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Brierly Steeplechase Tips & Preview
- The Brierly Steeplechase takes place at Warrnambool on May 4
- The jumps feature is on the first day of the Warrnambool Carnival
- Who will win the Brierly Steeplechase?
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The Brierly Steeplechase is the feature race of the first day of the carnival. Flying Agent is a red-hot favourite.
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It has been won by some quality chasers in recent years including Al Garhood, Some Are Bent, Cats Fun, Palmero, Thubiaan and Zed Em. Who will take out the 2021 edition?
1. Bit Of A Lad T: C Maher & D Eustace, J: Steven Pateman
Lines up here for the first time since winning it in 2019. Last year, he ran in the Annual but he doesn’t quite see out the 5500m. After that though, he came back and won the Australian Steeplechase and the Thackeray, which is run over the same trip here. Has the 70Kg but has earned it. Clear second pick.
2. Police Camp T: Simon Ryan, J: Will Gordon
Back for for his fourth season of jumping despite being just seven years of age. He has a really good record around this circuit, having won twice and placed once from four attempts, including a win over Bit of a Lad. He seems to need a really bottomless track to win at this level, but he is a place chance, albeit $8.50 to win (at time of writing) is big unders.
3. Flying Agent T: Amy McDonald, J: Darryl Horner (Jnr)
The money has come thick and fast for this fellow since the market opened and while he is short enough now, he is entitled to be a clear favourite. To be honest, I find it strange he is not running in the Annual on Thursday because he would be awfully hard to beat there. Slow to mature, he jumps like a stag, swims and is on a real upward spiral. His only run over this course saw him win by 17 lengths. With just 65Kg here he is weighted to win.
4. Lucques T: E V Musgrove, J: Arron Lynch
Overall he has been a little bit disappointing given he was purchased for $160,000 at a tried horse sale in 2017 and has won only four races over obstacles, none of them features. He is racing consistently (form reads 2-2-3-2) in lower grade and I have been sucked into backing him a few times, but I won’t be against this class.
5. Elvison T: Symon Wilde, J: Ronan Short
Has proved to be effective in weaker grade than this but he was beaten out of sight in the Von Doussa at Oakbank against Yensir and Zed Em. A better performance can be expected on his home track but place chance looks best.
6. Georgethefifth T: Symon Wilde, J: Clayton Douglas
Tough horse to get a handle on. Won a BM120 on this day last year by eight lengths and was sent around at 9-4 in the Australian Steeplechase after that, where he was retired from the race. Went around a week later at this track and bolted in again. Hard to ignore that the last time he met Bit of a Lad around this track he was getting six kilos off him but was still beaten by ten lengths.
7. Sweet Lullaby T: Patrick Payne, J: Aaron Kuru
Looked a really exciting prospect a couple of years ago but unfortunately she missed all of last year due to injury. Her two jumps runs this season have been less than inspiring, but she could be improved over the bigger obstacles. Meets Flying Agent 3.5Kg worse for a six length defeat three weeks ago.
8. Macklemore T: Patrick Payne, J: TBC
Joined the Patrick Payne stable ahead of his last start and Payne looks to have found the key to him, as he won well at Murray Bridge, albeit beating nothing. Doubt he can figure here.
9. Mr Coyne T: Nick Smart, J: Paul Hamblin
Trainer Nick Smart won this last year with Getting Leggie. Unfortunately, Mr Coyne was grossly disappointing last start at Murray Bridge and I’m highly sceptical of the strength of the Oakbank form where he looked good prior.
10. Heistheone T: J R Wheeler, J: Sam O'Malley
Has some reasonable Kiwi hurdle form back in 2017.
11. Jamieson T: Gavin Bedggood, J: Tom Ryan
Gavin Bedggood won this race as a jockey on Vindicating back in 2011. He is doing well as a trainer thus far but while Jamieson probably has a race in him somewhere, this isn’t it.
12. Undergroundfighter T: A Rosolini, J: Ross O'Sullivan
A true warrior of jumps racing, he lines up for his 53rd start over obstacles here. Unfortunately, they have only yielded two wins and I can’t see it becoming three.
Brierly Steeplechase Tips
Flying Agent deserves to be favourite, $2.00 is no spoil now but he will take a power of beating. Bit of a Lad is the clear danger and a good Top 2 play for your same race multi. Georgethefifth and Elvison, the Symon Wilde trained pair, look the best of the rest.
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Brierly Steeplechase Top 4
1. Flying Agent
2. Bit of a Lad