JUST ACT NATURAL
Paul Roberts believes a change in routine can give Just Act Natural a shot at returning to his best.
The Natural Blitz gelding has been plagued by injury, but Roberts is optimistic he can get the best out of the six-year-old as he prepares for a feature race campaign.
“To strengthen his legs I’ve taken him to a hill track at Mundijong,” Roberts told The Races WA.
“It’s a change of scenery and work to what he normally gets in Bunbury.
“It’s something I’ve tried to help him come back stronger.”
Just Act Natural last raced in April when fifth to Special Reward over 1200m at Ascot.
He trialled yesterday (Monday), running fifth to Final Hearing and Roberts was happy with the hit out.
“I was happy enough and he has come through it well,” Roberts said.
“He will definitely need another one.
“I’m leaning towards kicking him off in the Idyllic Prince Stakes and then the Farnley Stakes and the Hannans.”
Dan O’Connor is confident Freo has overcome a minor setback from earlier in the year.
The five-year-old has been out of action since injuring his leg when unplaced behind Forceful at Ascot in March.
Freo emerged as a top prospect for O’Connor after his win in the Group 3 Peters’ Stakes (1500m) last November.
“He has been back in work for about five weeks including pre-training,” O’Connor told The Races WA.
“He looks bigger and stronger and has put on weight.
“I think he has also worked it out mentally.
“We will take him along the Northerly Stakes path to the Railway.”
MY FAIR BALENTINE
O’Connor is also looking forward to the return of My Fair Balentine in the opening race at Belmont on Wednesday.
The filly has raced once as a two-year-old, running sixth to talented filly and Magic Millions 2YO runner-up, Niccovi.
“She was meant to have raced last Saturday week, but I scratched her because of the rain,” O’Connor said.
“She has been working well and I’m really expecting her to go really well.”
Disappointing news for trainer Jason Pateman with Hooroo Lads suffering a setback.
An impressive winner on debut when he led from start to finish, the two-year-old sustained a leg injury when a distant last behind Mia Dolce on July 13.
“She has done a tendon, a back tendon, which is not as bad as the front one,” Pateman said.
“But she will be out for the next 12-months.”
Peter Giadresco is confident Profit Street can end a long losing drought in the New Season Sprint (1000m) on Saturday.
The Viscount gelding’s last win came in the 2017 Bolton Sprint (1200m) when he flashed from last position at the turn.
Giadresco says after two trial hit outs he is optimistic Profit Street can return to the winner’s list.
“He isn’t a great horse, but he is a good one,” Giadresco told The Races WA.
“I’m confident there is a win in him this campaign.
“The 1000m might be too short for him, but he usually can pull out a win early.”
Ihtsahymn has thrived since taking out the metric mile in Darwin on Saturday, according to jockey, Peter Hall.
He says the Group 1 champion will have his final hit out ahead of next week’s Darwin Cup on Friday.
He believes Lieder, third in last year’s Darwin Cup and a sound winner over 1900m on Saturday rates as one of the dangers.
The other threat will come from Poet’s Landing for Lloyd Kennewell, the gelding is on a hot winning streak of four races.
Hall also hopes Roger The Roman can help launch a successful start in the Top End in the Palmerston Sprint on Saturday.
Fifth in last year’s Palmerston Sprint, Roger The Roman goes into the race unplaced from his three starts at Ascot and Broome.
“His runs have been disappointing,” Hall told The Races WA.
“But I think the trip here has stimulated him.”
Mitch Pateman makes his return to riding at Belmont on Wednesday.
He picks up three rides: Atticus in race two, Langley in race six and Magic Planet in the seventh.
Pateman has not ridden since fracturing his back in a fall in The WA Oaks last March.
Neville Parnham says Malibu Style will continue his Melbourne preparation in next fortnight’s Aurie Star (1200m) at Flemington.
“He won the sprint final there a few weeks back over 1200 so at this stage he will go there,” Parnham said on Tabradio.
“We’re just taking each race at a time because he has had a few runs.”
Parnham said Malibu Style was unlucky not to finish closer than fourth last-start in the Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 13.
“His last run was excellent,” Parnham said.
“He was a tad slow away and not as fresh over the 1100m, but gee he hit the line hard.
“He would have made interesting if he jumped clean.”