There are five Australian flat race meetings scheduled for Thursday 7 May, which means there will be five Jackpots up for grabs, with the race meeting at Leeton giving punters the first bite of the cherry.
Races 3-6, the four legs of the Leeton Jackpot, are scheduled to be run at 05:22, 05:57, 06:37 and 07:12, so it’s best to make sure your bets are placed before going to bed tonight. Who knows, you might wake up to find yourself loaded despite the lockdown.
Here is a race-by-race analysis of the meeting.
Race 1, Maiden Plate, 1150m
SUPALUX will be in action after a very short back-up of six days and draws to do no work, key chance. THUWAANY is on a seven-day back-up and ran fifth last start at Wagga Wagga, cannot be ruled out. CHAP’S DREAM ran four lengths back from the winner last start at Sale on a soft track and placed when fresh, sneaky chance. LILIERO likely to race off the speed, include in quinella.
Race 2, Maiden Handicap, 1050m
LUBERON is on a seven-day back-up and placed once this prep at Corowa, leading hope. SOOMAYYA finished sixth last start at Bathurst when fresh, the real danger in the race. FREE LUNCH ran as favourite last start and placed at Corowa when resuming, dangerous. SHEEZA MENZIES faded to finish six lengths off the winner last start at Wagga Wagga, chance to place.
Race 3, Class 2 Handicap, 1050m
CORAZON DE ORO has won at Wagga Wagga and placed twice this prep, leading hope. RARE GEM won at only start at Forbes and running 9kg lighter than last start, don’t treat lightly. OUR SWEET LOVE draws to do no work and won once this prep at Queanbeyan three runs back, quinella. WORKING TOGETHER first-up after 24-week break and rates highly with Brendan Ward back on board, place best.
Race 4, Leeton Cup, BM 58 Handicap, 1600m
PITTSBURGH has two placings from eight runs this prep and likely to settle back in the field, has solid claims. DOTTLEDO down in weight and likely to race on the speed, the real danger in the race. HAPPY PARTNER draws to do no work and won once this prep at Orange two runs back, in with a chance. BRAVADO LASS in strong form with two wins from eight attempts this campaign and rates highly with Tyler Schiller back on board, eachway claims.
Race 5, CLASS 1 & MAIDEN SW, 1600m
Stand-out between the top two picks. MAHSINGER on a seven-day back-up and amongst the placegetters last start running third at Wagga Wagga, genuine contender. MISS MATRIARCH placed last start at Forbes and has two placings from six runs this prep, expect to be right up there. SMART AIN’T HE in the money last start running third at Corowa and drops 2.5kg from last run, looks threatening. BOREAS placed last start at Corowa and expected to settle off the speed, chance to place.
Race 6, BM 50 Handicap, 1150m
SNOWBROOK failed to win as a favourite last start at Albury when resuming and ran eighth at Gawler when last second-up, genuine contender. SIZZLEONTHEBRIDGE on a six-day back-up and proven on softer tracks, the real danger in the race. ROCKY HIGH unsighted last start at Gundagai and down in distance, cannot be ruled out. ASHRAD failed to win as a favourite last start at Wagga Wagga when first up but running 6kg lighter than last start and won’t be far away in the run, dangerous.
In races over 1000m, horses drawn in gate 5 have the highest win-rate at 15.9%. Over 1100m, gate 6 (16.7%) has produced the most winners while gate 3 (18.2%) is best over 1600m.
Here follows the latest barrier draw stats for Leeton over the three major distances.