Warrnambool Carnival, Day 1 Preview: 30 April 2019

The annual Warrnambool Carnival brings together racing enthusiasts for three cracking days of action in South West Victoria. It also provides plenty for punters around the country to sink their teeth into!

For each day of the 2019 Warrnambool Carnival, we’ll publish a few key runners to follow on Racepal.net.au. These are gallopers that we feel may be suited in the conditions, set to peak on the day or open to sharp improvement.

Below are our key runners to follow on Day 1 at The Bool.

HURSLEY (Race 2, No. 6)

Tuesday at The Bool begins with three divisions of the Maiden Hurdle and in the second of those, Hursley bears close watching. Formerly a Saturday class 1600m-2000m horse under the care of Chris Waller, Hursley was sold earlier this year and under the care of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace will begin life as a jumper today. His hurdle trials have been rather indifferent but he remains a real market watch – often this level of jumps race comes down to the horse with the best flat ability, and he fits that bill in this group.

ALOFT (Race 3, No. 1)

On the flat, Aloft had a career that would make most owners delighted, being Group 1 placed in the UK and at Group 2 level in Australia. But he’d ran out of chances for Team Williams and was sold off to Eric Musgrove to become a jumper. Now he arrives at The Bool for his jumping debut after six flat runs and two hurdle trial victories and looks extremely well suited at set weights. With Steve Pateman aboard, he should race forward and if he handles the obstacles like in his trial, will be awfully hard to stop.

MIRIMAR (Race 7, No. 8)

Mirimar’s high profile owner Rupert Legh has publicly stated that the gelding has been set for the Listed Warrmabool Cup (2350m) this Thursday – but at 32nd on the order of entry, he may not even gain a start. He may end up here instead, a BM78 over the same trip, and if so looks to be a key player. He’s drawn wide but with a long run down the straight could find a handy position and looks ready to win third up from a break, having previously beaten home Steel Prince over this distance range.

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