The Leg Up - Raceday Preview
Saturday 24 June 2017

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Tricky little maiden to kick off proceedings and we have liked the way IT'S A CHANCE has finished off his two 1100-metre hit outs on the Pearl Coast so far. Has got back and made up a stack of ground on both occasions, however, we don't expect him to get as far back stepping up to 1200 metres and jumping from a low draw in this. If he can be just that bit closer in running then IT'S A CHANCE will be very hard to hold out late. We were keen on SNITZERELLA last Saturday but she surprisingly lost her position when unable to keep up early and was always chasing tail, doing a good job to whack away into fourth. The blinkers go on to help keep her mind on the job and she is unlikely to encounter the same early pressure in this, not forgetting the Garry Delane stable is coming off a winning treble. Worth another chance. LIGHT UP THE DAY was well fancied on opening day and landed in the right position in running, however, she folded up in the straight and performed below expectations. Is clearly better than that run suggests and it was her first experience racing on sand, so don't be surprised to see her improve sharply second up, while OCEAN DIGGER has always shown a bit and has the right profile to be able to compete well in Broome.

Tips: 2-8-1-4 (*amended after scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (2) IT'S A CHANCE to win.

HENNESSY RAIDER was one of the leading sprinters during Broome 2016 and this looks a great first-up option for him. Has slid a long way down the ratings to 68 after peaking at 77 last season, and he looks really well in with 59kg in this Ratings 58-plus Handicap. HENNESSY RAIDER saluted first up over 1200 metres on the Pearl Coast last year and we're expecting him to do the same this time around. HENNY SHAKER has produced two solid performances already in Broome 2017 and we wouldn't be surprised to see her go close down on the limit weight 54kg. We expect her to be closer in running than she was last Saturday, considering her low draw, and she is capable of stretching HENNESSY RAIDER with a 5kg pull in the weights. FESTIVE EXCESS failed badly at his first start on the sand on opening day but he showed marked improvement last Saturday, beating only three lengths in the open sprint. Back in grade here and he's capable of making his presence felt, while we liked RIGHT HONOURABLE on opening day but his performance was simply too bad to be true. Was well in the market on that occasion, so he was expected to compete well, and we wouldn't be surprised to see sharp improvement from him second up.

Tips: 1-7-3-4
Suggested Bet: (1) HENNESSY RAIDER to win.

Small but competitive Class Three Handicap here and we felt as though BALROV was strong on the line second up here last Saturday. While he was no match for the winner Lovejoy, he did cover additional ground in running and still managed to clock the fastest last 600-metre sectional of the race. Should be suited stepping up to 1200 metres and we expect to see him closer in running than he was last start. BALROV too strong. We've been keen on WOVEN at each of his Broome 2017 outings and while he got the job done in style on opening day, we thought he was a bit wobbly over the final stages last Saturday. Was probably entitled to be though given the wide path he plotted while racing up on top of the fast tempo, so if he can have an easier time of things out in front on this occasion then he should take some catching. DANCING IN VEGAS met with strong support in maiden company last Saturday and didn't let her backers down, scoring a strong win after stalking a good speed in running. Let down well on that occasion and she looks capable of racing competitively stepping up in grade here, while we really liked the tough front-running effort of HEZA SHORE THING last Saturday. Is capable of leading again but is likely to end up racing outside of WOVEN and we wouldn't be surprised to see him fighting out the finish.

Tips: 4-3-1-7 (*amended after scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (4) BALROV to win.

This open sprint appears to be a cracking contest between track specialists WISE DECISION and CHERABIN, and we've opted for WISE DECISION on top, but only just. Raced in the three-wide line outside the leaders when favourite first up on opening day, but was unable to sustain the effort late and was forced to settle for third behind Roger The Roman. Bolted in over this distance when winning the 2015 Pearl Classic, so he has form at the 1300 metres and we feel as though the 21 days between runs is in his favour. WISE DECISION should be able to race outside of likely leader CHERABIN and get the better of him late. CHERABIN is a very tough front runner who has unfortunately managed to run into the red-hot Roger The Roman at his two Broome 2017 outings. It was a bit of a gut-buster here last Saturday, carving out a very fast lead time. so we're always a little wary of horses coming off a tough run on a seven-day back up. Still, CHERABIN is flying and did carry 59kg to win the 2016 Pearl Classic at his only previous attempt at the 1300 metres. DETECTION improved nicely second up on the Pearl Coast last Saturday, looming up to win before just peaking on his run late. Good effort there and he should enjoy the right run camped just behind the leading pair jumping from his low draw, while DANAURA appears next best after finishing alongside DETECTION second up last weekend.

Tips: 5-6-4-2
Suggested Bet: (5) WISE DECISION to win.

Another small but competitive affair and we feel as though this could be the right race for former Victorian four-year-old TEMPERED to open his winning account at Broome 2017. Disappointed as favourite on his first look at a sand circuit on opening day, but he improved sharply second up last Saturday and we liked the way he worked through the line over 1300 metres. Appears likely to appreciate the rise to 1435 metres in this and he should be able to settle that pair closer to the leaders jumping from his mid draw. TEMPERED looks a great each-way play. We were keen on HANDYMAN last Saturday and he attracted strong support ($11 into $5), before being collared late by DIAMOND TONIQUE and going down only a head on the line. It was a good effort considering he had to do a little extra work early to cross from barrier 11 and race outside the leader, but he should be able to get into a similar on-pace position a little easier on this occasion. Loves racing on the Pearl Coast and we can't see HANDYMAN missing a place. DIAMOND TONIQUE jumped out of the ground to upset HANDYMAN second up here last Saturday, after not having a heap of luck at his Broome 2017 debut on opening day. Appears likely to get the right run behind the leaders from his low draw and DIAMOND TONIQUE has to rate among the main winning chances, while we liked the front-running performance of PENTHOUSE PET last Saturday and she should be able to find the lead with a minimum of fuss here. Capable of running a cheeky race.

Tips: 6-1-3-7
Suggested Bet: (6) TEMPERED each way.

We didn't mind the effort of LIFE OF CRIME at his Broome debut last Saturday when covering of additional ground in running, looming up to win before peaking late and finishing fourth behind Big Clipper. Used plenty of fuel early on that occasion to work his way into the race from barrier 12, so it was no surprise to see him fade late, and he was also very well supported ($8 into $5.50), with the market certainly keen on his chances. We have him following likely leader SCARLET'S WEB across to race on her outside, and if LIFE OF CRIME can land there then he's going to take some beating. FERNGROVE hasn't done a lot wrong in his two Broome 2017 outings, finishing runner up on both occasions, and he appears the likely favourite. Ticks plenty of boxes and should get the right run behind the leaders, so he's obviously going to be very hard to beat. Stablemate PIKE EXPRESS caught the eye second up last Saturday when coming from last to finish fourth in Class Three company. Shouldn't get as far back from a better draw and he appears ready to put in a peak performance third up, while MAJOR MAMBO edges out STAR OF VEGAS for fourth. We're expecting sharp improvement second up from MAJOR MAMBO who has shown glimpses in the past, while the two runs of maiden galloper STAR OF VEGAS in Broome 2017 have been too good to ignore.

Tips: 5-1-6-2
Suggested Bet: (5) LIFE OF CRIME each way.

Tough race to get a handle on due to the limited number of available riders but we ended up locking in GREAT ODYSSEY on top. Covered additional ground in running when beaten out of a place first up on opening day, but the hard run should provide him with the perfect platform to launch second up off a 21-day break. Is going to get the right run from his low draw and he expect him to be too strong on the line stepping up to the mile. RED GLOW has lit up the Pearl Coast with two tough-as-nails victories already in Broome 2017. His win over 1435 metres last Saturday rated through the roof and there is always a danger of a flat run seven days after a peak performance like that. Still, RED GLOW gives himself every chance by racing on pace and he will no doubt start favourite. OPEN ERA has acquitted himself well at his two Broome 2017 outings and we thought he was strong on the line here last Saturday. A winner of eight races, so he appears well in with only 55kg, and we expect to see him working forward from his high draw to race closer to the speed, while QUINTESSENCE narrowly shades stablemate BALLIDU BOMBER for fourth.

Tips: 1-7-12-6
Suggested Bet: (1) GREAT ODYSSEY each way.

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