Saturday’s 1500m Class Three Highway Plate will be a capacity field of 15 runners at Rosehill Gardens, and Thunderbet’s Johnny ‘Highway’ Patton has run his eye over the open field.
Most of this field has raced in Highways before, and looking at the speed map, there isn’t much pace in the race.
My prediction early is that it will suit front runners or those that sit in behind the pace. The rail is out +6m for the entire circuit, and the track is a good four.
My on-top selection is Cenotes ($10). The four-year-old gelding raced here two weeks ago when second-up. On that occasion, he had no luck in the event, having to race three deep for the entire trip.
Kerrin McEvoy stays on board, and Colt Prosser has drawn barrier one with his Wauchope galloper.
Prosser will have it ready to go third-up, and the good track will suit it as long it doesn’t get too far back.
My second pick is Stay Safe ($3.80). The Brett Cavanough-trained galloper raced at Ballina last month and boulted in by nearly six lengths.
Nash Rawiller goes on board, which is a crucial riding change as he usually rides Matthew Dunn’s horse.
It does go up in class, but he’ll go forward, and Nash might be able to lead and dictate. A good track is also a bonus and he will be very strong when it matters.
My third pick is Agirlsbestfriend ($11). This 4YO mare raced here two weeks ago and has no luck at a vital stage in its race.
This week, she has drawn wider with barrier ten, and Jett Stanley goes on board for the first time (he is riding terrifically).
Marc Quinn trains the mare from his Port Macquarie base, and the horse’s racing pattern is to get back, but with not a lot of pace in the race, she might be able to slot in midfield.
Additionally, she only goes up a half-kilogram on her last run, and it has won at the distance and has placed here before. It will be in the finish.
This week’s each-way play is Kaihoko ($26).
Another runner from the Colt Prosser yard, he has only had six starts and looks to be a very exciting horse for the future.
His last two starts have been in Highways and the 3YO hasn’t been able to get in the race due to bad barriers.
This week is a massive riding change as Jason Collett goes on board, and connections draw well with barrier two.
The only worry is that he goes up two and a half kilograms on its last start.
Still, he is a massive price, and I think you’ll get an excellent run for your money.
Each Way Play: Kaihoki ($26 & $5.50)