Aussie News 4 July
By Adam Hamilton
Buzz Kiwi pacer Self Assured needs luck from a tricky barrier draw to maintain his unbeaten streak at Albion Park on Saturday night.
The All Stars three-year-old landed gate eight (inside the back row) under the preferential draw conditions in the Group 2 JC McMullen (formerly Premiers’ Cup), but it hasn’t stopped punters crunching him in from $2.70 to $1.70 with the Aussie TAB.
His main danger, classy Kiwi pacer Alta Orlando, is a $4 shot despite drawing awfully as well outside the back row (gate 13). Alta Orlando recently moved to Craig Cross’ NSW stables.
The All Stars also have glamour filly Our Princess Tiffany open her Queensland raid as a commanding $1.12 favourite despite a back row draw (gate nine) in the Group 3 South-East Oaks.
With Queensland’s star filly Smart As Camm Be surprisingly in the spelling paddock, Our Princess Tiffany should romp through both this week’s race and the Group 1 Queensland Oaks the week after.
The other Albion Park highlight is Colt Thirty One’s quest for another win, albeit from the back row (gate 11) in the Lucky Creed free-for-all.
Recent Kiwi import Northview Hustler, now with local trainer Alistair Barnes, gets his chance to turn the tables from gate five and is a $2.20 favourite with Colt Thirty One at $2.50.
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IT is very possible dominant trainer Emma Stewart could win all six Group 1 Vicbred pacing finals at Melton on Saturday night.
Stewart has the favourite in five of the six finals and in the 4YO Entires and Geldings final, where Rackemup Tigerpie heads the market $2, Stewart has three major hopes in Tam Major ($4.80), Major Times ($6) and Liftntorque ($11).
Stewart’s dominance starts from the 2YO colts and geldings final with the immensely exciting Mirragon ($1.90) favourite ahead of stablemates Pandering ($2.40) and Beale Street ($9).
In the 2YO fillies’ final, she has the first three favourites: Amelia Rose ($2.50), Maajida ($3.20) and Jemstone ($3.30).
Much-improved 4YO mare Pistol Abbey heads betting in her final for Stewart at $2 from stablemate Nostra Villa at $4.20.
In the 3YO colts and geldings, it’s Stewart’s speedy Hurricane Harley at $1.45 from an ideal gate two over stablemates Demon Delight ($3.40) and Out To Play ($8).
Stewart’s hottest favourite of the night if three-year-old filly Kualoa, who is $1.05 from gate four in her final.
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TRAINER Kevin Pizzuto has opted to back-up his Group 1 Len Smith Mile winner Majordan in the free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday night.
Majordan, who blazed a 1min49.6sec mile to win the Len Smith first-up at Menangle last Sunday, is a $1.50 against a weaker field but from the outside draw over a mile this week.
“He came through it so well, why not back him up?” Pizzuto said. “He’s then up to Brisbane for the Sunshine Sprint the week after to chase another a Group 1.”
Champion stablemate Tiger Tara sparkled winning a private Bankstown trial last Saturday could resume at Menangle on Saturday week in a 2300m free-for-all.
“If he runs, Lauren Tritton will drive him because Todd (McCarthy) will be in Brisbane with Majordan,” Pizzuto said.
Tiger Tara is headed to Queensland for the $250,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 20.