Tuesday, 7 August 2012
: A return to the winners circle is expected for Go Forest Go who rates as the one to beat in the Townsville Amateurs Class 6 Plate (1200m) today.
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The seven-year-old has been a model of consistency this campaign and goes into this off a very strong third in the $75,000 XXXX Gold Cleveland Bay Handicap (1200m).
Under the guidance of Sydney jockey Kathy O'Hara, Go Forest Go
on that occasion wasn't beaten far behind the popular Jabiru Dreaming and now finds himself in a race of far less depth.
From a capacity field Open Handicap, Go Forest Go
now drops back to a Class 6 over the same trip where the Mr Innocent gelding rates as one of two clear cut contenders.
While Go Forest Go
's latest effort was the first time this campaign he failed to finish in the money, the rise in class was enough to see the seven-year-old run to a Timeform
figure of 85.
Such a rating is eight pounds above what his nearest rival has recorded in his latest runs.
Expect Go Forest Go
to settle back in the field before running home strongly on his way to another win for the in form duo of jockey Ian Toward and trainer Greg Wehlow.Go Forest Go
's two main challengers appear to come in the form of Erfaan and Speed Secret.
Even though they are main contenders, each will need to recapture older form to genuinely make things tough for Go Forest Go
in the final stages.
A cast-off from the David Hayes stable, Erfaan
was solid in his first two outings for the John Manzelmann stable with two performances assessed at 77.
The ex Victorian galloper last start however ran well below that figure when a comfortably held fourth at this track and class over 1000m.
Erfaan does get 3kg off Go Forest Go
and a return to the form he was produce on first arriving at Mackay will see him fighting out the finish.
If the Redoute's Choice can run to figures which he achieved for his prior stable, the five-year-old may even take some beating.
Secret Speed only battled away upon resuming at this track over 1300m against her own sex which isn't ideal lead up form for this affair.
Looking back on older form however, the Tale Of The Cat mare does possess a cracking second up record (4: 3-1-0) so watch for a vastly improved result from her first up effort.
Outside of those three runners, a strong case can be made against the other seven in the field whether it be due to poor overall career figures, underwhelming recent form or needing further to deliver their best.
Enjoy the race and watch forest go!