By Neil Evans
Track Good 4, but with rail out 8m from 1100m to the winning post, likely on speed before levelling out in later races.
|Race 1 C, G & E CL 2 HCP (1100m):|
Competitive and tactical battle to start. Warwick Farm 4YO 4. Temple Run is a lightly raced gelding of real promise. Was backed late when scoring a terrific win at Gosford resuming off a long break, held up for a long time before surging between runners late. Looks up to this.
Dangers: Godolphin 3YO 3. Sergeant found the rise in class and trip a little rich last start; but finished hard to win over this trip two runs back at Gosford. Better suited here. Local 3YO colt 1. Fortification wasn't far away resuming in a decent CL2, and rise in trip is a bonus; while Randwick-trained 6. Great Wings has won two of his last three, both at Nowra, and drops in weight but this is considerably tougher.
How to play it: Temple Run to win and trifecta 4/1-3-6.
Temple Run wins at Gosford on February 12
|Race 2 F & M CL2 HCP (1200m):|
The girls' edition also offers plenty of potential and quality. Like the placement fresh for smart Hawkesbury 3YO 2. Ragazze who resumes off two forward trials, and goes back to the track where she blew away her rivals on debut when heavily backed. Won narrowly third-up as well in first prep at Wyong, and gets in nicely after form apprentice's 3kg claim.
Dangers: No doubting the ability this grade of Randwick 3YO 1. She's Furline who also returns to the track where she flew home to win her maiden first-up last prep before claiming a BM 66 on the Kensington track third-up. Used to carrying weight and senior rider goes on for top juvenile stable. Another Randwick 3YO 5. Galway Girl also showed plenty in her first prep, including a maiden win at Newcastle, before narrowly beaten at BM 70 level in town; while local 3YO 3. Chicadilly has charged home to win her last two at home from just off the speed, but not well weighted against some of these. Include 6. Alison Of Tuffy in wider exotics. Charged home to win her maiden first-up at Gosford swamping Pindus who again ran well at Wyong last week.
How to play it: Ragazze to win and first four 1-2/1-2-3-5-6.
Ragazze wins a Hawkesbury trial on February 26
|Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):|
Tricky race where trial form is pivotal. Randwick filly 9. Bride Of Vengeance went close in her first two runs last prep, and looked good hitting the line sweetly in a recent trial.
Dangers: Randwick mare 8. Emerald Earth is banging on the door after three runs back from a long spell. Just missed two runs back at Hawkesbury when heavily backed before a little disappointing in a good quality maiden this track; but went back to the trials and accelerated nicely between runners. Debutant Randwick colt 6. Meticulous (Medaglia D'oro x Hoss Amour by General Nediym) trialled solid when forced to cart the field up to the tearaway winner, but may need the run. Expecting 3YO gelding 7. Prince George to improve second-up after an even effort at Nowra; while local filly 11. Winter In America has also trialled well.
How to play it: Bride Of Vengeance and Emerald Earth both to win.
|Race 4 CL1 HCP (1400m):|
Strong race. Hawkesbury colt 3. Schnapps drops back to ideal trip and track after just edged out here two runs back before a valiant effort in town at BM 70 level over longer journey. Draws well and carries his lightest weight this prep after Billy Owen's claim.
Dangers: Talented filly 8. Autumn rocketed home fresh to beat a nice horse and claim her maiden before a big jump to Group 2 level where she finished at the back but wasn't a mile off them, and the winner has since won a Group 1. Rosehill gelding 2. Be Mindful took on some good ones in his first prep last winter, and stormed home to win his maiden second-up at Newcastle.
How to play it: Schnapps to win.
|Race 5 C, G & E MAIDEN HCP (1400m):|
Another open and competitive battle. Randwick 3YO 1. Superbowl Sunday will be hard to beat third-up. Debuted with a nice closing effort at Wyong before missing by a whisker this track last start when heavily backed. Extra trip suits and senior hoop jumps on.
Dangers: Warwick Farm-based 3. Is That So finished off okay on debut at Nowra, and should improve down in weight; while another Warwick Farm 3YO 4. Mikhail (Redoubte's Choice x Vishneva by Charge Forward) has also looked sharp in two trials, but draws wide for debut.
How to play it: Superbowl Sunday to win.
|Race 6 F & M MAIDEN HCP (1400m):|
Again trial form is a big factor in an open race, although sticking with well-bred 3YO filly 6. Duchess Of Windsor who has had four mixed runs this prep. Was flat as a biscuit chasing at Wyong last start, but previous form sound from off the speed, and is much better suited on bigger track.
Dangers: Rosehill filly 11. Vitesse has taken on good maidens in three runs this prep, and looks ready to figure. Randwick filly 5. Princess Siri was good from well off the speed behind a promising horse at Hawkesbury, but draws wide. Big watch on first starters Warwick Farm mare 1. Miss Nomer (Ad Valorem x Miss Madelaine by Rivotious) whose had two recent trials; and Randwick filly 4. November Morning (Dundeel x November Flight by Flying Spur) who has also been taken along quietly at the trials.
How to play it: Duchess Of Windsor each-way and quinella 6 and 11.
|Race 7 BM 64 HCP (1600m):|
A wide open challenge to finish. Looks a fair profile for Warwick Farm gelding 4. Stryke Rock who continues hitting the line this grade under big weights. Hard fit for leading stable, and will be suited late in the day parked off the fence midfield on a long run home.
Dangers: Lightly-raced Randwick 3YO 6. Mr Dependable is a smart front-runner who bolted in his maiden at Hawkesbury at second career start, and bred to conquer better races over further ground, but goes up in weight. Moruya-based 4YO 1. Pinch Passion comes back from two solid closing runs at BM 70 metro level in QLD. Gets nice trailing run midfield from a cosy gate, and rider's 3kg claim crucial. Rosehill colt 3. Mangione progressed nicely in his first prep last spring, and although will be forced a long way back from a wide barrier, watch for him late. Warwick Farm 4YO 5. Subban flew home this track to win at big odds resuming. Won his only previous second-up run, and took on stronger grades in town last winter. Include Randwick mare 8. Swiss in exotics. Outclassed in stronger grade last start, but cruised home in CL1 this track two back. Draws nicely and well weighted after rider's claim.
How to play it: Stryke Rock each-way and first four 4-5-6/1-3-4-5-6-8.