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Redemption for Wong Don in O & S Tack Room Trophy

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, August 18, 2017

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The O & S Tack Room Trophy takes centre stage tomorrow as the racing supply company continues its yearly sponsorship of a race day. The feature race is over six and a half furlongs (1,300m) for imported and three-year-olds and up horses who are at the non-winners of three level and native bred three-year-olds and up non-winners of four.

Eleven are declared to start with only one foreigner, Danbury, in the line-up.

KILLER BEE — Beaten by Wong Don and Malachi, respectively, on her two last outings, but was then elevated to first place after Malachi was disqualified. Killer Bee seems to be catching the pace of the class and is going to find the distance very friendly. In with a chance.

SARAH LEE — Racing with the blinkers off and comes in very light but will have to run above herself to win.

WONG DON — Won on last but was later disqualified, thereby halting Wong Don's attempt at winning three times in a row. That time Wong Don carried 119 lb, but is now set to tote 112 lb with possibly more weight (4 lb) coming off with apprentice Anthony Thomas declared. That first-place disqualification came over a mile and Wong Don was losing a bit of ground to Balazo in the final half-a-furlong, making tomorrow's trip of six and a half furlongs right up his street. It should be noted that that when Wong Don and Balazo raced over seven furlongs, the former won by a wider margin. Still going steadily at exercise and redemption might well be at hand.

SECRET TRAVELLER — Finished third behind Wong Don and Balazo running on when the former was disqualified and is now afforded three pounds less in weight. The journey is right and Secret Traveller, although a non-winner of three, is not without a shout here.

BALAZOBalazo is now showing that he does not have to lead to win, and although worse off in the handicaps versus Wong Don, is improving quite a bit with the in-form Wesley Henry riding, Balazo is still in what a good opportunity to win.

RUNALLDAY — She is going to find it difficult.

DYSFUNTIONAL — In the wrong race.

TWILIGHT DREAMS — As a non-winner of three races, he might need time to get to these.

AKASH — Will have to be at his supreme best to win here. Note the tongue tie is off and the Figure 8 is on.

BIBLICAL LEGEND — Coming to come having won his last two races, but is not ready as yet. Note the tongue tie is off.

DANBURY — Slowly coming to grips with the local racetrack and was seen in his last race finishing fifth, six lengths behind Wong Don and Balazo. Danbury might very well surprise when least expected.

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