Race-by-race preview and tips for Monday meeting at Orange

Track improving Good 4 and rail out 3.5m from 500m to 300m into a cut/away.

Race 1 BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1010m)

Handy quality race for this grade to get us underway. Like improving mare 5. Hardly The End fifth-up. Won two straight comfortably up to this grade over similar trips before being run down late at Dubbo, but back in distance and on a smaller circuit where she can utilise an early tactical advantage is a big plus.

Orange is the place to be for racing on Monday.Credit:Paul Rovere

Dangers: Tough 1. Zelago has to lump a big weight dropping in class, but he’s been in the placings three of his last four, including a dominant win under 60.5kg this level four weeks ago. The betting will be a solid guide for provincial filly 2. Jukebox Flyer resuming off a quiet trial; while 6. Foxstorm hard fit; and 8. So Extra coming off a win in weaker grade; head the rest.

How to play it: Hardly The End to win
Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 2 BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1290m)

All aboard more than handy mare 7. Billiethefillie from the same stable as the previous selection. Powered home for a dominant win in this grade two runs back before being collared late in a deeper race just eight days ago, The quick back-up dropping in distance on a suitably smaller tracker is a confidence kicker.

Dangers: Canberra six-year-old 2. Merc ran a race record charging home in a BM 58 on the Far South Coast having dropped back from a fair closing run in deeper company the start before. Gets in well here at the weights after the jockey’s 3kg claim. Expect sharp improvement from 3. Coopella back in grade second-up. Both 5. Packer with a change of jockey; and improving mare 8. Chyna Xpress deep into her prep; are capable of filling a place.

How to play it: Billiethefillie to win
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 3 BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1630m)

Same graded galloper but out past the mile, and that stacks up nicely for improving provincial five-year-old 1. Gorshin who is primed to peak fourth-up. Hit the line okay in a provincial CL1 two starts back before chasing home a much smarter one than this lot 25 days ago. Drawn to roll forward and find a stalking trail.

Dangers: Watch the market around metro three-year-old 3. Iknowastar third-up from a soft draw behind a dominant maiden win. At bigger odds, keep safe 7. Cullier who found the line well resuming in a CL2; while 10. Silver Scissors fifth-up from a softer draw heads the rest.

How to play it: Gorshin to win
Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 4 CLASS 2 HCP (1410m)

Plenty of chances in this one as well. Home track five-year-old 2. How’s It Kev looks well placed to strike fifth-up coming back from a tougher Country C’ship Qualifier where he finished just over three lengths from the winner. Had previously held his ground okay in a Highway at Rosehill after a BM 58 win here under 60kg. Will park around midfield and run home hard.

Dangers: Metro four-year old 1. Diamond Hands has been continually finding the line in deeper races than this, and is a reliable weight carrier, but will likely be forced a long way back from a wide barrier.

Watch the betting on resuming metro mare 5. Successful Star having won the second of two trials; while last start maiden winner 6. Doola Teela down in weight; 7. Belleistic Kids and 9. Light Up My World who are both third-up; are worthy exotic bet inclusions.

How to play it: How’s It Kev to win
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 CLASS 1 HCP (1010m)

Like consistent four-year-old 3. Own The Night in what is a very thin race.

In the money four of his last five; and only out of a place four times from 11 starts at this track.

Dangers: Lightly raced 1. Cumboogle is very honest over this short trip; soo too 2. Starane who resumes without officially trialling, but draws well and winkers have been added; while 6. Mighty Minnie drawn to get a soft run; and 10. Ice On Fire dropping in weight fourth-up, with early speed; are next best.

How to play it: Own The Night to win
Odds and Evens: Split

Race 6 MAIDEN PLATE (1290m)

Despite drawing wide under a big weight, the provincial form of four-year-old 1. Island Legend is well credentialed to win this fourth-up in a race where most have very poor records. Has been strong enough through the line in two much deeper provincial maidens and only needs to slot in from the tricky gate to claim the prize.

Dangers: Keep safe improving three-year-old 7. Wild Canary who ran home well on debut here; while provincial filly 12. Get ’Em In can run into a place at her fifth start. Gap to the rest.

How to play it: Island Legend to win
Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 7 MAIDEN HCP (1400m)

The maidens wrap up the card, and like 3. Outside Edge coming back in distance fifth-up, two weeks between runs, and down in weight in what is a weak field.

Dangers: Consistent filly 2. Musical Affair is hard fit, and has been in the money last three against better opposition than this; while keeping safe 12. Sonny Fella fourth-up from a handy draw.

Race 7 (No.3). OUTSIDE EDGE

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