As many as nine Proven Thoroughbreds horses are set to face the starter this week, including an unraced two-year-old from the Joe Pride stable.
PRIVATE EYE was due to have his first start earlier this month but wet weather meant his race debut has been delayed until Tuesday’s Wyong meeting.
An impressive barrier trial winner, PRIVATE EYE expected to make a good account of himself in the 1000m maiden.
Meanwhile, another unraced Proven galloper will be unveiled at Canberra on Friday. John Bateman-trained three-year-old BOMBARDEO has taken his time to get to the races but won a recent jumpout at Goulburn.
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Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:
Wyong Tuesday July 21
2YO Maiden Handicap 1000m:
Joe Pride/Rory Hutchings
Comment: Impressed in a recent barrier trial win at Wyong. 1100m may ultimately be short of his best trip but has to be considered a winning chance in maiden company.
Eagle Farm Wednesday July 22
Maiden Handicap 1400m:
Steve O’Dea/Boris Thornton
Comment: Still chasing maiden win at her ninth start but has placed on four occasions including an encouraging third last outing at the Sunshine Coast. If she can jump with them and land midfield she will be within striking distance.
Class 4 Handicap 1110m:
Steve O’Dea/Boris Thornton
Comment: Disappointing effort last start when seventh of nine at Doomben. Was only 2.1 lengths from the winner but appeared to have his chance. Looking for him to bounce back with blinkers on first time.
Canberra Friday July 24
Maiden Plate 1300m:
John Bateman/Chad Lever
Comment: Typical slow maturing New Zealand-bred whose only public trial was a good effort at Warwick Farm. Won a recent jumpout at Goulburn but may be looking for a touch further than 1300m.
Class 1 & Maiden Plate 1600m:
John Bateman/Jay Ford
Comment: Whacked away in fourth at Goulburn last start. Won well at Canberra prior to that. Racing as though she might appreciate getting out to 1600m.
Doomben Saturday July 25
BM90 Handicap 1050m:
Steve O’Dea/Nathan Fazackerley (a3)
Comment: Lack of fitness told late first-up at Eagle Farm as he gradually yielded ground to finish 4.4 lengths astern of the winner. That was his first run in more than eight months so he will have taken a great deal of benefit from the outing and he’s a three-time winner second-up.
Class 6 Plate 1200m:
Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton
Comment: On debut for the O’Dea stable after losing form in Sydney. A change of scenery and training regime might be the spark she needs to rediscover the form which saw her win four of her first eight starts.
Sunshine Coast Sunday July 26
Class 3 Handicap 1000m:
Steve O’Dea/Mark Du Plessis
Comment: Fell short of expectations last campaign but seems to have come back in better form based on recent trials. Can pull out a run fresh.