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Neil Evans' Tips For Albury (Monday)

By Neil Evans

Track Soft 7 and rail out 6m so likely just off the speed early before trending wider late

Race 1 MAIDEN HCP (900m):

We start over the short course, and local 3YO filly 1. Star Of Tennessee from the Donna Scott stable seemingly only has to get through the ground to win first-up after missing by a whisker on debut at Wagga when well backed.

Dangers: Canberra filly 8. Keep It Down (Pluck x Shout It Out by Alert) debuts off a heavy track trial win and can run the quinella.

How to play it: Star Of Tennessee to win and quinella 1 and 8. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 2 CLASS 1 HCP (1400m):

Plenty of chances in this one. Wodonga 4YO 3. MacGyver's Me Mate from the Heath MacLean yard landed his maiden here in easy fashion at third start, and can take the next step despite being lumped with 60kg, and drawn wide. Like him staying at the distance especially if the track gets into heavy range.

Dangers: Goulburn 4YO 4. Gunzar showed his liking for soft ground sweeping home to win his maiden first-up at home, and drawn to get plenty of cover. Home track mare 2. Kentucky Wildcat is hard fit, and ready for the extra trip after just missing two runs back, and then working home okay in a deeper race at Goulburn.

How to play it: MacGyver's Me Mate to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1175m):

Back to the maidens for a competitive and open sprint at set weights. Local 3YO 2. Super Doute's should progress off a sound debut here when making late ground, and leading regional rider goes on.

Dangers: Big watch on Goulburn filly and first starter 7. Kez (Zoffany x Not A Token Woman by Encosta de Lago) who has trialled okay, and breeding suggests she'll handle the conditions. Wagga 3YO 1. Pillar Of Strength (Top Echelon x Xaarphidia by Xaar) debuts for leading yard off two recent trials, and sire performed in soft ground.

How to play it: Super Doute's to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 4 OPEN HCP (1600m):

Headline race of the day over a mile. Keen on the value about progressive Wangaratta 4YO 8. Suburbia from the Andrew Dale stable who has been super consistent in weaker grade. Finished hard here last start under a big weight, and draws to get a nice trail, dropping 6kg from that run.

Dangers: More highly touted 5YO stablemate 1. Parliament has never raced better. Won his last two at Wagga up to BM 74 grade in dominant style from just off the speed, and looks well in at the weights despite reaching open company. Has a 50 per cent winning strike rate from eight starts in soft ground. Well-weighted Goulburn 6YO 6. Ocean Walzer is suited coming back to the mile. Was close-up over 2000m at Wagga two runs back before tiring late in metro company after being forced to work from a wide gate, although best form is on firmer going. Wagga 7YO mudlark 3. Gentleman Max lines up for his 119th start after finishing strongly in a handy BM 74 at home. Rookie rider goes on, but after the claim, he hasn't carried such a light weight in ages. The more rain the better.

How to play it: Suburbia to win and trifecta 1,6,8/1,3,6,8/1,3,6,8. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 MAIDEN HCP (1500m):

Improving Wagga 3YO 1. Royal Fighter again from the Sutherland yard backs up quickly, and looks primed to break through after charging home from well back at home over the mile. Rates the superior wet-tracker.

Dangers: Lightly raced Canberra 3YO 2. Clem Fandango will also settle back and hit the line after doing his best work late in the heavy at Goulburn at only his second start. Be surprised if anything else wins, but watch for Benalla-based mare 5. Jimmy Girl finishing off second-up; while Goulburn mare 3. Petaluma continues to improve, and bred to handle the wet, although has to overcome a wide barrier.

How to play it: Royal Fighter to win. Odds and Evens: Split


Royal Fighter runs second at Wagga on June 5

Race 6 BM 66 HCP (1175m):

One of the tougher races of the day, with a stack of chances. Corowa 4YO 5. Straover from the Geoff Duryea stable is well placed despite drawing off the track. Goes back up sharply in weight after just missing in the stronger BM 76 Kurrajong, and three of four career wins have come at this track.

Dangers: Tough Wagga 7YO 1. Fermanagh Lad has been in and around the money in his last four generally in tougher company. Loves to roll forward and stick on strong, but handicapper hasn't missed him here after even after the claim. Local 5YO mare 7. Falling Waters who steps up from a tidy BM 58 win under a big weight; while include home track mare 11. Chap's Dream who won two straight in weaker class before doing her best work late in a handy CL3 at Goulburn.

How to play it: Straover to win. Odds and Evens: Odds a special


Straover runs second at Wagga on May 30

Race 7 BM 58 HCP (1000m):

Local 4YO mare 8. Hazel's Diary from the Donna Scott yard can win her first race this year after being run down leading in her last two. Is much better drawn further out, and ridden with a sit.

Dangers: Wodonga mare 6. Macca's Hero has been finishing off okay in similar races, and with a 3kg claim and having never missed a place on a heavy track, the wetter the better.

How to play it: Hazel's Diary to win. Odds and Evens: Evens.

All the fields, form and replays for Monday's Albury meeting

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