Gatt Leans For Road Home

By Jeff Collerson
Mark Gatt, who has trained over 300 Wentworth Park winners since 2006, leans to Road Home over kennelmate Good Time Lenny with the two favourites meeting in tonight's 520m Thanks Craig Last Stakes at headquarters.

Good Time Lenny, who has won two of five Wentworth Park appearances with a personal best time of 30.05, has box three while Road Home, beaten just once in four city starts and a last start winner in 29.88, has drawn six.

"There is not much between them but Road Home is usually a better beginner and she has more box speed.''

Good Time Lenny has won three from eight races but each of his successes has been from box one, and while Road Home has not previously worn the green jacket she has handled boxes seven and eight perfectly in winning her three Wentworth Park races.

Timely Fashion was beaten five lengths into second place when a surprisingly short $1.35 favourite at her 720m debut at Wentworth Park last Wednesday night but is likely to be favourite again when she contests tonight's Thanks Blake Gregory Stakes over the same course.

Last week Timely Fashion had box two and after being third early, dropped back to fourth on the back straight before going down by five lengths to Tiger Holly, her main rival tonight.

Tiger Holly went into last Wednesday's race with the benefit of four Wentworth Park 720m races under her belt along with a suitably wide box seven draw.

Tonight Tiger Holly has drawn three while Timely Fashion, who had box two last week, moves out to box six.

Timely Fashion has not previously been positioned out wide but gives the impression her outside alley could suit.

Kerry Drynan, her trainer said: "I was a bit disappointed with Timely Fashion's run last week although I thought she got to the finish line nicely.

"That's why I have no qualms about her ability to see out the 720m.

"Her chances hinge on whether she gets a clear run in the early stages.''

Successful young Victorian trainer Matt Lanigan has Mepunga Gertie (box two) and Weblec Whirl (box six) making their first Sydney appearances in tonight's Thanks Toby Weeks Free-For-All.

"I was disappointed when they were drawn in the same race because while I expected Weblec Whirl to be in top grade, I thought Mepunga Gertie would be in an easier event,'' Lanigan said.

"Weblec Whirl is definitely the quicker of the two and although she has not raced at Wenty she has trialled brilliantly there.

"I sent her to Sydney for a Wentworth Park hit-out on the eve of the Group 1 National Futurity in January and she went super in her trial.

"Unfortunately she popped a 'monkey' muscle and had to be scratched from the Futurity series.

"But she has won two of four races since returning and can break 30sec at The Meadows and clock 29.40 and 29.50 at Sandown so she is good enough to win this race.''

Weblec Whirl faces stern opposition from Second Exit, a winner of 20 races who is well positioned out wide in box seven, and the up-and-coming Simply Smudge, chasing his third successive Wentworth Park win in box three.

Fence Lady had no luck when a distant second to Romantic Storm in fast time at Wentworth Park last Saturday night and trainer Andrew Bell believes she can make amends in tonight's Shane's Last Hurrah Stakes.

"She got dragged down at the first turn on Saturday so her run was very good,'' Bell said.

"Fence Lady has not been beginning quite as brilliantly as she used to so I had her checked out and found that she had a slight neck problem.

"That has been rectified and hopefully she will ping the lids again, she is certainly jumping out of her skin to suggest she is ready to go.''

Best Bet Sarita (race 6)

Best Value Timely Fashion (race 3)

Quaddie race 5 - 7, 3, 6

Race 6 - 1, 8, 6

Race 7 - 6, 4, 8

Race 8 - 2, 3

$20 for 37.03%