Preview for the meeting at Woodbine on Thursday morning AEST. Selections by Jim Bannon.
The eight race broadcast commences at 8.15am AEST on Sky Racing2 and from 9.14am AEST on Sky Racing 1.
5 GREEN FREEDOM
1 SOMEWHERE OUTTHERE
3 RED EXPLOSION
2 SILVER RING
SOMEWHERE OUTTHERE has yet to run her best race this spring; in her second start at the meet April 29th, she checked early and finally finished a disappointing fourth as the favourite; she draws the rail which limits her options here.
SILVER RING is one of two in the race for Sid Attard along with Red Explosion; she had a peak offering in her finale December 4th when she won a six furlong race by advancing smartly inside under Hernandez and then moving two wide to get the top prize; the addition of blinkers for her final two races, proved a significant help; she travels six furlongs in this return.
RED EXPLOSION scored in her final start as a juvenile last season; at five furlongs, she was able to dominate the pace and open up; Contreras has themount in this return and she has been prepared o nthe training track by Sid Attard.
MY RAY OF SUNSHINE didn’t do much running in her April 29th seasonal bow as she lost positions on the backstretch and couldn’t recover in thesame race where Somewhere Outthere was betterin fourth.
GREEN FREEDOM had an April 15th seasonal bow and ran quite good with a big move on the turn to get into prime contention but she lost the place award late against Somewhere Out there who has already come back to disappoint in fourth; she looks to go forward in this second start of the meet from the outside and can run at the speed.
6 HE STARTED IT
5 AWSOME MOI
1 MEGA FINALE
2 TRES BIEN
MEGA FINALE debuted October 26th at long odds andbeat no one; he got rattled around in a chain reactiona t the gate; he is now starting all over as a five year old currently under the direction of Norm McKnight and Hernandez has been attracted here.
TRES BIEN debuted April 15th and had speed but backed away against a key winner who has already come back to win again; he was forced to scratch from a race two weeks later and now comes back with a significant drop for $20,000 for Laurie Silvera.
REDEPOLY a homebred for Colebrook Farms by the popular, Signature Red, is from a dam who was a four time winner; he has been getting ready since the early part of April both on Tapeta and the training track for Ashlee Brnjas.
TUCKER’S TOWN is getting his first race since 2015;he is a very fast individual who will look to use his sharp early speed here in this return for Beverley Chubb.
AWSOME MOI is getting his first start of the year and he wasn’t good enough in a series of events last year at higher prices but competes for just $20,000 in this introduction with a chance to improve for Blair Miller.
HE STARTED IT debuted last October and found his way to the rail and was driving inside and finally finished fifth beaten two lengths for $25,000; he begins this campaign on the outside with a drop for $20,000 for the hot Gonzalez stable.
JIM BANNON’S JOURNAL MAY 17TH, 2017
2 SHE’S ALL THAT
1 POLY ANNA
POLY ANNA returned from considerable time away April 29th to race at seven furlongs in a paceless event where she was inconvenienced by the slow fractions; she moved up to third against the heavy favourite; she should have the speed of She’s All That to run at tonight for the hot stable of Vito Armata.
SHE’S ALL THAT won at Mountaineer last time by twenty one lengths as the 2-5 favourite against two other rivals; she had competed at Mahoning Valley prior to that; she comes in for Elliott Sullivan who did have a good representative early at the meeting when Pinto was riding and she also gets the call on this one.
QUEENSTOWN was significantly inconvenienced by the slow pace of her opener, yet, she rallied well to be fourth about two lengths behind the third place finisher, Poly Anna; she typically goes in routes but will again try seven furlongs and looks like a factor.
WHYAGOTTOBETHATWAY was away from July at Fort Erie through May 5th and her return was
unproductive; the rider was off pre-race and once underway, she finished at the back; the blinkers are off.
REEL GOOD MOVIE has done some nice running here in the past and has handled the synthetic
surface well at times; she wintered in Tampa without much success but is looking for a breakthrough with the return to Woodbine.
STARSHIP GAMBLER had ideal positioning in her April 29th seasonal bow but withered at the most significant time when the favourite was opening up;she gave up a couple of spots to the third place finisher, Poly Anna, and the fourth place finisher,Queenstown, and meets that pair here.
4 PISTON BROKE
5 SALVATION SHOW
6 MY PERFECT DIAMOND
7 HEY BIG MAN
SLEWSRIDINGSHOTGUN began this campaign at seven furlongs on the lead but speed was not beingrewarded on that occasion and he faltered out of the money; he will now extend around two turns from the rail.
TUITION ventured here from Tampa and joined the Martin Drexler stable and competed at seven furlongs April 30th; he got shuffled back but came on again to steal third money at the end in an ok effort; he is accustomed to going in routes and will now stretch outwith Husbands aboard this time.
SHOT FOR SHOT advanced outside and then hung in the stretch April 30th in his seven furlong seasonal bow;he did win going two turns last November and will stretch out here.
PISTON BROKE was well prepared by Allen Desruisseaux for an April 22nd seasonal bow at seven furlongs where he closed to mid stretch to open up and then saw his margin diminish at the end but he prevailed;he should find some comfort around two turns; he looks to double up.
SALVATION SHOW concluded last season with a series of late gains; he even stayed well in a marathon in his finale; this will be his seasonal bow and the stable ha shad some good representations already; Hernandez who perhaps had another option, lands here.
MY PERFECT DIAMOND attracted a claim here last November and competed over the winter for Mike Wright with two wins at Tampa; he now moves to the stable of Mike Wright Jr. for the transfer here in search of his thirdwin this year.
HEY BIG MAN did win going long last season; he used a seven furlong race April 30th as a bridge event to get to this race; he was used up in the middle stages then hungl ate; Singh was aboard when he won on a stretch out last spring for Thomas Bland
5 GENTLEMAN JACKSON
1 BET ON JACK
3 LUNAR LIGHT
6 EXECUTIVE FIVE
BET ON JACK ran strongly in his April 21st second start of the meet when trying to double up but the front running winner was just too good and left him in second; he was claimed from that event by Anthony Adamo and now scales up for $9,500 while remaining at five furlongs.
HOMBRE NATURAL failed to win in seven attempts last season but often had breakaway speed; he has been here prepping both on the training track and Tapeta getting ready for Willie Armata.
LUNAR LIGHT was last seen competing at the first allowance classification in the autumn; he
now resurfaces for Mark Fournier with a plunge for only $10,000; he did run effectively at five
furlongs to begin last year and it is just a case of his current status.
WARBRED is getting his first start of the year and his only win of last year came after he had had several races; he indicates a couple of works over short distances getting ready for Carlos Fuoco.
GENTLEMAN JACKSON ran strongly in his seasonal bow last year; he was reclaimed late in the year when his bid for three in a row left him just shy;Garcia will ride here for Martin Drexler at just five furlongs and he should be aggressive.
EXECUTIVE FIVE managed a win at this distance on turf last summer; he began this year against a couple of key opponents and finished third when unable to guard the lead; the top two have both come back to run well.
2 FIELD OF COURAGE - BEST BET
1 ETHICAL FUNDS
4 PUMPKIN RUMBLE
6 CONQUEST BOOGALOO
ETHICAL FUNDS did some of his best racing on the turf last season and we will soon be there; he had as even furlong opener where he couldn’t match the strong middle pace but he should go forward here around two turns.
FIELD OF COURAGE was ready for his return after considerable time away April 30th and had an edge for $40,000 and dominated the pace with good late fractions; he now jumps up to the second allowance classification where he still might have a middle pace edge on Ethical Funds.
ULTIMATE DESTINY is seeking his first Woodbine win in a while but did get a couple of scores at Fort Erie last season; he was competitive here in routes last year and should welcome the stretch out around two turns after a promising seasonal bow.
PUMPKIN RUMBLE makes a switch to the Kevin Attard stable and recently arrived here; he has had an opportunity for a couple of works; he was a regular in stakes at the Fair Grounds while going long on turf against some difficult opponents; he will try a synthetic surface for only the second time and did have some success on it earlier in his career; he is a run on type.
THATLOOKONYERFACE had an April 29th seasonal bow where he offered some speed in the middle but hung at the end finishing fourth beaten two lengths and these are tougher.
CONQUEST BOOGALOO returned from considerable time away April 29th to face a difficult middle pace and he couldn’t keep up; he has had interim prepping;Husbands rides on the stretch out.
1 WHERE’S THE GOLD
5 SIGNATURE HEART
WHERE’S THE GOLD ran a big race in his seasonal bow at six furlongs when finding room late and rushing from off the pace to be third at 51-1; that should be an ideal primer for him and now he gets into a smaller group.
KATALOX went unreasonably fast when setting th epace in the Swynford Stakes and understandably stopped; he had run more thoroughly in the Clarendon Stakes at a more measured pace; he made one start in Florida over the winter in are stricted stake which was taken by a heavy favourite who was winning his third in a row and he couldn’t stay with that tough rival and retreated to third; he figures to boss the pace here for Ricky Griffith.
WAR FACTORY had an April 16th seasonal bow and was prominent only early; lasix is added while the blinkers are off.
CONFIDENTIALITY had trained forwardly heading into an April 30th opener; had built some momentum last fall; he was outside and failed to gain in the middle stages then was finally beaten six lengths;he looks to move forward in his second start of the meet.
SIGNATURE HEART dropped in for $40,000 for his finale but was used on the pace and weakened late in a disappointing development; this will be his seasonal bow and Hernandez who was aboard forhis maiden win last October, has the mount.
TOTALLY UNEXPECTED had an April 30th opener and was traveling well initially to the outside then lost contact with the field; he is looking to move forward in this second start of the meeting and shortens to six furlongs.
ONE FLASHY CAT was prominent on the pace in most races last season but slipped back in his final three races; he has the speed of Katalox to encounter here in this seasonal bow; he is one of two in the race for Mike Mattine along with Totally Unexpected.
1 ARAZI’S GIFT
8 KINDA CHAOTIC
7 FIERY BEAR
3 LET’S PLAY
ARAZI’S GIFT is taking the plunge in this seasonal bow and goes for new trainer Sid Attard and Hernandez has been commissioned; he did have a good race last September when on turf for $32,000; he must come from the rail post.
DOSTOYEVSKY debuted March 29th at Tampa for$16,000 and did not get out of the gate promptly then had traffic issues and finally finished fifth as the top two were well removed; he has been here for a local prep on the training track for Julie Belhumeur who also has Wonnestrut in the race.
LET’S PLAY had an April 30th opener where he camped in behind rivals then moved outside to be third beaten only a length in a race that gives him some standing in this group.
KING OF ANGELS was off his feet April 22nd in his only start of the campaign which came for $19,000; he drops down and a move is made to Pierre Mailhot.
WONNESTRUT wintered raced at Tampa without any positive returns; he did have a good race here in the spring of 2016 going long when he provided a significant rally; Ryan has the mount.
FINE GRIT closed out last season with three consecutive runner up finishes and he had post thirteen in his finale; the blinkers are on for this seasonal bow for Debra Rombis; he indicates prepping on the training track getting ready.
FIERY BEAR started this campaign with some promise for $20,000 but then went into a protected race last time and finished next to last; he takes the blinkers off and drops in below the price of his previous race.
KINDA CHAOTIC had a good enough race two starts ago on the turf at Tampa to be considered here although his latest there was a letdown; the blinkers are off and Slade Callaghan rides for Mary Lightner.