By Neil Evans
Track likely Soft 7/Heavy 8 and rail true
|Race 1 MOUNTAINEER CUP (3200m):|
We start with a gruelling Heat of the Wagga Stayer Series over two miles. Queanbeyan 6YO 2. Hilltop Hood is hard fit, and will try to repeat the dose over this long journey after leading all the way in a BM 66 here. Gets his preferred soft or heavy ground again.
Dangers: Warwick Farm 5YO 1. Dambulla is perhaps the best horse all being equal, and drops down from a metro BM 72 where he worked home well. That said, first time at the track and distance, and shoots up to 59kg. Kembla mare 5. Everly Girl trailed home Hilltop Hood here last start, and also performs best on wet ground.
How to play it: Hilltop Hood to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 2 BRAGGER CUP BM 50 HCP (1600m):|
Not a lot of confidence around anything in this, but at the weights, local 6YO 8. Manhattan Zip is ready to win fourth-up. Was well backed working home into a place here last start, and carries 1kg less after rookie rider's full claim.
Dangers: Kembla 8YO 7. Justice Honor hasn't won for a long time, but hit the line well in that same race as the top selection, and gets in light after junior rider's 4kg claim. Hawkesbury 5YO 2. Tormund fought on strong to win a BM 58 at Orange, but badly off at the weights jumping sharply to 61kg.
How to play it: Manhattan Zip to win. Odds and Evens: Split.
|Race 3 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):|
Thin race, but keen on another Queanbeyan visitor, 5YO mare 7. Tuscan Light who saves his best work for this type of going. Didn't finish off over further at Kembla, but three runs back surged home at big odds in a Highway on heavy ground.
Dangers: Kembla staying mare 5. Spring Secret led all the way resuming at Muswellbrook, and this looks a nice follow-up race, but a query in the ground. Expect Albury 5YO 4. Sydney Blue to improve sharply second-up after covering ground in his first run for 10 months.
How to play it: Tuscan Light to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 4 MAIDEN HCP (1000m):|
Back to the sprint trip, and improving Canberra filly 3. Evanora is the one to beat at third start, with a useful 2kg claim. Just missed driving late here over the same trip, and supremely bred to fire on wet tracks.
Dangers: Home track 3YO debutant 7. Nic's Hero looks ready to go off a strong heavy track trial win. Goulburn 4YO 2. Premier Award is close to breaking through after finding the line well at Bathurst.
How to play it: Evanora to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 5 MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):|
Very tricky, with any number of chances. Local 4YO 1. Bonvalante was close-up in that trial won by stablemate Nic's Hero who goes around in the race before so a strong lead is there.
Dangers: Queanbeyan filly 10. Annual has found the line only fairly in three runs this prep, but this is weaker, and a leading country rider has stuck. Was preferred here to the Sapphire Coast on Thursday. Include Kembla filly 13. Seelie Queen from a good draw in exotics.
How to play it: box exacta 1,10,13. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 6 CLASS 1 HCP (1200m):|
Promising local 3YO 2. Another One resumes with no official trial, but comes to hand quickly. Should have won on debut when luckless here in heavy ground before made amends in dominant fashion next start.
Dangers: Canberra filly 8. Irish Dancer charged home from midfield to win on debut here and land a significant betting move. Ran past Evanora who goes around earlier in the meeting, and she looks a real soft tracker. Home course mare 5. Alise can mix her form without warning, but is a heavy track winner, and will find this a bit easier than last start. Goulburn 4YO 1. Judicator can run a big race fresh after joining a new stable. Blinkers have been removed, and he had reasonable form in stronger provincial class earlier in the year. Local mare 7. Torsiton finished well to claim her maiden here second-up, but a query in these conditions.
How to play it: Another One to win and quinella 2 and 8. Odds and Evens: Evens
Another One wins at Wagga on June 5
|Race 7 STAN SADLEIR STAKES (1400m):|
Feature race of the day is an open affair. Keen on Canberra 4YO 9. Zelago getting out to an ideal trip fourth-up. Did his best work late in a BM 70 Federal at home two runs back before finishing best under a big weight to win. Loves the wet and drops down to a luxury 55kg.
Dangers: Home track mare 2. Sky Call can go close fourth-up back in grade from two metro runs, and a fair effort in the Benalla Cup behind a smart one. Goulburn 6YO 4. Black Wand has also been competitive in stronger company this prep, and has a liking for rain-affected tracks. Watch the betting on 6YO ex-Victorian mare 1. Global Sanction having her first run for leading local stable, with the blinkers coming off, but no official trial.
How to play it: Zelago to win. Odds and Evens: Split
Zelago wins at Canberra on October 9
|Race 8 MAD SCRAMBLE (1000m):|
Competitive and open dash to finish. Home track 5YO 7. Galaxy Force should have finished much closer in a strong Highway at Randwick last start. That came after finishing close-up at Canberra, and last time here bolted in a BM 58 in heavy going. One of the better weighted runners all day after the 3kg claim.
Dangers: Smart Corowa 5YO 1. Straover resumes without an official trial, and is a superior wet tracker. Normally, though, takes a run to hit his straps, and the inside draw late in the day does him no favours. Consistent Canberra 7YO 3. Polar Star has been mixing it well in tougher fields, and also excels on soft ground. Include local 7YO 4. Forever Newyork who resumes with no official trial, but has a solid fresh record, and chased home Straover here last start before spelling. Watch for local 5YO 5. Logan River getting home late after having little luck in his last couple.
How to play it: Galaxy Force to win. Odds and Evens: Odds.