GREYT LOVE - Les Kelly won a race first-up over this trip here with this Denman filly after taking over her training from Bjorn Baker. She then failed after a wide trip in higher class and was spelled. Greyt Love will have done plenty of work prior to resuming and on her home track over her previous winning distance looks well placed for a first-up tilt. With Luke Tarrant to ride, she can take advantage of the inside gate and be hard to run down.
NAVY GAL - Navy Gal has been off the scene for 43 weeks but has been readied for this with a good 900m trial. She has been a consistent performer during her career with three wins and three placings from eight starts with one of the wins here over 900m where she beat Aqua Vite. Two of Navy Gals three wins have been when fresh and Shannon Doyle has won on her in one of those. She has the gate speed to be handy from the seven alley and can show up at good odds in this short-course sprint.
SNAPCHAT GIRL - Snapchat Girl was disappointing last preparation but showed she may have returned to her best with a good first-up effort in a class four here over 1100m. Earlier in her career she won three on end culminating a Saturday city win at Doomben and looked capable of going through the classes. She will find this fillies and mares benchmark 65 company easier and the step to 1400m is ideal. With Jed Hodge claiming 3kg Snapchat Girl should get a good run throughout and has a strong turn of foot.
BLACK CHILLI - The Markwell-trained Black Chill has been to the races on four occasions, winning at Kembla on debut in two first preparation runs and resuming with a 1-1/2 length fourth at Kembla two runs back. The remaining two runs are best forgotten when assessing Black Chilli’s chances in the Alltech Payroll Class 1 Handicap (1200m). Beaten 6-1/2 lengths at Hawkesbury second-up last time in, Black Chilli wasn’t tested over the final 200m after missing a run at the 220m and whilst it is impossible to say with any confidence that Black Chilli would have been right in the finish last start in the maiden won by Siam when beaten 5-1/2 lengths last start, I can confidently say he would have finished substantially closer when once again he didn’t see daylight until the race was all over. If we ignore the two runs when beaten by big margins and the evidence is there to do so, Black Chilli looks terrific value at $12.
CAN DREAM - Mitchell Bell will ride Can Dream for Ron Quinton in the Team Illawarra Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400m) with the mare ready to win third-up. A Maiden winner at Kembla earlier in her career, Can Dream has contested Metropolitan races in five of her eight starts to date and hasn’t been beaten further than four-lengths in each of them including placings at Canterbury and Randwick. Can Dream’s remaining three runs have been at Kembla with two placings to add to the maiden win including a third last start in a class one handicap won by Medovina. Drawn to advantage in barrier three, Can Dream should be right at her peak third-up and it is worth noting she was only a half-length from the winner in a strong benchmark 67 handicap at Canterbury won by Wayanka the last time she was third-up in a preparation, a repeat of that run would see her return to the winner’s stall.