On The Punt: Michael Manley’s best bets for Pakenham Races June 20
SAAB Hasan knows his horses are running well but have been missing that key critical element called luck.
Hasan is hoping some of that will spill fall his away today at Pakenham Synthetic with his two starters which are RED GUCCI (R4, No. 8) and INTRIGO (R5, No. 6)
From his past 22 starters Hasan has had four seconds, four thirds and two fourths.
“They’re all running well. We just haven’t had any luck with barriers so the horses have had to go back and run on,” Hasan said.
Saab Hasan is hoping for a little luck at Pakenham tomorrow.
One of those horses running consistently is Intrigo who has had one second, two thirds including her last start at Sandown and a fourth.
Hasan said Intrigo was his stable favourite as she had to overcome a number of problems.
“She had a crack in her pelvis as a two-year-old, she’s also got a soft palate and also has to deal with laminitis,”
Hasan said Intrigo was “absolutely flying” and was confident she could win the Benchmark 70 over 1600m.
Hasan said the stable was also in rebuilding mode and had picked up a smart mare from Queensland with Forbidden Kisses who ran on well for fifth at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
OCTOBER TUTU (R8, No. 1 $3.20)
Has been racing consistently without being able to win in stronger grade. Drops to a BM58 and will find this much easier. Also will be the recipient of a 1.5 kilos claim from Ethan Brown.
RED VELVET SWING (R6, No. 10 $3.20)
Racing well at this track and distance. Two starts ago he finished second to the smart Tell The Truth who has since run well in the city. She followed that with a narrow maiden win.
TRY PINK (R7, No. 6 $4.60)
Well bred filly who resumes from a spell. Has shown nice talent and judging by her win in a recent Cranbourne trial she should be in for a good campaign.
RED GUCCI (R4, No. 8 $5.50)
“She’s taken a bit of time to mature but she’s coming along nicely. She’s really thrived since her first-up run and coming back from 1100m to 1000m will suit. She’ll race on the speed and she should run a big race.”
INTRIGO (R5, No. 6 $5)
“She’s absolutely flying. We’ve made a gear change with the blinkers going off and the visor going on first time. The Visor has gone on as when horses have ranged up to her she’s panicked a little bit. If she can run the mile out she should win.”
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
CRAIG Williams hasn’t ridden at a country meeting this month so it’s worth noting that he’s in action today. Williams will ride ROCKETCOD (R1, No. 9 $2.50) and ST. VADUZ (R4, No. 12) for Team Hayes. St. Vaduz opened at $4 but was backed into $2.20.