Race 3 – 1:50PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
2. Another One never really looked comfortable three weeks ago at Randwick where he started $3 favourite. He went back from the wide draw, was under the pump turning for home but picked up again late to finish sixth. Happy to give him the benefit of the doubt given what he had done prior to that. It was his first trip away from Wagga. The son of Super One should have beaten Lion’s Roar on debut on a heavy track, where Mr Moppett was third, so the wet holds no fears. What does, however, is another horror draw. Not sure where he gets to in the run. 11. Clay Pan Boogie fronts up for start number four and we’ve seen enough of James Ponsonby to now know how well he places his horses.
How to play it: Another One WIN
Race 4 – 2:25PM SCHEMBRAE’S @ BLUEBERRY HILLS HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
The main point for 1. Elaborate is we know exactly what to expect. The five-year-old is so consistent. He hasn’t finished outside of the top three in his last seven starts. He got a narrow verdict over Stockman first up over 1400m, loving the heavy conditions, before just missing to Matowi over the mile at Kembla Grange. Only now is he out to his right trip of 2000m and his record on heavy tracks is 4:2-1-1. In race with plenty of queries, Elaborate each way looks the way to go. 8. Accountability was scratched last week with a vet’s certificate. That was over 2400m too, a race that was thought to be his “grand final”. He can win, no doubt in the world, but is it the type of set up where punters want to be diving in at short odds?
How to play it: Elaborate EACH WAY
Race 5 – 3:00PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Loved the first up run from 4. Fulmina. The mare got a mile out of her ground from the wide draw but rattled home with dominant closing splits compared to that of her rivals. Particularly liked how she ran right through the line despite settling last with nothing to take her into the race. She showed last preparation how capable she is on wet tracks so the rain is a plus, if anything, for her, she strips fitter second up, gets out to the mile and should camp behind the leaders from the draw.1. Bigboyroy was luckless in BM88 company a fortnight ago behind Edison. Drops in grade but shoots up at the weights. Suspect he gets through the wet better than his poor record on soft and heavy tracks suggests.
How to play it: Fulmina WIN
Race 6 – 3:40PM RANVET HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Had always pegged 6. Bring The Ransom as a better wet-tracker than dry-tracker, so the fact she has run so well at her last two outings suggests she is flying. Two back she gunned down subsequent winner Surreal Step at Newcastle before having no luck at all two weeks ago behind 5. Vitesse, who had got complete control of the race from the outset. That a little concern again, the potential lack of speed up front but Tim Clark jumps back on Bring The Ransom and should be able to park the four-year-old midfield, within striking distance. Vitesse has to be a big threat given that she’ll bounce out, make the running and maintains the services of James McDonald.
How to play it: Bring The Ransom WIN
Race 7 – 4:20PM CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
11. Our Bellagio Miss worked too hard to cross last start on the Kensington track and felt the pinch the last 50m. The 3.3L margin and seventh placing don’t do the run justice. That was second up. The four-year-old’s first up run was a beauty having covered ground throughout, running second to Hulk. That was in this BM78 company right down in the weights. It’s the same set up here with just 52kg on her back. And all three of her career wins have come on wet tracks. I’d argue that 10. Sally’s Day is the best horse in this race. Her benchmark suggests otherwise but she is Listed placed, behind Fituese and Aquitaine. The knock is that she hasn’t been anywhere near as dynamic second up in the past and suspect she prefers dry tracks.
How to play it: Our Bellagio Miss EACH WAY
Race 8 – 5:00PM BISLEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
10. Hilo has been freshened up since running fourth at Newcastle on Hunter Day. The four-year-old was given every possible chance one-out one-back but didn’t quicken. That form reference of Through The Cracks is rock solid though and although 7. Edison beat him home, Hilo did hold off Edison the start prior on a heavy track at Randwick. The son of Lonhro is up in grade but gets into this handicap with 53kg having carried 57kg and 59kg at his past two starts. It’s an approach we see Godolphin have great success with in Sydney. Hilo is 3:1-0-2 at this track and love how he maps behind what shapes to be a busy first half with plenty of runners jostling for a spot up front. 5. Order Again has drawn barrier 1 and James McDonald rides. Teased last preparation but was never far away.
How to play it: Hilo WIN
Race 9 – 5:40PM HEINEKEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
7. Mo’s Crown handles all surfaces, is racing as well as ever this time back, makes his own luck on the speed and James McDonald is undefeated in two rides on the no-nonsense four-year-old. It’s an easy and compelling case to make for Jason Coyle’s tough gelding. Mo’s Crown was a dominant winner first up at Kembla Grange, where 9. Big Parade faded to finish midfield, before coming back to 1100m at Rosehill only to be gunned down late by Pandemic. Back out to 1200m on a rain-affected track looks the perfect set up now fourth up. 4. Poetic Charmer will lob out the back again from the wide draw but if the leaders overdo it up front or the winners are coming down the middle by this time, he can most certainly win.
How to play it: Mo’s Crown WIN
Race 10 – 6:20PM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
1. St Covet’s Spirit looks so well placed in BM72 company with 58kg on her back. She is six rating points clear of her nearest rival. It was third up last preparation that she ran second in the G3 Hawkesbury Guineas splitting Dawn Passage and Icebath. The one negative is that her record suggests she’s not overly happy in wet ground. Still, the price is just too tempting for a mare of her class. 8. Black Duke fought out the finish with Oscar Zulu last start and had caught the eye behind Ballistic Lover first up over 1000m. The step out to 1400m looks ideal now third up and he is already a wet track winner in town.
How to play it: St Covet’s Spirit EACH WAY
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