By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 and rail out 6m so likely on pace early before levelling out.
|Race 1 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):|
A few first starters on show, and one of them Goulburn filly 10. Terminal (Star Witness x Shaqira by Redoubte’s Choice) looks close to a good thing off a smart trial behind Miss Belief at Rosehill, and gets first use of the inside on a wider rail.
Dangers: Big watch on Canberra filly 8. Star Of Samara resuming off a two month break. Has more race experience and drawn well. Corowa filly 5. Moves Like Zizi improved into her second run this prep hitting the line nicely at Albury, and should run into the finish again.
How to play it: Terminal to win.
|Race 2 CL3 HCP (1000m):|
Unbeaten Queanbeyan filly 1. Kiss My Swiss should march on! Resumed with an impressive short-course win at the Sapphire Coast, and form from that race is already strong. Draws the fence, and second-up last prep bolted in at home as hot favourite.
Dangers: The rest are running for the minor end of the money, although well-bred Canberra filly 4. Reason To Smile who resumes without an official trial looks the quinella runner. Comes to hand quickly for shrewd sprinting stable, and rider claims 2kg. Both Leeton mare and last start winner 5. Diamonds For Alice and Wagga 6YO 6. Kruanui will drift back but should be finding the line.
How to play it: Kiss My Swiss to win and quinella 1 and 4.
Kiss My Swiss wins at the Sapphire Coast on February 3
|Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):|
Tricky affair, although keen on 4YO Goulburn mare 3. Designer Dance at just her second career start. Charged home from well back on debut under the same weight at Wagga, and hails from a stable that will begin to make its name over the next year.
Dangers: Albury filly 9. Spinher put together two good closing runs before failing as favourite this track last start, but has ability and draws to be in the finish. Queanbeyan 2YO filly 11. Maya Miracle was well backed when finishing on just behind the place-getters resuming, and draws the fence here; while another 2YO from strong Canberra yard 12. Rain Spirit was unwanted in betting in that same debut race, but found the line okay and should improve.
How to play it: Designer Dance to win.
|Race 4 MAIDEN HCP (1400m):|
Moderate and open race, with a stack of winless records on show; but one runner still in her first prep Albury filly 2. River Of Gold can break through at third start. Resumed with nice finishing effort at the Sapphire Coast when rock solid in the market, and extra trip suits.
Dangers: The form around Goulburn filly 6. Arithmetic, unplaced after seven starts, is a lot better than it looks. Ran the capable Eurosay to under two lengths two runs back at Canberra before finishing off okay in a decent maiden at Nowra. Down in weight, and will run this right out. Canberra mare 11. Stardux mixes her runs, but hit the line at big odds three runs back, and was well backed when midfield last start at Queanbeyan over the mile.
How to play it: River Of Gold to win.
|Race 5 CL1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):|
Plenty of chances in a wider race, but like the placement of Goulburn-trained 3. Greenspan third-up getting out to the mile. Bred to get over ground, and finished off nicely in a much stronger BM 70 sprint at Newcastle last start. Was competitive over middle distances at the provincials last winter.
Dangers: Goulburn filly 14. Rond De Jambe has been a little disappointing in stronger maidens, but has ability, and this trip suits from the good draw and in well at the weights. Canberra mare 7. Zaromatic cracked his maiden last start this track at third career run, and ready for the extra trip, although drawn wide; while local 3YO 11. Jungle Book is still a maiden after six runs, but charged into a placed from well back at Bathurst and will appreciate the long straight back on his home track. Gundagai mare 13. Whicker is the best of the rest from the good barrier.
How to play it: Greenspan to win; quinella 3 and 14; and first four 3-7-14/3-7-11-13-14.
Greenspan runs third at Newcastle on February 16
|Race 6 WAGGA WHIRLWIND (1000m):|
Feature sprint looks ideal for Canberra mare 7. Mixed Blossom. Was overwhelmed late in a high-rating BM 81 at home two starts back before upsetting more highly credentialled sprinters in a BM 70 at Warwick Farm. Well in at the weights this company and can stalk the speed from a middle gate.
Dangers: Wodonga mare 3. Jester Angel has won two of her last three, and looks well placed again from the good gate. Local 6YO 4. Fermanagh Lad made it two straight winning a BM 83 at Cowra two back; before puncturing under pressure late at the Sapphire Coast. Back to 1000m here a big boost. Intriguing runner 5YO local mare 6. O' So Hazy who was first-up for three months straight into the Country Championship Qualifier at Albury over 1400m, and not surprisingly succumbed to the pressure and dropped out early in the straight. Way back in trip and grade here, and draws the inside. Benalla 5YO 8. Triple Shot hops the border into a suitable race after winning this track two starts back before run down late at home in a decent BM 64. Big drop in weight and should be in the finish.
How to play it: Mixed Blossom to win.
|Race 7 TOM PATTON CUP - Heat of Stayers’ Series (1800m):|
Keen on 6YO Goulburn mare 4. Nagging who comes in with rock solid country cups form. Just missed in Narooma Cup three runs back before midfield in stronger Bega Cup, and then chasing home Chocolatier in a BM 64 at Hawkesbury. Ready to win again!
Dangers: Iron-like 7YO 1. Spunlago fought on tenaciously first-up in a BM 83, and will appreciate the longer trip, but rookie apprentice replaces experienced hoop. Wagga 9YO 2. Zarlu wound back the clock finishing hard to win that same race fresh, but he’s never won in nine second-up attempts. Canberra 6YO 6. Croix De Vie was massive odds when fighting on bravely at Warwick Farm two runs back before even to the line in stronger Canberra Cup Prelude. Looking for the extra trip, and gets in well after rider’s claim.
How to play it: Nagging and Croix De Vie both each-way.
|Race 8 BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
Very open battle to finish, but like the placement and value with Canberra 5YO 3. Our Finvara back up to 1200m. Has hit the line hard in his last two over 1000m, winning two runs back at home, but this is his best trip, and drawn to sweep down the middle.
Dangers: Plenty of them, really like the run of Benalla 3YO 4. Heart Zone at Albury last start, and fourth-up this prep, he’s ready to win.
How to play it: Our Finvara each-way.