A STORM COMING IN SHEILA GWYNNE SAYS AZZOPARDI

22
Apr

Tycoon Storm has been a key firmer with Tabtouch for the Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Prepared by Lindsey Smith, Tycoon Storm is unbeaten in two starts this campaign and after opening at $2.25 on Wednesday she is now into $1.90.

Watch Me Dance, runner-up to Tycoon Storm last start, is the next pick at $3.30, firming from $3.50 with Cryptic Love easing from $4.20 to $4.80.

Joe Azzopardi is eager to maintain his successful association with Tycoon Storm, he’s one from one on the mare after  an Ascot victory on April 3.

He firmly believes she will live up to her market rating on Saturday.

“The race has panned out perfectly for us,” Azzopardi said on Tabradio.

“On paper it does look our race and fingers crossed they go our way.

“Hopefully she can win it on Saturday.”

Tycoon Storm, a winner in five of eight races over 1400m, has drawn barrier five.

Watch Me Dance, with Shaun McGruddy back in the saddle after injury, will step from the widest gate in the field of six starters.

Azzopardi said Tycoon Storm and Watch Me Dance are the horses to beat.

“The race has fallen away quite drastically,” Azzopardi said.

“It looks a race in two to me with Watch Me Dance and we beat it the other day.

“We’ve got the right form and on form she should be winning.

“If we enjoy a nice run, we will be very hard to beat.”

Later in the Diggers Cup (1800m), Azzopardi teams up with the Adam Durrant-trained Mackenzie Brooke.

Azzopardi’s confidence in the mare brimming after she ran a slashing second to That’s Funny Az when first up over 1600m a fortnight back.

“First up she was brilliant,” Azzopardi said.

“I spent most of the race getting her to travel and she only went down by a nose.

“She’s in good form and hopefully she doesn’t have any second up syndromes.

“If she doesn’t 1800m should suit and she should run a bold race again.

“She’s definitely better this time in than last prep.”

Meanwhile Azzopardi and Smith link up again with Queen Takes King in the Furphy Road To Jericho WA Qualifier (3100m) at Albany on Sunday.

“She’ll run the trip out strongly and I think she should run a good race,” Azzopardi said.

Julio Santarelli