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Costa poised to cash in on form as patience pays off

There are challenges facing in-form apprentice Tom Sherry, given he jumps from the outside in a field of nine, but he’s shown enough versatility to be forward or back depending on the tempo.

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Importantly, this is Costa Zou’s pet trip of 1600m, where he’s run second four times from six, he has experience around the Wyong circuit and Sherry takes 2kg off his back, so he drops 3.5kg. There should be no excuses this time.

Arguably the most significant gear change in racing is when a trainer elects to put the blinkers on a horse who has been racing well but come up short.

That’s been the story for the Bjorn Baker-trained Qinghai Lake, who has finished runner-up at his past two starts but will wear the shades for the first time in the Sky Racing Handicap (2100m).

He looked under pressure in his latest attempt at Kembla Grange over a mile but responded to be beaten less than half a length. While up in distance now, he’s bred to handle it and still has some upside with only five starts under his belt.

Best bets
Race 1: (2) Costa Zou
Race 3: (5) Qinghai Lake

Best long shot
Race 4: (4) Belladeel

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

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