MAGIC BY DESIGN - It is a Toowoomba meeting so the selection of at least one Ben Currie runner is inevitable. Magic By Design has had two runs since resuming, placing here and at Dalby, the latter in a benchmark 55 being meritorious as she came from a wide gate and was used up throughout but only just missed. She is better suited here in class one company on her home track and from an inside gate Nozi Tomizawa can have Magic By Design on the speed throughout. The 1100m is an ideal distance and the four-year-old mare by Master Of Design should be hard to run down.
ISIS MAGIC - The scratching of Spurcraft has opened this race up. Isis Magic disappointed at Dalby but has won eight of nine starts here including all five attempts at this distance. Ben Currie trained, from gate one and with a 2kg claim for Taylor Williams reducing the weight to a manageable 60kg I am not going to go against the speedy mare who should be too quick for these Benchmark 75 horses.
MISS LILLIAN - This filly began this campaign with a second to Iconoclasm at Ararat when beaten eight lengths over 1310m. Two runs later she won her maiden at Edenhope over 1850m and then progressed to get within four lengths of Runaway at Geelong over 2219m, that was an indication that she could stay. She tried ever so hard at Flemington next time out to run within 3-1/2 lengths again to Runaway in the St Ledger over 2800m after being five wide coming down the side and on the turn. Tie that Runaway form in when he ran third in last week’s SA Derby and she should go close. At her next and last start won with ease over 1755m at Geelong cruising home 3-1/4 lengths clear. Let’s hope Stephen Baster can give her a quiet ride and let her finish off.
JAKE’S HILL - At his first Australian run for the Chris Waller stable he did enough, given the ride, when he closed off the third fastest last 200m of the race and was held up for the last 60-70 metres with no galloping room. That was the race won by Another Bulls Eye with Galaxy Raider running second over 1600m here at Flemington. He had two quiet trials leading into that race so he should be fitter, he’s a winner second-up, I applaud Craig Newitt’s engagement as he has been good to us on Waller runners in the past and I envisage him coming to the outside in the straight not sticking to the inside as was the case last time out.
PILOTE D’ESSAI - He resumed two weeks back when three and four wide in the run and wider on the turn to be beaten four lengths by Land Of Plenty. He kept trying up until the 200m when his condition gave out, but, to his credit, kept on giving or the margin would have been much further. He’s the winner of the Ballarat Cup in 2016 and the Pakenham Cup the same year and in that he carried 58kg. After the claim for Lachlan King he gets in here with 57kg. There are showers predicted in the forecast and his soft track form reads (4:2-1-0) and his second-up form reads (4:0-2-1). At the odds I give him a good chance and will play two others, Akavoroun and So Si Bon in exotics, if they have any luck they can figure.