NOTHINGFORTHEPRESS - Originally asked to carry 61kg, the 1.5kg claim for apprentice Noriyuki Masuda brings the Stephen Lee-trained Nothingforthepress right into the optimum weight range for Grafton with the consistent four-year-old ideally placed to record his second career win. One win from 12 starts is somewhat of a red flag for Nothingforthepress but his last start third in class two company at Grafton looks a solid pointer for his chances on Monday back in grade, taking on benchmark 55 grade in the Clarence Valley Wholesalers Benchmark 55 Handicap (1410m)
CHARLEE BEAR - A winner of five of her first six career starts, the Greg Kilner-trained Charlee Bear has struggled in recent times however her last start second at Armidale would suggest the daughter of Choisir could be on the verge of finding her old form. Looking the winner straightening, Charlee Bear was run down on the line by Iwatani over the 1100m at Armidale carrying 58kg after the 3kg claim for apprentice Leah Kilner. In what looks a considerably easier assignment at Grafton on Monday, Charlee Bear will benefit significantly from Kilner’s claim when the mare carries 60kg in the Patriots Bloodstock Happy Birthday Shane Hall Benchmark 60 Handicap (1106m) and is ready to win peaking third-up.
CADOGAN - Smart Missile four-year-old Cadogan will be having his second start for Toby Edmonds in the Diggers After The Last Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1400m). Formally trained by Bjorn Baker, Cadogan has won twice in his 17-start career and has generally faced considerably stronger opposition then he faces on Sunday. A Randwick winner as a two-year-old over 1400m and a Scone class one winner over 1100m at the 2017 Cup carnival making it a second metropolitan victory, Cadogan has surprisingly been kept to short course races in recent starts.
Cadogan had his first run for Edmonds in class three company at Ipswich on April 11 on the back of a 64-day break between races with the gelding finishing his race off in a manner that suggests he has been trained for 1400m. Connections have found the ideal race for Cadogan on Sunday back to class two company stepping up in distance and he won’t get a better chance to return to the winner’s list.
PACKEN - Early betting for The Wests Entertainment Group Mornington Showcase Handicap (2100m) has the Stirling Osland-trained Exilia Miss a $3.60 chance ahead of Packen from the Brian Jenkinson yard at $5.50. A winner of three of her last four starts it is easy to see why Exilia Miss is prominent in the markets however the only defeat in her last four starts came in the Mornington Handicap Prelude at Tamworth on April 6 with Packen out-pointing the mare. When punters consider Packen meets Exilia Miss 1.5kg better at the weights for beating the mare a half-length and 3.5kg after the 2kg claim for apprentice Cejay Graham is considered it’s hard to justify the price differential and Packen is clearly the value in the race.