Robb and Llewellyn seeking more joy at Warren

Shannen Llewellyn will team up with Brett Robb at Warren today. Image: Racing Photography.

Following a successful Wellington Boot carnival, Dubbo trainer Brett Robb will travel to Warren today, where he will team up with stable apprentice Shannen Llewellyn. 

On a good day’s racing, they’ll start three runners well in the market, and according to bookmakers, the stable’s leading chance is Beaconsfield Joy, the $1.65 favourite in the 1200m Maiden Plate. 

The three-year-old has had one start for the stable, where she battled on to finish third over 1200m at Mudgee on March 31. 

Prior to that, Beaconsfield Joy was trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy. At her only start in Victoria, she finished sixth in the 1400m Maiden Plate at Ballarat. 

At Warren, the Zoustar filly doesn’t run into the strongest of maiden races, and from gate three, bookmakers are keeping her well and truly safe. 

Earlier on the card, Miss Italiana has every chance to break her maiden in the 1400m Maiden Plate.

Connections have drawn well again with gate three, but it is a tougher event, with some of her more fancied rivals boasting good recent form. 

Still, the four-year-old has been racing well. Making her stable debut at Moree on April 2, she finished strongly to run second in the 1400m Maiden Handicap. 

The Fastnet Rock mare has ability. Before being sent to Robb, she raced in Victoria with Andrew Noblet and was placed over 1400m at Geelong. 

Again, the Dubbo galloper is well in the market as the $2.25 favourite.

Rounding out the stable’s chances at Warren is D’Arpano in the 1000 m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

Bookmakers are keeping the four-year-old safe at $3.60 equal favourite. 

A three-time winner, the Brazen Beau mare was in good form in late 2022 and early 2023, registering three wins in four starts when triumphing at Dubbo, Bathurst, and Coonamble. 

Since coming back from a spell, her form hasn’t set the world on fire, and in recent starts at Cowra, Coonamble, and Dubbo, she has been well off the pace. 

She is back in grade at Warren when taking on the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, and connections draw well with gate three.

While Robb’s runners will undoubtedly have their fair share of supporters on Saturday, it’s going to be a big day for Warren, who hosts a six-race card complemented by their Golden Fleece long lunch. 

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Warren tips – 20/04/2024

Race 1: Shamister $3 (Next best)

Race 2: Miss Italiano $2.25

Race 3: Beaconsfield Joy $1.65

Race 4: Bijara $3.50 (Best)

Race 5: Jarmanagic $4.80

Race 6: War Toy $6