By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Friday’s Wyong Cup meeting. Selections based on a good track.
|Race 1 – 12:55PM PRIORITY BUSINESS LAWYERS PLATE (1350 METRES)|
10. Kiss And Tell was seven weeks between runs when a close up fourth at Kembla last week so is on a quick back up in a very winnable race. Drawn and scratching of the favourite opens the race up for her.
Dangers: 3. Dunlee might need the run looking at his first preparation but even though the only beat one home in his recent trial he stretched out nicely. Suited by the 1350m fresh and no surprise to see him run into the placings. 9. Sisseck was never really in the frame when resuming with a fair effort at Hawkesbury, racing wide with cover and just battling. Fitter for that though and a placing isn’t out of the question. 11. Miss Pankhurst hasn't trialled like a typical Waterhouse-Bott product but her trials have been on wet tracks. Drawn to go forward here and could show something.
How to play it: Kiss And Tell WIN ($1.70 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Kiss And Tell runs fourth at Kembla Grange on August 29
|Race 2 – 1.35PM WINNING COMMERCIAL HANDICAP (1600 METRES)|
No reason why 2. High Court couldn’t go close again after an impressive win in similar company at Taree over a mile, continuing a consistent run of form. Drawn to get a nice run and was placed here three runs back. Should be in the finish somewhere.
Dangers: 5. Elisa Carolina is a market and yard watch first-up since April when outclassed behind Colette. Improvement into her second trial was nice and the mile fresh suits. Good chance. 7. Rules Don’t Apply seems a little one paced and was outsprinted over the mile at Gosford last time out. Scored a maiden win over this course three runs back on a soft 7. In the mix but perhaps under the odds. 3. Mo’s Glory was well supported at Scone last time and got the job done though it got a bit hairy the last 100m or so. Was up sharply in trip there so better for the run and her best form is around this trip. One of the chances.
How to play it: High Court E/W ($6.00 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
High Court wins at Taree on August 25
|Race 3 – 2:10PM CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
5. Isalute showed promise winning easily on debut back in June and looks to have come back in good style judging on his two trials. Beat a subsequent winner in the first then solid behind boom horse The Bopper at Newcastle last week. Drawn well and is easy to like.
Dangers: 2. Badia has only won once in 13 starts but she was very brave at Canterbury chasing home Forbidden Love after having to make a run around them. Drawn soft and will be somewhere around the mark. If the breaks go her way she can win. 10. Parachuter steps up from a maiden win at Nowra on a wet track but had a bit on them when winning at her first start so creates a bit of interest. Was expected to win there by the market so keep an eye on betting for a pointer. 3. Shadow Crush wasn’t really a factor first-up at Newcastle after drawing the outside and getting back. He ran on okay but the 900m was too slick under those circumstances. Wouldn’t shock to see him jump out of the ground if there is some speed on.
How to play it: Isalute WIN ($4.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Isalute runs second in a Newcastle trial on August 26
|Race 4 – 2:45PM AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK HANDICAP (1200 METRES)|
9. Mashrabiya looks a nice style of filly from Godolphin and she stretched out effortlessly to win a Hawkesbury trial recently ahead of her debut. Finds James McDonald to ride and on what she showed in the trial with even luck should take beating.
Dangers: 14. Windstream is an interesting runner resuming. Debut was only fair back in April but she’s trialled twice and the latest was quite a strong finishing effort over 795m. Drawn nicely and if that trial is a good sign she’s one to keep an eye on. 7. Jor El is back as a gelding this prep and best to forget he went around at Randwick in the Lonhro back in February after he bombed the start badly. Ran on okay in his recent trial and if he steps away (wearing barrier blanket) he could be a big improver. 5. Bella Violet did a good job on debut in testing ground back in April and was spelled after. Won her first trial then not asked in her second. Drawn awkwardly but showed enough at her only start to say she could be competitive here.
How to play it: Mashrabiya WIN ($1.70 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Mashrabiya wins a trial at Hawkesbury on August 17
|Race 5 – 3:20PM HOOLIHAN PARTNERS DA VINCI HANDICAP (1300 METRES)|
3. Skymist had a pretty good time of it in front when scoring at Gosford last Friday and will likely look to take control from the outside barrier. If she’s softened up she will be vulnerable but if allowed to dictate will be hard to run down.
Dangers: 1. Regimental Band has performed against better opposition and is well graded here despite the 61kg. Under some riding in her latest trial but gate one and 1300m fresh are advantages for her. Must respect. 4. Snippy Fox won a pair at Goulburn back in the summer and after a first-up failure was back on top at Kembla on a heavy track a month ago. A good track holds no fears and she has to be included. 2. Chanting wound up her campaign with a fast finishing Kembla win back in May. Hasn't starred in her two trials but pay to keep her safe.
How to play it: Skymist WIN ($2.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Skymist wins at Gosford on August 28
|Race 6 – 3:55PM BISHOP COLLINS ACCOUNTANTS MONA LISA STAKES (1350 METRES)|
7. Emeralds has promised a bit and after a flashing light first-up run produced an impressive win at Canterbury a month ago, running away late and doing it easily. Up in class naturally to this Listed race, kept ticking over with a nice trial and with even luck she’s going to be hard to hold out.
Dangers: 1. Miss Fabulass was Group 1 placed three starts ago on a heavy track and she’s much better on top of the ground. Had cardiac arrhythmia when failing at Randwick in May but her two recent trials have suggested she’s in good order. Lovely race for her and she’s a big threat. 6. Yamazaki caught the eye with a closing fourth in the Toy Show when resuming and generally holds her form early in the prep. She’s a backmarker though so will need some luck but imagine there’s going to be a reasonable tempo here. Each-way. 4. Wandabaa is hard to ignore, she backs up after another game second at Rosehill last Saturday behind Prime Candidate. Hard fit and has gate one and no surprise at all to see her step up to this level and run well.
How to play it: Emeralds WIN ($3.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Emeralds wins at Canterbury on August 5
|Race 7 – 4:35PM CARLTON DRAUGHT WYONG GOLD CUP (2100 METRES)|
11. Kiss The Bride is flying at the moment with a couple of tough wins at Randwick in August and appeals each-way here. Prior to this prep was largely known as a dry tracker so good ground won’t harm him and from gate one with just 54kg he should get the run of the race. Sure to run well.
Dangers: 6. Attention Run had to be ridden upside down in a small field at Randwick a few weeks back and while she wasn’t able to run down Taikomochi she didn’t give it up. Would appreciate a more genuine tempo here and if she gets it she’s in the finish. 1. Raheen House contested the same race ay his first run since the Sydney Cup and while he beat one home he’s much better suited here. His second-up form suggests he will improve and being the class runner has to be respected. 10. Costello wasn’t disgraced first-up at 1400m and his second-up form is usually his best given he’s run first or second in all four attempts. This trip is ideal and with even luck he could surprise.
How to play it: Kiss The Bride E/W ($5.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Kiss The Bride wins at Randwick on August 22
|Race 8 – 5:10PM THE DOYLO SPRINGTIME HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
4. Toro Toro is a tough on pacer who resumes in a race that should suit him with plenty of pace drawn wide. So he will get a nice run just off them and if he can roll into it he’ll take holding out. Won over this trip first-up last time and comes here as a solid trial winner. Hard to beat.
Dangers: 1. Partners is a speedy type coming off a freshen up since a rare poor effort at Rosehill a month ago. Hasn’t seen a good track for a while but he’s just as adept on top of the ground so will likely give a decent sight. 3. Bombasay has a smart first-up record and won fresh last time in. Form was a bit mixed subsequent to that win but he’s only missed a place three times and will race handy from the draw. Go well. 2. The Drake won a good quality race at Coffs Harbour before coming back to 1000m at Scone and finding it a bit sharp. Will relish a fast run 1100m and expect him to be hitting the line strongly.
How to play it: Toro Toro WIN ($4.40 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Toro Toro wins a trial at Scone on August 19