By Gary Harley
Godolphin's trainer James Cummings has accepted with seven of his team for Wyong’s Saturday race meeting.
In race 2, the royal blue colours will be carried by Ballad and the emergency Décor. Ballad has drawn wide but may start favourite. She was runner-up on debut on this track on November 29 and she finished fourth at Hawkesbury two weeks back.
Décor will be improved by her debut run here two weeks back when beaten 3 lengths.
Micawber is on debut for Godolphin in race 4 and he will be hard to beat. The three-year-old had a very quiet trial at Warwick Farm last week.
Stablemates Fallgold and Unify both have undeniable claims in race 5. Fallgold went to the paddock after a Wyong win in September and she led all the way in a recent trial. Unify finished strongly to win a Kensington Maiden before Christmas.
The Godolphin pair Cossetot and Galapagos will be well fancies in race 6. Cossetot won on debut at Hawkesbury on December 9 then was held up in the straight when three lengths from the winner at Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Galapagos has raced twice for a win at Geelong and a placing at Sale. Front-running mare Sazavee should break through in her ninth race start in the opening event. She has been placed in six of her eight starts.
RACE 1 (JIM BEAM MAIDEN, 1600M): Sazavee is a front-running mare with six placings from eight starts. She has been runner-up in her past two starts at Kembla and Newcastle and she should be hard to run down on this track. Construe had no luck when fifth at Newcastle last start and she is the main threat. Oakfield Ella could run into a place.
SELECTIONS: 1 SAZAVEE, 4 CONSTRUE, 8 OAKFIELD ELLA
RACE 2 (CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN PLATE, 1200M): Ballad looks hard to beat here in her third race start. She was runner-up on a soft track at Wyong on debut on November 29 before a solid fourth at Hawkesbury. Montana Thunder is close to a win after three placings from three starts. Atomic Sunrise can improve.
SELECTIONS: 7 BALLAD, 2 MONTANA THUNDER, 6 ATOMIC SUNRISE
RACE 3 (SEA FM’S FAMILY RACEDAY JAN 27, 1600M): Sostenido is ready to win after three solid performances on metropolitan tracks in his past three starts. He gets well back in his races but he is strong late and his fourth in a benchmark 70 on the Kensington track on New Years Day was full of merit. Rapido Chaparro led all the way to win at Gosford last start and he will be fitter this time. Ikara Miss was a last start winner on this track and has a chance.
SELECTIONS: 3 SOSTENIDO, 2 RAPIDO CHAPARRO, 5 IKARA MISS
RACE 4 (CAVARNI DESIGN MAIDEN PLATE, 1350M): Home Scene is knocking on the door after placings at Canterbury and Newcastle recently. He was run down late at Newcastle last start and his two efforts prior at Canterbury were good enough to win this. Nuclear Burst pulled up lame at Scone last start and he had good form last prep. Bollente was beaten a nose in his only start at Newcastle in August and he has had two recent trials.
SELECTIONS: 6 HOME SCENE, 9 NUCLEAR BURST, 4 BOLLENTE
RACE 5 (RYAN’S METAL ROOFING CLASS 1, 1100M): Fallgold resumes here on the back of an all the way Canterbury trial win. The filly was a last start Wyong winner in September and she was placed at Warwick Farm and Newcastle. Time And Again finished strong to win first up at Newcastle recently and is a big threat. Unify won a Kensington Maiden first-up.
SELECTIONS: 8 FALLGOLD, 10 TIME AND AGAIN, 7 UNIFY
RACE 6 (LAKES PRINTERS BM 64, 1350M): Sausalito was stiff last start at Newcastle when beaten a neck. He was held up at the top of the straight and when he loomed as the winner late he laid in. He raced well in his only start on this track. Cossetot won on debut at Hawkesbury on December 9 before an unplaced run at Newcastle on Boxing Day. Galapagos could fill a place.
SELECTIONS: 13 SAUSALITO, 11 COSSETOT, 5 GALAPAGOS
RACE 7 (HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY KEV BM 64, 1350M): Mimic is chasing a hat-trick after convincing wins at Scone and Coffs Harbour. She is pretty smart but she normally races back in the field. She does run home well. Oxford Angel was unlucky at Newcastle last start and she has won here. Zavance is racing well.
SELECTIONS: 6 MIMIC, 10 OXFORD ANGEL, 7 ZAVANCE
GARY HARLEY’S LATE MAIL
1 SAZAVEE – HAS CLEARLY BEST FORM
4 CONSTRUE – NO LUCK LAST START
8 OAKFIELD ELLA – PLACE
2 COMMANDER’S WATCH – CAN IMPROVE
7 BALLAD – WILL APPRECIATE FIRMER TRACK
2 MONTANA THUNDER – NEVER FAR AWAY
6 ATOMIC SUNRISE – DEBUT RUN OK
4 RUSSIAN ROMEO – VICTORIAN WITH A CHANCE
3 SOSTENIDO – DROPS IN CLASS
2 RAPIDO CHAPARRO – FRONT RUNNER IN FORM
5 IKARA MISS – CAN RUN WELL AGAIN
1 OAKFIELD CAPTAIN – FORGET LAST RUN
6 HOME SCENE – HAS FOOT ON TILL
9 NUCLEAR BURST – PULLED UP LAME LAST RUN
4 BOLLENTE – WENT WELL ONLY START
8 MICAWBER – 1ST START. QUIET TRIAL
8 FALLGOLD – ONLY WIN HERE. TRIALLED WELL
10 TIME AND AGAIN – LOOKED GOOD AT NEWCASTLE
7 UNIFY – STRONG WIN 1ST UP.
3 VERLAN – SLOW RECOVERY LAST START. WATCH
13 SAUSALITO – STIFF LAST START
11 COSSETOT – EXCUSES LAST START
5 GALAPAGOS – VICTORIAN FORM SOUND
1 JEXERLENT – WAS GOOD 1ST UP
6 MIMIC – SMART FILLY CHASING A HAT-TRICK
1 OXFORD ANGEL – NO LUCK LAST RUN
7 ZAVANCE – LAST RUN HER BEST
2 ALLITERATE – CLASSY MARE WITH A CHANCE