Race-by-race guide and tips for Randwick on Saturday

Form has been done for a good track.

Race 1 – 1:20PM COUNTDOWN TO GOLDEN SLIPPER SPRINT (1100 METRES)

Here’s a forecast – not only will 1. Espaaniyah win this race on Saturday but she’ll also go on to claim the $2m Inglis Millennium in a fortnight. We’ve seen the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly once at the races and she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels at Moonee Valley over 1000m on Cox Plate day. She gives away weight to the boys but she’s classy. Loved the way this daughter of I Am Invincible trialled at Randwick and drawn 1, she’ll use that to boot up and lead. It’s a big field but they’ll all be behind her in the run, and hopefully for our sake, still be behind her at the finish line.

There are nine races scheduled for today.Credit:AAP

Dangers: Espaaniyah’s unraced stablemate 6. Dawn Passage looked outstanding in his most recent trial at Wyong. He was surprisingly sharp being by Dawn Approach. Mark him down for longer races but should be hitting the line. 13. Lucicello looks a likely type off her trials for Chris Waller. It’s easy to be dismissive of 14. Syliva’s Memory coming off a Coffs Harbour maiden over 800m but it was that or another barrier trial so Marc Quinn opted for the race. Will have to work across from the wide draw but she looks up to city class. 4. Aussie has Snowden training and Bowman riding.

How to play it: Espaaniyah WIN.

Race 2 – 1:55PM DOUG CARROLL HANDICAP (1300 METRES)

8. She’s Spicy had two years off after her debut but has returned in sparkling form. The four-year-old looks a mare with untapped ability. As we are well accustomed to now, trainer Matt Dunn knows exactly the right horses to target Highway Handicaps with. The stable’s record in the race speaks for itself. The daughter of Real Saga won her maiden by panels before next dismantling a Class 2 field at Doomben. She was beaten at her latest outing but it was by an all-the-way leader dictating in a small field. That won’t be the case here with a big field thundering around Randwick creating plenty of pressure. From the perfect draw, Brenton Avdulla will park her a couple of pairs back.

Dangers: Can make a small case for the toppie 1. I Am Magnificent at big odds. The six-year-old is now trained by Dean Mirfin and he has looked in need of his three runs back from a near two year break. He comes out of city benchmark races and was a Warwick Farm winner back in November of 2016. Big watch on 13. I Am A Cool Kid as Gayna Williams tests the waters for a tilt at the Country Championships series. The lightly-raced six-year-old has a stack of talent. The map from the extreme outside looks sticky though. 2. Acquittal hit the line nicely first up in a BM74 behind Star Fall. He probably wants 1400m but if the leaders overdo it, he’s a knockout chance.

How to play it: She’s Spicy WIN.

Race 3 – 2:30PM MAURICE ROLFE HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

2. Sylvia’s Mother is the nominal shortie of the day. This mare has looked brilliant in her two wins back this campaign and looks destined for black type so the step into Saturday company for the first time is of no concern. Last start at Canterbury she ran the fastest last 600m split of the entire night (34s flat via Punters Intelligence) to chase down Alassio and Transmitter, with both of those horses winning their subsequent starts. The win was better than it looks with Alassio backing off in the middle stages meaning Sylvia’s Mother had to be really sharp the last 400m in particular (22.21s). The four-year-old has won three on the bounce and with the Hawkes placement, that picket fence still has a few more palings to come.

Dangers: 1. Star Fall has won four of his six starts and his last three straight. Linda Meech again makes the trip up to ride him and has said she thinks the three-year-old has the scope to be competitive in much better races. The Zoustar colt gave his rivals weight at Randwick last start and a beat down, coasting to victory. He’s the benchmark for Sylvia’s Mother but she gets in 3.5kg lighter and looks to have even more scope. Ideally this race would be 1200m for 4. Exceltic but the extra 100m will help close the gap between him and Star Fall from last start. His last 600m there of 33.06s was 1.5L faster than the next best in the race (Punters Intelligence).

How to play it: Sylvia’s Mother WIN.

Race 4 – 3:05PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

3. Toryjoy was enormous at Randwick last start, when being pegged back by 4. Extreme Bliss on the line. There aren’t too many races run over 1500m at Randwick but they annihilated the track record and ran six lengths quicker than Turnberry on the same day. Extreme Bliss came from last while Toryjoy was ripping along out in front. Her ability to sustain her sectionals was really impressive and riding her in front has been the making of her. Her last 200m, according to Punters Intelligence, was 12.10s so she hadn’t yet hit a brickwall hence the big gap back to third. Hugh Bowman, off four winners at Canterbury, will take her straight to the front and she’ll stay there. Best bet of the day.

Dangers: Extreme Bliss had the race run to suit last start and although there does look to be good speed again here, she’ll need all the right breaks again. It was a brilliant ride from Andrew Mallyon last time out after she half missed the kick. 1. Nicci’s Gold is another one that falls into that bucket. Luck deserted her last week at Rosehill when she needed clear running earlier. She’d have won if she got it. Everything that could have gone wrong first up for 2. Letter To Juliette did. Forget she ever ran and include her in any exotics.

How to play it: Toryjoy WIN.

Race 5 – 3:40PM JHB SYNDICATIONS SPRINT (1100 METRES)

6. So You Win put his rivals to the sword last week at Rosehill. This will be his third week at the races in a row so he is a horse clearly thriving in his work. The four-year-old was a while between drinks until last start but he has always possessed the talent and is the type that could progress through to Group races now he has found winning form. Punters Intelligence reveals just how dominant he was. Brenton Avdulla, who unsurprisingly maintains his association with him, was still swinging off him turning for home but he clocked 11.21s from the 600-400m, the quickest in the race, and the event was as good as over from there. So You Win’s last 600m was 34.12s, some 2.5L faster than the next best.

Dangers: 5. Berdibek has put two good runs together, which he didn’t do last preparation. The five-year-old is four weeks between runs but on the strength of his last start second to Tip Top over the mile, he’s a big player in this. 2000m, tick. 7. Island Missile is another horse knocking on the door. He has been stretched out to middle distance trips this campaign and it’s added a new string to his bow. He’ll be relieved to find no Live And Free here. 10. Mercurial Lad maps to get control of this race from the front, which gives him the chance to be in the finish again.

How to play it: So You Win WIN.

Race 6 – 4:20PM ROGER HAWKE HANDICAP (1350 METRES)

8. Sei Stella is a very fast mare. The question here is whether she can stretch it to 1100m. The four-year-old is going to be judged off her 1100m run on the Kensington track last preparation but I’m happy to forget that. She went too bad to be true that day and was at the end of her first racing campaign. Last start she matched motors with Heart Conquered over 1000m, smashing the Kensington track record. Interestingly, Punters Intelligence reveals she ran the fastest last 200m of the race clocking 11.23s, despite going down. The two out in front were going further away from their rivals at the finish, not sitting down. There is speed drawn inside her but her early brilliance should still see her cross 10. Happy Mo to lead.

Dangers: 3. Junglized is a rocks or diamonds kind of horse. That’s highlighted by his three runs this campaign – sandwiched between two outstanding efforts behind Bon Amis was a shocker. He can do that though. Last start he was outgunned by Bon Amis in a photo finish. He is new to the seven day back-up but if he reproduces that effort, albeit this won’t be a sit and sprint like that was, he’ll be in the firing line again. 7. Taniko keeps making leaps forward and was a dominant winner last time out. The drop back to 1100m a slight negative. 5. Oriental Runner is a smart sprinter on his day but have always thought him to be more effective when he dictates.

How to play it: Sei Stella WIN.

Race 7 – 5:00PM ERIC 'MO' CONLON HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

1. Endless Drama contested the Carrington Stakes first up last year and ran a monster third despite covering a stack of ground three-wide the entire. He made a dash before being collared by Lanciato. Punters Intelligence reveals he covered 1410.6m while Lanciato pinched ground through the pack to cover 1403.8m. Endless Drama gave Lanciato 5.5kg that day. Here he is tasked with giving the early favourite 11. Penske 7.5kg. After that, the seven-year-old won the Apollo Stakes beating Global Glamour and Comin’ Through. He hasn’t looked likely in four runs since then but they’ve all been in Group Ones. Back to a Listed race he pays the penalty at the weights but he is drawn to be smothered up behind the speed. His trial was very strong this time in too.

Dangers: Dare I put 5. Tom Melbourne in for second, again? The cult hero has had three first up runs for Chris Waller, and yes, you guessed it, he has run second in all three of them. The margins have been 0.3L, 0.2L and 0.2L. He gets too close at the finish to doubt his desire! The draw is sticky so expect Blake Shinn to settle him in the second half. He’ll still get his chance. Forget 4. Flow ever ran at Doomben. The five-year-old is very appropriately named as he likes to do exactly that into his races, building momentum. The knock on Penske is the price. He won a BM78 first up at double figure odds.

How to play it: Endless Drama WIN.

Race 8 – 5:40PM BOOKMAKER RECOGNITION RACE DAY TROPHY (2000 METRES)

How about the trials of 8. Sondelon! They’ve been excellent. The Waterhouse and Bott-trained four-year-old has been off the scene for 36 weeks but he won two from four in his first campaign culminating in being tested in Group Three company. Spending his days at Tulloch Lodge has me confident this horse will be ready to go fresh, despite the lay off. The other key to this race is the lack of an obvious leader which gives Tim Clark the chance to work across from the wide draw. The son of Lonhro isn’t the cleanest of beginners so much prefer him drawn out there as opposed to inside where he’d have to be hunted out.

Dangers: Very wary of 10. Dealmaker. Against him, when comparing his profile to Sondelon, is that he’ll be somewhere towards the rear and we know Chris Waller leaves plenty of gas in the tank. The three-year-old still has the class to overcome it and there’s no doubt he’ll be a player over the autumn in Group races against his own age group. Just the one trial but he looked very strong through the line and first up last campaign over 1400m he rattled home behind Danawi, albeit on a soft track which took away the zip from some of his sharper rivals. The Queenslander 7. Reckless Choice is the wild card.

How to play it: Sondelon WIN ($3.10 TAB Fixed Odds).

Race 9 – 6:15PM RICHARD HUTT HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

It’s a rematch between 4. Samadoubt, 9. Onslaught and 6. Organza from last start where there was just 0.1L between the three of them. Half way down the straight it looked as though Samadoubt was going be beaten quite comfortably but rallied back on the line. Punters Intelligence shows that Samadoubt failed to go with Onslaught and Organza when they dashed from the 600-200m but there was very little between them in the final 200m split (Samadoubt 12.03s, Onslaught 11.99s, Organza 12s). It was the run of a horse desperate for the mile, which is what he gets here. He’ll have 11. King Tomlola and 1. Gresham for company in front but I’d suggest the five-year-old will be set alight from the wide draw to cross and run these horses along. The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper finds himself in career-best form and is rock hard fit.

Dangers: Gresham’s narrow last start win had a lot more merit than meets the eye. Firstly, of course, he beat Sir Plush and he subsequently won the Gosford Gold Cup. Then there is the times Gresham ran home in. The race was a dawdle early, with Punters Intelligence revealing the four-year-old ran his last 600m in a lightning 32.62s, with a last 200m of 10.86s. He couldn’t go any faster. Organza found 1400m a touch too sharp last time coming back from the mile. This trip suits better at this stage of her preparation. This is Onslaught’s first crack at the mile and he rises 2.5kg from his win. 3. Rodrico can improve sharply.

How to play it: Samadoubt WIN.

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Race-by-race preview and tips for Gosford on Thursday

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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Race-by-race tips and preview for Coffs Harbour on Sunday

Rail in the True Position and Good 4 track condition will provide a slight on pace bias.

Race 1 2YO MAIDEN SW (800m)

The 2 Year Old’s will go very quick here over the 800m, Marc Quinn trained filly 12. Sylvias Memory debuts off two very impressive trial wins at Randwick & Coffs Harbour, in the latest trial over 800m she jumped straight to the front and was never tested to the line winning by over 4 lengths.

Dangers: Locally trained 6. In A Step ran well at big odds at her first career start at the track and distance jumping straight to the lead and getting run down late, with the race experience and improvement from that run she will be fighting out the finish.

How to play it: Sylvias Mother to WIN and 12 & 6 Quinella

The track at Coffs Harbour has been rated a Good 4.Credit:AAP

Race 2 3YO+ MAIDEN SW (1000m)

The Kris Lee’s trained 3. Paulo looks primed to break its maiden here over 1000m, was slowly away over 800m at the track last start and made up many lengths late to finish within a length of the winner, out to 1000m here looks ideal and from barrier 6 should get a lovely run just off the speed.

Dangers: 15. Miss Bang looks a much-improved galloper following its trial over 1010m at Murwillumbah where she jumped quick from the gates and cruised to the line under a hold. 6. Bills Gift will improve sharply off its first up run at the track over 800m where she was hitting the line well late.

How to play it: Paulo to WIN

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1300m)

Hinchinbrook filly 7. Materiality debuted over 1100m at Coffs Harbour hitting the line well after hitting a flat spot at the top of the straight, the step up to 1300m here looks ideal and from barrier 2 should get a lovely run just off the speed.

Dangers: 4. Zouki has been running well this preparation without winning, last start was held up most of the straight before getting out late running through the line over 1400m, step back in distance looks ideal and gets a great run behind the speed. 2. Atyaaf put in an improved run over 1205m at Lismore last start making up many lengths late and the step up in distance suits.

How to play it: Materiality to WIN

Race 4 F & M BM58 HCP (1300m)

A big field of fillies and mares over the 1300m with many chances, have settled on 3. Ruby Two Shoes at each way odds who comes here off nice win at Inverall over 1200m where the mare had to sustain a wide sprint from the 400m finishing powerfully over the top of the field, there is plenty of early speed in the race and she will be able to settle midfield and be saved for one run at them late.

Dangers: Lightly raced Newcastle trained 4. Londinium could be a big improver here second up staying at the 1300m, has won second up and with improvement from the run should be running on late. The local 14. Danishki ran well first up at the track and distance last start sitting up on the pace and should have the speed to come across from the wide barrier and give a good sight.

How to play it: Ruby Two Shoes EACH WAY

Race 5 E & G BM58 (1300m)

Big Field of entires and gelding to tackle the 1300m here, hard to go past 2. San Marco who looks perfectly placed here up in distance off two good runs at the track over the 1000m, hit a flat spot last start at the top of the straight but once balanced up hit the line very well late.

Dangers: 1. Curley Mac gets back to a preferred distance after settling too far back in the field last start over 1205m and recording some quick late sectionals late, settles closer to the speed here. 13. Grenache one at odds that could run a race stepping up in distance.

How to play it: San Marco to WIN

Race 6 OPEN HCP (1200m)

Grafton trained 9. Tarbert steps up to Open grade for the first time and should handle it well coming off three very consistent runs including last start at the track over 1300m where he just couldn’t reel in the leader off a slow tempo, back to 1200m is ideal and from barrier 6 should be able to find a nice position just off the speed and finish over the top of them late.

Dangers: 1. Jexerlent looks to peak here third up off a spell after two consistent runs at Newcastle and Wyong. Paul Smith trained Ferniehirst has shown potential throughout its career and if the mare is close to her best she will be running well first up here.

How to play it: Tarbert to WIN

Race 7 BM58 HCP (1600m)

6yo gelding 1. Call The Captain returned to form last start at Ballina leading over 1410m and with general improvement from that run should run out a strong 1600m here, there is a lack of early speed in the race and from barrier 10 should be able to cross the field easily and control the tempo and be hard to run down.

Dangers: 5. Spirit Of Husson is ultra-fit leading into this and stays at the 1600m, will be up on the speed and fighting out the finish, Gold Coast-trained 2. Prince Of Husson steps up to an ideal trip here and was hitting the line well last start late at Lismore after losing a plate during the run.

How to play it: Call The Captain EACH WAY

BEST BETS: Race 3 – 7. Materiality & Race 6 – Tarbert
BEST EACH WAY: Race 7 – 1. Call The Captain

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Race-by-race tips and preview for Mudgee on Friday

RACE 1 – 1.43PM: ROBERT OATLEY 3YO MAIDEN SHOWCASE PLATE (1100m)

Competitive maiden with many first starters, out of the raced brigade the Bjorn Baker-trained 2. Perigord looks the one to beat, coming off a nice debut at Kembla over 1000m where the colt jumped quick to lead and condition told late, with that run under its belt and the general improvement between runs he should be hard to run down.

Big day out: the Mudgee Cup is the feature on an eight-race card.

Dangers: Gold Coast trained 7. Mornay was good in a recent trial at Newcastle sitting behind the speed and cruising to the line hard held over 800m making up good ground late.
How to play it: Perigord to win.

RACE 2 – 2.18PM: MONTROSE BLACK BENCHMARK 66 SHOWCASE HANDICAP (1400m)

Very even field here over the 1400m with many chances, the Dar Lunn-trained 2. Zoutenant drops in grade and looks well placed here, has been consistent in his last two runs at Dubbo and Narromine and steps back to his preferred 1400m, should be able to sit outside the lead and will run the trip out strong.
Dangers: 4. Prima Stella worked too hard last start early at Wyong and dropped out in the straight, will be able to get to the front here without doing any work.
How to play it: Zoutenant to win.

RACE 3 – 2.53PM: FOUR IN HAND MAIDEN SHOWCASE PLATE (1500m)

Cameron Crockett-trained 5. The Warlord looks to peak here third-up from a spell after two solid runs at Quirindi and Narromine and steps up to the 1500m here which suits, gets an uncontested lead from barrier 2 and with the lack of early speed should be able to pinch some easy sectionals.
Dangers: Locally trained 7. We Can’t Be Beaten hit the line well over the unsuitable 1280m last start at Orange, up in distance here and second up suit, the in-form Greg Ryan retains the ride and should be able to find a nice position one off the rail midfield.
How to play it: The Warlord to win.

RACE 4 – 3.28PM: MONTROSE STONY CREEK COUNTRY MAIDEN SHOWCASE PLATE (1200m)

Andrew Banks keeps the ride on the Connie Greig-trained 12. Southern Strategy in a very open maiden, was a good effort at Newcastle last start where he had to work hard early to sit outside the lead and got grabbed right on the line with a big gap to third, will cross them to lead and give a good sight at odds.
Dangers: 7. Concours was good on debut at big odds at Gundagai showing nice early pace and sticking on well over 1100m after getting bumped badly in the straight, gets a beautiful run from barrier 1 behind the speed. Locally-trained 5. Trojan has finished within a length of the winner in his last three starts and will run well again.
How to play it: Southern Strategy each-way.

RACE 5 – 4.03PM: CHAMPAGNE PIPER-HEIDSIECK CLASS 1 SHOWCASE HANDICAP (1400m)

Trainer Nathan Doyle’s last-start winner 10. Delchuzy steps up in grade here after being heavily backed first-up at Dubbo and leading all the way over Philadora which has run well since. There was a big gap to third and a bit of early speed in the race here so will need a clean getaway but if he can find the front again will be hard to run down.
How to play it: Delchuzy to win

RACE 6 – 4.40PM: CRAIGMOOR BENCHMARK 58 SHOWCASE HANDICAP (1100m)

Big field to take on the sprint distance of 1100m here, the lightly trained 5.Yalanji was heavily backed last start at Canberra and got the job done with ease finishing powerfully late over 1000m recording some quick sectionals over the last 600m, will look to be prominent from the inside barrier .
Dangers: The local 3. Andy’s A Star looks the main danger after sitting wide midfield over 1300m at Narromine, with the drop in distance they will look to be positive from the wide draw.
How to play it: Yalanji to win, quinella 5 and 3.

RACE 7 – 5.15PM: 2018 ROBERT OATLEY VINEYARDS MUDGEE CUP SHOWCASE (1900m)

Once again a very open race for this year’s edition of the Mudgee Cup. Luke Pepper-trained 9. Appoint Percy comes here off the back of two wins at Canberra and drops 6.5kg from that run which is ideal, from barrier 4 will get a perfect run behind the speed and will run the 1600m right out.
Dangers: 4. Tahsin should be competitive here dropping back from city class races, was wide last start at Rosehill and looks to get a more economical run from barrier 1.
How to play it: Appoint Percy each-way.

RACE 8 – 5.55PM: WILD OATES MUDGEE CUP DAY SPRINT SHOWCASE (1200m)

10. Ori On Fire looks primed first-up off two very good trials, will be right on the speed, has a strong record fresh and has recorded two wins from three starts at the track.
Dangers: Big drop in grade for 2. Powerline, has been ultra-consistent this preparation and will be fighting out the finish with the in-form Andrew Gibbons on board.
How to play it: Ori On Fire to win.

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