The Leg Up - Raceday Preview
Saturday 19 August 2017

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Tricky race to commence Broome Cup Day and we're leaning towards MARCAMJO on top after being beaten a nose by quality Pearl Coast sprinter Cherabin on August 5. Looked to have the race won when hitting the front in the straight, before being edged out right on the line, and the form stacks up considering Lookatim Go and Fathnoxious finished behind MARCAMJO on that occasion, and both went on to perform well at Tuesday's Ladies' Day meeting. MARCAMJO will appreciate Maddison Brown's 3kg claim and he looks the one to beat. TIRRENO continued his positive results when dead-heating with the in-form Rituals on Tuesday, running right through the line at the end of 1100 metres. Previous efforts behind Pass The Hat read very well and TIRRENO is a clear second pick. Pilbara visitor HASHTAG LAD comes through the same race as TIRRENO, finishing third in a cracking three-way finish. The in-form Peter Hall goes on and that has to be a plus for HASHTAG LAD given he's booted home 6-1/2 winners from his last 10 Broome rides, while BLUE CHOISIR hit the line hard in Tuesday's Fillies & Mares Classic and slots in nicely on the 54kg minimum.

Tips: 1-2-3-6 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (1) MARCAMJO to win.

Another small, difficult race to assess and we're sticking with topweight DETECTION after marking him on top at Tuesday's Ladies' Day meeting, before being scratched and saved for this assignment. Has enjoyed a nice freshen-up after his last start on July 28 when well beaten behind Gloryland, but it's important to note he was only two lengths behind the second placegetter. Has taken on all the big guns throughout Broome 2017 and has acquitted himself well, and this looks like the right race for him to post that elusive victory. We anticipated a return to form by PENTHOUSE PET in Tuesday's Fillies & Mares Classic and she did just that, recording a strong win after a perfect ride. On the quick back up here but she has a level of toughness and we expect her to make her presence felt again. We chose the wrong time to jump off FATHNOXIOUS on Tuesday, watching her record a five-length victory after selecting her the last before, and she is a genuine winning chance on the quick back up here. Has the services of newcomer Jessica Gray, however, FATHNOXIOUS must still be respected, while Pilbara vicitor PRICELESS ROCK has been leading and winning at Port Hedland recently, and is capable of running a cheeky race out in front.

Tips: 1-3-2-4
Suggested Bet: (1) DETECTION to win.

Things don't get any easier here but we ended up settling on TOM ALMIGHTY to break a long drought and continue the Gulberti stable's big week. The six-year-old hasn't won in 840 days and his form has been mixed across Broome 2017, however, he looked in good nick when leading and running into the red-hot Broome Cup contender Big Clipper last start. Those front-running tactics appeared to suit him on that occasion and we expect to see TOM ALMIGHTY rolling along out in front (or outside the leader), and he should take some catching. AVIDUS comes out of the same race as TOM ALMIGHTY when over-racing in the early-and-middle stages and fading late to finish over eight lengths behind Big Clipper. We're going to put a line through that effort, as his two previous Pearl Coast performances were rock solid, and AVIDUS is a genuine winning chance. On-pacer SPEEDY JUSTICE has done a few nice things in the North West this season and he has strong form around Tuesday's Fillies & Mares Classic winner Penthouse Pet. Looks another obvious contender, while BOARDING produced one of the runs of the year as an $81 chance last start and that performance was too good to ignore.

Tips: 2-3-1-4
Suggested Bet: (2) TOM ALMIGHTY each way.

Trainer Garry Delane has had a Pearl Coast season to remember, saddling up 10-1/2 winners prior to Broome Cup Day, and his fantastic form looks set to continue with promising sprinting mare LOVEJOY. Saluted at her first two Broome outings, however, things certainly didn't go to plan last start on July 28 when finishing down the track as a $3.60 second favourite. We're happy to ignore that performance and rate her on her best, and with a clean getaway LOVEJOY should bounce back to winning form. WELL SPOKEN MAN is the obvious danger and continued his consistent form with a competitive effort in 58+ company on Tuesday. Rarely far away at the finish of his races, and he also gives himself every chance by being able to begin well and race on-pace. OUR BAY ROE will be stepping out for the first time in 42 days after perhaps suffering a setback, following her last run on July 8. She's more than capable of winning if she brings her A-game, while APERCHOIX hasn't quite lived up to expectations in the Kimberley this season, but this race is a bit thin and his best form stacks up well enough.

Tips: 2-1-5-4
Suggested Bet: (2) LOVEJOY to win.

EMJYE has been knocking on the door all season and gets his best chance to crack it for a win on the Pearl Coast. Came off second best after getting caught in a two-horse war at Tuesday's Ladies' Day meeting, going down a half-head on the line after leading most of the way. Has good form around Pearl Classic contender Corporate Strategy and although he does climb up to 59kg back in this company, he should enjoy a decent run in transit from the good draw. EMJYE on top. MAJOR MAMBO has been competing in tougher assignments than this and should find this line up to his liking. Has been a bit disappointing overall, but this is a suitable option for MAJOR MAMBO and he gets a chance to finish the season on a high note. We were strong on THE DAINTREE last start and he's still trying to get out. Never saw daylight in maiden company on that occasion and was a good thing beat, and we feel as though he only has to hold form to figure in the finish here, while ORATORIO'S PRIDE wasn't far away behind Super Hunter last start and we expect him to be thereabouts.

Tips: 1-5-3-6
Suggested Bet: (1) EMJYE to win.

Good contest this one with a host of winning possibilities and we decided to lock in FERNGROVE on top. Has been kept fresh for this assignment and was coming off a similar 21-day break when smacking his rivals by four lengths two back on July 15. Will need a few things to fall into place from the draw, but his best is solid and he's going to give you a run for your money. OCEAN DIGGER is on the quick back up after getting the job done, albeit narrowly, as a $1.70 favourite on Tuesday. Can't knock this on-pacer's form and he simply has to rate among the main hopes. We decided to jump off TWO FOR TWENTY TWO on Tuesday and we learned a valuable lesson in patience, as he proceeded to record a fighting half-head victory over Emjye. Has to be included on the strength of that performance, while HERRON POINT has ability and wasn't far away at his Broome debut. Should naturally benefit from the experience.

Tips: 1-4-3-2
Suggested Bet: (1) FERNGROVE each way.

The Pearl Classic is one of the highlights of the Broome season and it's certainly attracted a quality line up in 2017. With plenty of runners capable of winning at their best, we opted for the unbeaten CORPORATE STRATEGY to topple his more experienced rivals. Has accounted for some handy types in Ocean Digger and Emjye in his two victories to date, and slides down in the weights after carrying 59kg last start. This is certainly a big step up from what he's faced so far, but CORPORATE STRATEGY has made a big impression on the Pearl Coast, and gives himself every chance by beginning well and racing on pace. PASS THE HAT has appreciated small fields when carrying weight to account for Tirreno at his past two outings, but does have a few more runners to get around lumping 62kg on this occasion. Is racing in dynamic form since switching back to the shorter journeys and if he doesn't encounter any traffic issues then he'll certainly fight out the finish. RITUALS has won four of his six starts at Broome and is on the quick back-up after dead-heating with Tirreno on Tuesday. Has all the right formlines and it's hard making a case against him, while RED GLOW was only a length behind PASS THE HAT last start and is dynamite over the Broome 1300 metres.

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

The first $135,000 Broome Cup has pulled together an intriguing line up and the 5.5kg spread in the weights has helped set up a cracking edition. And after dominating in the Pilbara with wins in the Marble Bar and Roebourne Cups, we're going to select topweight BOYS GETAROUND HIM. Is a proven weight carrier and looks set to enjoy the perfect run in transit from his sweet draw. Sat just behind the leaders in a fast-paced Roebourne Cup last start and was strong on the line, and this event appears set to have a similar shape to it. Will be some effort under 59.5kg, but BOYS GETAROUND HIM is in the zone and will take some beating. Last year's winner PRETTY BLONDE put the writing on the wall when coming from a conspicuous last in the Darwin Cup on August 7 and running on to finish seventh. The run was significantly better than it appears on paper and it's interesting to note last year's winning jockey Ray Vigar has opted to ride PRETTY BLONDE over fellow NT visitor HARREBS TIME, who Vigar rode into fourth place in the Darwin Cup. Is up in the weights after carrying 54kg to victory in 2017, but her performance was so emphatic on that occasion and PRETTY BLONDE has to be respected. Bold front-runner and likely leader GLORYLAND was edged out by stablemate NEXT CONTESTANT in a classic Kimberley Cup last start, going down a long head with the third-placed ULTIMATE SUCCESS eight lengths away in third. The 2200 metres is the query, but if he can conjure up the stamina to run it out, then they're going to struggle to catch him, while NEXT CONTESTANT is a lightweight contender down on 54.5kg and edges out HARREBS TIME for fourth.

Tips: 1-3-2-4
Suggested Bet: (1) BOYS GETAROUND HIM to win.

Good luck trying to get out in the lucky last as this is one of the most difficult races we've assessed throughout Broome 2017. We'll do our best to help though and lock in Pilbara visitor BOLSHOI BANDIT, who looks set to give trainer Jacquie Henderson one hell of a Broome Cup Day. This fellow has the runs on the board and wasn't far away when well fancied in the Port Hedland Cup, despite plenty going wrong for him on the day. BOLSHOI BANDIT is super honest and will give you a run for your money each way. We didn't mind the effort of DANECLICKED last start and felt there were signs he's on his way back to form, while get back/run on type STAR OF VEGAS has some decent form behind Big Clipper and may be able to run a cheeky race down on the 54kg minimum. Derby Cup winner QUINTESSENCE snuck in for fourth ahead of SUPER HUNTER, who pulled up lame after being a beaten favourite here on Tuesday.

Tips: 2-5-11-4
Suggested Bet: (2) BOLSHOI BANDIT each way.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of the Broome Turf Club.