The curtain comes down on another Sydney autumn carnival this Saturday and I’m quietly confident we can go out with a bang.

Saturday tip:

FORTRESS COMMAND (Randwick R6 N4): Like with SANTA ANA LANE a fortnight ago, I’m going to double down on FORTRESS COMMAND here. With the many odds boost products on the market these days, as much as $301 was available for this Gerald Ryan-trained colt less than six weeks ago. Readers will know that I have followed this horse virtually from the get-go and I can’t wait to see him over a mile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. As of Thursday morning he was priced around the $7.50 mark. Although it’s a far cry from $301, I think the fact we are still getting each-way odds at this juncture is a luxury so I’ve opened my shoulders again. Give it strength!

Hoofnote: I am normally loathe to tip a Proven Thoroughbreds horse in fear of jinxing however I’ve decided to make an exception this week and recommend THE GOLDEN HIND on Sunday at the Sunshine Coast. Forget his first-up run, he is much better than that, and if the market over-reacts to his last start (which is normally the case with bookmakers), I think we will get some generous early odds. 

Tom Walter is the son of and deputy to Proven Thoroughbreds proprietor Jamie Walter. He manages the website, social media, IT and admin, following six years as a journalist for online racing publication Racenet.

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