Rasheda Set To Open Account For Sam

By Jeff Collerson
Top class former Queensland stayer Rasheda was an eye-catching fast finishing third at her Wentworth Park debut last Wednesday and looks a safe bet to open her NSW account in tonight's far easier Happy Birthday MJM Stakes over the same 720m course.

Now trained in Sydney by Sam Sultana, Rasheda had won 14 races in Queensland before coming from a long last in the early stages to beat all but El Rapido and What About It in top grade last week.

Tonight she will exit box six in a fourth and fifth class event so looks a class above her opposition.

Rasheda's draw should not be a problem as on her form displayed in Brisbane and last week she is likely to be among the tailenders rounding the first turn.

But if Rasheda secures a reasonably clear passage through the field she should be far too strong for her rivals.

Last week Rasheda recorded a nippy 42.52 for the 720m and with the benefit of that crucial WP experience she should be able to trim those figures tonight.

Sam Sultana is rarely without a strong prospect at Wentworth Park and his lightly-raced speedster Pablo Mouse is boxed to give him a winning double by scoring first up at headquarters in tonight's 520m Where Else But Wenty Stakes.

Pablo Mouse is a veteran of just three starts but created a huge impression with an all-the-way win over 400m at Bulli in a scorching 22.41 on August 12.

On the strength of that effort she was sent out an odds-on favourite at her only subsequent start, over the same trip at Richmond on August 23.

After missing the start Pablo Mouse showed brilliant pace but was badly checked after 150m and then met with such severe interference approaching the home bend she came close to taking a tumble.

Pablo Mouse has drawn ideally in box one tonight and should be first out and first home.

He is approaching his 100th race but Mount Brown has a great chance of notching his 17th win at start number 98 in tonight's Ladbrokes Back Yourself Masters Stakes, 520m.

Mount Brown, who has box two, has won three races wearing the checks rug and was far from disgraced when fourth at his most recent Wentworth Park outing on Saturday night.

He jumped cleanly from box five but lost all chance when Twist Allen, who had box three, veered sharply to the right and took Mount Brown's running.

Lagoon Sunshine failed to run out the 520m trip when last to Perfect Nangar at her Wentworth Park debut last Wednesday so trainer Ray Webster has switched her back to 280m for tonight's Stay Covid Safe Stakes.

"Lagoon Sunshine has not been trialled from the 280m boxes but the distance suits her because she has won over 330m and 400m at Richmond and has won twice over 340m at Bulli,'' Webster said.

"And she has box two this week which suits her because she loves the rails. 

"Going into last Wednesday's race Lagoon Sunshine had plenty of work but after disputing the early lead she dropped right out so I don't think she will ever get a solid 520m.

"Her claim to fame is probably always going to be that in one of her Bulli wins she defeated the outstanding Flying Ricciardo.''

Zulu Warlord almost upset odds-on favourite Stanley Road at his Wentworth Park debut last Saturday night but should only need to begin cleanly from box two to make amends in tonight's MDC2020 It's On Stakes.

On Saturday Zulu Warlord began fast from box six and posted dazzling splits of 5.39, 13.74 and 17.85 to set up an eight lengths' lead over his rivals.

But the dog faded badly in the straight, going under by a length but still stopping the clock at a slick 30.04sec.

"I have only had Zulu Warlord five weeks so don't know a lot about him but from what I've seen of him I would prefer him drawn in the middle of the track,'' trainer Michael Hardman said.

"If he is going to have a future at Wenty he needs to get to the line a bit better but he looks to be in a suitable race this week and if he shows the same early dash should be hard to beat.''

Best Bet Rasheda (race 4)

Best Value Mount Brown (race 2)

Quaddie race 5 - 2,  6, 3

Race 6 - 8, 3, 6

Race 7 - 5, 1, 8

Race 8 - 1, 4

$20 for 37.03%