Around The Benz with Andrew Bensley 23/03/2020

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

 

IT’S PROBABEEL RICHARDS’ FILLY MAY NOT RUN

As Australian’s come to grips with how quickly Coronavirus can spread, the racing industry has worked extremely hard to build on very strict protocols so we can still be entertained by the sport we all love.

This week all eyes will be on Rosehill and the final day of the Slipper Festival.

The Chris Waller-trained filly FUNSTAR has been installed TAB favourite in the G1 Vinery Stakes with PROBABEEL (pictured) a clear second pick. After speaking to Probabeel’s trainer Jamie Richards he said the filly is pleasing in trackwork but warns she will only run if the track is in the soft to good range.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy will stay on Probabeel with Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson out due to suspension.

 

Check out the latest Vinery Stakes TAB market here.

 

GAI AND ADRIAN MAY SHOUT THE BAR

Saturday’s Vinery Stakes will give the form from the Kembla Grange Classic it’s first real test.

Race winner ASIAGO and Hugh Bowman will line up again along with SHOUT THE BAR, MISSILE MANTRA and SUBPOENAED.

Shout The Bar went forward from a very wide barrier at Kembla before finding a position outside the leader. Considering it was just her third start, she on impressively for a close-up second.

Hailing from the in-form Waterhouse/Bott yard there is certain to be further improvement for Shout The Bar leading in to Saturday’s 2000m event.

 

IT’S TIME FOR AVILIUS TO SHINE

Godolphin trainer James Cummings says Saturday’s G1 Tancred Stakes at Rosehill has been the target race all the way along for AVILIUS.

The horse has been consistent this Autumn at the highest level but his best effort is only a third on Saturday in the Ranvet when beaten nearly six lengths.

This time last year, Avilius (pictured) won both the Ranvet and Tancred at Rosehill when run on heavy surfaces and was simply devastating letting down on that ground.

So the question has to be asked is the six year old going as good?

 

Check out the latest Ranvet Stakes TAB market here.

 

HIT-AND-RUN HOOP MIGHT BE STICKING AROUND

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely see UK based jockey Tom Marquand in Sydney for a longer than expected period.

The word from racing circles in England prior to his first trip ‘Down Under’ was how strong Marquand can be in the final stages of races. That proved the case on Saturday when he got everything out of YOUNG RASCAL and ADDEYBB to win their first outings in Sydney for trainer William Haggas who was watching from Newmarket.

This Saturday at Rosehill Marquand teams up with the Maher/Eustace stable for a number of rides including SOUTHERN FRANCE in the Tancred, FASCINO in the Vinery and an interesting youngster called HOLYFIELD.

 

POSITIVE SIGNS BUT BIGGEST TEST TO COME

It’s very hard in the competitive state of Australian racing for a horse to put together a sequence of wins. A lot of it comes down to placement and for trainer Bjorn Baker he’s weaved a path of success with POSITIVE PEACE.

The four-year-old mare has won her last four in benchmark races but now the big test comes. - Saturday at Rosehill running in the Emancipation Stakes.

Positive Peace (pictured) won her last start by nearly three lengths and seemingly can handle any track condition.

 

Check out the latest Emancipation Stakes TAB market here.

 

BERRY HAS SOME BIG DECISIONS TO MAKE

We all hope racing can continue on to The Championships at Randwick on April 4 and 11.

Jockey Tommy Berry faces a few sleepless nights having to choose between three sprinters in the G1 TJ Smith during The Championships.

PIERATA, STANDOUT and possibly EXCEEDANCE could all clash in the race and Berry has ridden all of them this Autumn.

I reckon it would be hard to bypass Pierata given the way the horse finished off after being wide in Saturday’s Galaxy. At this time of the year Pierata will give three-year-old, Standout just two kilos under weight-for-age conditions.

 

Andrew Bensley can be heard on Sky Sports Radio, with all the breaking carnival news, plus Saturday mornings from 6.30am on Racing HQ. Stay in touch around the clock via social media @SkyRacingAU and @AndrewBensley.

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