This Saturday will mark the anticipated return of our classy galloper RECKLESS CHOICE.

The Steve O’Dea-trained son of CHOISIR is in prime condition ahead of his first-up run which will be over 1200m at Eagle Farm. Though his form would indicate he is more effective over 1600m, Steve expects the horse to sprint well fresh with apprentice Stephanie Thornton in the saddle.

LAMINGTON DRIVE is another set to resume from a spell, nominated for Geelong on Friday. The Archie Alexander-trained gelding has been a model of consistency in his five career starts, finishing in the top three on each occasion.

BLACKBOOKER: MASTERATI showed admirable fight in his first run back from a spell at Ipswich last Wednesday. He found one better one in the promising HOLLABACK GIRL but the race time was comfortably the quickest of five 1100m events run on the day. His work prior to that first-up hit out had been strong and a repeat effort second-up would see him go very close.

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:

Geelong Friday August 16

Class 1 1300m:


Archie Alexander/TBA

Comment: Scratched last week due to a heavy track so provided the ground is no too wet he will kick off his campaign in this event. Has been working well at home and is yet to miss a place in five starts.

Kembla Saturday August 17

Maiden 1200m:


Joe Pride/TBA

Comment: Trialled up nicely in preparation for this assignment. Looks to have come back a bit stronger this time in and gets his chance to break through in suitable company.

Eagle Farm Saturday August 17

F&M Class 3 Plate 1400m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Racing well without much luck of late. This looks an ideal race for her and deserved to notch a Saturday win having placed in all three runs this time in.

Open Handicap 1400m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Loomed to win last start but was overrun after obtaining cover from a wide draw. Has been out of the winners’ stall for a while now but is afforded a handy drop in weight here.

Class 6 Plate 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Talented galloper resuming off the back of two excellent trials. With an ounce of luck he would have won the Magic Millions Country Cup first-up last preparation and looks hard to beat here.

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