By Neil Evans
Track improving to around Soft 5 and rail True so should play fairly even
|Race 1 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2125m):|
Tricky opener for the moderately performed stayers, although 4YO Randwick gelding 2. Prince Camelot from the John Sargent stable is ready to produce up in distance third-up & dropping back from a much deeper BM 64 at Kembla when working home okay at huge odds.
Dangers: Hard to believe 3YO Scone filly 6. Loves A Hit hasn't run a place from seven starts, but finished off nicely in her last two, and hard fit deep into this prep. Wyong mare 8. Oakfield Poet can improve back at country level; while Newcastle 3YO 10. The Borough got home okay at Newcastle, and drops sharply in weight.
How to play it: Prince Camelot to win. Odds and Evens (First 2): Evens a special
|Race 2 C, G & E CLASS 1 HCP (1150m):|
Hard to see progressive 4YO gelding 1. Rifles from the Brett Partelle yard at Wyong being beaten third-up from an ideal on-speed draw. Scored a dominant maiden win first-up at Wyong before close-up again in a stronger race despite being caught wide. Has trialled since, and can shoot down this lot comfortably.
Dangers: Mudgee 3YO 2. Intimidating was good first-up hitting the line from a long way back at Scone, and bolted in at Wyong second-up last prep, and looks the quinella runner.
How to play it: Rifles to win and quinella 1 and 2. Odds and Evens: Split.
Rifles runs second in a trial at Gosford on May 5
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (900m):|
Back to the flying short-course, and promising 3YO gelding 1. Daltoro from the Kris Lees stable at Newcastle can break through at second start. Debuted in a hot sprint at Scone behind a smart one who ran a record, while the second horse has also run well since. Testing barrier over this trip, but leading rider gets back on.
Dangers: Muswellbrook filly 9. Josie's Jet likes to go forward, and has stuck on okay in her last two at home. This is the best draw she's had in a while. Randwick 2YO 10. Lovely Spirit resumes for only her second start, but draws well with blinkers added, and has trialled strong; while filly 3. Upside will need some luck from a wide gate at only third start, but showed good improvement at Tamworth in a handy maiden.
How to play it: Daltoro to win; quinella 1 and 9; trifecta 1,9,10/1,9,10/1,3,9,10. Odds and Evens: Odds.
|Race 4 MAIDEN PLATE (1350m):|
Still with the maidens at set weights over further, and this should be shelling peas for progressive 3YO Randwick gelding 5. Most Welcome from the Sargent stable second-up after just missing in a stronger maiden at Kembla. Draws to get a nice trail right behind the speed, and take over early in the straight.
Dangers: Improving Newcastle 3YO 7. Roman Candle is hard fit after five runs back, and finished on late in the heavy at Pt Macquarie after coming back in trip. Be shocked if anything else wins, but include Muswellbrook mare 13. Our Eppy in exotics.
How to play it: Most Welcome to win and quinella 5 and 7. Odds and Evens: Odds a special
|Race 5 CLASS 3 HCP (1350m):|
Good competitive race, with several chances. Keen on progressive 4YO mare 8. Constanzia from the Newcastle stable of Jason Deamer after an impressive first-up win at Tuncurry charging over the top, and the distant second horse then came out and won at Tamworth on Monday. Just needs a decent pace up front to chase.
Dangers: Promising Mudgee filly 5. Zem Factor resumed with a smart CL2 win at Parkes. Draws to either lead or sit right behind, and rider's 2kg claim is crucial given this is as far as she wants. Muswellbrook 4YO 1. Star Of O'Reilly has become hard to catch, but was solid through the line in a stronger BM 70 at Kembla, and draws to get an economical run just off the speed. Wyong mare 4. Joy For Us improved enough in the heavy at Pt Macquarie to win a handy CL2, but she seems more advantaged on wetter tracks. Pt Macquarie 3YO 9. Lord Avatar swept home to win third-up in a CL1 at Taree, but taking on tougher here, and inside draw might not suit her style. Improving Newcastle 3YO 2. Cool World will appreciate getting back on firmer footing after struggling on a Soft 7 at Hawkesbury, although drawn off the track. Won two straight at Scone earlier in the prep, and ready for this longer trip.
How to play it: Constanzia to win and first four 1,5,8/1,2,4,5,8,9/1,2,4,5,8,9/1,2,4,5,8,9. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1570m):|
Another open battle over that tricky middle distance. Despite having to carry 62kg at just his fifth start, 3YO gelding 1. The First Ring from the Waterhouse-Bott yard at Randwick is well suited after a dominant last-start maiden win from the front at Queanbeyan. Shouldn't have to do too much work to control it, and will be hard to run down around here.
Dangers: Improving Warwick Farm filly 4. Kareno powered home for an easy CL1 win at Queanbeyan, but up sharply in weight; while Newcastle mare 6. The Deel Is Dun can improve third-up on the quick back-up after being outclassed in a BM 64 at Gosford when not handling the heavy, but will need plenty of pressure on up front to get over the top around this track.
How to play it: The First Ring to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 7 BM 66 HCP (1150m):|
Tough and open sprint. Warwick Farm 5YO gelding 2. Revenire is ready to win after four runs this prep where he has hit the line hard from well back in BM 70 metro company. Has the best last 400m in the race, and only query is drifting too far back on the smaller track.
Dangers: Randwick 5YO 1. Kosciusko has to carry 61.5kg, but can give a big sight after fighting on to miss by a whisker third-up in a good BM 64 at Hawkesbury. Will likely roll forward and sit outside the lead. Newcastle 4YO 4. Schemer comes off a deserved BM 58 win at Quirindi, but is another one who will likely get back and need plenty of speed on up front; while Newcastle mare 9. Yulong Monoceros produced the best run of her career charging over the top in a BM 58 at Quirindi, and drops sharply in weight, but this is a decent step up in class.
How to play it: Revenire to win and quinella 1 and 2. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 8 F & M CLASS 1 HCP (1150m):|
The girls bring us home over the same distance. Progressive 3YO Scone filly 8. She's Unusual from the John Ramsey yard was impressive destroying a maiden field at Armidale after trailing the speed, and previously was close-up behind some smart sprinters. Has superior acceleration over this trip.
Dangers: Like the way Newcastle filly 5. The Spell put them to the sword second-up in a maiden at Quirindi, although tougher draw here; while Newcastle filly 6. Intricately is clear best of the rest third-up.
How to play it: She's Unusual to win and quinella 5 and 8. Odds and Evens: Split.
She's Unusual wins at Armidale on May 26