Saturday marks the last Spring Bonanza Series Final of the season and if the bookies are to be believed, it’s a race that is there for the taking for Tongsai Boss.
The John Hyam trained gelding won his last start by 2.8 lengths over Gordon Richards’ Journica who went on to finish fifth in Thursday’s Listed TCL TV Stakes over 1800m. His run in that race was huge and it looks like a great form reference for Saturday. Tongasi Boss drops back to the 1400m for the Series Final but it looks like it should be no dramas for him after his dominant last start win.
The other runner who has some form franked out of Thursday’s Oaks Day meeting at Flemington is Enough Swagger. Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray’s mare was only a length off Rainmoth who went on to run second in good quality Grey’s race on Thursday. Combine that with the fact that she has been in nice form and finished in the placings in all of her last five starts. Eran Boyd has ridden her in each of those last five starts and seems to have a great connection with the horse. At the current odds she looks a nice each way play.
It’s impossible to knock the recent form of Borris in Ossory. He’s had two wins in his last three starts including a gutsy Gawler Cup win. The start prior he was brave in defeat in the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup running second to the classy Nistaan. While it’ hard to write him off, he’s going to rise 5kg in the weights off that Gawler Cup win and that could prove to be crucial to his chances. From the wide barrier, he’ll be rolling forward in his usual fashion and give them something to chase down.
There has been early support for the Tony & Calvin McEvoy trained Jentico. The lightly raced mare was impressive winning her last start leading from start to finish and recording a nice one length win over I Am Impinge. The stable are winning plenty of races in both South Australia and Victoria at the moment and have always had plenty of respect for the mare.
It will be interesting to see how Enki and Going Gaga fair after their one-two finish at Morphettville on Derby Day. Both were impressive, hitting the line from back in the field and both love the 1400m. Enki looks well weighted once again and is racing well this campaign. Raquel Clark will stick with the six-year-old and will look to make it two wins from two start aboard the gelding.
Todd Pannell jumps back on Going Gaga with last start jockey Barend Vorster electing to ride Jentico for his bosses. Going Gaga is a fantastically consistent horse and one that loves the 1400m on the Parks track. He drops in weight for the final and is a definite chance on his best form.
- Tongsai Boss 2. Enki 3. Enough Swagger 4. Jentico