By Tony Megahey
While Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s promising Delos provides a 'Winx-like' guarantee and similar prohibitive odds at Goulburn’s TAB meeting on Saturday, in-form trainer Joe Cleary has dodged them for value elsewhere.
Cleary, with recent winning doubles home at Queanbeyan and Canberra, saddles up three value chances on a six-race Goulburn program.
Goulburn & District Racing Club provides all betting services and big screen action of the incomparable Winx at Royal Randwick on Saturday, plus the corresponding interstate meetings.
'Larrikin' Joe had nominated consistent Mossy Girl against Delos, an impressive Newcastle winner, but after a form study, scratched the only slight danger in preference for a far easier apprentices' race at Wagga Wagga on Sunday.
At Goulburn, Cleary saddles up Constitutional in the opening event, a maiden, Lasting Shadow in the second event, a Class Three, and Battlescar in the fourth race, a Class One.
“Constitutional is a lightly-raced Gerry Harvey bred filly - she was with the Bjorn Baker stable and this is our first prep with her. It’s a really suitable maiden for her to break through,” Joe said. “
Lasting Shadow is resuming but she’s well forward, tries her heart out and she’s in for a good preparation. I couldn’t tip Battlescar - he’s been a bit of a pretender but he was competitive last start and it’s a weak race.”
Aside, Cleary is buoyed about multiple chances at Orange on Friday afternoon, Goulburn (Saturday) and Wagga Wagga on Sunday.
“We’re bubbling along nicely. Mossy Girl is better placed at Wagga than taking on that stable and a $1.30 chance. But we’ve got decent chances right throughout the three days,” Joe enthused.
"Make sure you tell your readers and punters, Lucy Rose is my best across the three meetings - she’s come back sensational and could win a big race this mare. And every chance I’ll be driving home whistling after the three days,” Joe laughed.
Lucy Rose brilliantly won the famed 2017 Wellington Boot and has the imposing record of five wins from eight starts after resuming to win at Canberra in slashing time. Joe is also upbeat about the chances at Orange of last start Moruya maiden winner Hard Core.
The southern tablelands are experiencing high temperatures and Goulburn is expecting to race on a good three rating in fine weather.