Brett Honey’s Perth Cup and Galaxy Heat Night Preview

Race 1: Galaxy Heat 1 (715m)

The first heat of the Galaxy kicks us off and it’s an even betting affair to start. Couch Surfer for much of 2023 was the dominant stayer in WA and took out the Christmas Gift over this distance. His form coming into this series has been well below his best, beaten in his last 6 starts. Whilst his effort in the Galaxy prelude was an improvement where he had no luck, box 8 makes him a risky proposition at the sub-$3 quote.

I thought the effort of Chloe Ant was very good behind Flying Freda, running 42.29. It was her second consecutive start over this distance and improved her run home sectional sharply. Box 1 is perfect for her and can go with Hurricane Taylor (box 4) early here. She looks ready to show her best.

Bet: #1 Chloe Ant 

Race 2: Perth Cup Heat 1 (520m)

Heat 1 of the Cup sees the exciting Mepunga Smokey (box 4) come to town who two back won an Australian Cup semi-final in a hot 29.70 at the Meadows. He runs a nice straight line and has no problems going past a dog. He commands respect and is clearly the one to beat.

He does run into talented local Sunset Pepe (box 7) who is blessed with brilliant early speed and had a nice tune up at Mandurah last Sunday, going 26.93. His start prior was full of merit behind Sunset Frazier. If he leads here, he can give some cheek.

Although his form doesn’t read well, Solidified from box 2 is capable of sharp improvement from the inside draw. He has a wide runner outside and a slow beginner on his inside, aiding the cause.

No bet 

Race 3: Perth Cup Heat 2 (520M)

It doesn’t get a lot easier in this race. Transponder (box 7) comes across and brings strong form lines with him. He has early speed and a commanding record off the outside but is not foolproof out of the boxes. He will be hard to beat if stepping but has come up a short quote for a dog who needs to get it right early and is yet to see the track under race conditions.

Kryptonite has had some early support and despite the steep incline in grade, has proven he can run time and has begun beautifully his last two starts. He’s posted 5.43 and 5.44 in his two most recent outings and last start won in 29.78. He runs a straight line so box 5 is no issue. He’s a big chance to sneak away with this. I found it hard to find anything outside those two.

Bet: Small win #5 Kryptonite 

Race 4: Galaxy Heat 2 (715m)

Sensational heat of the Galaxy. The decision to take West On Boonie to the Galaxy by Chris Halse is a brilliant one and he put the writing on the wall coming from well back to post a blistering 34.40 over the 600 last week in a good field. Over the 715 metres he’s a massive chance to lead and he is a very fast dog. Every chance to break their hearts mid-race and be off and gone.

Savic (box 6 – PICTURED) is in perfect shape to tackle the Galaxy after impressive wins his last two. He went 41.96 in a classy win last start and time wise, that’s been the benchmark this year. Box 6 is the main concern and where he finds himself early on. Pearly Tears (box 7) and Zinzan Chopper (box 2) are capable, but I’m leaning to the dogs with strong Cannington form in this.

Bet: #1 West On Boonie 

Race 5: Perth Cup Heat 3 (520m)

There’s a few questions here. Trooper Tears scorched the clock in a trial last week going 29.48. The first section of 5.45 looks good but hardly matches his prior Victoria form. With Kanan Stark in 7 capable of pouring the pressure on early, he poses a risk early doors.

I thought Nangar Chief (box 2) warranted consideration from an inside draw. He’s won at Free-For-All level and was very good last week despite being beaten by West On Boonie over 600. The pace is concentrated out wide in this race and he could be presented with a nice rails run. Hoping for a drift and we may be able to play him each way, heavier the place.

Bet: #2 Nangar Chief (each way, place heavy if possible)

Race 6: Perth Cup Heat 4 (520m)

This is a cracker. We see the return of last year’s cup winner Elite Machine who’s first up since November. He typically handles wide draws well and is certainly a threat if near his best. He is an unknown this year, however. Excitement machine Sunset Frazier (box 6) is a short odds favourite to lead this race. He owns the second sectional record of 18.01 after his Puppy Classic win two back and backed that up by winning the Perth Cup prelude in 29.84 last week. He does get tired late, but if you want to back the leader, he’s your man.

Madigan (box 8) is the X factor here and was superb winning in 22.20 over 400 last start at Mandurah. He’s won 4 from 6 out of box 8 and has a good record over further. He’ll be naturally strong over 520 and if he can lob close enough to Frazier up the back, he’s a chance of getting over the top.

Bet: #8 Madigan (each way)

Race 7: Galaxy Heat 3 (715m)

This preview is getting long enough already so we’ll keep this short. If Flying Freda begins well, she wins. I thought the only other chance was Cawbourne Roses (box 3) who I like being first up over 715 in the heats and can make her move up the back straight. The inside draw suits her as well.

No bet 

Race 8: Perth Cup Heat 5 (520m)

Mepunga Shine (box 8) ticks many boxes in this race. He’s fast, loves box 8, there’s no pace in 7 and Canya Cracken in box 6 wants to go left. He only needs to begin well, and his class should take care of the rest.

I thought the main danger to Mepunga Shine was the greyhound who may give him the run over in Canya Cracken. He was good last week running 29.83 and posted 5.45 to the first mark. If leading, he can run a big race.

Bet: #8 Mepunga Shine

Race 9: Galaxy Heat 4 (715m)

Last chance to qualify and I’m very keen on the prospects of Xylan Bale in box 2. He was good last week in the Galaxy prelude, going 42.34 in his first start at Cannington. He was well back and worked home nicely. There’s no speed in 1 and Argyle Queen in three runs a straight line. That along with the 6-dog field allows him to settle closer. He’s a big each way chance.

Sunset Louie, West On Nugget and Zipping Neutron dominate the betting and are all very capable. West On Nugget went 42.16 first try when he was first stepped up to this distance and a similar tactic has been applied here. My main concern is the last 50 metres of the race for him. Sunset Louie has been good his last two, the box is his biggest concern.

Bet: #2 Xylan Bale (each way)

Race 10: Perth Cup Heat 6 (520m)

An all-local heat of the cup where the favourite Barbeque Man (box 8) finds himself in what really is a City Grade 5. He was impressive first up beating a handy field in 29.74 before missing the start last week and bumping with the running rail. If he has come through that ok, he looks hard to beat here.

Curate’s Egg (box 3) and Vandar Harley (box 1) looks to be his main rivals in this. Curate’s Egg was good last week behind Sunset Tyson and ran solid time. Vander Harley was very close to leading last week and will appreciate the red. He’s strong to the line and can run a placing at least. At the prices, we’ll go that way.

Bet: #1 Vander Harley (each way, heavier the place)

Race 11: Perth Cup Heat 7 (520m)

The penultimate and I’m keen to play a couple at each way prices. Hinto (box 2) has been a wonderful campaigner for team Robartson and it’s hard not to love him. Last week he didn’t look himself however and in a good heat, he looks under the odds at even money.

Coulter Bale (box 3) and Carter Axelrod (box 8) tick boxes here. Coulter Bale trialled here in 29.81 before running on nicely from an unsuitable draw last week in the Cup Prelude. He ran home in 11.21 and with a wide runner boxed outside him, he can find a stalking position and storm home late. Cater Axelrod is also drawn where he wants to be out wide and is has honest as they come. Uncle Tommy in six can make the race for him and at double figures, can run into the placings.

Bet: #3 Coulter Bale and #8 Carter Axelrod (both each way, heavier the place) 

Race 12: Perth Cup Heat 8

The lucky last and we will need luck to the find the winner here. Sunset Tyson (box 4) is very fast and warrants favouritism. Whilst he has enviable muster, he can be tardy off the mat and with plenty of pace parked in the inside three boxes, he can’t afford to make too many mistakes. Buddy Monelli is the other in the market and brings solid eastern state form lines. He runs good time and can improve off his trial. Box 7 is the main concern.

No bet