Elwick Stakes - 22nd January 2023

The 2023 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival heads to Hobart on Sunday for Elwick Stakes Day where an exciting nine-race card has been assembled.

DARK DREAM. Picture: Racing Photos

A small but promising field will line up in Sunday's $125 000 feature at Elwick Racecourse, with a handful of talented two-year-old's set to lock horns over the 1100m dash.

The action doesn't and end there though with the $100 000 Weight for Age Summer Cup (2200m) running the penultimate race of the day's action.

Races such as the Lady Lynette (1100m), Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Blackflash (1100m) are also scheduled and serve as meritable supporting acts to the day's main events.

The Hobart surface is currently rated a Good 4 but with showers forecast the Island State crowd could expect to see it drift into the soft range throughout the day.

With the form done, I've landed on a few plays for Sunday's main attractions that can hopefully fill the pockets and put a pep in our step for the rest of the Tassie carnival.

Starting with the Elwick Stakes (Race 4), I'm siding with Cairns ($2.90) to get the job done for trainer Barry Campbell and make it his third Elwick after going back-to-back in in 13,14 with Grand Tycoon and Admiral.

The filly didn't give her rivals a sniff on debut in a dominant front-running display to win and make an immediate impact to her racing career.

Although the win came as somewhat of a minor upset as she knocked off Thoros Of Myr who had been heavily supported and who again has gone up as early favourite, there is no indication to believe the tables will be turned.

Expect in-form hoop Anthony Darmanin to once again waste little time working to the front to dictate proceedings and prove too tough to reel in for her rivals.

In the WFA Summer Cup (Race 8), I've landed on the well-travelled visitor Dark Dream ($3.90) from the Ben & Jd Hayes stable.

Although not winning for over a year, the gritty eight-year-old has been producing sound performances back in Victoria in tougher assignments.

Unsuited by a slowly run race last start at Sandown, the All American gelding will appreciate stepping out to this journey where he shoulders a healthy record with a win and two placings from just the three attempts.

Booking of Brendon Mccoull is another positive with the high-striking hoop boasting a 24% winning strike rate.

Anywhere near his best and Dark Dream should be taking this out.

Our other play for Elwick Stakes Day comes in the Thousand Guineas (Race 6) with the Tanya Hanson & Kyle Maskiell-trained Flying To Paris ($5.50).

Unable to get the job done for punters when sent out a well-supported favourite a fortnight ago, the Alpine Eagle filly went from travelling in a good spot to getting caught in a horror one within a matter of strides and was unable to recover in time to salute.

Ready to peak now over the 1600m, Flying To Paris is drawn to get the gun run from the inside draw where Daniel Ganderton should be able to settle in a stalking position.

With a soft run in transit, I'm hoping Ganderton will be able to get the filly out at the right time and let rip over the concluding stages to get the verdict.


Plays for Elwick Stakes Day

Elwick Stakes (Race 4) - #5 Cairns $2.90 (Win)

Thousand Guineas (Race 6) - #4 Flying To Paris $5.50 (Win)

Summer Cup (Race 8) - #1 Dark Dream $3.90 (Win)

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