Ciaron Maher Racing Weekend Preview
Veteran galloper Bondeiger is in terrific order ahead of his campaign target race, the Listed Pakenham Cup over 2500 metres on Saturday.
He has had his usual break between runs and galloped well during the week.
He’s drawn nicely and there looks to be plenty of speed in the race so he will be able to roll along in a comfortable position and hopefully get a run at the right time.
We think he is in great order and should run a big race.
Dwayne Dunn takes the ride from barrier three.
Earlier in the day at Pakenham, we have Exquisite Beauty running in a BM70 over 1000 metres.
She has overcome a slight setback in her preparation but has trialled well and is good order.
We think she will improve over more ground and for the run but if they go at a strong tempo, she should be able to settle into her stride and hit the line well.
Michael Dee takes the ride from barrier 11.
We then have Choisborder returning after a long layoff in a handicap over 1200 metres.
He has been in work for a long time so he’s fit and looks great but after such a long time off, there’s no doubt he will improve for the run.
From the inside draw, he can jump and land where he’s comfortable without having to do much work and hopefully be in it at the finish.
Michael Dee will ride from barrier one.
Our final runners of the day at Pakenham will be Ken’s Dream, Yulong January and Think Bleue who all contest the Vobis Gold Bullion over 1400 metres.
Ken’s Dream hasn’t had a lot of luck this campaign, but he’s drawn well in a race where he could either lead or sit just off the leaders and swoop late and hopefully stay out of trouble.
Yulong January has come through his last start in good order but has drawn awkwardly here.
There’s not a lot of speed in the race so he should be able to jump and cross to lead reasonably comfortably and hopefully hold on to win.
Think Bleue is resuming from a spell so she will naturally improve with the run but we do think she is forward enough to go well here.
She’s drawn the inside barrier, so she’ll just sit in the box seat and hopefully hit the line well.
Michael Dee takes the ride on Ken’s Dream from barrier two, Yulong January will be ridden by Ben Melham from gate 10 and James Winks takes the ride on Think Bleue from barrier one.
Up in Sydney at Rosehill we have Enigman running in a handicap over 1100 metres.
He has a terrific first-up record and looks in great condition.
He should be able to jump and settle midfield and hit the line strong.
We think he is in great order and should go very close.
Robbie Dolan takes the ride from barrier seven.