SNIPPETY SIP - The Clint Lundholm-trained Snippety Sip needs to find over three-lengths on their latest clash at Narromine to reverse the result on early favourite Danish Lace in the Gilgandra Newspapers Pty Ltd Gilgandra Town Plate (1100m) but there is enough evidence to suggest the gelding can do exactly that. Snippety Sip finished a close second at Dubbo on November 4 before finishing third in the Open Handicap at Narromine on December 18 won by Danish Lace when he was a beaten favourite. Whilst Snippety Sip wouldn’t have beaten Danish Lace on the day the five-year-old did have a chequered path in the straight and was only getting wound up late over the 800m scamper. Snippety Sip gets a 1.5kg weight turnaround but arguably the most important factor is that Snippety Sip has only raced twice in the last 92-days and is open to improvement. Snippety Sip hasn’t finished in front of Danish Lace in their three meetings to date but reckon that will change on Sunday.
PRINCE OF THEBES - The Cameron Crockett-trained Prince Of Thebes gave us a huge result winning at Narromine on December 18 returning over $33 for followers who invested on the best of three totes, (thank you Ubet). Here’s what we wrote that day and nothing has changed for the Wideland Ag & Constructions/CPS Thomas Ballhausen Irvine Pty Ltd Handicap (1300m) and it is worth noting Bel Diablo is once again an odds-on favourite stepping up in distance. “Foxwedge four-year-old Prince Of Thebes will be having his first run for trainer Cameron Crockett when he lines up in the Robert Handsaker Ford Class 2 Handicap 1200m. Prince Of Thebes boasts a five-length maiden win at Mudgee from his eight starts for Bjorn Baker and finished runner-up both first-up runs for the stable. Prince Of Thebes won a Muswellbrook trial for Crockett on November 5 and looks primed for a first-up win. Prince Of Thebes must overcome the early favourite Bel Diablo who is the horse to beat after a close fourth in a Highway Handicap over 1100m two runs back and a runner-up finish at Orange last start over 1280m. Bel Diablo only career win was over 1100m and just may be vulnerable over the final stages of the 1200m on Monday.” More than happy to have something on Prince Of Thebes again.
ARTISTIC BEAUTY - Sticking with the Cameron Crockett stable in the Gilgandra Sporting Club Gilgandra Cup (1600m) with Artistic Beauty looking well placed. Artistic Beauty should be right at her peak after three runs back from a spell finishing in the placings at Mudgee and Orange before finishing down the track at Randwick last start when the mare was never in the race settling over 10-lengths from the leader and eventual winner Live To Dream at the 800m before making up seven-lengths between the 800m and the turn but was unable to go on with it in the straight. Artistic Beauty won’t be as far back on Sunday, in fact the speed map sets up nicely for the Greg Ryan ride with the mare likely to settle in fourth or fifth spot chasing a quicker than average tempo set by the likes Try ‘N’ Run A Muck, Lancelot and Our Sarastro. A winner of three races at the mile, Artistic Beauty is ready to win fourth-up.
SEKIYAMA - The Procab Wireless Maiden Plate (1200m) is likely to come down to run of the race “stuff” with the one that will get all the favours in the run launching from barrier three is the Godolphin filly Sekiyama. A lightly-raced four-year-old daughter of Lonhro out of the Commands mare Kanzan, Sekiyama has only raced on four occasions finishing in the placings twice including a runner-up finish over 1300m when she arguably found the trip a touch too far. Sekiyama found the winner Campaign too good at Kembla, but there was a 2-1/2 length gap to third and it is worth noting the third horse Isle Of Capri went to Newcastle subsequently to win her maiden. With Jeff Penza in the saddle Sekiyama won’t get a better chance to win her maiden.
CHOICE HARVEST - Choisir three-year-old Choice Harvest from the Joe Pride stable comes straight back to the 1350m of the Lakes Printers CG&E Benchmark 69 Handicap after being tested over 1600m at Warwick Farm last start. Choice Harvest was no match for Scream Park when he led in the three-horse race on December 23 finding the mile beyond him at this stage of his career. Choice Harvest returns to the track and distance where he recorded an all the way maiden win on December 13 and looks well treated with 56.5kg with a similar result on the cards.