OUR DASHA - Denman filly Our Dasha takes on the older horses in the John Davis Motors Country Class 2 Plate (1000m) but looks up to the task coming back in distance on Tuesday. Our Dasha has been in great form this preparation winning successive races at Narromine and Muswellbrook over 800m and 1000m respectively at the start of the preparation before finishing less than three-lengths from the winner in a Highway Handicap at Rosehill on November 18 when tested over 1100m. Our Dasha didn’t get the clearest of runs in the straight but it is doubtful there was much left in the tank over the longer journey. Expecting Our Dasha to return to the winner’s list back to 1000m on Tuesday.
HINCHMAN - The Jason Attard-trained Hinchman has contested provincial and city class races in each of his 10 career starts finishing in the placings on four occasions and looks set for a confidence boosting win in the Southern Cross Austereo Maiden Handicap (1280m). Hinchman was only a half-length from the winner when runner-up at Hawkesbury last start. Each of the four career placings for Hinchman have come in the 1200m to 1350m distance range so 1280m at Orange looks perfect. Hinchman only has to repeat the last run at Hawkesbury to be breaking his maiden status on Tuesday.
MARROCK - Marrock from the Mitch Newman stable at Hawkesbury has a penchant for dry tracks and gets conditions to suit in the Central West Bin Cleaning Class 1 Handicap (1400m). From his 10 career starts, Marrock has only been able to finish in the placings once on soft tracks, but boasts a Hawkesbury maiden win and placings at Kembla and Goulburn from six starts on top of the ground. Back on a dry track on Tuesday peaking third-up Marrock gets his chance to record career win number two.
JUVENTUS - It’s hard to say with any sort of clarity that a horse beaten close to five-lengths in a race should have won but that’s the case for Juventus who lines up in the Mid North Coast Now Maiden Plate. Trained by Kris Lees, Juventus figured prominently in the Steward’s Report for racing at Newcastle on December 3, suffering a significant check at the 250m mark after being held-up on straightening. When he saw daylight, Juventus hit the line hard, but the bird had well and truly flown. Kris Lees likes taking horses to Tuncurry for a confidence boosting win and don’t be surprised to see Juventus win and step up successfully to provincial and city midweek company in the weeks ahead.
BAKSLAP - The Allan Denham-trained Bakslap was a beaten favourite at Port Macquarie last start but nothing went his way in the straight. Bakslap had run of the race stuff, parked right behind the leader in the run but as sometimes happens the run simply did not come in the straight and punters should put a line totally through the run. Bakslap looks well placed to make amends in the Great Lakes Advocate Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400m) with Robert Thompson retaining the ride.