BIRDSONG - This Godolphin mare Birdsong won’t get a better chance to break her maiden status when the daughter of Sepoy lines up in the Fastway Couriers Sydney Maiden Plate (1500m). Birdsong has been consistent throughout her career and has finished in the placings in eight of her 12 career starts including four metropolitan placings. Two factors look set to provide Birdsong with her first career win, arguably her best runs have been third-up in a preparation with two of the metropolitan placings coming at the same stage of her preparation and the four-year-old is drawn to get all the favours in the run launching from the inside gate. Reckon today is the day for Birdsong.
THINKING AHEAD - Stepping up in distance gives the Clarry Connors-trained Thinking Ahead the chance to breakthrough in the Vermont Sand and Soil Maiden Handicap (1800m). Thinking Ahead has come from the rear of the field to finish in the placings at Goulburn and Newcastle in his latest two starts working home in a manner that suggests the son of Dream Ahead will relish getting up to a middle distance on Sunday. Thinking Ahead carried 57kg at Goulburn and looks well placed on Sunday with 2kg less after the claim for Blaike McDougall.
FILOMENA’S GRACE - The Joe Pride-trained Filomena’s Grace was a dual acceptor for the weekend’s racing being an acceptor at both Newcastle Saturday and Hawkesbury Sunday with connections choosing to tackle JDS Concreting Class 2 Handicap (1300m) at Hawkesbury. A Kembla maiden winner in three in three runs in her first preparation, Filomena’s Grace is ready to win peaking third-up on Sunday after finishing close-up in two runs this time including a Kembla third last start against her own sex. Filomena’s Grace takes on the boys on Sunday but at the same time drops from 58.5kg to 55kg. The weight drop after two runs this time in should see Filomena’s Grace return to the winner’s list.
CITIZEN'S ARREST - Coyle and O’Hara combine with Citizen’s Arrest in the Culbarra Bowling Club F&M Maiden Handicap (1100m) with the daughter of Time Thief suited back to a country maiden. Citizen’s Arrest has contested provincial races at her latest two outings but her effort at Nowra three runs back on October 22 looks a strong form reference for Sunday’s assignment. Citizen’s Arrest finished third beaten a length in the maiden won by Judge Judi and worked in the run jumping form barrier 8. Barrier one on Sunday looks the catalyst for Citizen’ Arrest to record her maiden win.
LADY MOOCHI - The stablemate Lady Moochi is another that will appreciate getting back to Nowra in the Marriott Oliver Solicitors Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m) after finishing third at Hawkesbury resuming on November 23. Lady Moochi saves her best for Nowra with her only win in 14 career starts coming at the track and her remaining three starts on the South Coast circuit producing runner-up finishes. Lady Moochi will be all the better for her first-up run and gets her chance to return to the winner’s list.