By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Thursday’s Gosford meeting. Selections based on a good track.
|Race 1 – 1:10PM PLANIT KITCHENS HANDICAP (1600 METRES)|
6. Call Me Mo had a tough run when putting in a rare bad one last time at Hawkesbury but on previous form is well up to winning this. Just missed at Newcastle prior and on that run has to be given another chance in an open race.
Dangers: 5. Banteux looked a little one paced when resuming at Kembla battling on for third at 1400m. Fitter for that and the extra trip suits but didn’t win until he got to 1900m last prep. Can feature. 4. Test Of War is an on pacer who has put a couple of handy placings together and could be ready to peak now fourth up. The mile could test him but wouldn’t be leaving him out. 2. Hammond Lane doesn’t win out of turn but he was solid first-up at Scone then made good ground on the inside to run third at Newcastle at big odds. Up to winning this if he gets the breaks.
How to play it: Call Me Mo WIN ($3.90 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Call Me Mo runs second at Newcastle on August 24
|Race 2 - 1:50PM DCORP PLATE (1900 METRES)|
10. Tisane should have gone close two starts ago and was strong late again last time at Hawkesbury. Back to 1900m here, drawn well and she’s bursting to win a race. This looks a big chance for her.
Dangers: 7. Wild Sheila finished third in the same race as Tisane at Hawkesbury then gave Carif a big fright at Newcastle two weeks ago. Five placings on end so she’s going to be around the mark once again. 9. Roman Candle hit the line well at Scone two starts back then favourite and a fair effort at 1300m at Hawkesbury. Big jump in distance but blinkers on and wouldn’t be underselling him. 1. Not A Biggie ran fourth in a similar race here four starts ago then not quite up to midweek city grade since then. Back here he could easily be an improver.
How to play it: Tisane WIN ($2.40 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Tisane runs second at Hawkesbury on September 12
|Race 3 – 2.25PM BOOKS IN A MESS HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
2. Go For Gold was right in the market in a pretty strong maiden on debut back in December and ran on into third place. Given some time and he’s won a trial heading into this race. From the good gate expecting him to take plenty of beating.
Dangers: 3. Iresign had every chance as a long odds-on favourite at Wyong and was easily run down after leading. Will be right up there again but fear he’s run into one better here. 4. Jaytees hasn’t raced since April when the led and held on for third at 1200m here to make it three placings on end. No public trials so keep an eye on betting for a push. 6. Sea Echo is on debut and hasn’t been beaten far in his two recent trials. In good hands to wouldn’t surprise if he runs a bit of a race first-up, again be guided by the market.
How to play it: Go For Gold WIN ($1.75 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Go For Gold wins a trial at Randwick on September 27
|Race 4 – 3.05PM CAMPBELLS TIMBER & HARDWARE PLATE (1100 METRES)|
11. Whitefields is worth a look on debut in a race with plenty of exposed form that doesn’t look overly strong. Trialled well on the grass before a synthetic trial at Warwick Farm where she looked breezy. Should be competitive, and check betting for a pointer.
Dangers: 5. Invincible Kiss has been around in a couple of pretty handy maidens of late and beaten less than four lengths after leading last time behind Mirra Vision at Newcastle. Drawn out but wouldn’t shock to see her give a sight. 1. In The Zone ran well first-up at Lismore then struck a heavy track at Moruya and just battled. Suited here with a soft gate and in-form rider in a race that’s up for grabs. 9. Jokes was big odds when resuming and made some ground at 1000m before levelling out late. Blinkers go on and improvement wouldn’t surprise.
How to play it: Whitefields E/W ($6.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Whitefields runs second in a trial at Warwick Farm on September 24
|Race 5 – 3.40PM NORTH CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP (1200 METRES)|
Happy to stay with 4. Jetski how he’s broken through given there should be enough pace for him to launch at them late again. Beaten favourite at his only run here but all other starts have had merit. Should be hard to beat.
Dangers: 6. Night Flyer had a two month break before a closing third at Kembla when well in the market three weeks ago. Extra trip looks a plus for her, drawn one and she should be very competitive. 5. Cool World produced a late charge to arrive in time to score at Newcastle over the carnival in what looks a handy enough maiden. He’d been around the mark prior to that so while up in class expect him to run well. 2. Lord Zoulander looks the leader and should be fitter now after two runs back from a spell. Kept fighting there and if he gets a soft lead he could take running down.
How to play it: Jetski WIN ($3.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Jetski wins at Kembla Grange on September 14
|Race 6 – 4.15PM WEATHERTEX HANDICAP (1900 METRES)|
3. Hemsted is racing consistently enough without winning but he’s a chance of getting some control here and that could be decisive. Only faded the last 100m when fourth at Hawkesbury last week but this is not as strong. Good chance to break through.
Dangers: 2. The Iron Maiden is a marvel for a 10-year-old mare and she mowed them down to win over 2300m at Newcastle during the carnival. She seems to always run a reasonable race and bobs up now and then. One of the chances. 1. He’s A Given has to be a query at the 1900m given he’s been found wanting at a mile lately. That said he won’t find an easier assignment back to provincial level. 4. Weston led all the way at Muswellbrook then wasn’t up to midweek city class last week at Canterbury. Can mix his form but if he gets up on the pace he could be in the finish without surprising.
How to play it: Hemsted E/W ($3.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Hemsted runs fourth at Hawkesbury on September 26
|Race 7 - 4:50PM MIDCOAST TIMBER HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
9. Longbottom is probably the most interesting runner all day. Showed promise winning her first two starts then narrowly beaten as favourite at the Scone carnival in May. Spelled after tackling a Listed race and her first trial was excellent. Ignore the second one. Hard to beat.
Dangers: 15. Calipari was too slick for a subsequent winner at 900m then up to 1200m and gave a sight at Newcastle before weakening to fourth. Back 100m and around this track should see him harder to run down. 11. She’s My Girl has been freshened up since running fourth at Newcastle a month ago and won a trial at Wyong in between that run and this one. Pretty honest mare who has to be an each-way chance. 4. Sebring Express has a good record at this track and was runner-up here before beaten favourite at Hawkesbury a month ago. Needs a win though. Couldn’t leave her out.
How to play it: Longbottom WIN ($2.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Longbottom runs second in a Gosford trial on September 2
|Race 8 - 5:30PM MBA CENTRAL COAST DIVISION HANDICAP (1000 METRES)|
7. Peak is a progressive type and he was dominant in scoring at his second run back over 900m at Newcastle. Inside alley is huge for him around this track, he looks to have the most upside in this race and clearly the horse to beat.
Dangers: 3. On Her Word is very honest but she can’t seem to draw a decent barrier. Placed in a good form race behind Haut Brion Her and Wimlah before a break and has trialled. With any luck she’ll be in the finish. 8. Brazenpine was a big drifter in betting when resuming but produced a strong finish to be narrowly beaten. A repeat of that sort of effort has her in the mix and she’ll be fitter. 2. Partners raced consistently at this sort of level last time in and resumes with a handy trial in Sydney under his belt. Each-way claims at least.
How to play it: Peak WIN ($3.20 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Peak wins at Newcastle on September 3