Race 1 – 1:35PM BJP PLASTERING CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
With class on her side 1. Witherspoon is well placed to kick off her summer campaign a winner though she will need a small break or two in the run. She has the speed to lead or sit up handy if required and drawing out is probably better for her. Shes only started twice outside stakes company for a win and a close second and despite 60kg her trial win says shes come back well and should take beating.
Dangers: 5. Enjoy Elsie was unchallenged in a small field over this course in winning a maiden by a big space. She led there and from the inside youd expect her to try the same. There wasnt a lot of depth to that maiden but she did towel them and has race fitness and 4kg on the top weight. That could be enough and well see what shes made of here. 2. Lancaster Bomber was heavily backed when resuming at Hawkesbury and blew all chance when he missed the start badly. Who knows where he would have finished had he broken cleanly but its unlikely to be six lengths off the winner. Keep safe. 3. Hostwin Saturn raced on the pace and fought on to win on debut at Hawkesbury and survived a protest after he ran around a bit in the straight. Been back to the trials to get things right and he has some upside.
How to play it: Witherspoon to win.
Race 2 – 2:15PM DNR ELECTRICAL METRO & PROVINCIAL MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)
6. Shaman goes on top in a tricky looking race. He started $51 on debut in a slowly run race and was strong enough to the line behind Snippetspeed. A mile will suit him. Whether Wyong will remains to be seen, but he has plenty of upside to him and if that debut performance wasnt a fluke, given the price, hes a big chance.
Dangers: 2. Hotel Amour was also unwanted in betting fresh but you had to like the way he ran on into second at this track. Fitter and that was his first glimpse of form so if he can go on with it he can be in the finish again. 7. Collectively has had six starts this time in and still chases a breakthrough win. Her past three efforts at Canterbury have been even ones, this is a small step back and shes entitled to another chance. 4. Commanders Watch showed something in his latest trial over 1030m and looking at his pedigree kicking off at a mile is up his alley. If he has a decent whack of ability he could easily be in the finish of this very open race.
How to play it: Shaman to win, quinella 2 and 6.
Race 3 – 2.50PM MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST IN JANUARY PLATE (1350 METRES)
Godolphin has a strong hand here. Leaning towards 3. Nindamos which is a well-bred gelding out of group 1 winner Neroli making his debut. Held together in his first trial then allowed to run home behind a tearaway leader at Hawkesbury in his second in a couple of promising hit-outs. Distance suits first-up and he should be in the finish.
Dangers: 8. Gremlin started favourite on debut at Newcastle and was beaten less than a length by Seles which has run well since in town. Back to the trials for a tune-up and the extra trip would be in her favour. Expect her to be harder to beat this time. 11. Winspear will be right on the speed if not leading from the inside gate and she gave a sight in front at Kembla last start before being just cut down in the final few strides. All three runs this time in have had merit and shes in the mix again. 10. Turakina showed some improvement into her second trial at Randwick a couple of weeks ago. Interesting runner, drawn well and it wouldnt surprise to see her run a cheeky race.
How to play it: Nindamos to win, quinella 3 and 8.
Race 4 – 3.25PM MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 3YO and 4YO STAKES (1200 METRES)
There wouldnt be a better placed horse anywhere than 3. Invincible Star and shes entitled to be a short-priced favourite. Possibly a bit too short but hard to knock her; shes a last-start listed winner which has been group 1-placed and was beaten a length by Brave Smash three starts ago. Cruises across from the wide gate and unless shes taken on relentlessly she should be too good for them.
Dangers: 9. Sizzling Belle could be the knockout horse if they really make Invincible Star work over the 1200m. She has the draw to trail the speed as shes done in her two trials and she wasnt far off some of the better two-year-olds last season. Definitely a quinella horse at least. 1. Bel Sonic made a sweeping run down the outside to score on a wet track at Ballarat first-up and was a consistent performer against his own age last season. No doubt hell be finishing strongly again but by giving the favourite 2kg he is 17kg worse off compared to Invincible Star going on their ratings. 5. Bondi was group 1-placed at a mile in the autumn but didnt didnt fire in his only start earlier this spring. Recent trial was quiet and a little concealed, he has the talent if right to be somewhere in the finish.
How to play it: Invincible Star to win, trifecta 3/1,5,9/1,5,9.
Race 5 – 4.05PM C.I.A. CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100 METRES)
2. Hes Imposing is looking for the extra distance after staying a mile when a close-up fourth at Gosford last week. He didnt yield any ground there but just couldnt sprint with them at a vital stage. Backing up is a good sign and hes bred to really appreciate a middle distance. Sure to take holding out.
Dangers: 3. Jazzland had control as he led all the way to a nine-length win over this course a couple of weeks ago to post his first win. Harder task here, up in weight and he may not get the same favours up front. If he does then hell take running down but hes a bit under the odds for mine. 6. Frascati Miss is showing a bit of staying promise and she appreciated the 1900m when breaking through at Gosford at her fourth start. She didnt go around a horse there but held a dominant margin. She could go on with the job. 8. City Of Love led them up and put up a bit of a fight before going under over a mile here last start. Shes been around the mark without winning, probably needs to find a few lengths to win this but is one to include in the multiples.
How to play it: Hes Imposing each-way.
Race 6 – 4:45PM MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC (1100 METRES)
6. Champagne Boom has been excellent in two runs in Melbourne and is a huge query in a race that could either set up perfectly for her or not at all. Brilliant on debut at Caulfield then tried very hard at Flemington in driving rain going down narrowly. Shell sit off the speed here and be very strong late, especially if theyve overdone it up front.
Dangers: 1. Unite And Conquer was a bit too slick down the straight at Flemington on debut back in October and has since warmed up with an easy trial win at Randwick over the short trip. No doubt hell go forward and if he finds the lead easily he might be too fast for them around Wyong. Logical horse to beat. 7. Exhilarates flopped on debut but may have had excuses then produced a much-improved run chasing Czarson home at Gosford after being checked and having to sweep around them. Very well-bred filly and she could be the dark horse. 2. Spaceboy is hard to leave out. He was outpointed by Tassort on debut – that horse is the Golden Slipper favourite at this point. Hell be fitter for the run and has drawn to be right on their hammer if he doesnt lead. Definite chance.
How to play it: Champagne Boom to win.
Race 7 – 5:20PM MERCURE KOOINDAH WATERS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
5. Everlasting Love comes off a maiden win over this course and while up in class this race looks to set up nicely for her to go back-to-back. She enjoyed just trailing the leader before making it look quite soft late. Shes right at her peak and is yet to run a bad race, shes unlikely to run a bad one here either and is hard to beat.
Dangers: 3. Cyber Intervention was far from disgraced first-up at Hawkesbury where he went back to last off the outside gate and made some nice late ground. Extra 300m is a plus and his only win to date was at this track. Each-way chance. 6. Sensacova was expected to improve a little third-up and she did that at Gosford making some ground into third place over the mile. At her peak now and in a race that is anyones if the favourite doesnt fire so she has every chance. 2. Rapido Chaparro is a big watch first-up from a long spell. He won on debut at 1500m then thrown in the deep end at Flemington and failed. Latest trial was fair against a bunch of stayers and the mile suits him fresh. Wouldnt shock to see him fire but be guided by the market.
How to play it: Everlasting Love to win, trifecta 5/2,3,6/2,3,6.
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