By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Thursday’s Wyong meeting. Selections based on a soft track.
|Race 1 – 12:45PM ROYAL HOTEL WYONG HANDICAP (1600 METRES)|
2. Rules Don’t Apply trialled quite well leading into her first-up run at Kensington where she loomed briefly then battled away. Fitter for that, extra trip and drop to this level suits and she’s entitled to go very close.
Dangers: 7. Our Cheeky Monkey might find the lead here and she’s been around the mark of late including a placing over this course two weeks ago. No harder here and has another chance. 1. Lethal Lucas bears close watching on debut. He hasn’t starred in his two recent trials but stepping out over a mile first-up renders those trials probably not such a great guide. Check betting and follow accordingly. 6. Misty Brook started big odds but wasn’t entirely disgraced behind Blaze A Trail second-up at Hawkesbury. Whether a mile is what she wants is a query but wouldn’t shock to see her give some cheek.
How to play it: Rules Don’t Apply WIN ($2.10 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Rules Don’t Apply runs fourth at Kensington on June 3
|Race 2 – 1.20PM THE DOYLO PLATE (1350 METRES)|
4. Sebourg blew the start when resuming at Kembla a month ago and did a huge job to finish as close as he did beaten two lengths. Fitter and drawn nicely here and if he gets away with them will be hard to hold out.
Dangers: 3. Pitchfork had every chance in third in the same race as Sebourg at Kembla then touched out in the last few strides at Kensington after looking the winner. Destined to be hard to beat but taking a line through Sebourg may be slightly under the odds. 7. Delector is a huge query at her first start for the Hawkes stable. Showed some promise for Kris Lees last spring and has trialled quite nicely for the new yard. Awkward gate but respect any betting moves. 9. La Jolie Fille should be ready to show something after two even efforts since a spell at Newcastle and Taree. Soft draw and smaller field might see her settle closer and she could be an improver.
How to play it: Sebourg WIN ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Sebourg runs sixth at Kembla on May 19
|Race 3 – 1:55PM GREAT NORTHERN PLATE (1000 METRES)|
8. Kennebec appeals from a soft gate first-up in what could be a fast run race. She hasn’t been beaten far in all three starts and her recent trial was a handy one on a soft track. Probably lands midfield and look for her to be running on strongly.
Dangers: 7. Giselle Anne is a 16 start maiden but she has been racing very well and just bumping into some progressive types more often than not. From gate one she can box seat, she baled hard to when runner-up, to a horse that has won again since, here two weeks ago and is in the mix. 5. Pure Rubick has been game from the front in his two runs back and will likely look to press forward from the outside and lead. If he happens to get any control he could take some catching as he looks close to a win on what he’s shown. 1. Essoess took a bit of work to get going but finished off to win his latest trial at Newcastle on soft ground.
How to play it: Kennebec E/W ($4.40 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Kennebec runs third in a Warwick Farm trial on June 2
|Race 4 – 2:35PM DE BORTOLI WINES PLATE (2100 METRES)|
4. Alakahan is a short priced favourite and is hard to go past on his second-up effort, off a six week break, where he closed off strongly into second at Newcastle. Extra distance is ideal, the blinkers go on and can only see him winning.
Dangers: 7. Mick An’ Nicks is still a maiden but placed in six of 10 starts including his closing third over this course two weeks ago. He’ll be thereabouts once again but probably playing for minor money. 1. Arabolini led and boxed on okay in a good form race at Newcastle a few weeks back despite it being a small field. Had a few chances of late but wouldn’t shock to see him fill a placing again. 8. Phylave was placed on a heavy track at Gosford before a battling effort here in a similar race. Probably can't win given his record but may sneak a place.
How to play it: Alakahan WIN ($1.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Alakahan runs second at Newcastle on June 6
|Race 5 – 3:10PM WYONG RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB GROUP HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
6. Al Snip might be able to play ambusher off what should be a solid tempo up front. Showed a heap of promise in strong maidens before breaking through earlier this year and readied with two nice trials. Sure to run well and look out for him late.
Dangers: 1. Spaceboy didn’t react to being ridden off the pace last time so expect him to revert to attempting to run them off their feet as he did when Kathy O’Hara rode first-up at Kembla. Nabbed late by Wandabaa second-up and that form is good. Hard to beat. 2. Belladeel is again a nice price despite beating some of these over this course two weeks ago. Drawn to take a similar run off the pace and will be thereabouts again. 5. Archery Butts led all the way and held on to beat a subsequent winner at Gosford first-up. Fitter but skips a grade here.
How to play it: Al Snip WIN ($3.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Al Snip wins a trial at Randwick on June 12
|Race 6 – 3:50PM BISHOP COLLINS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS HANDICAP (1600 METRES)|
5. Apicius races best when in front and could get that chance here. Both wins have been at a mile from the front and Tim Clark riding is significant. She does need to lift on what she showed last time but expecting her to back to her pet trip.
Dangers: 8. Delicately won well in a maiden here two starts back then handy enough at Kembla when third on a heavy 9 where she settled back and ran on. May appreciate the mile and is one of the chances. 3. Salsa Man broke his string of minor placings with a fair effort over 1350m here two weeks ago. Has been effective at the mile so entitled to another chance on previous consistency. 9. Ladies' Gem is a good wet tracker and he won well at Gosford before failing at Hawkesbury on a soft 5. Conditions suit a lot better and can give a sight.
How to play it: Apicius E/W ($8.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Apicius leads all the way at Goulburn in April
|Race 7 – 4:25PM WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY JULY 11 HANDICAP (1350 METRES)|
6. Rabbit Clause put the writing on the wall with an eye-catching first-up fourth over 1100m here two weeks ago and the extra trip is ideal. Love to see him on a bigger track but this race suits and he should be strongly respected.
Dangers: 2. Emergent showed promise last time in and this trip is ideal first-up with a soft run from barrier one. Improved into his second trial and any support will say he’s ready to go. Logical threat. 5. Mantelli was a big drifter at his first run back at Kensington and held his ground running fourth. Will be fitter and any improvement in the track will be to his advantage. Keep in mind. 9. Duenna disappointed at Warwick Farm but was back in form with a game on pace second at Kembla last time out. Consistent type and drawn well so should be around the mark.
How to play it: Rabbit Clause WIN ($5.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Rabbit Clause runs fourth at Wyong on June 4