An open affair for our first selection of the evening at Gulfstream with an intended field of 11-runners for this 6f claimer. Many of these have raced against each-other previously with none of them managing more than two-career wins – it’s a race you could ran a few times and get a different result, depending on tactics, being slow-away and split-second decisions from jockeys.
Our pin has fallen on the Jorge Delgado trained Very Amusing who’s been placed on his last three starts on track with Tyler Gaffallone back in the saddle tonight. Both career victories have come over 6.5 furlongs and this five-year-old has the early tactical speed to sit off a strong pace and battle hard to the line in what should be a tight finish.
Your eyes are quickly drawn on Rattle’M when opening the race card for this one mile claiming contest. The Marcelo Cuito trained four-year-old came back into form finishing a surprise second when last seen here at the start of the month.
However, Cuito’s overall strike-rate at this venue isn’t that strong, while jockey Gary Bain wouldn’t be setting the world on fire with his stats either. With that in mind, it could pay dividends to look elsewhere and give one more chance to False Accusation to return to winning ways.
The six-year-old needs to reverse recent form with Rattle’M, but his five performances here at Gulfstream are reasonable, having only finished out of the first three once. It’s a poor contest but our vote goes to the Henry Collazo trained runner who looks more consistent than market rival Rattle’M.
The maiden special weight (our fifth race on the card) at Gulfstream looks an interesting contest, with Jeana’s Gem, Tiz Enough, Raspberry Ballet and Tynan all finishing second when last seen on track. The top horse, Jeana’s Gem will be popular with pundits with Joe Bravo finishing second twice on this filly, who steps up in trip tonight.
However, the more interesting contender is the Javier Castellano ridden Sister OToole who has finished third on both starts to date. This three-year-old is a half sister to Stakes winning miler, Lady O’Toole and is still learning the game after just two career starts. She was slowly away on both those runs and looked green when coming wide from off the pace here 20-days ago. I’d fully expect more improvement again with any strong pace upfront a clear advantage to scoop late for victory.
Anyone with toddlers will know – especially in these home-schooling times – that patience is a virtue.
So I’m happy to wait until the last race of the night for our final Lucky 15 selection. Luiz Saez stays in the saddle on Peacock Kitten who should be popular, having been disqualified and placed fifth having finished fourth past the post in an allowance contest here in January.
Trainer Saffie Joseph remains in good recent form having had a few winners at this meet over the past week and there’s no doubt this mare will be fresh and ready. The opposition isn’t the strongest with several having their first runs for new connections, so siding with Peacock Kitten looks the obvious choice in the lucky last.
*Prices correct at time of publication but can change.