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Neil Evans' Tips For Wagga (Monday)

By Neil Evans

Track likely improving to Soft 7 and rail out 8m from 1400m to WP so generally on or just off the speed early before trending wider

Race 1 MAIDEN HCP (1400m):

Tricky maiden battle to get us rolling. Home track 3YO 1. Royal Fighter from the Trevor Sutherland yard didn't fire a shot over the mile at Albury after hitting the line hard from well back in two previous heavy track runs. Similar challenge again from the wide draw, but blinkers have come off, new rider goes on, and he drops back to his best trip.

Dangers: Improving Canberra filly 3. Luvumate has done her best work late at big odds in two runs so far, and with that experience and out further in trip, she can run home again. Wodonga mare 4. Ahadi Farasi, by the same sire as Luvumate, has been mixing her form, and will need plenty of speed on up front, but capable of charging into the finish; while Queanbeyan 2YO 10. Propose A Toast is best of the rest at fourth start from a soft draw.

How to play it: Royal Fighter to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 2 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):

This looks a nice assignment at only her second start for 3YO Goulburn filly 8. Kez from the Danny Williams stable after having little luck on debut in the heavy at Albury. Was well specked in the market that day, and carries 2kg less here.

Dangers: Canberra 3YO fillies 10. Serb Alert third-up and 12. Stand Your Ground fresh are both capable of charging into the finish at good odds sneaking down in the weights.

How to play it: Kez to win. Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):

Back to a thinner sprint trip, and going wide with 3YO filly 9. Thuwaany from the local Chris Heywood stable back in trip off a seven week freshen-up. Just needs to find some cover from the tricky draw to cut loose and finish over the top at big odds.

Dangers: Consistent Wodonga 3YO 5. Openhimup hops back over the border after being swamped when leading at Seymour. Was close-up in two previous runs at this track, and regular rider is back on along with blinkers for the first time. Resuming Canberra 4YO 1. Antonio draws well and likes plenty of sting out of the ground. Was good through the line in a handy open trial; while local 2YO filly 11. Come Get Me is hard fit and likes to settle back and finish late.

How to play it: Thuwaany each way and box trifecta 1,5,9,11. Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 4 BATTLERS CUP BM 50 HCP (1300m):

Open battle, and of course, some are battling more than others. Improving 4YO mare 7. War Blues from the Ron Steiner yard just needs to find cover from a wide gate to drive into the finish. Has hit the line well in stronger consecutive CL2 races, and looks well over the odds on her home track.

Dangers: Canberra 4YO mare 3. Onya Marks hasn't been far away in stronger races, and looks well placed from a good draw, and with a 2kg claim. Rival Canberra mare 12. Snowbrook comes off an easy win fourth-up in a similar race at Gundagai, and can finish strong from a handy trail. Leeton 4YO 1. Crimson Hoffa has more than enough ability dropping in grade as well, but draws wide under a huge weight; while local filly 10. Ember led all the way to win her maiden here two runs back, and can be included in exotics.

How to play it: War Blues each way and trifecta 3,7,12/1,3,7,10,12/1,3,7,10,12. Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 5 BATTLERS CUP BM 50 HCP (1300m):

Part two for the battlers, and a little more quality here. Like the value about 4YO Canberra mare 9. Woollahra Lass from the Luke Pepper yard. Has hit the line nicely in her last two, and better suited out to this longer trip on her preferred rain-affected ground.

Dangers: Local 7YO 1. Kruanui is the clear threat after finishing hard to win consecutive BM 58 races. Less experienced rider aboard, but 3kg claim off-sets the weight rise. Rival home track mare 2. Fashion Tip hasn't won for a long while, but found the line okay second-up behind a smart sprinter, and even better suited over this distance.

How to play it: Woollahra Lass each way and box exacta 1,2,9. Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1000m):

Promising 3YO Albury filly 8. Star Of Tennessee from the Donna Scott yard destroyed a maiden field from the front resuming in heavy ground at home, and she looks well capable of taking the next step over this trip.

Dangers: Warwick Farm mare 1. Dizzy Miss Lizzy didn't miss by much third-up in stronger company at Kembla, and despite rising sharply in weight, she looks the quinella runner.

How to play it: Star Of Tennessee to win and quinella 1 and 8. Odds and Evens: Split


Star Of Tennessee wins at Albury on June 15

Race 7 OPEN HCP (1300m):

Good strong and open contest. Big fan of 4YO gelding 11. Straover from the Geoff Duryea yard at Corowa who is building a nice strike-rate, and relishes rain-affected ground. Just missed twice in a row getting home hard before powering down the middle for a dominant BM 66 win at Albury. More depth here, but drops 5.5kg, and wide draw shouldn't hinder his natural pattern.

Dangers: Plenty of them headed by tough and fit Goulburn 6YO and perennial front-runner 2. Assault'n'bathory who was a dominant BM 70 winner at Canberra four runs back, and hasn't missed a place since. Local 5YO 5. Real Key has a strong record at home, and has been freshened up off a narrow BM 76 win here on the Riverside track. Watch the market on Canberra 8YO 1. Great Glen who resumes at big odds off a forward trial, and normally runs well fresh.

How to play it: Straover to win. Odds and Evens: Split


Straover wins at Albury on June 15

Race 8 RIVERINA CUP PRELUDE BM 66 HCP (2500m):

Intriguing finish in a testing Heat of the Wagga Stayers Series. Progressive 3YO Warwick Farm filly 5. Aperol Sprint from the Matthew Smith yard steps up in grade and distance from consecutive CL1 wins at Bathurst. Still on the rise, and racing like she will eat up this journey.

Dangers: Tough local 4YO 1. Jungle Book has won three straight surging home from well back on his home track, and loves rain-affected ground, but query jumping to this trip carrying 3kg more. Wangaratta 5YO 2. Roland Garros was swamped late by Jungle Book in a BM 66 here last start, and hard to see him turning the tables drawn wide.

How to play it: Aperol Sprint to win. Odds and Evens: Odds

All the fields, form and replays for Monday's Wagga meeting

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