VINNIE VEGA - The Kym Davison-trained Vinnie Vega is a short course specialist with seven of his eight career wins coming over 1000m and rates as the horse to beat in the Wagga Windstorm (1000m). Two of the 1000m wins have come at Wagga, indeed Vinnie Vega’s record at the track and distance reads two wins and two placings from four starts. Outclassed in a 955m scamper at Moonee Valley last Start, Vinnie Vega takes on a suitable assignment on Thursday after winning at Albury two runs back lumping 60kg and doesn’t look badly treated with 59kg after the claim for 2kg apprentice Patrick Scorse who is back in the saddle after being the successful jockey at Albury. Vinnie Vega is drawn to get the gun run in transit from barrier four settling fourth of fifth behind the speed in running and will get his chance in the straight.
GO GET 'EM - Another horse proven at the track and distance is the Kerry Weir-trained Go Get ‘Em who will be chasing back to back wins at Wagga in the Tom Patton Cup Prelude (1800m). Carrying 62kg last start over 2000m, Go Get ‘Em was too strong for a benchmark 60 handicap field and despite going to an open handicap looks attractively weighted dropping 4.5kg. Although back slightly in distance, Go Get ‘Em has won two races over the Wagga 1800m and at $6.50 in early betting markets looks exceptional value.
SUPEROO - With the barrier stats in our favour I am happy to declare Superoo who jumps from barrier 15 in the All Set For SDRA Championships Benchmark 59 Handicap (1300m) as the bet of the day. Trained at Wagga by Gary Colvin, Superoo overcame a wide barrier to win over 1000m in benchmark 55 company resuming last start at Wagga with 61kg on his back. Connections have chosen to take advantage of the 3kg claim for apprentice Josh Richards on Thursday reducing the impost to 58kg and it is worth noting second-up last preparation, Superoo finished a half-length second in a benchmark 60 handicap over the Wagga 1300m carrying the same weight.
LEOGANG - The Damien Lane-trained Leogang qualifies on all counts when he chases back-to-back Wyong wins in the Les Tilley Racing Stables Class 2 Handicap (1000m). A last start winner by close to four-lengths he led all the way to win by close to four-lengths and he's the second highest benchmark ranked horse, actually the highest when the 1.5kg claim for apprentice Blaike McDougall is taken into account and Leogang looks perfectly placed on Tuesday. Drawn to control the speed from barrier three on his home track Leogang will take plenty of catching again.
SAINT KATARINA - Saint Katarina is another horse that will be right on speed when she chases a maiden win in the Allan Kehoe Racing Stables Maiden Handicap (1600m). Trained by Chris Waller and a Blake Shinn ride, Saint Katarina did enough on debut when third at Kembla over 1400m finishing just over a length from the winner Wedgie who franked the form going back to back to win a class one at Hawkesbury on February 13. Launching from barrier four, Saint Katarina is set to get all the favours in running and any natural improvement from her debut run would see her winning.