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

Selections based on a soft track.

Race 1 – 12:55PM HORSEPOWER INNOVATIONS HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

1. Bleue’s Choice is lightly raced and hasn’t finished worse than second in four runs this prep. Hit the lead at Gundagai last time and was run down late. In this field he should be prominent for a long way and has a chance to go one better.
Dangers: 7. Mo More Chicken is back from two runs at Coffs Harbour where she’s been competitive. Gave away a big start last time after drawing wide. May well be closer in the run this time and only win to date was here. Go well. 5. Miss Elsie May rarely runs a bad race and resumes after a close up fourth at Albury back in May. Her record on her home track is excellent without winning and she can be placed again at least. 3. Royal Gun Salute is an interesting runner making his local debut. Two SA runs this time in only fair but, if there’s any support, it might be worth including him.
How to play it: Bleue’s Choice WIN; Trifecta 1/ 3,5,7/3,5,7; Odds & Evens: ODDS.

Racing returns to Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday with an eight-race card.

Racing returns to Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday with an eight-race card.Credit:Jenny Evans

Race 2 – 1:35PM ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS RIVERINA HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

1. Landmine can run well first-up at each-way odds, especially if there’s a bit of pace on early. Honest type who is usually around the mark on his home track and, though he’s better at 1200m, he’s not badly weighted after the claim.
Dangers: 9. Eastern Breeze has won twice at Narrandera this time in and defied them in a Benchmark 50 there on August 14. Up in class but down in weight and has an on pace pattern so will give a sight. 5. Zarsnip surged late to score at Gundagai a couple of weeks ago on a heavy 10. Back in trip here but drawn to get a soft run and should be strong late again. 7. Denim Street ran a nice race fresh at Cowra but was never in the hunt last time at Goulburn. Best to overlook that. She could run into a placing here.
How to play it: Landmine E/W; Odds & Evens: ODDS.

Race 3 – 2:10PM ROYANS WAGGA CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)

2. Bonvalante didn’t go at all at Narrandera last start, but her two previous runs at this track were excellent on heavy ground. Slightly better track won’t worry, he’s drawn nicely and can bounce back. Each-way chance.
Dangers: 12. Pay The Deeler has only won once in 20 starts but is right on the cusp after a couple of seconds on end. She’s been racing on heavy tracks, and slightly better ground will likely help her cause. Go well. 3. C’mon Reg led all the way to break through at Kembla Grange before a battling fourth at Goulburn, which was also a provincial race. Comes down slightly in grade and sure to give a good sight. 4. Gaylard disappointed on the synthetic three weeks ago but form before that was sound enough on the grass. Draws well, placed at this trip three starts back and is in the mix.
How to play it: Bonvalante E/W; Odds & Evens: EVENS.

Race 4 – 2:50PM COMMINS HENDRICKS SOLICITORS BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

1. Nothing Compares is clearly on top here. Too good over a mile at Moruya then gave a big sight in a Highway at Randwick earlier this month. Gets in well with the claim and will be right on the speed. Take beating.
Dangers: 5. Perfect Pitch is fitter for two Highway runs back and wasn’t disgraced in the latest at Kembla. Her strike rate isn’t great, but she is often around the placings and this class suits. Definite chance. 6. Just Business was safely held in the Highway that Nothing Compares contested then rebounded to win on a heavy track at Albury. He’s one of the main chances here. 9. Dismayed has struck top form with two wins from his last four and was game in scoring at Narrandera from near the speed. Yet to fire at this track but has to be considered.
How to play it: Nothing Compares WIN; Trifecta 1/ 5,6,9/5,6,9; Odds & Evens: ODDS.

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