Ben’s Best – 2nd May 2020

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Morphettville  R2 #6   Harpuna $2.70

This gelding had trialled well on three occasions before winning on debut. He had shown he could match it with horses that had already proven to reach a level better than maiden grade. He then could not have been more impressive when winning at Ararat. It was a good positive ride to take him to the front and he quickly put a gap on them as the jockey asked him for an effort, as they entered the straight. He ended up winning by 2.5L but it could have been a touch more if he were ridden right out to the line. There was a huge gap back to the favourite who finished in 3rd place. The impressive visual performance was backed up by the clock, running exceptionally good time for a maiden class race.

Sandown Lakeside  R3   #6   Knowles $5.30

I thought this filly was pretty impressive when winning first up at Ballarat. She sat three wide, no cover on speed and still proved too good when beating Witchfulthinking. 2nd up she bumped into the flying Ancestry at Caulfield who had the better run on the fence. 3rd up at Caulfield, I do not think she was suited by being inside horses. Her momentum looked to be stopped on several occasions when approaching the turn and Craig Williams had to wait before making a run in the straight. The outside barrier looks more suitable if she can be saved to make a sweeping run out wide when asked.

Kensington R1 #7   Velorum $6.60

This two-year-old colt has shown natural speed to lead both his trials. In the first trial he looked like he was going to win without being asked for much of an effort, but Only Mine was able to nab him right on the line. Once he was headed on the line, it was good to see him find something again and start to put a margin on that horse after the winning post. The second trial he won under his own steam and beat a subsequent winner in Peltzer, who was ridden. The fact he is still a colt is a good lead from the stable that he has ability.