PERUN - The Chris Waller-trained Perun gets his chance to record a maiden win stepping up in distance third-up in the Tooheys Maiden Plate (2100m). Perun has been to the races on six occasions and has only been able to place once but that was over 2000m when third on the Newcastle Beaumont circuit last preparation Perun didn’t fire over an unsuitable 1500m at Kembla at his first run this time in but put the writing on the wall when fourth in benchmark 60 company at Newcastle last time out. Perun should be cherry-ripe for the 2100m third-up and is the one to beat back to a provincial set-weight maiden.
NO EFFORT NEEDED - No Effort Needed is a mare that tends to hit her straps third-up in a preparation and she looks well placed in the Eve Electrical & Communications Benchmark 68 Handicap (1600m) after two preparatory runs this time in. Trained at Newcastle by Jason Deamer, No Effort Needed was well beaten at Muswellbrook resuming before being a run short when a close second at Newcastle last start stepping up to the mile when the mare was run down late by Makeadane after looking the winner at the 200m. No Effort Needed will be right on the speed in a race where there doesn’t look to be a lot of early pressure and with senior jockey Tye Angland taking over from an apprentice No Effort Needed will take plenty of beating on Thursday.
CALANDA - The likes of Chetwood, Isorich and Oxford Poet will ensure there won’t be any loafing in the De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target Stakes which should set the race up for a horse coming from off the speed with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Calanda fitting the bill perfectly. Calanda will jump from the outside gate and whilst he will need a touch of luck, if horses are going to draw an awkward gate the extreme outside barrier is the one to jump from with the widest gate often having comparable winning strike rates to so called better barriers close to the fence. The outside draw will allow Blake Shinn on Calanda to be able to work across without being bustled and find a spot fourth or fifth behind the speed. Calanda had no luck in the Razor Sharp at Randwick last start and looks set to make amends on Thursday.
SILENT DREAM - Investing on horses with a winning strike rate less than 10 percent isn’t part of a long-term profitable punting strategy but there are some similarities in the form guide for the Brett Partelle-trained Silent Dream who lines up in the XXXX Gold Benchmark 55 Handicap (1350m) which suggest the mare is primed for a winning performance on Tuesday. Whilst Silent Dream has won just two races in her 23-start career, both the wins have come over the Cessnock 1350m. Silent Dream won a similar race on July 17 by a big space and comes into Tuesday’s assignment on an almost identical preparation. Silent Dream had a gap of 51 days and a Wyong trial prior to her last start win and returns to racing on the back of a 41-day break between races on Tuesday with a Gosford trial in the interim. Let’s hope connections get a similar result.
MR GRUMPY - The Paul Perry-trained Mr Grumpy must be given another chance in the Tyrell’s Wines Class 3 Handicap (1150m) after struggling at Scone on December 15 when resuming from a spell. Mr Grumpy went back to the trials finishing just over a length form the winner on the Newcastle Beaumont circuit in an 800m trial on January 5. Mr Grumpy is a substantially better horse than the Scone run would suggest. Mr Grumpy won three races last preparation on country tracks and was far from disgraced in a couple of metropolitan runs at Warwick Farm. Senior Jockey Chad Lever takes over from an apprentice in what looks a positive lead and expecting Mr Grumpy to improve considerably on Tuesday.