By Neil Evans
Track down to Soft 7 and rail out 10m so just off the speed early before levelling out
|Race 1 CLASS 1 HCP (1895m):|
One of those tricky middle distance tactical battles to start, and most are in with a shot. Promising 3YO filly 6. Soul Purpose form the Mark Newnham stable at Randwick will try to repeat the dose from Hawkesbury when she swept home from the back for a dominant maiden win. Form has already stacked up from that win, and rise in grade nicely off-set at the weights after jockey's claim. Only needs reasonable speed on from the half mile to be the one to beat.
Dangers: Progressive Randwick 3YO 2. Lando Bay came off his maiden win at Wyong with a terrific closing effort behind a smart one in a strong CL1 on Scone Cup day, and forecast rain won't hurt either. Randwick 4YO 1. All Things takes a natural step up in trip after finishing too well to claim his maiden here second-up, and draws to trail the speed. Improving Warwick Farm 3YO 3. Heimberg peaked beautifully fourth-up after a couple of handy provincial runs careering away to win his maiden at Goulburn as heavily backed favourite by more than six lengths. Harder here, but draws well and is on the rise.
How to play it: Soul Purpose to win and trifecta 2,6/1,2,4,6/1,2,4,6. Odds and Evens (First 2): Evens
Soul Purpose wins at Hawkesbury on May 5
|Race 2 CLASS 1 HCP (1500m):|
Another small field where pace will be crucial. Impressed with the third-up maiden win at Kembla of Far North Coast 3YO 3. Divine Eleven from the Matt Dunn yard charging home from midfield. Doesn't want it too far into soft rating, but will relish this trip and track.
Dangers: Improving Randwick 3YO 1. Faretti was sound first-up in a much tougher metro sprint, and draws to get a charmed run, but this is as far as he wants second-up under a big weight. while resuming Warwick Farm filly 5. Fulmina is best of the rest, winning the latest of two trials.
How to play it: Divine Eleven to win. Odds and Evens: Odds.
|Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1500m):|
Same distance for the maidens. Rosehill 6YO and former UK stayer 3. First Footman from the Freedman stable was strong in only his second run Down Under off a nine month spell. Obviously bred to get much further, but second-up form is sound and stable has a good opinion. Sire was a two-time Group 1 winner.
Dangers: Expect sharp improvement second-up from 9. Space Is Deep who got a mile back resuming, and will appreciate more ground and a bigger track.
How to play it: First Footman to win. Odds and Evens: Odds.
|Race 4 MAIDEN PLATE (900m):|
Back to the scamper course, and doubt anything can match 2YO colt 9. Meadow Land from the leading local stable of Kris Lees resuming off two sharp trials. Was scratched from a similar race here on Saturday after drawing wide, and jumps from the inside in this.
Dangers: Doubt there are any, but Randwick 2YO colt 12. Coat Of Arms looks the quinella runner improving off a nice debut effort at Kembla; while watch the betting on Randwick filly 5. New Day who resumes off a quiet trial, and will be running on late.
How to play it: Meadow Land to win and in-order trifecta 9-12-5. Odds and Evens: Split.
|Race 5 MAIDEN HCP (1300m):|
Still with the maidens, and this is tricky with most either resuming or early in the prep. Warwick Farm 3YO gelding 1. Brook Hill from the Bjorn Baker stable can progress off a handy debut here when closing off late. Draws to get plenty of cover, and was also preferred here over Saturday's meeting.
Dangers: Expect a different horse this time in with Warwick Farm 3YO 3. Past Tense who returns as a gelding with blinkers on for top metro stable off two quiet trials. Godolphin filly 7. Dulcero also resumes off two tidy trials, with blinkers on for the first time. Watch the betting on Wyong 3YO 2. Underboss (Animal Kingdom x Lobster by Redoubte's Choice) who debuts in blinkers off two fair trials, and was scratched from Taree on Monday to be saved for this.
How to play it: Brook Hill to win. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 6 CLASS 2 HCP (1200m):|
Consistent 4YO 1. Zouologist from the Vigouroux yard at Hawkesbury returns to the track where he scored four runs back, and has been in the placings since, including a last start brave effort in BM 70 metro company.
Dangers: Expect a big first-up run from Randwick 3YO 2. Arthur In Charge who returns as a gelding off two sound trials, and draws to get a handy trail.
How to play it: Zouologist to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 7 BM 70 HCP (1400m):|
Good open race to finish. Smart 3YO filly 4. Trajection from the Kim Waugh yard at Wyong keeps measuring up in this grade, despite a lengthy prep. Last two wins - four runs back and last start - have both been at this track powering home from well off the speed, and carries the same weight after new rider's claim.
Dangers: Hawkesbury 4YO 7. Reiby's Regent is at the top of his game finishing hard to just miss here in a BM 64 before powering away to bolt in at Wyong. Has good acceleration, and likely to roll forward again over this trip. Godolphin 3YO 2. Whispered stuck on bravely this grade here fourth-up after doing some work, and draws to get a better run; while stablemate 3YO 6. Golwen did a good job under a big weight to round them up in weaker grade at Kembla, but draws the outside barrier.
How to play it: Trajection each way and trifecta 4,7/2,4,7/2,4,6,7. Odds and Evens: Split.
Trajection wins at Newcastle on May 9