By Neil Evans
Track improving to around a Good 4 and rail true so should play fairly even before late trend towards the middle and off speed
|Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (2100m):|
Surely 5YO Newcastle gelding 3. Urbino pays back connections and short-priced punters after going under as a hot favourite in both runs at home since arriving from the UK. Was ridden closer last effort over more ground, but one-paced in the final run home. Still the best-bred stayer here, and the one to beat.
Dangers: Few, if any, although improving 4YO Randwick gelding 2. Maybach has been close up in his last two, and now looking for this longer journey.
How to play it: Urbino to win and quinella 2 and 3. Odds and Evens (First 2): Split
|Race 2 C, G & E MAIDEN PLATE (1100m):|
Tactical sprint for the boys, with a few resuming, and the rest still early in their prep, although looks a race in three. Progressive 4YO Rosehill gelding 3. Iresign is hard to beat from this draw after a fair first-up run at Hawkesbury when easy in the market. Either leads or parks right behind the speed.
Dangers: Warwick Farm 4YO gelding 2. Big Bad Bruce resumes, but normally takes a run to be a winning factor, although has had two quiet trials, draws well, and wears a lugging bit for the first time. Expect plenty of improvement second-up from 3YO Newcastle gelding 7. Intimidating who punctured late under pressure resuming, but the winner that day is smart and city class, while longer trip is a plus.
How to play it: Iresign to win. Odds and Evens: Split
Iresign runs fifth at Hawkesbury on September 12
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1350m):|
Fascinating maiden, with an eye to the future. Impressed by the recent trial of 3YO Godolphin colt 4. Liberty Head who returns after a one-off and disappointing debut in the autumn, but there were excuses when he over-raced badly and pulled up lame. Had been very well backed that day.
Dangers: Local 3YO gelding 5. Rizzuto (Manhattan Rain x Baby Angel by Lucky Owners) is a big-striding brut of a horse who has trialled well enough in rain-affected ground, and stable always places their young ones well. Another Godolphin 3YO, well-bred 3. Golwen (Lonhro x Sindarin by Redoubte's Choice) has trialled okay in and around some smart youngsters, and draws to have an impact on debut; while 3YO Rosehill colt 7. Highbury wasn't a factor on debut in a strong maiden at Warwick Farm, and will improve.
How to play it: Liberty Head to win and quinella 4 and 5. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 4 CL1 HCP (1350m):|
Another race full of potential. Keen on improving 3YO Randwick colt 1. Famous who was very good late in a strong Class 2 on Wyong Cup day after tackling Group 3 company the start before. Again draws the fence, and extra trip ideal.
Dangers: Talented 3YO Hawkesbury filly 4. Darling Point is back in her right grade after totally outclassed behind a top-notch youngster in the Group 2 Furious. Had previously won her maiden first-up in smart fashion as a hot favourite. Progressive 3YO Warwick Farm filly 7. Magnificently came off a string of trials to score a dominant debut win on the Beaumont track, and she looks to have plenty of room for improvement taking on tougher opposition here. Lightly raced 4YO gelding 3. Wounded Soldier - another import now with the Kris Lees yard - charged home in a Class 1 at Taree two runs back before didn't let down under a bigger weight on the Beaumont track as a short-priced favourite. Drops a significant 5kg on that run, but not convinced this is his circuit.
How to play it: Famous to win and trifecta 1,4/1,3,4,7. Odds and Evens: Split
Famous rubs second at Wyong on September 6
|Race 5 F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1100m):|
Deep race at set weights, with a stack of encouraging form-lines. Smart 3YO Hawkesbury filly 8. Akari resumes after two runs in the autumn when she chased home high class Libertini at Randwick and Scone. Sat back and wide in latest trial, but still cruised through the line under a hold like a youngster headed for much better races. Drawn off the track, but oozes quality, and the blinkers come off.
Dangers: Talented 3YO Newcastle filly 13. Regimental Band also resumes off a nice trial, and made up plenty of late ground in only second start in that same Listed race at Scone behind Libertini and Akari. Warwick Farm 4YO mare and ex-Victorian 6. Threeood was only average resuming at Kembla, but is a noted second-up improver, and draws to get a lovely trail. Impressive 3YO Warwick Farm filly and first starter 14. Van Giz (Written Tycoon x Witwatersrand by Unfuwain) has won back-to-back heavy track trials for leading metro juvenile stable. Godolphin-trained 3YO filly 12. Dulcero flopped badly on debut at Kembla last month after being heavily backed. Has trialled fairly since so watch the market. Resuming 5YO Gosford mare 3. Furlana is still trying to break through after nine starts, but ran some bold races in good company through the autumn. Has won both lead-up trials in the wet, so track may be a bit firm first-up.
How to play it: Akari to win and first four 8,13/6,8,13/3,6,8,12,13,14/3,6,8,12,13,14. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 6 CL2 HCP (1600m):|
Take two for Goulburn-trained import 1. Julian Rock who returns as a gelding after the abandonment of a recent Kembla meeting. Only just missed hitting the line in his first two metro runs against stronger back in the autumn, and has trialled well. Gets in okay at the weights after rider's 2kg claim.
Dangers: Rosehill 4YO gelding 2. Jarhead has made big improvement this prep, powering home to win third-up in the mud at this track. Raced beyond a mile last spring, and this looks an ideal trip. Warwick Farm 6YO gelding 4. I Arize flashed home late in that same race behind Jarhead when well specked at a double figure price, and draws to get plenty of cover back in the field; while watch the market on 4YO Randwick staying mare 6. Miss Moana who hasn't started since the Group 3 SA Classic in May, but has had a quiet trial, and will be doing her best work late.
How to play it: Julian Rock to win and quinella 1 and 2. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 7 BM 70 HCP (1000m):|
Another open battle for the sprinters. Local 6YO gelding 1. Traumatised resumes with a smart fresh record, and is the class runner. Was never far away in a good company last prep, including powering home late behind high class Qld sprinters Ef Troop and Meet Mr Taylor. Big weight is off-set by form rider's 2kg claim.
Dangers: Lightly raced 4YO Gosford gelding 2. Rambler Rebel has exploded this prep winning all three country track runs in a sustained show of speed, and while he'll be very tough to run down again, this is his toughest challenge so far. Improving 5YO Scone gelding 5. Little Al resumed with a nice BM 66 win at home when heavily backed. Will go forward and stalk the speed again, and is building an impressive record with four wins from 13; while 5YO Muswellbrook mare 5. Princess Lottie is always at her best early in the prep. Hit the line hard first-up last time, and look sharp winning a recent home trial.
How to play it: Traumatised each way and quinella 1 and 2. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 8 CL1 HCP (1000m):|
Progressive 3YO Randwick colt 1. Soul Soldier returns for a second prep off a couple of forward trials. Won his maiden at Gosford at second start charging home from midfield in late autumn, and well in at the weights after rider's 2kg claim.
Dangers: Warwick Farm 3YO colt 3. Texas Forever won his maiden on debut at Hawkesbury before fighting on from the front at the Kensington track. Should be able to lead again from the inside draw.
How to play it: Soul Soldier each way. Odds and Evens: Odds.