SHADOW FLIGHT - Road To Heaven is the Lees runner I was referring to with the bookies expecting us to take $1.50 about a first starter. No doubt Road To Heaven is beautifully bred being a three-year-old son of High Chaparral out of the Group I winning mare Lights Of Heaven but that doesn’t guarantee victory on the racetrack. Lees has given Road To Heaven six trials over a seven-month period finishing in the placings in his latest two trials at Beaumont and Wyong, sure the trials have been solid, but I am far from convinced they were good enough to come in at the short quote. At $1.50 no thanks. If the Lees runner is under the odds there must be value elsewhere and that lies in the Jamie Thompson-trained Shadow Flight who will be second-up after finishing just over three-lengths from the winner in a Gosford maiden on January 18. Second-up last time in Shadow Flight finished third at Hawkesbury, a repeat of that run here would see him test the favourite to the limit.
ULTIMATE EAGLE - Ultimate Eagle is the horse I was referring to with the four-year-old going to the races for the first time in the Gosford City Farmers Markets CG&E Maiden Plate (1100m). Racing NSW advised that Ultimate Eagle has trialled on five occasions across the Tasman running a promising second in the latest trial at Cambridge on January 10. Click here for the footage of his latest trial, Ultimate Eagle is in Heat 12 and is in the blue colours settling third and fourth with the caller referring to him as the Guillotine Gelding. I am happy to have something on based on the trial at the $6 available in early markets.
GREYT LOVE - A horse finishing less than four-lengths from the winner in a Gimcrack Stakes would have to be hard to beat in a provincial set-weight maiden against her own age and that is the case with Greyt Love who will be having her second start in the Functions @ TEG 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m). A daughter of Denman, Greyt Love was fancied in betting in the Gimcrack but never saw clear running and the effort is best forgotten. Trained by Bjorn Baker and a Glyn Schofield ride, Greyt Love looks primed for a first-up win after a comfortable on-speed win in a Wyong trial on January 16 and looks suited around Gosford.
MALAIGO - The David Pfieffer-trained Malaigo is a $2.90 second pick with the Corporates in early betting behind the $2.30 early favourite Legadema for the TAB.com.au Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) but has to be a strong chance of toppling the favourite. A four-year-old son of Bernadini, Malaigo has two wins on his seven-start resume including a comfortable benchmark 74 win at Newcastle on December 9. Malaigo was beaten at Kembla last start, however there was plenty of merit in the performance chasing home the Clare Cunningham-trained Cradle Mountain who is absolutely flying winning his last three starts by a combined winning margin close to 10 lengths. With a gap of four lengths to the third horse, Malaigo handled the rest of the field as comfortable as the winner dealt with him. Legadema will be having his first run for Brad Widdup after previously being trained by Toby Edmonds in Queensland and whilst he is likely to win races in New South Wales on what we have seen to date it is hard to justify his shorter quote.
KINGSBRIDGE - The Cameron Crockett-trained Kingsbridge is another horse ready to hit his peak third-up stepping up to the mile in the On-Trac AG Benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m). Kingsbridge has won two of his seven starts, including a Dubbo class one win over 1620m last preparation. After finishing two lengths form the winner in a class three at Tamworth resuming on January 5, Kingsbridge finished on the placegetters heels at Cowra last start when back to 1375m in a class two carrying 59kg. Back to a benchmark 55 stepping up to a suitable journey, Kingsbridge looked close to a good thing even with the 62kg allocated. The 2kg claim for Chris Williams is a bonus.