By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 and rail True
|Race 1 COLTS & GELDINGS CLASS 1 HCP (1000m)|
Keen on local three-year-old 2. Baledon who did best to win his second start in a handy maiden at Wagga, and will get a soft run right behind the speed here carrying the same weight.
Dangers: Big watch on 1. Brenlyn's Trooper who resumes for only his third start without publicly trialling, but won on debut and gets first use of the inside. Resuming home track four-year-old 5. Hit'em Hard won on debut here in spring, and returns off a quiet trial.
How to play it: Baledon to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 2 FILLIES & MARES CLASS 1 HCP (1000m):|
Like three-year-old filly 2. Come Get Me who campaigned well enough in stronger grades before not far away at Wagga last start. Back on top of the ground fifth-up is a big plus.
Dangers: Mornington four-year-old 3. Fortyfivedegrees struggles to win, but can improve enough second-up in this company; while 6. Swizeler resumes off a nice trial win.
How to play it: Come Get Me to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1400m):|
Leaning to local Al Maher three-year-old 1. Tullaghan on debut. Found the line well in a recent 1000m trial, and this is weak.
Dangers: Improving three-year-old 8. Jianzhang has enough speed to cross here from a wide barrier, down in weight and with the leading jockey going on. Blinkers have been reapplied so should give a big sight; while 3. Tibooburra Gem debuts from a soft draw.
How to play it: Tullaghan to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 4 MAIDEN PLATE (1175m):|
Plenty of chances in this one headed by Victorian mare 3. Beans who hit the line well third-up at home, and will appreciate the bigger track here.
Dangers: Local three-year-old 2. The Great Man improved sharply in only his second start at Benalla, and can peak third-up. Home track mare 4. Blitzem Tycoon also looks fairly placed at her third start after working home okay at Gundagai; while 8. Bring A Dame is clear best of the rest from a good draw.
How to play it: Beans to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 5 MAIDEN PLATE (900m):|
Still with the maidens in a tricky short course affair, with most either resuming or on debut. Canberra two-year-old Winning Rupert filly 13. Nephradiva is on debut from a good draw. Hasn't been publicly seen since a handy trial at home behind a promising filly who broke through on Saturday in a provincial maiden at Kembla.
Dangers: Local mare 5. Another Star hasn't officially trialled, but quickly showed enough in deeper maidens last prep, and looks well treated at the weights after a claim. Victorian filly 10. Eight Angels was put away after failing on debut last winter, and returns off a nice trial. Keep safe 6. Cliffs Of Bounty who resumes for a second prep off a steady trial, and draws the inside.
How to play it: Nephradiva to win. Odds and Evens: Split
Nephradiva's trial at Canberra on November 20
|Race 6 BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1600m):|
Wide open over the mile, and should be decent speed. Progressive local mare 6. Sharlie can peak third-up getting out to this trip. Loomed only briefly at Gundagai before condition gave out, but fitter now and back at home are the keys.
Dangers: Victorian five-year-old 2. Kamo is hard fit, and charged home for a dominant win in similar grade three weeks back. Little more depth here, but firmer the better. Consistent four-year-old 1. Namarari made it two wins from his last four, bolting in the weaker Leeton Cup, and big weight off-set by a 3kg claim. Include in exotics tough eight-year-old 8. Willy White Socks ahead of his 107th start.
How to play it: Sharlie to win. Odds and Evens: Evens
Sharlie runs fourth at Gundagai on April 11
|Race 7 BENCHMARK 66 HCP (1175m):|
Like the way Victorian six-year-old 5. Choice Harvest powered home late in a similar grade at Gundagai five weeks between runs. Will drift well back again from the draw, but even better suited getting on to a much bigger track.
Dangers: Talented and hard fit five-year-old 8. Kurocaine is drawn wide, but cruised home in a CL3 after stalking the speed before finding the line well in the same race at Gundagai. Local five-year-old 2. Galaxy Force resumes off a typical quiet trial, but has enough class fresh to be right in the finish. Canberra four-year-old 9. Hezredhot can take control of this from the inside draw, and all three career wins have virtually come over this distance.
How to play it: Choice Harvest each way. Odds and Evens: Split