Form analyst Matt Jones is confident punters can strike early with a promising filly who has her eyes on victory at Wyong while trainer Danny Williams has a talented gelding ready to motor at Goulburn.
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Race 2, No. 1: BRIGHT EYED GIRL
She’s ready to win off two placings from three runs and she’s well placed here to get that victory. She is better than she’s showed so far.
Race 6, No. 2: SAQUON
He’s dropping back in trip off a freshen up and I don’t see that as a bad thing. The horse that beat him six weeks ago is heading towards the ATC Oaks next weekend.
Race 5: 1, 4, 11
Race 6: 1, 2, 5, 9
Race 7: 2, 3, 6, 7
Race 8: 1, 2, 4, 5
JOCKEY TO WATCH
Tim Clark has a top book of rides with Ovoid, Saquon and Arctic Thunder looking like big hopes.
Tim Clark has a number of leading chances at Wyong on Thursday. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Race 4, No. 3: SHELBY SIXTYSIX
He was pretty good fresh on a heavy track last time and will only improve on a better surface now at a trip he loves.
TRAINER TO WATCH
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have just two runners, Valiant Lad and Saimaa, but they’ll fancy their chances of going home with a winner.
THE INSIDE MAIL FOR WYONG
Oceanic Flash just got too far out of his ground last time at Gosford over 2100m but was doing his best work through the line. He’ll be coming at them late and it’s his time to win. He does get on another tight-turning track though. Bedford Square does get a 2.5kg weight relief on Oceanic Flash so she should be able to look better again him now. Sassysav needs 2100m now, maybe further, after battling on late to run third over 1850m at Newcastle at her first NSW start. She only gets better for the experience. Red Hot Zone ran well above his price last time.
Bet: Oceanic Flash to win
Bright Eyed Girl has had a pretty bright start to her career with two placings in three runs but her trainer thinks she should’ve already won a race, such is his opinion of her. She’ll be positive from the gate and should be in the finish again. She is short though. All At Sea looks to have returned well from a spell. She was pretty strong in her latest trial and looks nice and forward for this assignment. Circus Bound has a tongue tie on for the first time and drops back to 1350m off a mile run and will be doing his best on the line.
Bet: Bright Eyed Girl to win
Sterling Alexiou (pictured) and co-trainer Gerald Ryan have a number of chances at Wyong on Thursday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
Akihiro has had a month off since trying to qualify for the Golden Slipper in the Black Opal Stakes. He ran seventh of nine but this is no doubt much easier. Ovoid put in a nice last trial at Rosehill to suggest a good debut even if it’s against some older horses. Spicy Restaurant, also in at Goulburn today, has had enough experience now and is third-up and it’s only a matter of time before he wins. Klopp wasn’t too bad last time at Gosford off a four-week break and he’s raced her before and if he runs out the 1350m he’s a hope.
Bet: Exacta 9, 4
Tectonicus want far off winning here fresh and is now third-up with an inside gate and an apprentice’s claim so it’s all in his favour here. Valiant Lad will be right on the pace and may even lead them into the straight at a track that he should like at his first go on. Senor Toba gets an easier race here after an unplaced run first-up on a heavy track. He won on a Good 4 over a mile two runs back at Moonee Valley so expect a bounce back. With La Cabana out it makes it easier for these three to win.
Bet: Tectonicus to win
Campbell Rawiller will partner Miss Maz in her race debut. Photo: Natasha Morello/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Supplied
It’s amazing that Shadow Crush is still a maiden after 11 runs. He’s first-up off a winning trail so hopefully instead of running second for a ninth time he can go one better. Mareeba is on debut and trialled up well in front of a horse that’s run second in town so she can do well if she gets luck from a wide gate. The trial of Miss Maz was pretty good in front of Morioka who wasn’t far behind Four Moves Ahead in a race so expect that form to hold up.
Bet: Miss Maz to win
Saquon is running for the in-form Paul Perry yard and he’s been freshened to after running second over a mile to a horse that’s heading towards the Group 1 ATC Oaks soon. Sammy should peak now and drops in grade and gets onto a track that isn’t as rain-affected so he gets his chance and owes the punters a win. Vigorous Flow will want more ground but is more than capable in this grade under a good stable. Hidden Hills was very good when second last time and is on his home track and might have turned the corner.
Bet: Saquon to win
Trainer Gary Portelli has Arctic Thunder ready to win. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Mensa Missile’s supporters will forget his last run at Newcastle and looks at his nice win at Kembla Grange two runs back which will be a good enough performance to win this. Isorich just keeps popping up and winning a race at the age of 10 and he did it here from the front last start after dropping back from city racing. The Crimson Idol has never won or placed at her home track but loves this trip and the sting out of the ground. Arctic Thunder is on the way up and gets a senior rider on now and has the form to win.
Bet: Arctic Thunder to win
Miss Kono won here last start and the best part of the win was the last 50m where she came over the top of them in easy fashion. The step up in distance is a big plus. Ranges doesn’t win out of turn but has placed 10 times in 17 runs and some of those handy runs have been in town and he’s run second twice from three fresh runs. Time For Victory is an on-pacer who is in-form off a win in slightly higher grade. Henschel won by nearly seven lengths before a spell and he can cross them from a wide draw.
Bet: Miss Kono to win
Originally published asWyong, Goulburn tips: Girl’s prospects look Bright
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