Royal Assault all the way
TOMORROW's third race, an overnight allowance at 1100 metres, should see ROYAL ASSAULT easily franking her recent second-place run behind BUZZ NIGHTMARE, who returned to beat two of the fastest horses in training on Saturday CRUCIAL APPEAL and UPPA TUNE.
Carrying 51.0 kilos in a seven-horse field, ROYAL ASSAULT is actually 11lb lighter than when she had finished five-and-a-quarter lengths behind BUZZ NIGHTMARE's 57.1 at 1000 metres straight on May 14.
Apprentice Linton Steadman's two-kilo claim has Anthony Nunes' four-year-old colt better off and too close in the handicaps to his main rivals, FORCE DE JOUR and HOLOGRAM SHADOW, respectively.
The last time either won a race was among claimers, making their respective tasks almost impossible to beat ROYAL ASSAULT.
HOLOGRAM SHADOW stepped down in class in the Labour Day Trophy to make all against $600,000 optional claimers, clocking a smart 1:12.3 for 1200 metres. The out-of-class seven-year-old was simply too quick for run-on sprinter ITALIANO and up-in-class SIR BUDGET.
Running against ROYAL ASSAULT on May 14, HOLOGRAM SHADOW was in receipt of 17lb and finished three lengths behind Nunes' runner-up to BUZZ NIGHTMARE. HOLOGRAM SHADOW getting only six pounds tomorrow represents an 11lb swing in ROYAL ASSAULT's favour.
To compound matters, HOLOGRAM SHADOW will break from post-position one with ROYAL ASSAULT and FORCE DE JOUR coming around from stalls four and five, respectively to trap him on the inner heading into the half-mile turn.
FORCE DE JOUR has speed and can be a stubborn customer on the lead. However, carrying 54.0 kilos and allowing ROYAL ASSAULT seven pounds, is too tough an ask of the five-year-old, despite him being genuine to the core.
When both horses met April 13, ROYAL ASSAULT carried 50.5 kilos and led into the lane before being overhauled by CAMPESINO and BRAWN. FORCE DE JOUR carried 46.0 kilos and finished last after chasing.