Selections based on a good track.
Race 1 – 12:40PM AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (900 METRES)
6. Lake Tana is shaping up well with two trial wins ahead of her debut and has the draw to be right on speed over the short trip. Like to see some market support but on her trials she should run well.
Dangers: 2. Retiro raced outside the leader and just weakened late first-up over 1100m at Kensington. Fitter for that and comes back in trip so has the chance to put himself right in the finish. 5. Don’t Doubt Katie was solid in betting on debut and made some leeway on a heavy track at Tamworth into fourth place. Likely improver back on top of the ground and is one of the chances. 9. She’s Contrary wasn’t asked for a whole lot in winning her trial here on July 28. Local and draws one and worth throwing into the mix.
How to play it: Lake Tana E/W; Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Race 2 – 1:15PM HUNGERFORD HILL CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1700 METRES)
7. Narrated is a little on the short side but hasn’t done a lot wrong on wet tracks this time in. Led and had her chance at Goulburn last time, battling on into third. Up in distance and is a good chance.
Dangers: 8. Mantinello is a maiden after five starts and probably found the 2100m a shade far at Wyong though she did hit the lead before the turn. Distance drop likely in her favour so worth another chance. 1. Daysan is an interesting import from the Kris Lees stable and bears close watching. Some improvement into his second trial and kicking off at this trip has to suit. Watch betting as this is winnable. 2. Flash Panther made ground from well off them when resuming at a mile at Gosford and the bigger track is a plus for him. Must be considered.
How to play it: Narrated WIN; Trifecta 7/1,2,8/1,2,8; Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Race 3 – 1:50PM YARRAMAN PARK MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
2. Alight The Night was very green on debut but kept coming to be beaten half a length at Tamworth on a soft 7. Better for that and the mile on a firmer track should be a plus. Looks hard to beat.
Dangers: 1. Trojan Hero ran into second at big odds at Newcastle two starts ago then looked gone before the turn but picked up to run fourth at a mile at Wyong. Good chance to break through. 4. Front Row Ticket was runner-up over this course two runs back then made some ground without threatening at Muswellbrook. Had a few chances but an each-way hope here. 5. Intense Passion has been racing fairly on wet tracks of late so could be an improver on firmer going here. That said, he’s had 12 attempts without success.
How to play it: Alight The Night WIN; Trifecta 2/1,4,5/1,4,5; Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Race 4 – 2:25PM COASTLINE POOLS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
3. McNair is on the way up and showed plenty of purpose to run them down over a mile at Taree and while this is a small step up he’s hard to fault this time in. Can be expected to be in the finish again.
Dangers: 2. Unrelenting had the right run and loomed up but just battled late when fourth at Wyong two weeks ago. Small class drop here so entitled to another chance. 1. Controlthewitness was a Gosford winner on a heavy track in June then safely held at Canterbury also on a heavy track a month ago. Blinkers go on, gate one and 3kg claim are all pluses, so he can improve. 4. Super Solar was never in the hunt at Kembla Grange last time but two previous efforts were sound enough. Blinkers come off and can certainly be placed.
How to play it: McNair WIN; Trifecta 3/1,2,4/1,2,4; Odds & Evens: SPLIT.