Track improving to around Good 4 and rail True so should play fairly even, with slight advantage just off the speed
|Race 1 C, G & E MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):|
The boys kick off a strong card over a tricky short course at set weights, and there are several chances. Resuming 3YO gelding 5. Lake Placid can improve enough, with several gear changes, to win for new local trainer Donna Stoddart at only second start. Didn't fire when well backed on debut in spring at Orange racing for the Bjorn Baker yard, but has reportedly settled in well, and winkers go on.
Dangers: Inverell 3YO 3. Flying Honour is ready to break through after finishing on late second-up here, and form apprentice goes on. Don't under-state Pt Macquarie 5YO and former Victorian 2. Another Option who was only fair resuming in a stronger maiden, but that was first run in 20 months, and will naturally improve from a good draw. Watch the market on Inverell 2YO 11. Super Rocker (Super One x Rokshana by Royal Academy) who debuts off two trials, and draws to get a soft run.
How to play it: Lake Placid to win and box trifecta 2,4,5,11. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 2 F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):|
Now the girls' turn over the same distance, and more depth here. The betting will tell a story, but keen on debutant 3YO filly 2. Cool Missile (Smart Missile x Cool Gal by Secret Savings) from the Kris Lees stable who did it nicely at both ends under a decent hold in a recent trial, and draws to get early cover.
Dangers: Home track filly 10. Vallejo found the line nicely from well back in the heavy here at only second start, and can improve further first time on top of the ground; while Grafton filly 3. Fudginit was only overhauled in the last few strides resuming at home, although up in weight and drawn off the track.
How to play it: Cool Missile to win. Odds and Evens: Evens
Cool Missile runs third in a Newcastle trial on April 20
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1300m):|
Still with the maidens, but out in trip. Murwillumbah 3YO filly 13. Our Girl Wanda has to overcome the outside barrier, but worked home nicely first-up, and this is an ideal second-up journey.
Dangers: Pt Macquarie 4YO 1. Flying Mojo has far more ability than his ordinary record suggests, and resumes without a public trial, but that it typical of the stable which often gets them ready through track-work. Took on much tough metro and provincial company last prep, and expect him to be finishing on late.
How to play it: Our Girl Wanda to win. Odds and Evens: Odds.
|Race 4 BM 58 HCP (1600m):|
Up to the mile for an open affair. Like the placement well into the prep for capable 3YO filly 4. My Desire from the Kristen Buchanan yard at Wyong. Was competitive enough at Gosford and Scone before hitting the line from well back in a handy CL2 at Port, and this looks a shade easier.
Dangers: Tough Pt Macquarie 5YO 2. Condover Hall charged through late to win this grade second-up at home. Steps quickly to the mile, but raced okay over further last prep, and looks over the odds in this field. Speaking of value, Wyong 9YO 1. Bluesbro also looks a big quote after sticking on okay in a much stronger race at Port, and sharp rise in weight has been off-set with a rookie 4kg claimer booked. Include Pt Macquarie 4YO 7. In Ya Skyrocket in exotics after working home for a dominant win in weaker grade at Kempsey, and suited getting to the mile.
How to play it: My Desire to win and trifecta 2,4/1,2,4,7/1,2,4,7. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 5 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):|
Big field and one of the more open races, with a stack of chances. Improving Muswellbrook 3YO 2. Chargement from the Todd Howlett stable has been up for a while, but bursting to win a second race after powering home late at Pt Macquarie. Still treated nicely at the weights, and should get the cover to allow him to charge over the top.
Dangers: Under-rated Newcastle 3YO 4. Salsa Dreaming has a tough task from the outside gate, but hit the line nicely in consecutive BM 58s, and his best is good enough. Local 5YO mare 10. The Timewarp was a dominant maiden winner two runs back, and another with so much more to offer than his one win and six placings from 21 starts. Drawn to get a sweet run around midfield. Improving home track filly 14. With Certainty broke through at Grafton in a handy maiden, but this is tougher; while Grafton 3YO 5. Volfoni improved sharply stepping up near this trip at Lismore, although takes on better opposition here.
How to play it: Chargement to win. Odds and Evens: Evens
Chargement runs second at Port Macquarie on April 17
|Race 6 BM 66 HCP (1000m):|
Plenty of chances here in a good quality sprint headed by smart 4YO mare 3. Gold Rhapsody from the Margaret De Gonneville stable at Pt Macquarie who looks well placed after a 3kg claim despite a tricky draw. Careered away to win her last two comfortably, and even though more effective on rain-affected ground, still has plenty of class on top of the ground.
Dangers: Watch for Wyong 3YO 5. Upper East Side powering home late fourth-up after finishing hard in similar company last two. A little extra ground would be ideal, but the speed should be on so look out. Grafton 4YO 1. Jule's Spirit is tough and won two of her last three, but prefers it wetter and climbs to a high 61.5kg.
How to play it: Gold Rhapsody to win and quinella 3 and 5. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 7 CLASS 2 HCP (1400m):|
Progressive 5YO mare 11. Value Abbey also from the Buchanan stable was ridden further forward to win a strong CL1 at Muswellbrook last start after charging home late in consecutive runs at Scone. Strike rate doesn't do her ability justice, and she's over the odds from a nice draw.
Dangers: Inverell 5YO 4. Can't Beat Me just missed resuming at Grafton and only previous win came second-up; while home track mare 6. Supreme Diva powered home to win two runs back at Taree before finishing hard again at Port. Draws to get a soft run.
How to play it: Value Abbey to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 8 BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
Another wide open one to finish, although improving 4YO mare 8. Nicconi Lass from the Port stable of John Sprague is over the odds rising in trip third-up. Got right under the market radar winning a handy CL2 at big odds first-up before doing her best work late in a deeper CL3, and now desperate for more ground.
Dangers: Murwillumbah filly 3. Dreamtime Magic was disappointing third-up at Port after narrowly missing in first two runs back, but trainer has tinkered with the gear, and leading country rider gets on. Improving local mare 1. Lolly Dolly has only missed a place twice from six starts, and resumed with an emphatic CL1 win in the heavy. Up in weight and this is tougher. Home track mare 12. Tycoon Anna is best of the rest from a nice draw.
How to play it: Nicconi Lass each way and box trifecta 1,3,8,12. Odds and Evens: Split