Race 2 CL1 HCP (1400m)
Keen at the value on Gundagai 4YO gelding 5. Monkery who doesn’t own a flash record but has been hitting the line nicely from well off the speed all prep and advantaged in heavy ground. Trainer is well under-rated.
Dangers: The one win and 10 placings from 25 starts doesn’t do Canberra 4YO mare 1. Dreams Of Platinum justice. Will appreciate the step up in trip after just missing in her last couple and bred to handle the ground. Blinkers come off and winkers go on. Another Canberra visitor, ex-French stayer 2. Tingu closed off nicely from well back at his first run here and a natural improver over any extra ground. Goulburn 4YO mare 3. Wriggles won her maiden nicely third-up over this trip at Wellington but untested in heavy ground.
How to play it: Monkery each way and box trifecta 1-2-3-5
Race 3 CL1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2000m)
Improving 4YO Gundagai mare 6. Whicker stormed home to win a C1 at Wagga two runs back before having no luck in a BM58 when would have won with a clear run early in the straight. Previous wet track runs have been very sound.
Dangers: Well-bred Victorian staying mare 4. Lemon Splice has had one average run back on the synthetic at Pakenham and will improve significantly getting to this trip. Was only 3.2 lengths from the winner in the G3 SA Classic last year in soft 6 ground before going for a long spell. Local 4YO gelding 1. Eric The Axe has been all around the money since winning a weak maiden five runs back but untested on heavy ground and probably weighted out of it with 59kg.
How to play it: Whicker to win and quinella 4 and 6
Race 4 F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1175m)
Very thin race sets up a treat for local 3YO filly 9. Smart Promise who has just missed in her last two at Wagga charging home from a mile back. Handles rain-affected ground and ideally drawn to get to the outside.
Dangers: Cranbourne mare 1. Designer Portrait has continued to improve in her first prep flashing late at Wagga last start, but a query in the ground.
How to play it: Smart Promise to win
Race 5 BM 66 HCP (1175m)
Tricky race. If smart local 4YO mare 5. Yousay Bolt handles the rating, she’s the one to beat. Only just missed in a Rosehill Highway in the spring before dominant C2 win at Corowa and resumed in good Saturday company at Flemington. Has never raced on rain-affected ground but trialled okay recently on Soft 6.
Dangers: The 4kg claim for local 6YO gelding 1. Pacific Tycoon is pivotal. Superior wet tracker who put the writing on the wall two runs back finishing hard in a BM58 this track before going one better ploughing home on a heavy 9 rating. May need to chart a course away from the fence but should be in the finish. Lightly raced Cranbourne 7YO gelding 7. Tax Free is one of three Mark Webb-trained runners accepted and having his first run in 16 months. Has ability and showed a real liking for wet tracks early in his career. Big watch on local 5YO gelding 2. Big Haz who has been off the scene for nearly a year and had no official trial but does have a fresh win and handles wet ground. Kyneton 7YO gelding 3. Reine Happy has had three fair runs back over shorter trips and will appreciate both the extra and softer ground.
How to play it: Yousay Bolt to win and quinella 1 and 5
Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1000m)
Local 3YO filly 11. Hazel’s Diary resumed with a nice maiden win this track in heavy 9 ground when backed for a stack and can repeat the dose over slightly longer trip with the blinkers going on.
Dangers: Canberra mare 4. Nobody’s Puppet can be hard to catch but the blinkers on could flick the switch. Well outclassed in a Rosehill Highway last start but will get a nice trail from the gate and has a liking for rain-affected ground. Wodonga 5YO gelding 2. Flying Cyril improved significantly bolting in a similar sprint at Wagga last start when well specked in the market and, while faces a tougher draw here, saves his best for wetter tracks. Expect 4YO Wangaratta mare 9. Liberty’s Gift to be finishing off strong. Will go right back from a wide barrier but loves to get to the outside off a good speed and recently trialled well.
How to play it: Hazel’s Diary to win and quinella 4 and 11
Race 7 OPEN HCP (1600m)
Tough one to finish, although local 7YO mare 4. Lost Command is ready to win again at fifth run back. Disappointed in a stronger BM70 at Bendigo last start but the second horse was a dominant winner at Sandown on Saturday. Previously just missed in the Queen Of The South at Wagga in heavy ground under 61kg and looks one of the better weighted runners all day.
Dangers: Popular Wagga 6YO gelding 3. Willy White Socks is suited in the ground and stepping up to the mile. Was strong through the line this track and rating over 1400m last start but previously had been consistent over 2000m in tougher company. Local 6YO gelding 5. Hurry Up Harry loves wet ground and powered home to win a BM66 this track last start, while evergreen Wagga 6YO 6. Gentleman Max was born with flippers. Eight of his 10 wins from 93 starts have come on heavy ground and he’s sneaking down in the weights.
How to play it: Lost Command to win
Race 4: SMART PROMISE (9)
Race 5: YOUSAY BOLT (5)
Race 3: WHICKER (6)
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