By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 and rail out 5m so even pattern early before trending wider
|Race 1 MAIDEN HCP (900m):|
We start with a short-course dash for the maidens, and 3YO gelding and first starter 1. Fantasy Eagle (Zacinto x Castellani by Pins) from the Allan Denham stable at Wyong can open with a bang. Showed good cruising speed to lead virtually all the way in a trial on soft ground, and draws a nice gate.
Dangers: Local 3YO filly 6. Inferno Miss is four runs into her first prep, and generally been close-up. Has been freshened-up, and suited back at home over shorter trip, and form trainer has tinkered with the gear. Rival home track debutant filly 4. Shukas (The Factor x Sutton Queen by Beautiful Crown) has also trialled strongly, and bred to go quick; while expect sharp improvement from 4YO Newcastle mare 7. Mary Magpie back in trip on firmer ground, and with blinkers going on.
How to play it: Fantasy Eagle each way and quinella 1 and 6. Odds and Evens (First 2): Split
|Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1100m):|
Still with the maidens over more ground, and well-named debutant 4YO local gelding 2. Lope De Broker (Lope de Vega x The Dow Jones by King's Chapel) from the Cameron Crockett yard looks a nice one in the making. Has been given plenty of time and stretched out impressively cruising home in a dominant trial win here. Starts in blinkers.
Dangers: Promising 3YO local filly 6. Mother's Day hit the line hard resuming despite not being fully wound up, and draws even better. Could have easily have won both runs last spring to start her career with a little more luck. Be surprised if anything else wins, but another home track 3YO gelding 4. Warrah Flash is knocking on the door well into first full prep, and draws to get a good trail. Ridden just off the speed back in trip here last start, and hit the line well; while Gosford 4YO 1. Little Rocket Man can improve sharply second-up on firmer ground.
How to play it: Lope De Broker to win and quinella 2 and 6. Odds and Evens: Evens a special
|Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1400m):|
Open and competitive battle for the maidens at set weights. Keen on progressive 3YO gelding 15. Rizzuto from the Kim Waugh stable at Wyong who finished hard resuming in a handy maiden this track. That was her first run in six months, and from good "cover" draw, this looks an ideal second-up journey.
Dangers: Randwick 4YO gelding 1. All Things hasn't raced since the spring of 2018, but looks forward enough off two trials, and is by dual Cox Plate winner So You Think. On debut exactly two years ago charged home from well back at Kembla over this distance to miss by a head. Home track 3YO filly 10. Ellia flew home on debut in a weaker maiden at Narromine, but the winner ran another big race at odds on Orange Cup day. Include in exotics home track filly 9. Charlton Park who has battled from wide gates in her last two, but draws better here, and suited back on top of the ground.
How to play it: Rizzuto each way. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 4 BM 66 HCP (1600m):|
Always a good battle of strength and tactics over the mile here, and there are plenty of chances headed by 5YO mare 4. Tigeen from the Newcastle yard of Kris Lees fourth-up, and first run on this track. Hit the line hard in two runs this grade, before ridden closer at Hawkesbury and didn't finish off. Much more effective ridden off the speed, and return to firmer ground is a plus.
Dangers: Smart stablemate filly 10. Predictable Miss was stiff not win to win here this grade last start. Hard fit, and just needs to find a spot from an awkward draw. Improving 3YO Randwick filly 6. Aesop's Fable is well into her prep, and drops back from an average run in Listed metro company. Draws to get plenty of cover around midfield, but back up sharply in weight. Lightly raced Dubbo 4YO 1. Toulon Brook returned to his best sweeping home to win this grade at Narromine after a couple of plain runs. Suited on the long stretch here, but has to carry 61kg.
How to play it: Tigeen each way and trifecta 4,6,10/1,4,6,10/1,4,6,10. Odds and Evens: Evens
Tigeen runs third at Hawkesbury on April 4
|Race 5 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):|
Tough race, with plenty of hopes. The best is yet to come from 4YO Newcastle mare 7. Tessa Burrito from the Lees stable who charged home from a mile back here to miss narrowly in a similar race, and looks over the odds. That was only her second run in nearly a year, and can peak third-up from a good trailing draw.
Dangers: Improving Newcastle 3YO 4. Ski Missile swept home for a dominant maiden win two runs back at only previous start here before battling in a strong BM 64 at home. Will find this more to his liking, and drawn okay. Gosford 4YO 1. Estroverto is way better than his poor winning strike rate suggests. Powered home at Wyong to finally land his maiden two runs back before losing his spot at a vital stage last start. Climbs in weight and up in trip, but will relish the bigger track. Promising filly and another one from the Lees stable, 9. Leisa Louise has made a strong start to her career charging over the top to win her maiden at Pt Macquarie before again finishing hard in a Class 1 at Tamworth. Both runs, though, were in heavy ground, and drawn right off the track for first try on firm footing.
How to play it: Tessa Burrito and Ski Missile both each way. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1400m):|
Hard to go past promising 4YO mare 7. Strawb from the Nathan Doyle stable at Newcastle who resumed in terrific fashion motoring home for a dominant BM 58 win this track, despite drifting to a big price, and the form from that already looks solid. Will go a long way back again from the widest barrier, and look to repeat the dose.
Dangers: Newcastle 4YO gelding 3. Schemer was ridden closer last start, and kept finding the line, but better ridden further back over slightly more ground. Home track 4YO gelding 1. Black Sunrise can take the next step after landing a good quality maiden first-up off a long break, but rises in weight.
How to play it: Strawb to win. Odds and Evens: Odds a special
|Race 7 CLASS 2 HCP (1100m):|
Back to the sprint trip for an exciting finish. Keen on 3YO gelding 7. Step On Fire from the local Cameron Crockett yard at only his third start. Gave nothing else a chance when careering away for a dominant maiden win two runs back before dropping out at Armidale, but he was found to have a slow recovery rate. Has since trialled smartly, and former rider takes 1.5kg off.
Dangers: Improving Newcastle 3YO 2. Cool World powered home to win a Class 1 first-up here, but up to 60kg from a wide draw is a tough ask. Watch the betting on home track 4YO 3. Morpheus who resumes off a near 10-month break, but looked sharp winning the second of two trials. Rival local 4YO 5. Joey's Chance has a sound record and well capable in this grade, but starting to test punters' patience having finished on into a place in three of his last four.
How to play it: Step On Fire to win. Odds and Evens: Split.
Step On Fire runs second in a trial at Scone on April 15