RACE 2 – 2.35PM: XXXX GOLD MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000m)

Back to the sprint trip, and again it’s an open affair. Keen on four-year-old mare 4. You Rang having her first start for new Hawkesbury stable. Showed more than enough fresh early in her career, and has been tuned up with a smart trial win.
Dangers: Improving filly 7. Dreamline is also on the cusp after four runs to start her career. Showed a lot more fight after leading at Newcastle last start, and her early speed is an asset around this course. Kept up to the mark with a recent trial win, and blinkers are off. Have plenty of time for Scone three-year-old 8. Nicator who resumes for a second prep off a tidy trial.
How to play it: You Rang to win and box exacta 4,7,8.
Odds and Evens: Split.

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RACE 3 – 3.10PM: McSIGNS ORANGE BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (2100m)

Progressive four-year-old mare 5. The Fringe can shake off the perennial bridesmaid tag third-up. Was easily overhauled in a tougher maiden at Canterbury after looming to win, but looks well placed dropping back to this company and only 3kg over the limit.
Dangers: Bathurst five-year-old 3. Saint Ay looks ready for this little rise in grade after an all-the-way class 1 win at home, while Dubbo mare 6. Hibern charged home to win a similar race over the mile at home, and is drawn to get cover, but up 3.5kg in weight.
How to play it: The Fringe to win.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 4 – 3.50PM: INLAND DIGITAL CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m)

Strong race for this class. Hard to go past promising three-year-old filly 12. Too Much Class who finished best as a hot favourite second-up at Canberra, and this looks a lovely follow-up trip. Carries the same weight here, and leading metro stable has bigger targets in mind.
Dangers: Loved the way Hawkesbury mare 7. Timely Shadow hit the line in her last two at home and, although she’ll have to go a long way back from the wide gate, she is screaming out for the mile. Mudgee five-year-old 1. Scottish Soldier chased valiantly last start when back in trip off a freshen-up, but sharp jump to 59kg is a big ask. Scone mare 3. Blue Velvet swept home for a dominant maiden win, and while there’s more depth here and she also has to overcome a wide draw she can take the next step.
How to play it: Too Much Class to win and quinella 7 and 12.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 5 – 4.30PM: THE ORIANA ORANGE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1000m)

A very open dash for the restricted sprinters, with good depth. The betting will tell a tale, but keen on Bathurst five-year-old and ex Kris-Lees trained 4. Buzzoni who hasn’t started for 13 months, but has smart fresh credentials and won both lead-up trials at this track. The latest was impressive, sitting well off the speed and rounding them up with ease under a good hold.
Dangers: Hawkesbury six-year-old 1. Charlie Chap powered home to win this grade and distance two runs back before again getting home in a deeper BM58. Drawn to get a soft run back in the field, and will be charging late. Tough Scone six-year-old 8. More Than A Samba has only missed out narrowly in his last couple in similar grade. Has good tactical speed, although faces a tricky draw around here. Include resuming seven-year-old mare 9. Miss Hugo A Gogo who wasn’t pushed out in that trial behind Buzzoni. Warwick Farm mare 2. For Love is over the odds after a fair closing return in a tougher race at Hawkesbury. Up sharply in weight, and not a renowned second-up performer, but drawn to get the right sort of trail.
How to play it: Buzzoni each-way and trifecta 1,4,8/1,4,8,9/1,2,4,8,9.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 6 – 5.10PM: SPANLINE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1280m)

Good depth in this one too headed by smart Warwick Farm three-year-old 5. Solva, who resumed with an impressive maiden win here sweeping home from midfield, and is still well on the rise getting out in distance from a soft draw.
Dangers: Hard to believe three-year-old 2. Dynamic Impact jumped at $14 before destroying his rivals by 4.4 lengths fourth-up in a maiden at Goulburn, and can find a good trail again just off the speed. Hawkesbury mare 6. Louder was ridden further back from the draw third-up in a handy class 1 and finished off OK, while keep safe Bathurst three-year-old 8. Bronzie who won on debut at Dubbo, and top country rider sticks.
How to play it: Solva to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 7 – 5.50PM: THE 2020 CHINA COAST CELEBRATION BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP (1400m)

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Open battle to finish. Like local five-year-old 8. Vaquero who can peak third-up out to this distance. Showed big improvement second-up here charging home to beat all but the winner in a handy class 2 and carries 3kg less.
Dangers: Warwick Farm three-year-old 9. Always Sure failed to run on at Kembla after an impressive maiden win at Canberra in only his second start. Form out of that race is strong, and he draws to get a soft run back in the field. Expect sharp improvement second-up from four-year-old mare 2. Whitchety Grub who was only fair through the line resuming in a similar race at Muswellbrook, but can improve sharply into her second-up run and drawn to find a nice trail just off the speed.
How to play it: Vaquero to win and box exacta 2,8,9.
Odds and Evens: Split.

BEST BETS:
R1 14. SOLDIER’S DESIRE
R3 5. THE FRINGE

BEST VALUE:
R5 4. BUZZONI

Tips supplied by Racing NSW
Full form and race replays available at racingnsw.com.au

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