• Monday, 28 Feb, 2022,
  • by @WatchDogRacing

Daily Mail: Young idols racing at Shepparton

She’s Refined showcased her ability during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but she faces her toughest test this evening against G1 National Futurity winner and G1 Temlee runner-up Idolize in a heat of the Shepparton Matchmaker.

G2 Laurels finalist Devine Empress contests the other heat of the Shepparton Matchmaker, while her kennelmate and G2 Warragul Cup winner Robbie Rotten headlines a Mixed 4/5 450m race.

Jungle Panther, High End and G3 placegetter Earthworm Jim clash in the first heat of the Shepparton Classic, while G3 finalist Zigzag Cabang, Brewski Bruce and Orson Thunder battle in the second heat of the Shepparton Classic.

Fearless Rory – unbeaten in four starts – faces Kysaiah (won 10 from 18) in the third heat of the Shepparton Classic.

Today’s Racing

Warrnambool: 11:30am start
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Traralgon: 2:39pm start
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Ballarat: 3:27pm start
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Shepparton: 7:01pm start
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Today’s Drawcards


Trainer: Kayla Cottrell
? Shepparton ? Race 3
? Box 8 ? 450m 7:45pm

Claim to fame:
– 1st Group 2 Warragul Cup
– Won 4 of last 5

TAB fixed odds: $1.33

The Watchdog says: Yes


Trainer: Peter Presutto
? Shepparton ? Race 4
? Box 7 ? 450m ⏱ 8:06pm

Claim to fame:
– 1st Group 1 National Futurity
– Won 9 from 18

TAB fixed odds: $2.10

The Watchdog says: No


Trainer: Kayla Cottrell
? Shepparton ? Race 5
? Box 7 ? 450m 8:28pm

Claim to fame:
– Group 2 Laurels finalist
– Won 7 from 11

TAB fixed odds: $1.45

The Watchdog says: Yes

? Monday 28 February

? $5 Win – SHE’S REFINED

? Must Watch Race ?

First Heat of the Shepparton Matchmaker

? Shepparton ? Race 4
? Box 4 ? 450m ⏱ 8:06pm

TAB fixed odds: $1.90 Win

The Watchdog says ?: SHE’S REFINED (4) faces a tough assignment first up; however, she is in elite hands and I’m expecting her to be primed for this event. If she and Group 1 National Futurity winner IDOLIZE (7) both step evenly, I think she can hold her opponent at the first bend and that should be the difference.

‘Must Watch Race’ Preview ?:

IDOLIZE (7) has transformed herself into one of the state’s best sprinters having tasted Group 1 success in the National Futurity at Wentworth Park and she followed that up with a brilliant second in the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows. She drops back to 450m tonight, but she is a lightning beginner. SHE’S REFINED (4) has only had four starts, but she announced herself as a potential megastar in her first preparation with back-to-back scorching wins at Sandown Park in 29.20sec and 29.19sec. She is nice and fresh and with a clean getaway, she should be able to find the rail early and she may have enough pace to hold IDOLIZE out. The winner should come from one of them, however the talented MY NAME’S STACEY (5) is a brilliant beginner and recently carved out a blistering 26.99sec at Horsham.

Form ?

The Watchdog’s selections: 4 – 7 – 5 – 8

? $5 Place – TOBIN FROST
? Shepparton ? Race 10 ? Box 8 ? 385m ⏱ 10:15pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.10 Place
Form ?

The Watchdog says
? : He would probably prefer a longer journey, however there is an abundance of early speed in the event, and he should be able to take advantage as they bunch through the bend. He does his best work in the final 150m, so if he can turn for home in the top five, he should be able to hit the scoreboard.


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