Preview: Hobart - Sunday, 8th August 2021

The last Tasmanian meeting run on the grass until October will be held in Hobart on Sunday where an eight-race program is scheduled.

From the meeting here a fortnight ago, seven of the eight winners are racing again this week so punters will undoubtedly be using recent Hobart racing as the main form reference.

The rail is in the +10m position this Sunday, last used on 28 March where the majority of winners were up on the speed.

R1 Tasmanian Bloodstock Benchmark 74 Hcp, 1400m

SAVS FINALE (2) was an easy winner in similar grade at the T&D last time, beating two of the runners he faces again here. He goes up in weight, but he clearly looks the hardest to beat again. RISING HSIANG (4) seemed to handle the Hobart track at his first attempt. With the blinkers back on he may be ridden more aggressively. PAION (3) was always out the back first-up but should improve from that and is a different horse at 1400m. RUETTIGER (1) is a hard horse for the stable to place given his rating. He ran on well from the back two starts ago before failing to run up to the market support last Sunday.

R2 Levendi Standing At Broadmarsh Stud 2021 Benchmark 74 Hcp, 1200m

DON'TBUCKME OFF (2) controlled things from the front last time and clung on to beat KUROSET (3) who had trouble obtaining a run from back in the field. Kuroset has a 1.5kg swing in her favour and did SP $3.10 compared to $19 of the winner in that race. JEREMIAH (1) was awful last time which was a surprise coming off a decent first-up run at the same venue. Even at his best, 1200m is as short as he wants it and he's well and truly on trust after his latest effort. GYMPINS (4) often costs herself the race by blowing the start. She did that last time but still made up good ground. If she can jump with them, she can't be discounted.

R3 The Mills New Norfolk Maiden, 1200m

KEEPER'S TOUCH (2) was a beaten favourite at the last Hobart meeting when unable to chase down a stablemate. Blinkers go on for the first time and you'd expect she'll be at the head of the market again. POWERFUL PEBBLES (9) covered ground in the same race and the effort to finish third was full of merit. Suspect she'd be better at 1400m, but Codi Jordan can save ground this time from the inside draw. GAYNIK (8) has the same formline and ran much better than the price suggested she would at her first Tasmanian start. BROADWAY BABE (7) was a plunge that didn't go close last Sunday in Devonport. She's hard to have too much confidence in until she stops missing the kick. Brunton debutantes SAO (5) and SHE DECIDES (10) haven't shown a heap at the trials, but this isn't an overly strong kick-off point. HAMPTON BAY (1) is now a 7YO and has decent form but hasn't raced for 645 days. Without a public trial the market may provide a decent indicator.

R4 Ladbrokes Bet Ticker Benchmark 60 Hcp, 1200m

FREAK ON A LEAD (1) has had a month off since his win streak was snapped but he was far from disgraced in 66 company. The form from that race has since held well and he gets in fine as a 63 rater with Brandon Louis' claim. GEE GEES DARL (5) is knocking on the door after three good runs at this track. That form is tested in the second race. LUCA BRATZI (3) pulled off a good betting move first-up but wasn't the same horse in three subsequent runs. He has been freshened up for this. GHOSTED (4) was solid at her Tasmanian debut on the carpet and has the blinkers replacing winkers. STRATEGIC AGENDA (6) and ROBBEN ISLAND (8) will set the pace from inside draws so watch for any pattern through the early races. ZAGAME (9) hasn't been far away in better grade than this and has options from a middle draw.

R5 Unique Doors & Windows Mdn/cl1, 1600m

Half the field come via the 1400m maiden won by TASSIE O'REILLY (3) who enjoyed the perfect run in that race. UNDER HIS EYE (9) was arguably the bigger run there, pressured in front by an outsider, he was only gunned down late. I'M BACK (6) was favourite in that race and while perhaps disappointing on face value, he was getting warm late. Blinkers go on and he has a favourable weight swing with Byrne Burke taking the ride. RYLSTONE (2) is on the seven-day back-up. He has bombed the start at his last two and would've won last time he was in Hobart had he jumped with them. SIGNAL HILL (7) was only narrowly beaten last time, though that form didn't hold very well last Sunday. THE EXECUTIVE (8)AUNTIE FLORRIE (10) and ENCOSTA TORONADO (5) all at least have minor claims if the Tassie O'reilly formline is the right one.

R6 Hygain Benchmark 66 Hcp, 1600m

ANCONA (1) was going for a hat-trick of wins when blocked for a run at a key stage in Devonport. That winner, Cheeky One, won again last Sunday. This will be his first grass start but Daniel Ganderton coming down for one ride is perhaps a guide that connections think the track won't be an issue. SHAMPZ AGAIN (3) received a super ride to edge out BORN MAGIC (6) here a fortnight ago. That pair had a good margin on DUNMINING (9) back in third but it's reasonable to think she'll strip fitter here given she was 1100m up to 1600m last start. NEV'S BOY (5) rises in grade but it's hard to fault his form. He covered ground last time but was still too good. FLOURISHING FUTURE (4) went shocking last time but won the start prior. Needless to say if the good version turns up she can give a sight.

R7 Avril Kelly Kitty Kat Kup Class 1 Hcp, 1400m

SPICEWOOD (9) looks to make the immediate jump from winning a maiden to a class 1. She'll roll forward and the strength of her maiden win can be proven earlier in the day. Stablemate SEGUIMIENTOS (11) notched her sole win in December 2019. She's racing very consistently, just finding a few better. ONE LOTTO (1) was held up for much of the race in Devonport and should've finished closer. 1400m should be fine based on where he got to last campaign and Pires jumps aboard. JOHNNY CHUTZPAH (3) is a recent pick-up for Gary White and did start $3.10 at his last Victorian run. DIVISOR (2) and KAY OH ELL (6) both resume over 1400m. Kay Oh Ell was scratched last Sunday and went back to the trials earlier in the week. JOHN'S LAD (4) has been better at his past couple and LE MONDE DE LUCAS (7) is in the mix based on his form earlier in the prep.

R8 Kevin Sharkie Benchmark 60 Hcp, 2100m

Half of the field come via the BM78 won by COSTERO (2) but given this is a BM60 it says a bit about the strength of that race. The winner is entitled to start much shorter, but he'll need to prove that performance wasn't an anomaly. IRISH SHOTGUN (4) was the leader in that race and came again after seemingly being gone on the home turn. ENCOSTA FIORENTE (7) and HUNCH (3) seemed to peak on their runs there but will strip fitter. DIXIE'S BOY (1) returned with a nice win, albeit enjoying the run of the race. His best racing has been in Devonport so the query is whether he can replicate in Hobart. UNCOVERED (9) has run on really well at both runs this campaign. If she's within striking distance turning for home, she will take holding out. FULL KNOTS AHEAD (5) finished behind Dixie's Boy and Uncovered before coming out to win last Sunday. POOLE HARBOUR (8) returned over the mile and ran on well for fourth. Her form can receive a push in the sixth race.

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