Track Good 4, with rail out 7m, so on-pace should dominate early before outside emerges. Possible late rain.
|Race 1 CL3 HCP (1000m):|
Keen on Goulburn mare 5. Lulu Raez coming off a nice closing effort in a BM 65 Federal at Canberra. Very well placed this grade and draws to tuck in right behind the speed.
Dangers: Big watch on now Albury-based gelding 1. Perfect Style who is first-up for seven months and weighted to his best, but won three straight earlier last year in Qld; while 4. Wednesday Warrior has been consistent enough this grade. Market watch too on former Kiwi mare 2. Just In The Clear now trained at Cowra. Hasn't raced in more than 10 months and likely to need to the run, but was competitive up to Group 3 level over longer trips in NZ.
How to play it: Lulu Raez to win.
|Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1000m):|
Open affair, with a couple of debutants and only a handful of starts among most of the field. Was impressed by the trial of 3YO Wagga filly 9. Hardachuk who cruised home under a hold. Didn't fire in two runs first prep last spring, but nine-week spell & change of scenery looks to have flicked the switch.
Dangers: Naturally plenty of them, headed by 2. Mutadaawel who returns as a gelding off a long break for leading Victorian stable and reportedly has been working well. Like the effort of 4YO local mare 14. Who Told Ya in a maiden at Moruya where despite having a checkered run, she rattled home from the back. Failed on her home track two back, but this is more suitable and can explode late if she gets a run.
How to play it: Hardachuk each-way.
Hardachak wins her Wagga trial on January 16
|Race 3 BM 66 HCP (1400m):|
Race of little depth! Victoran 3YO 5. Celebrity Reign flashed home late in weaker grade at Echuca last start after winning as an odds-on fancy previous run. Dominant winner two runs back, will appreciate the long run home, drops in weight and gets form rider aboard.
Dangers: Albury-trained 2. Hail The Hero was solid last start after jumping from a dominant CL1 win to CL3; while 6. Lawton Joseph looks one of the better weighted runners. Has hit the line hard in his last couple at home, carting 59kg two back. Kembla mare 1. Titaness broke a run of outs in a CL2 at Nowra last start and draws a nice gate here to trail the speed.
How to play it: Celebrity Reign to win.
|Race 4: MAIDEN HCP (1600m):|
Another tough maiden in a field ranging from a debutant to one having his 58th start! Like Albury-trained 13. Tycoon Dreaming. Has found the line okay under big weights all three runs this prep, but drops significantly in weight. Just needs some luck from a wider gate.
Dangers: Lightly raced Canberra filly 7. Larmour was run over late in a better quality maiden at the Sapphire Coast and will improve again third run this prep getting to the mile. Draws to sit right on the speed. Albury mare 3. Wahini Miss finished off okay resuming over an unsuitably shorter distance, and is more at home getting to the mile; while Victorian filly 5. Bacosi has hit the line nicely in her last two, and will be suited by the bigger track.
How to play it: Tycoon Dreaming to win and box trifecta 3-5-7-13.
|Race 5 MAIDEN PLATE (1300m):|
Very keen on Victorian mare 11. Whiskey Queen. Was ridden further forward third-up last start at Cranbourne as a well-backed favourite, but was swamped late. Likely to take a sit and is in well in at the weights after the rider's claim.
Dangers: Local 4YO 2. Leftover Diamond didn't shirk the task in a stronger maiden behind a smart horse last start, and draws nicely to park in and around the speed again; while don't under-estimate Gundagai mare 10. Whicker who has found the line nicely in both runs at home this prep and will be even better suited down the long straight.
How to play it: Whiskey Queen to win and quinella 2 and 11.
|Race 6 F & M BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
The widest barrier and a whopping 64kg given to local mare 1. Frenze Hall opens this race back up. She's the clear quality runner, and iced her last prep charging home to beat a much stronger CL3 field. She resumed with a fair closing effort on Xmas eve in stronger company, and normally improves big into her second-up run, but is giving most of the field 6kg or more.
Dangers: Rival local mare 2. Fashion Tip was unwanted in betting resuming, but still ran okay, and will improve second-up; while Victorian filly 3. Classic Choice won this grade two runs back at Benalla, and from the inside gate should be in the finish again. Another local mare 7. Wolfofpeterstreet hasn't been far away all prep and will enjoy a cosy run in behind.
How to play it: Frenze Hall each-way and box trifecta 1-3-4/1-2-3-4-7.
|Race 7 C, G & E BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
More depth to the boy's edition, and provided the inside holds up okay, promising local 3YO 9. The Chaplain looks a near good thing, despite just out of maiden grade. Charged home as a heavily backed favourite to win last start sweeping past a decent horse. Will stalk the speed all the way.
Dangers: Wagga 4YO 1. Rock 'N' Roller was heavily backed flying home to win a CL2 this track second-up; while rival local 4YO 7. Real Key improved to win a CL1 third-up and has been kept up to the mark at the trials.
How to play it: The Chaplain to win.
The Chaplain breaks through at Wagga on January 11
|Race 8 BM 66 HCP (1800m):|
Albury 8YO 1. Aragonese looks hard to stop getting out to this trip and rider taking 3kg off. Was right in the finish in an open BM 77 at Albury last start and before that attacked the line nicely in the much stronger Fred Cooper at Goulburn. Will drift back from a wide barrier, but in okay at the weights after the claim.
Dangers: Corowa-trained 4. Tudor Rule was also close up in that Albury race, and should be peaking fourth run back from a spell. Lightly raced Albury gelding 7. Thunder Tub put two wins together before close-up this track in weaker grade, but draws to get a cosy run; while Albury-trained 5. Supplyzing improved big time back on top of the ground last start and is also suited by the longer journey.
How to play it: Aragonese to win.