JUST ASK ME
Viv Greybe: Unfortunately, Corrie Lensley-trained Just Ask Me did not have an answer at Flamingo Park last week over 1600m but could have a big say at the same venue on Monday when teamed up with Muzi Yeni again and contesting Race 7, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1300m.
This seven-time winner over 1400m was never headed in his penultimate outing when carrying 62.5kg with Yeni up and scoring decisively by 6.75-lengths in a MR 84 Handicap. The seven-year-old was not disgraced next time when carrying 58.5kg and finishing third out of 13 in a 1600m Pinnacle Stakes. The gelding will be tough to beat this time when carrying the same weight over less ground.
But expect a bold bid from top-weight Roquebrune (Ryan Munger) out of Stephanie Miller’s stable. The six-year-old posted a gutsy eighth career win in his penultimate outing with Munger aboard in a 1400m Pinnacle Stakes. The gelding failed to get a blow in next time in a 1000m Pinnacle contest, but could be a big threat this time over the extra distance, more so, with the advantage of pole position.
However, do not hastily dismiss Roquebrune’s stable companion Red Special (Wes Marwing) after an indifferent last run. Seven of the six-year-old’s 13 wins were in Pinnacle contests and he is likely to bounce right back to form.
Expect another stout effort from another Stephanie Miller runner, Soviet Cosmonaut (Mathew Thackeray). This six-time winner was an encouraging second out of 13 last time when having the worst draw in 1600m Pinnacle Stakes. The five-year-old could make his presence felt again when carrying 53.5kg once more.
Next best is Sarel von Willingh Smit-trained four-time winner Bishop Of Bombay who is holding form well. The four-year-old will enjoy a 4kg apprentice claim with Louis Burke aboard and could be in the final call again.
Switching to the minor events, Lensley is unlikely to miss with Panther Strike (Yeni) in Race 2, a 1600m Maiden Plate. This lightly raced four-year-old comes off two encouraging runs when a runner-up over 1400m and 1800m with Wayne Agrella up.
Though having a wide draw, the combination could also come to light in Race 4 with Koncealed in a MR 72 Handicap over 1800m. This three-time winner showed good improvement last time when backed and finishing third over 1600m. The four year-old’s earlier form gives an indication that he could like the extra distance as he was a clear-cut winner over 1800m and then a runner-up over 2000m.