Around The Benz with Andrew Bensley 02/03/2020

Sky Racing’s resident newshound, ANDREW BENSLEY, brings you up to date after another action-packed weekend of racing around Australia.

 

SPEED TO BURN IN THE HUNT FOR A MIRACLE

Speed is of the essence this Saturday night when one of Australasia’s most significant Harness races, the Miracle Mile, takes place at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.

Most of the current stars will be eyeing Luke McCarthy's drive, KING OF SWING, after running a strong 1.49.6, including a sizzling last half 52.9 in a lead up race on Saturday night.

McCarthy had choices in the Miracle Mile but it was hard to surrender the drive aboard the current TAB favourite.

Victorian Greg Sugars will partner A G’S WHITE SOCKS from pole position in the Miracle Mile and was thrilled with his pacer’s finish in a strongly run race from a tricky gate in his latest outing.

Sugar expects to see A G’s White Socks improve on his first Menangle experience and feels the horse has the tactical speed to take advantage of the favourable draw.

Check out the latest Miracle Mile TAB market here 

For LIVE coverage of Miracle Mile night at Menangle download Sky Racing Active app

 

ANOTHER STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP AT ‘HEADQUARTERS’

We are off to Royal Randwick again this weekend after an incredible meeting last Saturday.

The G1 Canterbury Stakes promises plenty with local stars taking on the Interstaters and even more Kiwi Raiders.

STANDOUT (pictured) looks in terrific order after cruising in a trial last week but trainer Gerald Ryan is slightly concerned about the rain forecast affecting the surface.

With a bit of rain expected, Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman is targeting Sydney with popular runner BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER who loves a softish track. Bowman has galloped Begood Toya Mother a number of times in the Sydney direction and regular jockey Declan Bates will make a rare trip to Sydney for the feature event.

Stradbroke winner THE BOSTONIAN is flying in from New Zealand, with trainer Tony Pike engaging the services of Nash Rawiller. The Stradbroke winner set a solid tempo to win a recent Tauranga trial from another NZ star MELODY BELLE.

For all the latest Canterbury Stakes TAB betting click here 

 

GERRY HOPES LIBERTINI IS NO LIGHTWEIGHT

With just 50 kilos on her back, it was always going to be hard for owner Gerry Harvey and trainer Anthony Cummings to ignore running LIBERTINI (pictured) in Saturday’s G1 Newmarket at Flemington.

Cummings is confident the 3YO filly is in good form despite being beaten three lengths in the Light Fingers first-up. Libertini finished third to EXCEEDENCE and BIVOUAC in the Coolmore at Flemington in November and Saturday will sit three kilos below them on 50kg.

Tassie 4YO THE INEVITABLE has been targeted solely at the Newmarket, bypassing the local Summer Carnival. Trainer Scott Brunton has given the Inevitable just the one trial on the new Hobart course proper and he appeared in perfect health.

Click here for the latest Newmarket TAB market

 

MORE TRAVEL PLANS FOR FABERGINO

Congratulations to Perth trainer Tiarnna Robertson for taking the gamble and travelling FABERGINO to Flemington where the mare easily accounted for her rivals in the Bob Hoysted on Saturday.

Speaking on Sky Sports Radio last Thursday I gauged the excitement about bringing the mare across the Nullabour and Fabergino jumped to the lead and kept rolling to score an impressive win.

No doubt Robertson will be back in the Spring with one of the big Flemington straight races in mind.

 

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME FOR STAR KIWIS

You can’t underestimate how tough it is bringing horses from New Zealand to beat the Aussies on their home turf.

Te Akau Racing did it twice on Saturday with horses that were a long way off the leader on the Randwick home turn.

TE AKAU SHARK has returned in fine form following his fourth placing in the Cox Plate with trainer Jamie Richards saying ‘The Shark’ has developed into a really strong horse for this campaign.

Jockey Opie Bosson would’ve been upset with himself if PROBABEEL hadn’t won the Surround. Clearly she got a long way back but still had the power to pass FUNSTAR over the final 50 metres.

Both horses are already stamped as major players for the Sydney Autumn.

 

Andrew Bensley can be heard on Sky Sports Radio, Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9am with all the breaking carnival news, plus Saturday mornings from 6.30am on Racing HQ.

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