Blue-blooded Canberra gelding will take some stopping at Goulburn

One of those is four-year-old Canberra gelding Romeo Vella, who draws alongside and comes off a strong all-the-way win at Albury last start. Leading Canberra trainer Matt Dale saddles up the returning Smart Missile-sired five-year-old Battle Fury, who normally comes to hand quickly, and Warwick Farm trainer Jason Coyle finds an attractive race for his consistent six-year-old Your Witness, who capped a run of close efforts by storming home to win a good quality BM 64 at Hawkesbury last start.

Elsewhere, they say weight can stop a train, but will it stop promising local four-year-old Pierino in the BM 58 Handicap (Race 7) over 1500m to close the card. The high-class charge of top local trainer Danny Williams has been allotted a whopping 64kg after some impressive and close-up runs in much stronger metro Highway company, and a nice closing effort in a BM 80 at Warwick Farm.

You could argue he’s earned most of it, but there’ll be no room for error giving rivals such as the promising three-year-old Soldier Of Love (58kg), who bolted in his maiden first-up at Bathurst; or the well-travelled and consistent Hawkesbury mare Tribuna (56kg) such a weight advantage.

And for punters looking for one over the odds, three-year-old Warwick Farm gelding Big Bad Bruce looks well over the mark third-up this prep in a Maiden (Race 6) over 1200m.


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