Punters following the scent of Perfumist in Bathurst Gold Nugget

Bjorn Baker will start Perfumist in today’s Bathurst Gold Nugget. Image: Bradley Photos.

The Gold Nugget (1100m) for two-year-olds will complement today’s Soldier’s Saddle (1400m) Class Four Handicap at Bathurst.

The race for the youngsters, part of a big seven-race Anzac Day program at Bathurst, has attracted a good field of ten runners, including six debutants. 

Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker will start the favourite Perfumist, with the El Roca filly the current $1.75 favourite. 

The two-year-old, owned by OTI Racing, has trialled twice, and on both occasions, she caught the eye. 

At Warwick Farm on March 26, she showed good early speed to lead before going down to Novara by a lip in the 979m trial.

Stretched out over 1000m at Hawkesbury on April 16, Perfumist showed good speed from an awkward draw but settled one out and one back.

Ridden out by Rachel King, the youngster hit the line strongly to win by a half-length from stablemate Midnight Dynamite. In third and running home nicely was recent Eagle Farm winner Commanding Artist. 

There’s form around Perfumist’s trials, and despite drawing the widest with gate 10, bookmakers are keeping the Sydney visitor safe.

While Perfumist is the obvious horse to beat, at value, Rinsed Enuff could be a knockout chance or at least one for the quinella/trifecta players. 

Another debutant out of the astute Claire Lever yard, the Rich Enuff filly trialled well behind Isla D’amour and Glitterstrip over 820m at Kembla Grange on April 10. 

It was a heavy ten that day, and Glitterstrip has since gone on to run a decent third to Trafalgar Square in a 1250m maiden at Canterbury on April 17.

There’s been good money for the Hawkesbury visitor, in from $21 into $9, and it could pay to watch the markets closer to the race.

On a good day’s racing at Bathurst, the Mack Griffith-trained Musical Affair ($4) looks like a good play in the $36,000 Soldier’s Saddle. 

The speedster has noted front-running jockey Jake Pracey-Holmes back in the saddle and will likely lead this field.

She’s well-placed in this grade and will be better suited to being on top of the ground. 

Another interesting runner is the Cameron Crockett-trained Scarzel in the 1100m Bill Aspros Cup. 

Proven in open company, having won the Coonabarabran Sprint late last year, the Scone galloper has got ability and looks overs at $5.50.

He’s got very good second-up form (4:1-3-0), and he’s coming off a 1000m trial at Scone on April 17, where he put seven lengths on a good horse like Pioneer River.

Jeff Hanson’s tips – Bathurst 25/04/2024

Race 1: Baby Daisy – $3.30

Race 2: Perfumist – $1.75

Race 3: Poppy’s Girl $6

Race 4: Orcym Busby $15

Race 5: Bloomin’ Gold $5

Race 6: Musical Affair $4 (Best bet)

Race 7: Scarzel $5.50 (Best value)

Quaddie (races 4-7): 4, 5, 6, 8 – 2, 3, 4, 10 – 3, 4 – 2, 5, 9. $96 for 100%

Col Hodges’ tips – Bathurst 25/04/2024

Race 1: 6,1,9,5 – Baby Daisy $3.30 

Race 2: 5,9,7,4 – Perfumist $1.75 

Race 3: 7,1,4,2 – Poppy’s Girl $6

Race 4: 5,6,1,3 – O’Ziggy $1.70

Race 5: 3,9,7,10 – Scottish Pearl $3.90

Race 6: 3,9,4,10 – De Forerunner $4.60

Race 7: 5,3,7,4 – Arimathea $12