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Neil Evans' Tips For Wagga (Thursday)

By Neil Evans

Track Soft 5 and rail out 2m from 1400m to WP so on or near the speed early before trending away from the fence

Race 1 2YO MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):

The youngsters kick us off at set weights, and so much to like here about Victorian filly 10. Sundus who resumes for leading stable after a one-off debut run in spring finishing less than four lengths behind extra smart Mildred.

Dangers: Hawkesbury gelding 1. Big Day Out only went down a nose on debut, but should have won after being held up around the turn. Same distance, but can be ridden closer from the inside draw, and just needs clear running early in the straight. Goulburn colt and first starter 3. Hot 'N' Hazy (Snitzel x Radiant Angel by Kheleyf) looks ready to go off two two forward trials at Canberra, the latest cruising well out in front before eased down late, and draws to get a soft run.

How to play it: Sundus to win and trifecta 1,3,10. Odds and Evens (First 2): Split.

Race 2 3YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):

Yet another border-hopping raider from the Victorian base of David Hayes, 3YO gelding 4. Dalaalaat looks the clear one to beat second-up after missing by a half length first-up at Pakenham in heavy ground as an easing favourite. After debuting in Listed company last autumn, and then going under as a hot favourite here in winter, finally looks ready to fulfil his potential.

Dangers: Kembla 3YO gelding 6. Zebedabadoo went straight back to the trials and dominated after suffering interference at the start and forced to race wide before dropping right out on debut at Canberra. Blinkers go on, and you'll see a different horse this time from a good draw.

How to play it: Dalaalaat to win and quinella 4 and 6. Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1300m):

Out in trip now for an even and tricky affair. Canberra 3YO filly 5. Sassie Annie was a little disappointing when looming to win on the turn at home, but that was only her second start. Fitter now, and better with a little sting out of the ground.

Dangers: Expect good improvement from 3YO Goulburn filly 7. Underground Music who found the line well at big odds on home track at only second start; while 3YO Kembla gelding 3. Revellers can figure after showing sharp improvement at second start when rock solid in the market at Goulburn.

How to play it: Sassie Annie to win. Odds and Evens: Odds.

Race 4 MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):

Another open battle over the mile, and there are a stack of chances. Progressive 5YO Canberra gelding 2. Costa Chin Chin should have won second-up at the Sapphire Coast but laid in at a crucial stage when sweeping home from midfield. Extra ground and bigger track are both plusses.

Dangers: Rival Canberra gelding 6. Opposite is also yearning for a longer trip after finishing off okay in that same race just behind Costa Chin Chin. Expect big improvement third-up from 3YO Kembla gelding 9. Sir Eagle who has done his best work late in two runs back against deeper opposition; while 7YO local gelding 7. Prestissimo needs to find a couple of lengths, but is fitter now after three runs back, and the blinkers come off.

How to play it: Costa Chin Chin each way. Odds and Evens: Evens.


Costa Chin Chin runs second at the Sapphire Coast on February 2

Race 5 BM 66 HCP (1800m):

Another competitive Heat of the Stayers Series, and while she steps up sharply to BM 66 level, 3YO Canberra filly 9. Room Number has terrific ability, and headed for bigger riches in metropolitan company. Should have won here at second start flying home late after covering ground before a spectacular win again over the mile coming from a suburb back. Will likely drift to the tail again from the widest gate, but on the limit 54kg, watch for a cracking final 400m.

Dangers: Goulburn 6YO gelding 5. Defy saves his best for this track, and jockey is two from two on him. Powered home to win a BM 58 here two runs back before looked home again in a BM 66 until edged out late. Improving 8YO Albury gelding 2. Footmark can figure dropping back from a BM 84 at Caulfield when well beaten behind a high class import, and hit the line hard in two previous runs this track. Include local 5YO gelding 11. Manhattan Zip who has worked home well in his last two at this track, and the blinkers go on; while 6YO Moruya gelding 1. Resort comes back in trip and grade under the same weight after finishing on late in the BM 66 Sapphire Coast Cup, but will need plenty of speed on to get over the top.

How to play it: Room Number to win and first four 5,9/1,2,5,9,11/1,2,5,9,11/1,2,5,9,11. Odds and Evens: Odds.

Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1000m):

Plenty of chances here too over the sprint trip. Goulburn 4YO gelding 2. Indicators On looks very well placed from the draw after four runs this prep. Gets an important 3kg claim, and last start wasn't beaten a long way in a Highway behind extra smart mare Hellenism, and the form-line behind her is already proving very strong.

Dangers: Lightly raced 5YO Goulburn mare 5. Pisa My Heart struggled in the heavy at Randwick two runs ago, but bounced back to just miss this grade at home after leading. Likes it firm, and draws to get an economical run on the speed. Canberra 3YO filly 9. Eltham Palace has ability, but doesn't want it any further than this. Swept home for a nice win on heavy ground at Nowra two runs back before holding on okay at the Sapphire Coast after being easily collared in the straight. Drawn out, and will need all the breaks on a bigger track; Rival Canberra mare 14. Tycoon Tilly has been close-up in her last two here, including a strong Class 2, but will need luck drawn right off the track.

How to play it: Indicators On each way and box trifecta 2,5,9,14. Odds and Evens: Split.


Indicators On's last start at Randwick on January 25

Race 7 OPEN HCP (1400m):

Big & wide open field, with plenty of chances across some imposing form-lines. Canberra 5YO mare 10. Gold Touch has never missed a place from five starts at this track. Powered home to beat a good BM 84 Summersprint field here two runs ago before failing to run on in a BM 70 at Canterbury. Looking for this trip now, and best weighted runner in the race after rider's 3kg allowance.

Dangers: Victorian 5YO mare 3. Shokora did her best work late resuming in a stronger BM 84 at Caulfield, and gets to her pet distance now second-up, but she'll be forced to go a long way back from the outside barrier. High class 5YO Canberra mare 2. Maid Of Ore was due to resume in last Saturday's washed-out meeting at Warwick Farm, but finds a suitable race on a track where she has already won. Has a terrific better than 50 per cent winning strike rate, and strung four wins together last spring, but is normally better second-up. Kembla 5YO gelding 6. Esteem Spirit has closed off nicely against stronger in his last two at Randwick, and while up sharply in weight, draws to get a nice trail with cover around midfield. Goulburn 6YO gelding 8. Gitan has plenty of ability, but doesn't always bring his A game. Carried a big weight to win a BM 64 at Hawkesbury three runs back, and bit the line hard in heavy ground to just miss in a BM 83 at Nowra last start. Has been kept right up to the mark in a trial, and racing pattern well suited to this track; while 4YO Wodonga gelding 15. Banger come back from a BM 70 at Sandown down 4kg in weight.

How to play it: Gold Touch each way and box first four 2,3,6,8,10,15. Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 8 CLASS 1 HCP (1200m):

Yet another big and open field of sprinters. Resuming Canberra mare 9. Rosy Dawn has looked sharp enough getting home in two trials, and destroyed a handy maiden field here at only third start last winter. Trainer can get them ready, and has made significant gear changes.

Dangers: Liked the way 4YO Goulburn mare 8. Breaking Cover zoomed home to win her maiden here second-up, and only has to get some early cover from the wide draw to be charging into the finish again. Talented 3YO local gelding 3. Blitzar is ready to show his best third-up back at home. Has been well beaten in both runs back, but those winners Affinity Beyond and Hellenism are extra good and headed for the carnival.

How to play it: Rosy Dawn and box exacta 3,8,9. Odds and Evens: Split.

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

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