Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Scone and Queanbeyan

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Deterge has only won once in 17 starts and has just the two placings as well but to be fair, he is never far away and has been competitive in better races than this one. Best of all, he steps to 1450m fourth-up bearing in mind that his only win was at this very same track and distance. Eaglehawk has raced at this track/distance twice for a 5-length win and a second. Trapper Tom only needed one more stride at Moruya and he would have been on a hat-trick today.

Bet: Deterge win, exacta 1 to beat 2


Russian Missile was $3.30 and $2.90 in a Moruya 1650m maiden on August 16 and was in front at the halfway mark but 24-lengths last at the finish (failed in the conditions). Ordered to trial and was quite impressive when a distant second in his 920m heat 7-days ago. Expect a much better showing this time. Circus Train was $151 when a rock solid fifth to Bruce McAvaney owned filly Obiri at Hawkesbury last time out. Can figure again on that run. Photogenic is a Gerry Harvey owned gelding having it’s first run for Joe Cleary today.

Bet: Russian Missile win


Keep It Down is a Norm Gardner bred, owned and trained filly by Pluck who won a trial in Canberra on April 3; she debuted on June 15 on a Heavy 8 at Albury over 900m and was a touch slow to begin. Chased the whole way and was 11-lengths fourth behind the smart local Star Of Tennessee. I Call Junee Home ran by far her best race in three starts when she was an on-pace third in the nation’s capital. Tulla Park is a trial winner from an astute stable. Silica Sand has drawn well for the first time in her brief career.

Bet: Keep It Down win


Alfstar is a sparingly-raced galloper from the Wayne Hudd camp. He’s only had the four starts so far yet turned seven at the beginning of the season. The Snippetson gelding hasn’t been seen since he landed a mini plunge at Nowra in a maiden back in October. Beat Nettoyer in a Goulburn 800m trial on August 14. Raven’s Rabbit is a very well bred mare who is bound for the breeding barn but she’s going so well at the moment she might have to have a few more runs! Riverina Demand has raced at the track/distance twice for a win and a second.

Bet: Alfstar each way, box trifecta 2,3,5,8



Anakin Skywalker is trained by John Sargent and is out of a mare by Galileo just like Luvaluva and Brandenburg. This gelding is by Choisir so he has that little bit of speed in his make-up but he’ll run 2000m easy one day. watch him charging late here. He is the one with the all the upside. Rainbow Man was plain last start but a major player on the two before that. Another Sonette was $71 into $51 when fourth to Anakin Skywalker’s stablemate Holy Sunday here.

Bet: Anakin Skywalker win


Magic Charlee had absolutely no luck when she ran here last start. She was last of the 13 runners at the 400m and was badly held up in the straight yet still managed to get within 3-lengths of the winner. Greg Ryan on today. Sapphires Son beat the subsequent winner For Da Boys at Tamworth before stretching Holy Sunday here 18-days later. Drawn perfectly today. Nine Not Out is very, very well suited coming back to the mile and at a track he races on.

Bet: Magic Charlee win, box trifecta 2,3,5,7; Daily Double 1st Leg (2), 2nd Leg (9)


Sequana is a lightly-raced daughter of Headwater trained by Kris Lees. This filly was good on debut and even better next time when she won in emphatic style. Beaten at $1.85 here but hardly disgraced. She keeps drawing those great barriers! Cosmic Haze was ridden a wee bit too close in the TAB Highway first-up. Back home is an obvious plus but back in distance? Gate 1? Has quality on her side though. Adios Steve is a striking horse with talent to match his looks.

Bet: Sequana win


Nothing in a post-Winx world is guaranteed in racing but if Irish Thunder brings his trials form to the races today, then these others are all racing for second. The Kris Lees trained three-year-old has started odds-on both times to the races and he might even be in the red again today – for good reason. Ice In Vancouver is a stunning horse who bolted in here on debut. Henschel has to contend with a wide draw. Slickster is always the ‘value’.

Bet: Irish Thunder win

Originally published asBest bets: How to cash in at Queanbeyan

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