Track improving to Soft 7 and rail out 1m
Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (1350m)
Tricky opener, but this sets up nicely for home-track filly 7. Don’t Recall resuming from a lengthy spell. Has been given two searching 1000m trials, and blinkers come off. The Star Witness breed continues to excel on rain-affected going.
Dangers: Vancouver three-year-old 1. Bullet Hero resumes off two trials, and draws to get a nice trail; while improving Hawkes-trained three-year-old 3. Crazy Wolf switches back from a handy first-up run on the synthetic in Victoria for his first start in NSW.
How to play it: Don’t Recall to win
Odds and Evens: Odds a special
Race 2 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100m)
Out over the longer journey which augurs well for progressive and lightly raced four-year-old 2. Mr Bond fourth-up stretched out from the mile. Surged home to win his maiden by a space two runs back before working home OK in a deeper provincial class 1, and loves it soft.
Dangers: Well-bred three-year-old 4. Kermajack was forced to cover a mountain of ground wide in the wet last start and was beaten a mile, but the effort was better than it looked. Previously had surged home to win a maiden, and much better suited here from the draw and with a crucial jockey change. Lightly raced mare and stablemate to the top selection 7. Pensera is also suited going up in distance fourth-up; while including three-year-old 9. Mantinello in exotics.
How to play it: Mr Bond to win and trifecta 2,4/2,4,7,9/2,4,7,9
Odds and Evens: Split
Race 3 3YO MAIDEN HCP (1600m)
Competitive stoush over the mile. Like lightly raced 4. Mouvement to strike second-up. Had support when finding the well at Newcastle, and this is a nice progression over a further 200m.
Dangers: Tough gelding 1. Go Gazza can win fourth-up, with a senior metro rider going on. Charged late to miss narrowly at Kembla. Press Statement gelding 2. Law Party has been costly for punters this prep, and was no match for the well backed winner at Nowra last start. Must be some query running out a strong mile. Expect 3. Trojan Hero to keep improving after hitting the line at big odds at only second start, and again draws the inside gate.
How to play it: Mouvement to win
Odds and Evens: Split
Race 4 PROV & CTRY MAIDEN HCP (1200m)
Intriguing maiden with plenty of debutants on show. One of them, Criterion filly 3. Cloud Hopper can strike off two progressive trials, the latest strong through the line on a Heavy rating. Debuts in blinkers for a good sprinting stable, and was preferred here to Nowra on Monday.
Dangers: Rich Enuff “Boo Boo” filly 5. Pretty Enuff made up a tonne of ground in a recent trial, and this looks an ideal trip to start her career over. Provincial filly 1. Miss Checkconi was easy in betting at her third start, but still hit the line impressively, and drew to get cover. Big gap to the rest.
How to play it: Cloud Hopper to win and quinella 3 and 5
Odds and Evens: Odds