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Race-by-race tips and preview for Wagga on Thursday

There are plenty of options for punters on an eight-race card at Wagga.

There are plenty of options for punters on an eight-race card at Wagga.Credit:Morgan Hancock


7. Post Free got a long way back from a wide gate at Wagga a month ago and made up plenty of ground to run third. Blinkers go on here and back to 1400m but drawn well, both her career placings are at this track and it’s a winnable race. Each-way.

Dangers: 1. Just Business had some support at his first run back and, while no match for the winner, he stayed on well up on the pace to hold second. Fitter for that and should be in this for a long way. Stablemate 3. Royal Fighter is the big query runner. Ex-Chris Waller, he’s only had the one start at the Gold Coast and was safely held. No public trials, drawn well and bred to be OK in the wet. Keep safe. 5. Ivy’s Belle has been running on well at 1200m in three runs back so the extra trip could be up her alley. Comes through the same race as Just Business here last start and is one for the trifectas again.

How to play it: Post Free each-way.
Odds & Evens: Odds.


7. River Of Gold is a winner over this track and distance, and comes back in class after a luckless third here last week. Wet form is a bit patchy but she’s racing well and, if she gets through the ground, she should be somewhere in the finish.

Dangers: 8. War Deck might be looking for the 2000m now after he hit the line strongly into third over a mile at Goulburn two weeks ago. Only heavy track run was an even fourth at Canberra in a small field so prepared to give him another chance. 4. She’s A Treasure finished just ahead of War Deck in that race after sitting on the speed. She was under pressure on the turn but boxed on well. First go that this trip for Matthew Dale, has a couple of fourths to her name from her previous stable, and is in the mix. 6. Rent A Rock is mixing his form, won at 1200m here five starts back, then at 1650m at Moruya two back. Had his chance but not disgraced at 1900m at Gosford so fits in well here. Each-way.

How to play it: River Of Gold each-way; Box quinella 4,7,8.
Odds & Evens: Split.


Market a big guide here. 6. Jac The Great trialled nicely on a heavy track at Canberra earlier in the month so that shouldn’t be an issue for his debut. In top stable, drawn well and if there is support he might be the way to go.

Dangers: 12. One Aye was a trial winner at Canberra last week on a good track. She hasn’t been exposed to the wet in trials as yet but, if she takes her place, it says the stable thinks she will be fine. Takes on older horses but keep safe. 3. Wichita Warrior is another first starter and he is ex-Bjorn Baker. No public trials for the Dryden stable and hard to get a line through his Sydney trials but, again, if there’s any confidence around he could be hard to beat. 7. Cash Or Credit disappointed on debut in June last year but has been given plenty of time. Trial winner at Tatura recently, wouldn’t shock to see some support for her. If there is, it’s a positive sign.

How to play it: Jac The Great each-way.
Odds & Evens: Evens.

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2. Yousay Bolt has a low percentage racing style but should take plenty of beating here. Huge at Albury two runs back then another big effort after coming from last and giving away too much start here last time. Handles all conditions and is the one to stop.

Dangers: 4. My Blue Jeans is on the back-up after breaking through for an easy win at Goulburn last weekend on a good track. That’s a good sign he’s in top form, as all previous wins have been on soft or heavy tracks. Go well. 8. Jungle Book failed in stronger company last start but previous form was consistent, including a heavy track placing at Wellington. Generally around the mark at this level and is an each-way hope. 6. Mohican can be hit and miss but scored a tough win at Kembla on a soft 7 before midfield at Canterbury back on the good. Wet track form keeps him under notice.

How to play it: Yousay Bolt win; Trifecta 2/4,6,8/4,6,8.
Odds & Evens: Evens.


2. Jodhpur will win this with any luck, which he’s very much due. Should have won three back then probably found 2000m a bit far before dropping to 1200m and having a hard-luck story. Trip is perfect, handles wet, gets his chance.

Dangers: 6. Noble Belle was well supported and got the job done on a soft 7 at Nowra at her first run back. Didn’t manage to win last prep so she’s obviously come back better and the wet is no worries for her. Good chance. 5. Shelby Sixtysix is an up and comer who did it easily posting his first win here on April 19. Hasn’t run a bad race yet and shapes as though he’ll handle a wet track. Capable of measuring up despite skipping a grade. 7. Milamoo is improving with each run this time in and while she might be a query on a heavy track she is a chance.

How to play it: Jodhpur win; Trifecta 2/5,6,7/5,6,7.
Odds & Evens: Evens.


3. Southern Lad is a smart one on his day and looks to have been set for this first-up. Easy first trial then given a more serious gallop in his latest at Randwick. Wet no worries, goes well fresh and rarely puts in a bad one. Hard to beat.

Dangers: 18. Irish Songs is well worth throwing in as he comes off a strong win in the Moruya Town Plate, which backed up his excellent effort in the Country Championships heat there. If they are coming down the outside by this time of the day, it brings him right into contention. 11. Man Of Peace took a couple of runs to get going after a long break last time in but finished off with a narrow defeat to Mugatoo at Randwick. Not pressured in his trial and he’s effective in the wet. While 1200m is a touch short of his best, he can run well. 9. Miss Scorcher was back to her best winning the Prelude here recently with a typically tough on-pace effort. Her only heavy track run was a handy fourth at Randwick and she had an excuse or two there as well. Each-way hopes.

How to play it: Southern Lad win; Trifecta 3/9,11,18/9,11,18.
Odds & Evens: Split.



9. Exotic Deel comes off a total forgive run at Orange and she was set a big task two runs back at Sapphire Coast as well. So she’s racing a lot better than the form says and a wet track doesn’t look a big issue. With even luck, she can be a major player.

Dangers: 5. Your Knuckleship doesn’t have the best strike rate but he is racing very consistently on wet and dry tracks. Narrowly denied over this course last start and might go one better this time. 1. Ilvermorny has won one from 11 and that was his only start on a heavy track and he’s racing consistently of late without winning. Just a bit weak late when fourth at Kembla on April 18 but shade easier here. 6. Landstrasse is ex-Godolphin and ran well at first run for the new stable before an even effort at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. Question mark in the wet and drawn out though that might not be so bad by the last race. Rather include than dismiss.

How to play it: Exotic Deel win.
Odds & Evens: Odds.

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