should enable Hugh Bowman aboard High Mist to find a spot somewhere around midfield. He is a strong horse so third up he should be ready and he also enjoys the sting out of the surface. Apprentice McDougall rode him last start with Bowman going on this weekend which may just enable the horse to settle a little better.

Currently $3.8

 

Race 8             No.7    Carzoff                                   C Waller         H Bowman

 

I think this horse Carzoff might be a pretty handy galloper capable of figuring at carnival time albeit it may be next autumn but this weekend is an important stepping stone. This former French galloper debuted in Australia 2 ½ weeks ago at Warwick Farm and closed hard to just miss over the mile behind Pelorus Jack. Yes the extra furlong Saturday is a bonus but I think the anticipated wet track is the big plus. His best runs when overseas were when the sting was out of the track and although there isn’t speed in numbers this weekend I think Brogue will run them along. Hugh Bowman sticks after riding him first up and that’s good enough for me.

Currently $4.2

 

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 MOONEE VALLEY

 

Race 2             No.1    If Not Now When                  H Dwyer         B Mertens

 

If Not Now When turns up here off a five week break after venturing to Adelaide and turning in a good effort when she was forced to give away far too much start. From an ideal gate here and good speed she will settle off them and at her pet journey of the flying 1000m I think she can round them up. The sting out of the track won’t hinder her at all.

Currently $3.8

 

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 IPSWICH

 

Race 4             No.3    Initialize                                  P H Duncan   B Pengelly

 

I think this 2yo filly Initialize is smart and believe she will show it again on Saturday at Ipswich. She has won two from five with both wins coming this time in and have been sandwiched by a honest effort in a better quality event and over 1200m. This Saturday she steps to 1100m after blitzing a field last time over the 1000m and although she has drawn awkwardly she looks to have enough early speed to cross. One of dangers Darktown Strutter is the likely leader as she is blessed with speed aplenty but I think that will enable Initialize to come across and find a spot on her heels.

Currently $5.5

 

 

 

Good luck and happy punting!!!