PREVIEW: The Meadows, Saturday February 22

PREVIEW: Eight heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup along with three heats of the Group 1 Fanta Bale Super Stayers makes for a fabulous card of racing.

Adam Dobbin

21 February 2020

What a night of racing we have before us!

Eight heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup along with three heats of the Group 1 Super Stayers makes for a fabulous card of racing.

We’re keen on a few runners throughout the night, including some at a bit of value.


Race 1 – Number 6 SLINGSHOT HAMMER

Sure, he has box six to deal with but he goes into this series in outstanding form. Was unlucky when second in the Bathurst Cup two runs back and his third in last weekend’s Group 1 Temlee was equally meritorious. Loves the track and is aided by a heat devoid of a lot of early speed. Ready to run a bottler!

Race 3 – Number 2 HARD STYLE RICO

Looms as a terrific three-way clash between Shima Shine, Hard Style Rico and Barooga Brett. With race fitness on his side, making Hard Style Rico one of the best of the program. Has won four of six at The Meadows with a 29.63 PB and looks to get Shima Shine at a good time first up for six weeks. 

Race 4 – Number 4 BLAZING CARTIER

Going with some value here with Blazing Cartier to turn the tables on Zoom Top winner Just Terms. Last week Just Terms beat home Blazing Cartier by seven lengths but I see the race panning out different tonight and from the box three draw, the $4.40 for Blazing Cartier is appealing. The pair have a distinct class edge on their rivals and I expect that shines through. Wouldn’t surprise me if they start closer in betting by jump time.

Race 7 – Number 3 LEON BALE

Considered this heat one of the more open so on that notion landed with Leon Bale on an each-way basis. Sitting around the $8 mark, no doubt his best is good enough to make an impression. Boasts a fantastic record at the track and distance and to my eye a few of the more fancied chances are boxed precariously which may hinder their chances.

Race 9 – Number 2 TIGGERLONG TONK

Remarkable that he opened at odds of around $6 given the $2.80 currently on offer looks rather appealing in itself. Looks primed to run a big race. Well drawn, in top form, is on the up and to be fair strikes one of the softer heats of the night. Ticks all the boxes for mine and worth noting he’s missed a place at the track and distance just once in eight attempts.

Race 10 – Number 5 WAGING WAR

It’s hard not to picture Launceston Cup winner Caishen leading a merry dance but if Waging War can get into second or third heading into the back with an unimpeded run, I give him a big chance of finishing off over the top. Powerful chaser capable of running phenomenal times and I actually think the drop back in journey plays into his hands. Look for a big run with any luck in running whatsoever.