By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 & rail out 3m from 1000m - 350m into a Cutaway so on-pace early should slowly give way to off-speed runners.
|Race 1 BM 58 HCP (1020m):|
Payback for punters here aboard local mare 1. Living Doll who was collared right on the line last start at the Sapphire Coast. Well in at the weights after the claim and draws the inside which is normally okay early in the day.
Dangers: Canberra 6YO 2. Damagic is the obvious threat after a strong front-running CL2 win at Queanbeyan, and will stalk the favourite; while another last-start Canberra winner 3. Romeo Vella can get into the placings, along with local mare 7. Denesc who will get back, but hit the line impressively behind a good sprinter this track two weeks back.
How to play it: Living Doll to win.
Living Doll's close second at Sapphire Coast on January 2
|Race 2 MAIDEN PLATE (1020m):|
Another dash at set weights, and looks suitable for Goulburn-trained and speed-bred 3YO 6. Spicy Menu resuming at third career start. Wasn't far off them on debut in a stronger maiden of some depth at Queanbeyan in early Sept before a nice closing effort at Nowra.
Dangers: Big watch on 3YO filly and clear favourite 11. Glamour Cruise who raced in smart company earlier last year and debuts for strong local stable.
How to play it: Spicy Menu each-way and quinella 6 and 11
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1210m):|
Stronger quality maiden here and very keen on Canberra mare 3. Boston Ivy finally breaking through second-up at 11th start. Found the line nicely resuming at the Sapphire Coast, despite laying in, when well tried, and this looks ideal from a good trailing draw.
Dangers: Big respect for Goulburn filly 7. Barbara Mary (by Dream Ahead x Rhiannons Girl by General Nediym) on debut for leading trainer/rider combination. Powerful strider who looked strong in a trial a month back. Local filly 4. Sarzana who ran a big race this track last start when backed at odds is the best of the rest.
How to play it: Boston Ivy to win and quinella 3 and 7.
|Race 4 CL3 HCP (1435m):|
Tough race across varying form-lines, but keen on locally trained 6. Ethanicity who looked home for all money last start in weaker grade this track, but was caught right on the line. At peak fitness now and stays at the same journey.
Dangers: Lightly-raced 3. Garros flew home first-up at big odds to beat Ethanicity last start, and normally holds second-up form, although inside draw might not help his pattern of racing. Canberra mare 2. Dutchesse Mosse has a decent strike rate and took on stronger Highway company first-up, finishing only 3.3 lens behind the smart La Scopa, but a query on second-up form; while both Queanbeyan mare 8. Not Bossy who gets to a more suitable trip second-up.
How to play it: Ethanicity to win.
|Race 5 NAROOMA TOWN PLATE (1310m):|
Canberra mare 1. Levee Bank has landed two of his last three, storming home to easily win a BM 82 at Wagga last start despite being slow out of the gates. High class finisher who will get back but rider claims 1.5kg. The one to beat!
Dangers: Moruya-based 7. Tiger By The Tale is another who will go a long way back, but drops in weight and crying out for the longer trip. Canberra-trained 5. Athonis hasn't raced since leading all the way in a BM 74 at the Sapphire Coast on Nov 1, but will be forward enough back in trip and down in weight; while watch for Goulburn-trained 4. Equal Balance charging home late in only his second run in 11 weeks. Queanbeyan Cup winner and city-placed 2. Charlie Royale will be doing his best work late off a two month break.
How to play it: Levee Bank to win and first four 1-4-7/1-2-4-5-7
Levee Bank wins easily at Wagga on January 11
|Race 6 BM 66 HCP (2010m):|
Very open and good race. Canberra-trained 4YO 5. Tyres Are Crucial can burn rubber late here and win his fourth career race. Just missed last start in a CL3 this track, and previously came from a long way back under a big weight in BM 80 Federal. Hard fit now and draws a soft gate to trail from midfield.
Dangers: Plenty of them headed by Goulburn 5YO 6. Confidential who has been unlucky steaming home in his last couple at Canberra after a dominant win at home in similar grade; while locally trained 10. Biodynamic has really attacked the line in his last few, including a last start Highway at Randwick and is crying out for the longer trip. Queanbeyan-trained 1. Catch The Culprit broke a run of ours with a dominant win in weaker grade at Wagga last start, but is looking for this trip and draws a nice gate.
How to play it: Tyres Are Crucial to win and box trifecta 1-5-6-10.
|Race 7 NAROOMA CUP (1660m):|
Looks within reach for two visitors way over the odds! Queanbeyan 5YO 8. Tag And Release got home late in a CL3 this track, despite getting lost back in the field and held up early in the straight. Should get a lovely run behind the speed. Produced a nice closing run in a Warwick Farm Highway two back, and drops to the minimum weight for this. Canberra 8YO and renowned back-marker 5. Le Cavalier gets his chance to break a long run of outs. Put three strong efforts together closing from a mile back in good company; before stepping up to 1900m at Canterbury in another even run from the back at big odds. Hard fit and smaller field means he doesn't have to be that far away.
Dangers: Lightly-raced local and favourite 3. Animalia is a 4YO on the rise and was strong on the line winning the Moruya Cup and should have little trouble running out the extra trip, despite a sharp rise in weight; while honest Canberra 6YO 2. D'beak is better served this company after a respectable campaign in town. Local 7YO 1. Green Sweet comes back from a stronger BM 78 at Randwick and is drawn well, but lumps a big weight.
How to play it: Tag And Release and Le Cavalier both each-way and box first four 3-8/1-2-3-5-8.
|Race 8 CL2 HCP (1210m):|
Very keen to ice the value cake here aboard South Coast mare 6. And There Is More who finished off nicely under a bigger weight at Canberra last start, and before that wasn't far off Elegant Ellen this track who then went on to run second in a much stronger metro Highway. Draws to tuck in behind the speed midfield.
Dangers: Local mare 5. Revitup Rednut hasn't won for a while, but has been hard in the market last three runs, and maps nicely over the right trip.
How to play it: And There Is More to win.