Ben’s Best – 9th June 2020

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He first caught my attention when he jumped out at Wangaratta. He was not asked for any effort and went through the line under his own steam. He then went to an open trial at Wagga and was asked to sprint this time when entering the straight, he took a while to warm up but was in the lead a short distance past the winning post. Forever Newyork won the trial and has won a total of five races. I am forgiving the poor run on debut, he bumped into a strong maiden in my opinion and should appreciate stepping up in distance and I think he can knock off a weak maiden at some stage.


Forgiving the first up run. He wanted to get things over and done with early and was under a hold from the jockey. He still gave a kick in the straight but was swamped late when he ran out of gas. He will strip fitter for the run and dropping back in distance should help, if he can run along out in front this time without being restrained.


I have had something small on both these roughies. CROOKED HILLARY has looked ok in her latest two jump-outs. In the most recent Pakenham jump-out she was not under pressure late but finished close-up to Locko, that gelding finished 2nd in a benchmark 64 two starts ago. She does not look no star and is a seven-year-old mare having her first start so obviously had some issues but looks capable of winning a weak maiden at some stage. #10 OURMARIE I was going off the jump-out at Cranbourne on the 20th of April when she was not far off a few decent ones, like Victoria Star, Mister Jay and Sea Wolf. Unfortunately looking through the other jump-outs she looks very average when having a big white blaze. Only have something small as there is a big chance she was listed as the wrong horse in that heat and does have a big white blaze.

PAKENHAM R2 #4 SPACE COWBOY  $5.40 #18  FUDGING $20.50

I thought he went much better last start when getting onto the synthetic surface. I have a bit of time for the winner, Tycoon Thunder and this looks an easier task here. Now third up he should be reaching peak fitness. FUDGING did not have much go right on debut. Was stuck wide no cover for most of the race. Draws a better barrier here and can be competitive off a couple decent jump-outs.


I think this two-year-old filly can run a cheeky race on debut at odds. She was slowly away in the trial but booted up on the inside and was not asked for much of an effort in the straight. Alongside her was Halcyon House, that galloper has already won a maiden and lines up in race 3 today in a class 1. The start will be very important, if she gets away ok and finds the front she can give them something to catch with no weight on her back.