Warrnambool Cup Heats Preview with Allan Hawkswell 29-04-2021

EIGHT star-studded G2 Warrnambool Cup heats (450m) comprise ‘the usual suspects’ like superstars Shima Shine and Tiggerlong Tonk, and the “next big thing” Ferdinand Boy at tonight’s (Thursday) meeting.

But it’s champion trainer Jason Thompson who holds the X-Factor.

He’s won the race five times – including last year with Zambora Smokey.

Thompson will launch a four-pronged challenge in the series, but his best chances are ‘show stealer’ Catch The Thief – an 11-time Group race finalist, including two wins at this level and ‘golden boy’ Equalizer, a dual G1 finalist and runner-up in two G2 country cups.

With Group race winners galore and several track record holders engaged, the action is sure to be frenetic and it could prove a ‘punter’s paradise’.

So, let’s take a closer look at the ‘big ticket’ items…


HEAT 1, 6.19pm

Catch The Thief (Pictured - Race 4, Box 6) TAB: $2

He’s a real ‘show stealer’ and should prove too elusive. Won 21 races from 44 starts. Won last year’s G2 WA Derby and G3 Warragul St Leger and was runner-up in G1 Adelaide Cup and G2 Shepparton Cup.

Main dangers: Dream Wizard – Finalist G2 Warragul Cup and G2 Ballarat Cup. Weblec Jet – Winner G2 Geelong Gold Cup; Runner-up G3 Warragul St Leger; Finalist G1 National Derby.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Catch The Thief (6); Dream Wizard (1); Weblec Jet (3).


HEAT 2, 6.39pm

Oriental Amber (Pictured - Race 5, Box 1) TAB: $3.40

Dual track-record holder (Horsham 410m & Shepparton 385m). Won 19 races from 36 starts. Won Shepparton Matchmakers and G2 Ballarat Cup finalist.

Main dangers: Canya Cruise – Runner-up G1 Perth Cup; G3 Mandurah Birthday Cup. Qwara Bale – Lil Dickie Oaks finalist.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Oriental Amber (1); Canya Cruise (3); Qwara Bale (5).


HEAT 3, 7.01pm

Shima Shine (Pictured - Race 6, Box 2) TAB: $1.45

Dual G1 winner (Topgun & Gold Bullion) and triple track-record holder (Bendigo 425m, Warragul 460m & Horsham 485m). Won 32 races from 55 starts. Won G2 Horsham Cup and 12-time Group race finalist.

Main dangers: Zambora Lou – Winner G3 Healesville Cup. Mr. Fix It – Finalist G3 Cup Night Sprint.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Shima Shine (2); Zambora Lou (6); Mr. Fix It (4).


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HEAT 4, 7.16pm

Equalizer (Pictured - Race 7, Box 8) TAB: $1.65

Twice a G1 finalist (Silver Chief & Temlee) and two-time country cup runner-up (G2 Warragul Cup & G2 Cranbourne Cup). Won 16 races from 37 starts. Renowned for his paralysing finishing burst.

Main dangers: Bareki – Country star with 10 wins from only 14 starts (71%). Winner ‘Queens of Healesville’. Mepunga Isla – Winner G2 Golden Sands; Finalist G1 Adelaide Cup (3rd); G1 Rookie Rebel.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Equalizer (8); Bareki (2); Mepungua Isla (3).


HEAT 5, 7.40pm

Tiggerlong Tonk (Pictured - Race 8, Box 6) TAB: $1.90

‘Ultimate professional’ with 17 Group race final appearances. Won first G1 (Perth Cup) at his tenth attempt. Won G2 Horsham Cup and G3 Shootout (race record). Won 36 races from 75 starts.

Main dangers: Mepunga Warrior – Finalist G3 Launching Pad; Kaheem Bale – Won eight races from only 13 starts (62%).

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Tiggerlong Tonk (8); Mepunga Warrior (2); Kahee Bale (7).


HEAT 6, 8.01pm

Ferdinand Boy (Pictured - Race 9, Box 4) TAB: $1.75

“New kid on the block”. Won G2 Shepparton Cup (track record) and G2 Ballarat Cup. Also won Shepparton Classic. Won 19 races from 32 starts, including seven of past eight (88%).

Main dangers: Do It – Finalist G3 Cup Night Sprint; Faithy Bale – Finalist G1 Temlee; G2 Warrnambool Cup.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Ferdinand Boy (4); Do It (8); Faithy Bale (6).


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HEAT 7, 8.22pm

Yozo Bale (Pictured - Race 10, Box 4) TAB: $2.30

‘Country Cups King’ (G2 Bendigo Cup & G2 Ballarat Cup) and runner-up (G1 Temlee & G2 Geelong Gold Cup). Won 22 races from 58 starts.

Main dangers: Gypsy Yankee – Finalist Launching Pad Consolation (3rd); Aston Gwen – Winner G2 Laurels; Finalist G1 Rookie Rebel; G2 Warragul Cup; G2 Shepparton Cup; G2 Ballarat Cup.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Yozo Bale (4); Gypsy Yankee (1); Aston Gwen (3).


HEAT 8, 8.39pm

Jax Bale (Pictured - Race 11, Box 6) TAB: $8.50

Huge odds for such a seasoned Group race campaigner. Won G2 Cranbourne Cup. Runner-up G1 Harrison-Dawson & G2 Horsham Cup. Won 12 races from 52 starts.

Main dangers: Gotham Duke – Finalist G3 Easter Gift; Aussie Secret – Finalist G1 Silver Chief; G2 Horsham Cup; G2 Ballarat Cup.

ALLAN’S SELECTIONS: Jax Bale (8); Gotham Duke (4); Aussie Secret (1).


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