Ben’s Best – 18th June 2020

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She ran a bit of an eye-catcher on debut. Making good ground in the straight after being last approaching the turn. Akari was the winner of that race and franked the form by subsequently winning two listed races. She looks to have trialled up well enough since joining the Hawkes stable, finishing behind stablemate Ajaayeb who has won following that trial.


I have been on this gelding every start and not jumping off just yet. He has returned well this preparation and has put in two brave efforts, when running 2nd on both occasions. The winner at Newcastle, Snazz ‘n’ Charm has a bit of a wrap on him, so the form should hold up. The drop back in distance seems a bit odd but I can only assume they will lead at all costs and make sure it is a genuine run race. Next best #5 PURE RUBICK will knock off a maiden soon.



Obviously, no star but has been in two races this preparation that have rated well on the clock for that class. Jumped from 1600m to 2000m last start and looked to feel the pinch late. The winner of that race Aperol Sprint has won again, and this mare should strip fitter again.


He has come back a much better racehorse now as a three-year-old. He beat Key largo when first up at Gosford, that colt has since franked the form by winning at his next start. He drops 2kg for this and will be fitter second-up. Next best #2 Belladeel always thought this horse had some level of ability, now with a recent win, he may go on with it.  


I liked the last jump-out at Geelong, she sat up on speed with the speedy Ms Catherine. This mare was under a bit of riding to keep up but so was the talented Morrissey, who has subsequently run well at Moonee Valley, running 2nd by a small margin. I would expect her to show enough early speed to lead and give them something to catch at nice eachway odds. #12 PINKHAM has shown some ability at the Caulfield jump-outs, beating Maddox in fast time at the latest. I did not think there was much between the two though.


Showed some ability when jumping out at Cranbourne. Did not look out of place in a jump-out that included Soul Patch. Back in March he won a heat, beating Iscariot, that gelding has subsequently run 2nd behind Jolly Sailor and beat Cordilla home. Should be very competitive here first up.

SEYMOUR R4 #5 TAKATOKA $6.20  #12 TOVOLO GAP $3.35

Takatoka looks a nice stayer and resumes here over the suitable 1600m. He worked home well on debut and has not been asked for much of an effort in recent jump-outs. I will be having something on #12 TOVOLO GAP I thought she was a good chance first up at Pakenham but found trouble and looked to clip heels when making ground in the straight, still hurts but she may get some of the money back today.


He looked good winning last start at Bendigo when second up. I do not know if he took huge improvement fitness wise from the first up run or he just appreciated not being called a moral by TB that day. If he produces that effort again here, he should be competitive again.