By Ray Hickson
Nothing but quotes from trainer John Thompson about his seven runners at Warwick Farm on Wednesday - one in every race! For the record he marked Cuba as his best winning chance.
Cuba (Blake Shinn) - R1 McGrath Estate Agents QLD Handicap (1300m)
Last run - third at Kembla Grange, 1500m, 17 September.
"He was a good thing beaten at Warwick Farm in the 1400m race and I made the mistake of stepping him up to 1500m at Kembla, it was just that little bit too far.
"He didn’t help himself by missing the kick but he came out to win the race and Blake (Shinn) said the last 100m he was stopping. Coming back in distance, he should run well and positive is the way to ride him like in the trial.''
All Sassitude (Tye Angland) - R2 Casino Prince@Vinery Plate (1300m)
Last run - fifth at Warwick Farm, 1100m, 11 October.
"She was just a run short the other day and she has come on since that run. She should be hard to beat. She’s a nice big strong filly and was always going to take improvement."
Thewayweare ($5.50 TAB, Tye Angland) - R3 McGrath Estate Agents ACT Handicap (2400m)
Last run - won at Warwick Farm, 2200m, 11 October.
"He normally holds his form for four or five runs and 2400m suits him. He’s one paced and the other day he got in behind them, the run came up the straight but he has no turn of foot and took a while to get to it.
"At 2400m you’d prefer to be leading or in a position where you can just roll into the home corner and not waiting for a turn of foot.''
Blowing Kisses ($7 TAB, Blake Shinn) - R4 Tab.com.au Handicap (1000m)
Last run - eighth at Scone, 1100m, 13 May.
"She’s going well and I expect her to run well, she normally goes well first-up.
"We didn’t knock her around much in the trials, nice on the bit stuff to get fit. She likes being kept fresh and she’s ready to go. A few of her runs have been disappointing on shifty tracks but I expect her to go to a high level this time in.''
Our Belisa ($6 TAB, Blake Shinn) - R5 McGrath Estate Agents NSW Handicap (1600m)
Last run - won at Hawkesbury, 1400m, 8 October.
"She was ridden positively at Hawkesbury and hopefully he does the same again. I’d be going forward and making your own luck from the barrier and I think she should be competitive.''
Tahsin ($17 TAB, Josh Parr)- R6 #Theraces Handicap (1400m)
Last run - fourth at Newcastle, 1600m, 15 September.
"I expected him to win last time but his run was terrible. He pulled up with a slight temperature and just wasn’t right after it so we gave him a couple of weeks on the farm.
"He trialled nicely the other day so he’s back and fresh and ready to go again.''
Loveletter ($12 TAB, Josh Parr) - R7 McGrath Estate Agents VIC Handicap (1200m)
Last run - fifth at Warwick Farm, 1300m, 31 May.
"She normally takes a run to get to full fitness but she is fairly forward. She’s had a couple of trials, just nice on the bit stuff, but whatever she does she will improve off it.
"She will still run well but second and third-up at 1400m will be her go.''