By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s meeting at Wyong. Selections based on a good track.
|Race 1 – 1:35PM BJP PLASTERING HANDICAP (1000 METRES)|
With class on her side 1. Witherspoon is well placed to kick off her summer campaign a winner though she will need a small break or two in the run. She has the speed to lead or sit up handy if required and drawing out is probably better for her. She’s only started twice outside stakes company for a win and a close second and despite 60kg her trial win says she’s come back well and should take beating.
Dangers: 5. Enjoy Elsie was unchallenged in a small field over this course in winning a maiden by a big space. She led there and from the inside you’d expect her to try the same. There wasn’t a lot of depth to that maiden but she did towel them and has race fitness and 4kg on the top weight. That could be enough and we’ll see what she’s made of here. 2. Lancaster Bomber was heavily backed when resuming at Hawkesbury and blew all chance when he missed the start badly. Who knows where he would have finished had he broken cleanly but it’s unlikely to be six lengths off the winner. Keep safe. 3. Hostwin Saturn raced on the pace and fought on to win on debut at Hawkesbury and survived a protest after he ran around a bit in the straight. Been back to the trials to get things right and he has some upside.
How to play it: Witherspoon WIN ($2.20 TAB Fixed Odds).
Witherspoon’s easy trial win at Wyong on December 3
|Race 2 - 2:15PM DNR ELECTRICAL PLATE (1600 METRES)|
6. Shaman goes on top in a tricky looking race. He started $51 on debut in a slowly run race and was strong enough to the line behind Snippetspeed. A mile will suit him, whether Wyong will remains to be seen, but he has plenty of upside to him and if that debut performance wasn’t a fluke, given the price, he’s a big chance.
Dangers: 2. Hotel Amour was also unwanted in betting fresh but you had to like the way he ran on into second at this track. Fitter and that was his first glimpse of form so if he can go on with it he can be in the finish again. 7. Collectively has had six starts this time in and still chases a breakthrough win. Her past three efforts at Canterbury have been even ones, this is a small step back and she’s entitled to another chance. 4. Commander’s Watch showed something in his latest trial over 1030m and looking at his pedigree kicking off at a mile is up his alley. If he has a decent whack of ability he could easily be in the finish of this very open race.
How to play it: Shaman WIN ($3.40 TAB Fixed Odds).
Shaman’s debut third placing at Warwick Farm on November 28
|Race 3 – 2.50PM MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST IN JANUARY PLATE (1350 METRES)|
Godolphin has a strong hand here. Lean to 3. Nindamos who is a well bred gelding out of Group 1 winner Neroli making his debut. Held together in his first trial then allowed to run home behind a tearaway leader at Hawkesbury in his second in a couple of promising hitouts. Distance suits first-up and he should be in the finish.
Dangers: 8. Gremlin started favourite on debut at Newcastle and was beaten less than a length by Seles who has run well since in town. Back to the trials for a tune up and the extra trip would be in her favour. Expect her to be harder to beat this time. 11. Winspear will be right on the speed if not leading from the inside gate and she gave a sight in front at Kembla last start, just cut down in the final few strides. All three runs this time in have had merit and she’s in the mix again. 10. Turakina showed some improvement into her second trial at Randwick a couple of weeks ago. Interesting runner, drawn well and it wouldn’t surprise to see her run a cheeky race.
How to play it: Nindamos WIN ($3.00 TAB Fixed Odds).
Nindamos finds the line well into second in a Hawkesbury trial on November 26
|Race 4 – 3.25PM MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 3YO & 4YO STAKES (1200 METRES)|
There wouldn’t be a better placed horse anywhere than 3. Invincible Star and she’s entitled to be a short priced favourite. Possibly a bit too short but hard to knock her, she’s a last start Listed winner who has been Group 1 placed and was beaten a length by Brave Smash three starts ago. Cruises across from the wide gate and unless she’s taken on relentlessly she should be too good for them.
Dangers: 9. Sizzling Belle could be the knockout horse if they really make Invincible Star work over the 1200m. She has the draw to trail the speed as she’s done in her two trials and she wasn’t far off some of the better two-year-olds last season. Definitely a quinella horse at least. 5. Bondi was Group 1 placed at a mile in the autumn but didn’t didn’t fire in his only start earlier this spring. Recent trial was quiet and a little concealed, he has the talent if right to be somewhere in the finish. 6. Skyray was runner-up in the two-year-old feautre at this meeting last year. Easy winner first-up then favourite and never a favtor at Rosehill last time. With the field falling away he comes into contention for a minor.
How to play it: Invincible Star WIN ($1.40 TAB Fixed Odds).
Invincible Star wins the Starlight Stakes at Rosehill on December 1
|Race 5 – 4.05PM C.I.A. PLATE (2100 METRES)|
2. He’s Imposing is looking for the extra distance after staying a mile when a close up fourth at Gosford last week. He didn’t yield any ground there but just couldn’t sprint with them at a vital stage. Backing up is a good sign and he’s bred to really appreciate a middle distance. Sure to take holding out.
Dangers: 3. Jazzland had control as he led all the way to a nine length win over this course a couple of weeks ago to post his first win. Harder task here, up in weight and he may not get the same favours up front. If he does then he’ll take running down but he’s a bit under the odds for mine. 6. Frascati Miss is showing a bit of staying promise and she appreciated the 1900m when breaking through at Gosford at her fourth start. She didn’t go around a horse there but held a dominant margin. She could go on with the job. 8. City Of Love led them up and put up a bit of a fight before going under over a mile here last start. She’s been around the mark without winning, probably needs to find a few lengths to win this but is one to include in the multiples.
How to play it: He’s Imposing E/W ($6.50 TAB Fixed Odds).
He’s Imposing runs a close fourth at Gosford on December 6
|Race 6 - 4:45PM MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC (1100 METRES)|
6. Champagne Boom has been excellent in two runs in Melbourne and is a huge query in a race that could either set up perfectly for her or not at all. Brilliant on debut at Caulfield then tried very hard at Flemington in driving rain going down narrowly. She’ll sit off the speed here and be very strong late, especially if they’ve overdone it up front.
Dangers: 1. Unite And Conquer was a bit too slick down the straight at Flemington on debut back in October and has since warmed up with an easy trial win at Randwick over the short trip. No doubt he’ll go forward and if he finds the lead easily he might be too fast for them around Wyong. Logical horse to beat. 7. Exhilarates flopped on debut but may have had excuses then produced a much improved run chasing Czarson home at Gosford after being checked and having to sweep around them. Very well bred filly and she could be the dark horse. 2. Spaceboy is hard to leave out. He was outpointed by Tassort on debut that horse is the Golden Slipper favourite at this point. He’ll be fitter for the run and has drawn to be right on their hammer if he doesn’t lead. Definite chance.
How to play it: Champagne Boom WIN ($4.00 TAB Fixed Odds).
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|Race 7 - 5:20PM MERCURE KOOINDAH WATERS HANDICAP (1600 METRES)|
5. Everlasting Love comes off a maiden win over this course and while up in class this race looks to set up nicely for her to go back-to-back. She enjoyed just trailing the leader before making it look quite soft late. She’s right at her peak and is yet to run a bad race, she’s unlikely to run a bad one here either and is hard to beat.
Dangers: 3. Cyber Intervention was far from disgraced first-up at Hawkesbury where he went back to last off the outside gate and made some nice late ground. Extra 300m is a plus and his only win to date was at this track. Each-way chance. 6. Sensacova was expected to improve a little third up and she did that at Gosford making some ground into third place over the mile. At her peak now and in a race that is anyone’s if the favourite doesn’t fire so she has every chance. 2. Rapido Chaparro is a big watch first-up from a long spell. He won on debut at 1500m then thrown in the deep end at Flemington and failed. Latest trial was fair against a bunch of stayers and the mile suits him fresh. Wouldn’t shock to see him fire but be guided by the market.
How to play it: Everlasting Love WIN ($2.30 TAB Fixed Odds).
Everlasting Love is too strong at Wyong on November 29