Warrnambool May Racing Carnival kicks off on Tuesday afternoon with a 10-part card headlined by the Brierly Steeplechase. The track has come up a Soft 6, the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit, and the day’s racing is set to get underway at 11:20am AEST.
Brierly Steeplechase: Bit Of A Lad
The Brierly is the main event on Tuesday afternoon at The ‘Bool, and we are happy to side with a proven runner over the track and distance. The Maher & Eustace-trained Bit Of A Lad took out this race in 2019 and returns to take back his Brierly crown after missing the event last year. He has three wins and a runner-up from four starts at the 3450m and will take some running down despite carrying 70kg around. The seven-year-old gelding has shown he can handle the big weight, so if Steven Pateman can get him to settle in the run, he can put a big space on his rivals.
The Lindsey Smith-trained Chantrea comes to the ‘Bool off a five-week freshen up following a third-placed finish in the Bendigo Gold Bracelet. Having settled three wide with no cover around midfield on that day, the Puissance De Lune mare chased hard off a tough run to go down by just under a length. The former Western Australian is yet to finish outside of the top four, with six wins and three minor placings to her name. Damien Oliver hops on board for the first time, which is a big tick. Chantrea is already 2/2 over 1700m, and she should make it 3/3 on Tuesday.
Bubbly Lass was a notable drifter at Pakenham on April 15 and was desperately unlucky in the run when held up at a crucial point. She may not have won the race, but the one-length margin might have been closer had she seen clear air. From barrier three, we expect John Allen to settle her in the moving line and take luck out of the equation. With two second-place finishes to her name from three starts, she clearly has a win in her.