Form has been done for a good track.
Race 1 – 1:25PM SHARON SAMWAYS MEMORIAL CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
4. Zavance is a filly that should come into her own out to the mile. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old, a half-sister to the stable’s group-winning mare Nancy, is still in her first preparation. Last start she reeled in her rivals at Wyong to win over 1350m. The start prior to that she was no match for 1. Oakfield Captain. That was over 1300m. She’ll get her chance to turn the tables over more ground here. She has drawn widest in the small field but there looks to be plenty of speed engaged, so Kerrin McEvoy will be afforded the opportunity to take hold and rush home over the top.
Share plan: Brenton Avdulla has a good association with Tactical Advantage, and the pair unite again for the Takeover Target Stakes.Credit:AAP
Dangers: 2. Judge Judi has only had the one outing for Kim Waugh after moving from Bjorn Baker. Like the fight she showed at Kembla to go down narrowly to Myprayer. The mare is untried past 1400m. That’s the query, especially just second up. Speaking of queries at the mile, Oakfield Captain hasn’t made much of an impression in his two runs over the trip, one of which was last start. 5. Uber Lux rates a mention having won over the Gosford 1600m before. She’ll be at her top now third up but needs to find a few lengths on her last start fifth at Kembla Grange.
How to play it: Zavance WIN
Race 2 – 2:00PM SIGNARAMA ERINA/GOSFORD METRO & PROV MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
10. Press Box has had five chances to break her maiden already but this is the first time she has raced outside of city company. The other thing worth noting about the full sister to Press Statement, also trained by Chris Waller, is both of her best runs do date have been first up. On debut back in May she was just missed to stablemate Ms Rodarte where there was a sizeable gap back to third, while fresh in her second campaign she flashed late to just miss again after a chequered run in the straight. She tackles the older mares here but from the cosy draw, and off a nice trial at Rosehill, she won’t get a better chance to break through.
Dangers: Had Intrepidus pegged as the danger so the confidence levels increase further with that galloper scratched. Kris Lees looks to have opted for Taree on Monday, where he’ll be very hard to beat. Lees will still be represented in the race by 3. Lifetime Quest. He did more than enough on debut at Scone. 8. Foxpack was heavily backed on debut on Randwick’s Kensington track but only plugged away to hold fourth having parked outside of the leader. This is easier and she’ll be better for the experience.
How to play it: Press Box WIN
Race 3 – 2:35PM TOOHEYS 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Strong claims: In-form apprentice Robbie Dolan has a good book of rides at Gosford, including Easy Eddie.Credit:AAP
9. Monterey Lad strikes the most winnable race in his career at Gosford. The Benfica gelding trained by John Thompson will relish the mile. Everything he has done to date has suggested he has wanted this trip. His two runs back this campaign will have him primed for 1600m third up. Fresh he worked home nicely at Nowra over 1100m before savaging the line late at Canberra over 1300m. The tempo of this race should allow him to settle just off midfield before Robbie Dolan, an apprentice in hot form, lets him rip down the middle of the track. He’s the horse to beat in a tricky race.
Dangers: 8. I’m Kate had no luck at all at Gosford last time out. Just as she was starting to make her run up the fence after settling in behind the leaders, the gate was closed and she lost all of her momentum. The daughter of Savabeel tried to pick herself up again but it was all in vain. Her debut run had merit too as although she was beaten out of sight by Cossetot and Musume, both of those horses won their subsequent start, Cossetot in town. 6. Chief Command just needs to find the front to be winning a race shortly. That could be here. He wasn’t suited last start in the same race as I’m Kate, tucking in behind the speed. He is too one-paced.
How to play it: Monterey Lad WIN
Race 4 – 3:10PM PRESTIGE WEDDING & EVENT HIRE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
8. Hildalgo was impressive in leading all the way at Scone last start. The three-year-old found the front without too much trouble, travelled sweetly turning for him and scooted clear to win by near three lengths. The race was run in faster time than the BM58 on the same day over 1100m won by Albert’s No Pussy. Kerrin McEvoy rides and should be able to cross to the lead with 11. Partners and 10. Miss Powerbelle drawn on his outside. They’d need to really burn for McEvoy to hand up. David Atkins picked up this horse from South Australia, where he didn’t fire in one run for Richard Jolly. Follow him in NSW though as he’ll work his way through the grades.
Dangers: Miss Powerbelle beat Hildago two runs back showing too much speed over 1000m for Hildago but he closed strongly. Confident he can turn the tables. Miss Powerbelle has since run second to Battle Anthem. There is no shame in that. She’ll be thereabouts again with any early luck. 4. Laburnum was backed as if unbeatable first up in town, jumping $1.75 but never looked likely, running fourth. She looked to want further so the query here is only getting an extra 100m and the likelihood of settling last from the wide draw. 1. Al Mah Haha has found a new home with Tash Burleigh and trialled very strongly ahead of his return.
How to play it: Hildalgo EACH WAY
Race 5 – 3:45PM DE BORTOLI WINES TAKEOVER TARGET STAKES (1200 METRES)
2. Tactical Advantage has been up since July but his runs have been spaced and he is showing no signs of his form tapering off. Don’t let the sixth at Doomben last start make you think otherwise as he was beaten by the gate. The five-year-old has won three of his seven starts for Kris Lees with big weights, a wet track and the aforementioned wide draw the excuses for his defeats. None of those are applicable here. Brenton Avdulla, who has a good association with the horse, will park him in behind the speed from the middle draw. He is a horse that travels so sweetly when on song so here’s hoping Avdulla is swinging off him turning for home.
Dangers: 3. Easy Eddie has never raced in better form. The Joe Pride-trained gelding has won two on the bounce and deserves his shot at Listed level. The same can be said for apprentice Robbie Dolan, who has been rewarded for his efforts on this horse, keeping the ride. Tactical Advantage gave Easy Eddie windburn mid last year on the one occasions they met. 6. Demerara finished hard to run second at Doomben last start behind Manicure, while much can be same for stablemate 5. Isaurian, but he ran third in the same race as Tactical Advantage.
How to play it: Tactical Advantage WIN
Race 6 – 4:20PM GOSFORD QUARRIES GOSFORD GOLD CUP (2100 METRES)
2. Singing won this race last year. Not only did he won it, he trounced his rivals, gapping Red Excitement in a distant second. The difference this time around is that he is not deep into a preparation, tackling it fifth up. Instead, he is first up off a 38-week spell. Add to that the 59kg impost as opposed to the 55.5kg he carried last year.
There is no denying he is up against it but the temptation lies in the price. He was $2.90 favourite for the race last year, but this year has opened double-figure odds. The nine-year-old has looked right on his game in two trials. The late money trail will likely tell the story. Imagine he rolls across to offset the wide draw.
Dangers: Thought 9. Roman Son was entitled to hit the line harder than what he did last time out when finally clear in the Summer Cup at Randwick. He keeps flopping out of the barriers at the start too. Can poke a few holes in him as the early race favourite. 4. Satono Rasen was ridden aggressively to lead in the same race as Roman Son and the change in tactics sparked the seven-year-old back into action. He won’t get that same run here though with 1. Fabrizio running along and 5. Prioritise holding the fence from barrier 1. 6. Sir Plush has to be a risk out to 2100m.
How to play it: Singing WIN
Race 7 – 4:55PM TAB.COM.AU MALCOLM CUSICK STAKES – CLASS 4 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Five of the nine runners here come out of the same race won by 1. It’s So Obvious. Given she was first up off a 34-week break, they’re up against it beating her now she has had that run. The six-year-old mare worked hard mid-race to sit outside of the leader too. Punters Intelligence reveals she ran 10.82s between the 800-600m. That’s three lengths quicker than the second-placed 3. Bombarding. Given he was hard fit, it’s hard to make a case that he can turn the tables, despite the narrow margin. Drawn 2, Robbie Dolan won’t have to spend as much petrol to find a spot as he did first up. All of her wins have been over the sprint trips too. She’s going to take plenty of beating on her home patch.
Dangers: It’s been rocks or diamonds for 2. Skyray this campaign. It started off on the right foot at Hawkesbury and he showed another glimpse of his best at Warwick Farm two runs back, however not much has gone right in the other three runs. The latest of those was on the Kensington track and the three-year-old pulled up lame. Forgive that effort. He is better than a Class 4 galloper, there is no doubting that. 6. Dunatun was too bad to be true at Rosehill last start after attracting betting support. His second to Baller the start prior is certainly good enough to give this a shake.
How to play it: It’s So Obvious WIN
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