Warrnambool hosts a rare spring meeting this Thursday with eight races set down for judgement. The track is currently a Soft 7, but the threat of persistent rain on race-day morning means we may be looking at a Heavy track by the time the first jumps at 1:10pm AEDT.
Lindsay Smith and Michael Rodd team up in the last race on the card, where they have a 4YO gelding who went on to win in soft fashion at Hamilton back in May and was put away for the spring straight after. That win came as a nice odds-on favourite on a Heavy 9, and so the forecasted rain should not pose a problem as he looks to go two from two in the early stages of his career.
It isn’t very often you see a $1.35 maiden get tipped at Warrnambool on a Thursday afternoon, but Tango Gold is surely just too strong for this field. Her form has been ultra consistent without breaking through for that maiden victory. This campaign she’s had three runner-up performances and finished third on two occasions. If she gets beaten in the opener, there’ll be plenty of multi tickets going in the bin.
Pat McKenna’s 6YO gelding will have his first race start since March as he looks to kick off this campaign on a positive note. He has two minor placings to his name from three first-up attempts, so it shows he can get going fresh. He has won here at Warrnambool at the past, and from barrier nine he’ll go back in the running and hope to come down the outside in the concluding stages.