By Neil Evans
Track soft 6 and rail out 6m, so pattern likely on-speed before levelling out late.
|Race 1 MAIDEN HCP (1000m):|
Local filly 3. Coolyboss showed good progress in her first campaign, and should take up a forward position fresh. Bred to handle all ground.
Dangers: 1. Freundin will take great improvement after being run down late at Gundagai resuming, although may be a query in rain-affected ground; while 4. Exrocka has been freshened after a nice debut run when over-hauled by a good sprinter.
How to play it: Coolyboss to win and box exacta 1-3-4.
|Race 2 MAIDEN PLATE (1300m):|
Open battle, with a few first starters up against those early in their prep. Canberra gelding 2. Contaminated was unwanted in betting, but finished strongly on debut behind Compactor who has since won again at Nowra. Gets blinker for the first time, draws to do no work, and should appreciate the long run home.
Dangers: Goulburn filly 13. Tocokoe resumes off a five month break with the blinkers on, and has ability. Debuted behind subsequent Country C'ship winner Noble Boy back in the spring. Canberra 4YO 4. Withorn has only been placed once from 11 starts, but should come hard quickly for leading stable.
How to play it: Contaminated to win.
|Race 3 CL3 HCP (1400m):|
Looks a progressive race for 6. Ultraviolet who bolted in at Goulburn last start. This is tougher, but racing like the extra journey will suit, and gets in well at the weights.
Dangers: 2. Kapover is a clear threat after winning a CL2 this track three runs back, and hitting the line hard in his last two; 4. French Politician doesn't win often, but has been in the placings last three in weaker grade; while 10. How One Knows is down in weight from a good barrier.
How to play it: Ultraviolet to win and quinella 2 and 6
Ultraviolet wins at Goulburn on April 13
|Race 4 CL1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):|
Tough race, but promising maiden 10. Jungle Book has really attacked the line in his last three runs around this trip, and is ready to win. Form rider back on.
Dangers: 2. Black Wand was a little disappointing last start, but can bounce back at second run over the mile; 4. Parliament flew home to win his maiden first-up, but this is tougher; 7. Dream Fields rounded them up easily to win his maiden; while 12. Whicker finished hard last start behind a nice one.
How to play it: Jungle Book each-way and trifecta 2-10/2-4-7-10-12.
|Race 5 FLYING HCP (1000m):|
Canberra mare 4. Mixed Blossom flashed home late in a deep race last start, and hard fit now looks ready to win.
Dangers: Local mare 3. Takookacod is a track specialist with three of her five career wins coming here. Incredibly has finished seventh in her last five runs, always finishing off late from a mile off the speed, but draws the fence here so can settle a little closer. Canberra 7YO 2. Nicof hasn't been too far off some smart sprinters in stronger company, and this is more suitable, although up in weight and drawn wide. Big watch on Wodonga mare 8. Warragul who resumes with a good fresh record. Bolted in a BM 64 at home two runs back before outclassed at Flemington just before Xmas. Include Leeton mare 9. Diamonds For Alice in exotics, having put two wins together this track and trip before an even effort in the Cup Day Sprint at Corowa.
How to play it: Mixed Blossom each way and first four 4/2-3-8-9.
|Race 6 COUNTRY CUP (2000m):|
Feature race and another very open Heat of the Stayers' Series. Albury gelding 9. Shinseki flashed home to win a weaker race at Benalla two runs back before a nice closing effort this track. Down in weight, but more depth here.
Dangers: Local 7YO 2. Class Clown can mix his form, but fought on hard to win the Gundagai Cup, and will map in a nice trailing spot from the draw. Canberra 4YO 5. High Dude has early tactical speed and will try to control the race up front, similar to a brave effort in the Murrumbidgee Cup at big odds. Loved the way tough 9YO local 3. Zarlu has finished hard in his last two behind two smart winners, and even better suited up to this trip, but weight and barrier are hurdles. Canberra 8YO 4. Le Cavalier is another natural back-marker who has flooded home late in similar races, and will again try to sweep home from the wide draw.
How to play it: Shinseki to win and trifecta 2-9/2-3-4-5-9.
|Race 7 BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
Canberra 3YO 5. El Nieto is the one to beat. Led all the way this grade at the Sapphire Coast, and again will try to zip across and control the race.
Dangers: 3. Attainment finished well resuming this track; 4. Lincoln Cash Man has disappointed in his last two, but can bounce back; 6. Kruanui draws well and is often around the finish this grade; while 7. Belle Of Cadiz should improve down in weight.
How to play it: El Nieto to win.
El Nieto wins at the Sapphire Coast on March 29