With Elmono unfortunately a late absentee at Perth this evening we are down to seven runners across the two-day meeting where the forecast for rain will be good news for some but a hindrance for others.
One who will appreciate any rain that falls is Petite Rhapsody who lines up in the 2m novice hurdle that opens Tuesday’s action. He ran well over course and distance to be third on his hurdling debut two starts ago, and we expect the drop back in trip to suit after a couple of unsuccessful forays over further.
We run two in the 2m4f handicap chase, with Katalystic aiming to bounce back to form in a first-time tongue tie. A dual course and distance winner, latterly from this mark last August, he is capable of running well back at his favourite track. Flutter Down, our second runner, has been disappointing after initially showing promise in bumpers and we are just hoping that a switch to fences in first-time cheekpieces can get him back on the right path.
Onto Wednesday and Southern Girl, who aims to build on a more encouraging fifth at the last Perth meeting. We have chosen to switch the headgear, replacing cheekpieces with a visor in the aim of getting her to travel and jump that bit sharper as she takes on a field of largely more experienced chasers.
Gripper goes in the 3m handicap hurdle and has each-way claims stepping back up in trip provided the ground doesn’t get too soft.
Similar sentiments apply to Vino’s Choice, who had excuses when pulled up over hurdles last time. If he can get back to the level that saw him win in a higher grade over course and distance at the end of June, he would go close in the 2m handicap chase. We also run Book of Invasions in that particular contest as he returns to fences following a spell on the Flat. He would be well handicapped if bouncing back to his best, but is another who wouldn’t want the ground to deteriorate too much.