QAFL Round 9 Preview – AFL Queensland


Cats and Panthers set for a mighty midfield skirmish

By TERRY WILSON

IT is a fitting way for the most unusual QAFL home-and-away series in history to have two unbeaten sides going at it in a mouth-watering final round on Saturday.
Broadbeach and Morningside have been the best two clubs in 2020 and one of them, barring a draw, will emerge from their clash at Subaru Oval as minor premiers.
And what a spectacle this fixture promises to be as first-placed Broadbeach (239.39 per cent) take on Morningside (161.65 per cent).
Because of the coronavirus pandemic it has been a shortened season and resulted in probably an unprecedented situation of two unbeaten sides clashing in the final round of regular fixtures.
And rival coaches Craig O’Brien (Broadbeach) and Clint Watts (Morningside) know that whichever side takes control of the midfield action will be well on the way to victory.
In the Broadbeach corner we have a group comprising Brad Lowe, Max Lower, Blake Erickson, Tyrone Armitage, Benji Neal, Brandon Chadwick and Jackson Fisher. They can all play a variety of positions but are adept at midfield duties.
In the Panther camp there are champion Matty Payne, Henry Joyce, James Cowlishaw, Lachlan Russ, Brad Howard and Will Pendlebury.
Unfortunately the Panthers have lost another on-ball star in Jack Rolls who, like Brad Dale, is out with a hamstring strain.
“They have the best midfield in the competition,” noted O’Brien.
“Matty Payne is an elite player and they are so well structured around the stoppages. They bat every deep there.
“But so do we, so it’ll all about clearances.”
Broadbeach have recalled star forward Jordan Moncrieff, Tyrone Armitage, Harrison Arnold and Benji Neal after a selected 23 that hinged heavily around the points system.
Morningside brought in Alex Nelson and Ryan Dadds for injured Aspley-listed Rolls and Dale.
Watts said he had looked at Broadbeach’s performance via video footage and he has been impressed by what he has seen.
“They have some talented players in there – and a very good ruckman in Jed Turner,” he said.
The main goal for the Panthers, Watts said, is to reproduce the form they showed when they thumped Palm Beach Currumbin last week.
Elsewhere in the final round Labrador host Sherwood at Cooke-Murphy Oval, Palm Beach Currumbin are playing Mt Gravatt at Salk Oval and premiers Surfers Paradise are playing Maroochydore at Sir Bruce Small Park.Maroochydore (12 points) can get to as high as fourth if they beat Surfers Paradise at Sir Bruce Small Park, provided either/or Sherwood or Mt Gravatt losing.
A finish of fourth for the first round of play-offs would get competition newcomers Maroochydore a home knockout qualifying final next weekend when fourth plays fifth and third plays sixth.
But Sherwood will be favourites to beat the Tigers at Cooke-Murphy Oval and if they do that they will hold on to fourth.

 

QAFL Round 9 Team Lists

Broadbeach v Morningside

Labrador v Sherwood

Palm Beach v Mt Gravatt

Surfers v Maroochydore





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Taree races Friday: Tips and full preview


RACE 2 – 1.20PM: DE BORTOLI WINES F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP (1250m)

Open and tough sprint for the fillies and mares. Like the value about Newcastle three-year-old 9. Pelgrave for Kris Lees who can improve sharply at only her second start after working home OK at big odds on debut in a handy maiden at Tamworth.
Dangers: Newcastle four-year-old 2. Miss Scalini is having her first run for trainer Nathan Doyle, who is making a habit of getting these interstate arrivals to fire first time. Form last prep was solid enough, but drawn off the track, and her trial was only fair. Drawn right alongside, rival Novocastrian four-year-old 1. Respectful was solid through the line first-up at Muswellbrook, but she’ll need plenty of luck here. Watch the betting on Port Macquarie five-year-old 5. Kate Lea who was heavily backed from a big price in her first run for new stable, showing plenty of speed in heavy ground well off the fence before tiring late.

How to play it: Pelgrave each-way and box trifecta 1,2,5,9.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 3 – 1.55PM: SAXBYS SOFT DRINK CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP (1250m)

Now for the males’ edition, and again there’s plenty of chances. Keen on debutant Newcastle four-year-old 5. Sharpay Ruler (Unencumbered x Sharpay Magic by Magic Albert) again from the Doyle stable, who steps out for the first time off a smart soft track trial, and is bred to fly.
Dangers: Wauchope four-year-old 1. Highbury keeps finding one better having run four seconds in a long prep. Hit the line late behind a smart one last start, and seems to be still holding his form. Draws the inside and can go close again. Wyong five-year-old and former Victorian 3. Destacado (also accepted for Newcastle on Sat) has had two forward trials, and looks ready to go, but faces a tough task drawn off the track. Another first-starter 11. Vanbari (Vancouver x Elimbari by Fastnet Rock) has trialled OK for leading trainer/rider duo, and is in blinkers on debut.
How to play it: Sharpay Ruler to win and trifecta 1,5/1,3,5,11/1,3,5,11.
Odds and Evens: Odds a special.

RACE 4 – 2.35PM: HORSEPOWER BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1000m)

The short course sprinters won’t hold back here, and two runners stand out. Resuming Wyong four-year-old 2. Henschel from the Allan Denham yard is a smart customer who won two straight in the country in only his second prep. Will likely drift back off the speed, and be produced late.
Dangers: Coffs Harbour mare 1. In A Step led all the way in a similar race this track two runs back before boxing on well from the front in a stronger grade at Grafton over the carnival. Lovely draw to control the race, and 4kg-claiming rider gives her a nice weight advantage over the top selection. Be surprised if one of those two doesn’t win, but Newcastle five-year-old 3. Jamaican Dream is capable of charging over the top if the speed up front is hot, while include Tuncurry six-year-old 8. Scorching third-up in wider exotics.

How to play it: Henschel to win and quinella 1 and 2.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 5 – 3.10PM: TAREE KIA CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000m)

Newcastle mare 3. A Fortunate Lass from the Jason Deamer yard has been close-up in two handy class 1s, and can finally break through for a second career win. Hard fit deep into the prep, and can settle back off a good speed and finish over the top.
Dangers: Progressive rival Newcastle four-year-old 2. Star Raider will head the market, and be hard to stop second-up from the inside draw. Fitness gave out late when resuming gelded as a short-priced fancy here, and is supremely treated at the weights after rider’s full claim. Include another Novacastrian, 7. Red Light Dancer, who was right on the heels of the top selection at Scone two runs back before run off her feet behind a smart one last start.
How to play it: A Fortunate Lass to win and quinella 2 and 3.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 6 – 3.50PM: TAB BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (2000m)

Typical even affair for the staying types, with several chances. After four straight placings, tough Port Macquarie six-year-old 6. Condover Hall can break a long run of outs stepping up to this trip. Reliable weight carrier who is hard fit, and much better suited on firmer ground.

Dangers: Wauchope four-year-old 3. Prince Of Troy was ridden much quieter last start at Tamworth over the mile before working home late, so expect him to be ridden closer from the inside draw carrying 60kg. Won the Grafton Guineas Prelude over a shorter distance four runs back. Port Macquarie six-year-old 7. The Kroc produced his best effort in a long time defying the chasers to win this grade at home on a heavy 10, but a query he can repeat the dose carrying 59kg on firmer ground. Muswellbrook six-year-old 5. Apache Junction defied a big-price drift to gain a tight decision in a class 2 at Tamworth, but goes up 4kg and is drawn further out.
How to play it: Condover Hall to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 7 – 4.25PM: HOPKINS LIVERMORE CUP (1400m)

Feature race of the day stacks up nicely for smart Wyong five-year-old 3. Holy Reign trained by Kim Waugh. Struggled in very heavy ground two runs back at Warwick Farm before exploding home from the back to win a handy BM64 at Newcastle. Drops in weight for this, and even better suited on drier ground. The one to beat.
Dangers: Seven-year-old stablemate to top selection 1. Manhattan Mist hasn’t been far away against generally tougher opposition, and a little more ground from a nice trailing draw makes him a genuine threat. Port Macquarie five-year-old 5. Gumshoe is looking for this distance now after working home late in two runs back against handy opposition, and opted for here over a BM66 on Sunday. Include local mare 4. Danzibar Dancer, who boxed on well after leading first-up at Newcastle and is well treated at the weights.
How to play it: Holy Reign to win.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 8 – 5.00PM: STACKS LAW FIRM CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1400m)

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We close the meeting with a good quality battle for this class. Now that Newcastle five-year-old 3. Bandahara has broken back into the winner’s stall, he can go on with the job. Had put the writing on the wall in a couple of nice closing efforts before finishing strong to win a handy class 1 at Scone. Has trialled quietly since, and top rider goes back on.
Dangers: Newcastle five-year-old 1. Discombe relishes this sort of trip when he’s fresh. Good weight carrier who won the second of two trials impressively, and will go forward and be hard to run down. Include at big odds Wyong mare 10. Fearless Mila who charged home late in heavy ground at Dubbo in what has already proven a strong form race, while Taree mare 13. Hold All Tickets will appreciate the rise in distance after four improving runs this prep.
How to play it: Bandahara to win and trifecta 1,3,5/1,3,5,10,13/1,3,5,10,13.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

Best Bets:
Race 6: (6) Condover Hall
Race 7: (3) Holy Reign

Best Value:
Race 2: (9) Pelgrave

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Race-by-race tips and preview for Cessnock on Monday


Randwick mare 1. Lake Marion from the Pat Webster stable has run four placings from five starts this prep, and looks ready to break through in a thin race. Hard fit, and 4kg-claiming rider on gets him in very well at the weights.
Dangers: Wyong seven-year-old 2. Montana Thunder had produced three handy efforts before failing to run on in a better quality maiden at home, so prepared to forgive with blinkers added. Warwick five-year-old 3. Haunting Spirit has also been bursting to break through, placed 10 times from 21 starts, and found the line okay third-up in a handy maiden at Wyong.
How to play it: Lake Marion to win. Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 3 CLASS 2 HCP (1150m):

Keen on four-year-old mare 1. Xiaoli’s Ying from the David Atkins stable at Newcastle who has to cart 60kg first-up off a long break, but has the quality to take care of these. Her two controlled trials were more than enough to suggest she’ll handle the conditions.
Dangers: Consistent Newcastle mare 2. A Fortunate Lass has been close-up all prep, including beaten a whisker at Scone before tiring late in a strong CL1 at Wyong, and draws to get a lovely trail. Gosford six-year-old 3. Khitaamy has a poor winning strike rate, but hit the line nicely in his last two, and looks well placed down 3kg on his last effort; while Scone mare 7. Artie’s Rose comes out of that same class 1 behind Heredero when working home late, and can peak third-up.
How to play it: Xiaoli’s Ying to win and quinella 1 and 2. Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 4 CLASS 1 HCP (900m):

This looks at the mercy of four-year-old Newcastle gelding 2. Star Raider second-up for the Kris Lees yard. Just peaked on the run resuming at Moree when heavily backed, but fitter now, and senior country rider goes on.
Dangers: Newcastle mare 3. Redlight Dancer had been beaten under a length in two handy consecutive efforts before run off his feet behind the flying Remlaps Gem at Scone. Not as much heat on here, and is well treated under 55kg. Be shocked if one of those two don’t win; but include improving Wyong four-year-old 1. Amiens, and Wyong five-year-old 8. Whaler Bill who gets a stack of gear changes; in wider exotics.
How to play it: Star Raider to win and quinella 2 and 3. Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 5 MAIDEN PLATE (1150m):

Back to the maidens in an open and tricky sprint. Capable wet track mare 6. Pizzly again from the Lees yard looks primed resuming off two smart trials. Mixed it in much tougher autumn company, and has early tactical speed.
Dangers: Well bred three-year-old stablemate filly 12. Shootforthestar also returns off two provincial trials, but draws the outside gate. Rival Newcastle filly 13. Two Gems has chased home some useful sprinters in her last two at Tamworth, and the longer trip is a plus. Watch the market on resuming Randwick four-year-old 3. We All Agree who resumes off a seven month spell via a nice trial. Will likely drift back from a wide draw and be strong late. Wyong mare 4. Love Wins has shown good improvement in her last couple, although faces a test to slot in from a wide barrier; while Wyong three-year-old first-starter 8. All Words (Star Witness x Castigate by Street Cry) is a big watch off a recent forward trial. Include debutant Newcastle filly 11. Shakti (Sepoy x Vimala by Viscount) in trifectas and first fours.
How to play it: Pizzly to win. Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1570m):

Gosford five-year-old 1. Dundee from the Kylie Gavenlock yard is suited coming back sharply in trip off a near six week freshen-up. Ploughed through the ground to win his maiden at home two runs back, and prefers wet tracks.
Dangers: Hard to believe Hawkesbury seven-year-old 6. Eeerised has only won twice from 55 starts, but he’s capable on his day, and top country rider is a significant booking. Has been freshened, with several key gear changes; while Wyong seven-year-old 2. Equilibrium needs to find more, but drops back to a weaker race third-up, and has some form in heavy ground.
How to play it: Dundee to win. Odds and Evens: Split.

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Race 7 BM 58 HCP (1350m):

Good-quality race for this grade. Like progressive and consistent mare 4. Dream Song for the Lees stable with blinkers going on. Has attacked the line all prep from midfield positions, and only has to run up to her strong closing effort in a deeper class 2 at Scone last start to be the one to beat.
Dangers: Warwick Farm six-year-old 1. Damit comes back a long way in grade after being run over in a metro BM 72, and sharp weight rise has been crucially off-set with a 4kg claimer aboard. Previously wasn’t beaten far in consecutive class 3s on the North Coast. Scone mare 9. Stellar Blaze has been hard in the market and consistently around the money since winning her maiden easily at Dubbo four runs back. Draws to get cover and pounce late. Warwick Farm mare 3. Light Charge ploughed through the heavy to win her maiden at Goulburn, and draws to do no work on the fence behind the speed. Wyong six-year-old 5. Midi did his best work late in that same race at Scone as the top selection, but is weighted to his best; while Randwick five-year-old 6. Hard Reality can improve third-up after failing as a well backed favourite this grade at Goulburn.
How to play it: Dream Song to win and first four 1,4,9/1,3,4,5,9/1,3,4,5,6,9/1,3,4,5,6,9. Odds and Evens: Split.

BEST BETS
Race 4: (2) STAR RAIDER

Race 5: (6) PIZZLY

BEST VALUE
Race 7: (4) DREAM SONG

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RACE 2 – 12.55PM: JOHN OXLEY MOTORS BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP (1500m)

Same trip now for the more experienced and seasoned performers. Four-year-old Newcastle gelding 7. The Borough from the Paul Perry yard only needs to find cover to take care of these. Sailed home to win two straight before charging again late to just miss at Tamworth under 61kg. Despite going up in grade, he still looks very well treated at the weights.
Dangers: Tough northern hemisphere-bred Grafton six-year-old 1. Real Gent fought on like there was no tomorrow to claim a BM58 at home fourth-up. This isn’t much stronger, and if he gets across to lead without doing too much work will be hard to run past. Big watch on Gosford nine-year-old 9. Charlie’s Law, who didn’t savage the line at Tamworth, but is hard fit, drops 4.5kg and trainer has tinkered with the gear. Local mare 6. Zellymay didn’t fire a shot resuming, but was ridden way out of her comfort zone back in the field under a big weight. Can improve sharply, ridden closer over more ground, and won her only previous second-up start. Local mare 8. Maid Marilyn comes out of some very handy form races, and is looking for this extra trip.
How to play it: The Borough to win, Charlie’s Law each-way and first four 1,7,9/1,6,7,9/1,6,7,8,9/1,6,7,8,9.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 3 – 1.35PM: PRIME7 LOCAL NEWS CG&E MAIDEN PLATE (1200m)

Back to a maiden battle for the boys at set weights, and progressive three-year-old 11. Royal Charge for the Allan Denham yard at Wyong looks a near good thing. Led and kept finding at Taree before edged out a whisker by a smart one. Draws to repeat the dose from the same barrier, and there are no La Girl types in this.
Dangers: Consistent Wauchope four-year-old 6. Highbury had found the line well in three runs before no match for La Girl at Taree and, away from the top selection, this appeals. Watch the betting on four-year-old former Victorian 9. Stealth Approach having his first run for leading Coffs stable.
How to play it: Royal Charge to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 4 – 2.10PM: TAB.COM.AU F&M MAIDEN PLATE (1200m)

Now the girls’ edition, and it’s decidedly tougher and more open. Going wide with five-year-old mare 5. Kate Lea who was around $20 in early markets. Hasn’t raced since mid-January, but is a mile over the odds for new local trainer John Sprague. Liked her two trials at Hawkesbury, especially the latest when she picked up late under a nice hold, and the gear changes have been rung including blinkers on for the first time.
Dangers: The form of Newcastle mare 1. All A Lady is all over the shop, but this is the easiest opposition she’s met in a while, and draws to get a charmed run behind the speed. Coffs mare 4. Just Cosmos will need to get over and slot in from a wide draw, but she can peak third-up.
How to play it: Kate Lea each-way.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 5 – 2.45PM: PANTHERS PORT MACQUARIE BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1800m)

Tricky race. Newcastle mare 7. Tessa Burrito from the Kris Lees stable continues to work home from well off the speed in deeper races, without really threatening. Should be right at her peak though in what looks a thinner affair, with top country jockey booked.
Dangers: Tough local six-year-old 3. Condover Hall stuck on OK behind Men In Tights at Taree who then took on tougher Highway company at Rosehill on Saturday, so the form line reads well, and he’s already a two-time winner at this track. Kembla mare 9. Everly Girl hit the line hard behind Men In Tights, and the longer trip is right up her alley.
How to play it: Tessa Burrito to win.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 6 – 3.25PM: SCHWEPPES CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1000m)

Promising three-year-old gelding 5. Areya Tuchuzy led all the way to win his maiden at Tamworth two runs back before swamped late by a very good one resuming.
Dangers: Smart Taree mare 2. Gold Bracelet resumes with no official trial, but is smart fresh, and on debut last prep bolted home in heavy ground. Wyong mare 3. Pluck And Lucky also possesses a good first-up motor, thundering home to beat a smart class 2 field fresh at Scone in summer, but she won’t want to get too far back from the inside draw.
How to play it: Areya Tuchuzy to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 7 – 4.05PM: DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m)

Strong race for this class, with plenty of chances. Three-year-old Coffs filly 10. Vaporetto from the Brett Bellamy yard returns to the track where she swept home to win her maiden on debut before working home late this grade at Ballina when easy in betting. Won’t settle as far back here from a much better draw, and can run the best final 400m of the race.
Dangers: Local four-year-old 1. Stonecold Flex has been banging on the door all prep, and if he runs anywhere near his last couple in these conditions will be in the finish. Can be ridden forward, or with cover off the speed, and four runs back was beaten under four lengths by Rothenburg who is one of better wet track Highway winners all year. Watch the market on Newcastle five-year-old 2. Philanthropist, whose provincial form is patchy but trainer has swapped blinkers for winkers.
How to play it: Vaporetto each-way.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 8 – 4.45PM: GREAT NORTHERN BREWING COMPANY BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1200m)

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Tough and open one to finish. Coffs five-year-old 1. Dollson from the Donna Grisedale stable is the one to beat fourth-up at pet trip despite carting a career-high weight. Likely leader who has only been collared late in his last couple, and can dictate all the way.
Dangers: Wauchope six-year-old 3. Chief Havoc won two straight at this track before failing to run on in a deeper field at Taree. Expect sharp improvement third-up from local mare 5. Money Heist who has done next to nothing in two runs back, but this is easier. Big watch on Gosford six-year-old 2. Matakauri who resumes off a lengthy break with no public trial, but is a first-up winner while Taree mare 9. Hold All Tickets is fourth-up and best of the rest.
How to play it: Dollson to win and trifecta 1,3,5/1,2,3,5,9/1,2,3,5,9.
Odds and Evens: Odds a special.

BEST BETS:
R2 7. THE BOROUGH
R3 11. ROYAL CHARGE
BEST VALUE:
R5 7. TESSA BURRITO

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Tottenham vs Everton, Premier League 2020 preview


Tottenham host Everton on Monday night to kick off a week which could well define their Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho‘s Spurs fell to a disappointing – if controversial – 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United on Thursday, with the Portuguese coach and his players suffering from the latest high-profile VAR decision.

Spurs may feel hard done by, but that loss leaves them 10 points off fifth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand – and they cannot afford any more slip-ups to keep their hopes of Champions League football alive.


With Carlo Ancelotti‘s Everton up first followed by a trip to Bournemouth on Thursday and then Sunday’s north London derby, Mourinho needs a victory to kick off the week in the right manner.

Date, time and venue

Tottenham vs Everton is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Monday, July 6, 2020.

The match will be behind closed doors at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.

Team news

Mourinho will check on Dele Alli’s fitness. The England international picked up a hamstring injury in training on Saturday and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Japhet Tanganga (back), who is expected to resume training next week, and fellow defender Juan Foyth (knee) are the only two absentees.

Tottenham provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Sessegnon, Winks, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Sissoko, Fernandes, Skipp, Alli, Moura, Lamela, Son, Kane, Bergwijn.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Richarlison to be ready.

An ankle issue forced the Brazil forward off in the second half of Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Leicester and he missed training on Friday, but Ancelotti said he thought Richarlison “will be fine”.

Full-back Djibril Sidibe (foot) is available to return to action, but winger Theo Walcott, following abdominal surgery, remains unavailable, as does midfielder Fabian Delph (muscle strain).

Everton provisional squad: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Virginia, Holgate, Baines, Keane, Digne, Mina, Sidibe, Coleman, Branthwaite, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Baningime, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi, Bernard, Kean, Gordon.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-0 Everton

With both teams coming off the back of defeats, expect a tight contest with Mourinho and Ancelotti attempting to outwit each other.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Of the 55 Premier League meetings between the teams, Spurs have won 26, Everton eight, and there have been 21 draws.

The last two matches have seen the points shared, with the most recent game a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park back in November.

Betting odds and tips

  • Spurs to win: 11/10
  • Everton to win: 14/5
  • Draw: Between 13/5 and 11/4
  • Spurs win 1-0: 17/2
  • Harry Kane to score first: 7/2

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Race-by-race tips and preview for Wagga on Monday


Plenty of chances in this one at set weights. Looks a nice assignment at only her second start for three-year-old Goulburn filly 8. Kez from the Danny Williams stable after having little luck on debut in the heavy at Albury. Was well specked in the market that day, and carries 2kg less here.
Dangers: Goulburn filly 7. Earp has plenty of ability but was run off her feet behind a smart winner at Canberra second-up. Drawn wide and would prefer over more ground, but drops 2kg in weight. Former Victorian three-year-old 2. Celestial Warrior has his first run fresh for new Canberra stable, with a string of gear changes, although not a noted fresh performer. Canberra three-year-old fillies 10. Serb Alert third-up and 12. Stand Your Ground fresh are also capable of charging into the finish sneaking down in the weights.
How to play it: Kez each-way Odds and Evens: Evens

Race 3 MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):

Back to a thinner sprint trip, and going wide with three-year-old filly 9. Thuwaany from the local Chris Heywood stable back in trip off a seven-week freshen-up. Just needs to find some cover from the tricky draw to cut loose and finish over the top at big odds.
Dangers: Consistent Wodonga three-year-old 5. Openhimup hops back over the border after being swamped when leading at Seymour. Was close-up in two previous runs at this track, and regular rider is back on along with blinkers for the first time. Resuming Canberra four-year-old 1. Antonio draws well and likes plenty of sting out of the ground. Was good through the line in a handy open trial; while local two-year-old filly 11. Come Get Me is hard fit and likes to settle back and finish late.
How to play it: Thuwaany each-way and box trifecta 1,5,9,11 Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 4 BATTLERS CUP BM 50 HCP (1300m):

Open battle and, of course, some are battling more than others. Improving four-year-old mare 7. War Blues from the Ron Steiner yard just needs to find cover from a wide gate to drive into the finish. Has hit the line well in stronger consecutive Class 2 races and looks well over the odds on her home track.
Dangers: Canberra four-year-old mare 3. Onya Marks hasn’t been far away in stronger races, and looks well placed from a good draw, and with a 2kg claim. Rival Canberra mare 12. Snowbrook comes off an easy win fourth-up in a similar race at Gundagai, and can finish strong from a handy trail. Leeton four-year-old 1. Crimson Hoffa has more than enough ability dropping in grade as well, but draws wide under a huge weight; while local filly 10. Ember led all the way to win her maiden here two runs back and can be included in exotics.
How to play it: War Blues each-way and trifecta 3,7,12/1,3,7,10,12/1,3,7,10,12 Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 5 BATTLERS CUP BM 50 HCP (1300m):

Part two for the battlers, and a little more quality here. Like the value about four-year-old Canberra mare 9. Woollahra Lass from the Luke Pepper yard. Has hit the line nicely in her last two, and better suited out to this longer trip on her preferred rain-affected ground.
Dangers: Local seven-year-old 1. Kruanui is the clear threat after finishing hard to win consecutive BM 58 races. Less experienced rider aboard but 3kg claim offsets the weight rise. Rival home-track mare 2. Fashion Tip hasn’t won for a long while, but found the line okay second-up behind a smart sprinter and even better suited over this distance. Expect sharp improvement from Goulburn filly 8. Estaverdi second-up off a long break.
How to play it: Woollahra Lass each-way and box trifecta 1,2,8,9 Odds and Evens: Split

Race 6 BM 58 HCP (1000m):

Promising three-year-old Albury filly 8. Star Of Tennessee from the Donna Scott yard destroyed a maiden field from the front resuming in heavy ground at home, and she looks well capable of taking the next step over this trip.
Dangers: Warwick Farm mare 1. Dizzy Miss Lizzy didn’t miss by much third-up in stronger company at Kembla, although she rises 6kg; while Goulburn four-year-old 9. Love Me Broke hasn’t missed a place in three runs this prep, and is best of the rest.
How to play it: Star Of Tennessee to win and quinella 1 and 8 Odds and Evens: Split

Race 7 OPEN HCP (1300m):

Good strong and open contest. Big fan of four-year-old gelding 11. Straover from the Geoff Duryea yard at Corowa, who is building a nice strike rate and relishes rain-affected ground. Just missed twice in a row getting home hard before powering down the middle for a dominant BM 66 win at Albury. More depth here but drops 5.5kg, and wide draw shouldn’t hinder his natural pattern.
Dangers: Plenty of them headed by tough and fit Goulburn six-year-old and perennial frontrunner 2. Assault’n’bathory, who was a dominant BM 70 winner at Canberra four runs back and hasn’t missed a place since. Local five-year-old 5. Real Key has a strong record at home and has been freshened up off a narrow BM 76 win here on the Riverside track. Watch the market on Canberra eight-year-old 1. Great Glen who resumes at big odds off a forward trial and normally runs well fresh.
How to play it: Straover to win Odds and Evens: Split

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Race 8 RIVERINA CUP PRELUDE BM 66 HCP (2500m):

Intriguing finish in a testing Heat of the Wagga Stayers Series. Progressive three-year-old Warwick Farm filly 5. Aperol Sprint from the Matthew Smith yard steps up in grade and distance from consecutive Class 1 wins at Bathurst. Still on the rise and racing like she will eat up this journey.
Dangers: Tough local four-year-old 1. Jungle Book has won three straight surging home from well back on his home track and loves rain-affected ground, but query jumping to this trip carrying 3kg more. Wangaratta five-year-old 2. Roland Garros was swamped late by Jungle Book in a BM 66 here last start, and hard to see him turning the tables drawn wide.
How to play it: Aperol Sprint to win Odds and Evens: Odds

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12. Wild Wind is a market watch and, while he’s been under some riding in his trials, he looks the type to relish race day. Has had a tie-back so has obviously had issues but shown a competitive streak. If supported, expect him to run well.

Dangers: 2. Gunnamatta is aided by the top weight coming out. Scratched last week with an elevated temperature but on debut he led and was run down late by Scenic Warrior on a heavy at Warwick Farm. If he gets control he should be hard to catch. 3. Jimmy’s Dream had some support on debut at Warwick Farm and came from midfield wide out to run a close second. Fitter for that, not sure where he gets to from the barrier if he doesn’t look to go forward but one of the major players. 4. Game Royal is a well bred gelding from the Waller stable on debut and though his latest trial wasn’t anything to write home about he’s the type you have to keep a bit safe. He’s drawn inside and attracted James McDonald to ride so nothing would surprise about him first-up.
How to play it: Wild Wind each-way
Odds & Evens: Evens.

Race 3 – 2PM HARRY ANGEL @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1250m)

14. Duenna is no star but she looks well placed on the back of a couple of handy runs out of town. Bumped into Steel Diamond two starts back then tried hard at Wyong on a front-runners’ track last time. Soft draw and should get some tempo to suit. Good each-way chance.
Dangers: 2. Miss Spiteful will be right on the pace from the good gate. She was competitive in two runs here to start the prep then every chance when a short-priced favourite at Gosford last time. Will give a sight. 5. Dancing Gidget hasn’t raced since beating subsequent ATC Oaks placegetter and G1 winner Toffee Tongue at 1550m here back in March. Gained inside runs to win a recent trial, trip might be short of her best but rather include her than assume that. 7. Compatriot has ability and raced fairly consistently last time in. Not asked in his recent trial, likely gets back but should be running on strongly.
How to play it: Duenna each-way
Odds & Evens: Evens

Race 4 – 2:35PM EXCEEDANCE NEW TO VINERY HANDICAP (1250m)

6. Darleb is very close to a city win after a couple of strong placings at his past two starts. Tightened up at Canterbury when beaten a length then swamped late by a promising type at Warwick Farm after cutting the corner. Should take holding out.
Dangers: 11. Temple Run raced three deep and made a move on the turn before the winner cut up inside him at Warwick Farm two weeks ago. Eligible for easier but competitive at this level and is a good chance. 7. This Is So showed a heap of promise this time last year but has been off the scene for quite a while. Can’t take a lot out of her recent trial only to say she wasn’t pressured and represents a big query here first-up. 1. Above And Beyond has been largely competitive in BM78 grade lately and comes back in class here, getting in well with the claim. Likes to race handy and on best form is one of the chances.
How to play it: Darleb win; Trifecta 6/1,7,11/1,7,11.
Odds & Evens: Evens.

Race 5 – 3:10PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1800m)

10. Savigne backs up after quite a strong win at Canterbury last week where she enjoyed a good run and powered away late. Even fitter, again drawn well and on the way up against opposition largely battling. No surprise if she does right on with the job.
Dangers: 6. Picaro has the chance to find his best after two handy enough runs back in Saturday company. Gets into his preferred distance range now and there’s a lot less depth here. Go well. 2. Chocolatier contested the same race as Picaro and was quite disappointing only managing seventh. Wasn’t able to get anywhere near the lead there whereas in his previous two runs at Canterbury he was on the pace so he could easily improve quickly if he takes advantage of gate one. 11. Secretly was second-up when she worked into third behind Lando Bay at Randwick four weeks ago and gets a 1.5kg drop in weight. Takes on older horses but has that upside many others don’t so she could be competitive here.
How to play it: Savigne win; Trifecta 10/2,6,11/2,6,11.
Odds & Evens: Evens.

Race 6 – 3:45PM BOWERMANS OFFICE FURNITURE HANDICAP (1550m)

8. Le Gai Soliel looks a real up and comer ready to tackle this company after two wins this time in. Improved sharply into her second-up win at Kembla on a heavy track and expect the barrier to be no issue as she’s drawn right around the likely speed. If she is above average, she can win again.
Dangers: 3. Baanone has come back in great form and followed up an eye-catching fresh run here with a strong win at Canterbury three weeks ago. Will likely get back a bit but has a big finish and should be competitive again. 7. Galahad’s Quest may have something to say about who leads here and he was run down by Baanone two back before Savigne picked him last week. So the form around him looks good and, if he leads, he can give a sight. 4. Statuesquely has disappointed in two runs back from a spell and comes back to midweek company looking for a boost. Group 3 placed at a mile last time in so has the talent and no surprise to see her lift if she happens to find the front.
How to play it: Le Gai Soleil win; Trifecta 8/3,4,7/3,4,7.
Odds & Evens: Split.

Race 7 – 4:20PM TAB HANDICAP (1150m)

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If you can forgive 2. Sally’s Day for her shock failure at Rosehill a month ago, she has to be the horse to beat on previous form. Romped in at Wyong first-up on a soft 7 then hit the line hard behind Fituese and Aquitaine at listed level. Looks to be some speed here to suit her and can bounce back.
Dangers: 6. Meditate was first-up from a throat operation when leading and fighting on OK for second at Canterbury three weeks ago. Will be better for that run and handled all conditions. Expect her to be on the speed somewhere and giving a good account. 4. Echo Gem is a bit hit-and-miss, or at least was last time in, and resumes with a couple of synthetic trials under her belt. Runner-up to Fituese first-up last prep and split Lashes and Switched third-up but failed either side. Capable of showing up if things fall into place. 8. So Wicked is a very interesting runner first-up for Chris Waller off a pleasing trial win. Has gate one and James McDonald so betting will be significant.
How to play it: Sally’s Day each-way; trifecta 2/4,6,8/4,6,8.
Odds & Evens: Evens.

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Race 5: (10) Savigne
Race 6: (8) Ole Gai Soleil

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Race 3: (14) Duenna

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Race 2 – 12.55PM KIA ORA STUD COUNTRY MAGIC MAIDEN PLATE (1300M)

16. Important Product is a very interesting runner first-up since a placing in a small field at Rosehill back in November. It wasn’t a bad run despite the margin, he was just run off his feet. Two trials have been excellent and the 1300m fresh suits. Probably gives away a start from the barrier but rather be with him than against.
Dangers: 5. Hustled might want it a touch further ideally but really liked his two trials this time in over the shorter trips. He’s been competitive in all five starts, expect him to get back but also expect him to be hitting the line strongly and could surprise them. 11. Mother’s Day might be a slight risk at the distance looking at her last run here over 1100m where she had her chance, loomed and couldn’t pick them up. Extra 200m has to be a query but concede she has drawn a soft gate, should get a nice run and hasn’t finished worse than fourth. 1. Aldane is on debut on the back of one trial but it wasn’t a bad effort finishing close up behind some smart ones in Derby Star and Mahalangur at Tamworth earlier this month. Can only be improved and could run a race at odds.
How to play it: Important Product each-way.
Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 3 – 1.30PM HORSEPOWER CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600M)

1. Live And Loaded seemed to have plenty in hand when he cruised home first-up at Kembla in a race that has produced a bit of form already. Should appreciate the mile on the big track, drawn well again and if he gets into the clear he will take plenty of holding off.
Dangers: 2. Secretly Awesome is another coming off an impressive maiden win and he’s been back to the trials since his Wyong victory a month ago. Races handy and should be in the finish. 5. Lando Bay looked beaten on the turn at Wyong a couple of weeks ago but rallied to edge clear again late to break through at start eight. Mile is no issue for him and he’s tough so well worth considering. 3. Chariots Of Fire hit form second-up at Newcastle then coasted to an easy maiden win at Goulburn when up to the mile as an odds-on favourite. More depth here but going the right way so is in the mix.
How to play it: Live And Loaded to win and trifecta 1/2,3,5/2,3,5.
Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 4 – 2.05PM INGLIS 2YO CHALLENGE (1100M)

10. The Bopper brings quite a few raps with him after his impressive debut win at Tamworth a few weeks back and it’s easy to see why. He did enjoy a nice enough run but when he sprinted he put them away in a few strides and won easing up. Drawn wide but just the straight run to the turn and he’s hard to go past.
Dangers: 4. Go Gadget was a drifter in betting on debut at Muswellbrook but he caught the eye charging through late to run a close second. Finds an extra 200m here and if he runs up to that first-up effort he will be competitive. 6. Pyrmont also has a wide gate but he brings city form into this race through a sound first-up fourth and a game second at Warwick Farm in his latest. Probably looks to push forward and has to be respected. 19. Knickerbockerglory was given an easy time in her only trial at Tamworth behind Derby Star so against much stronger company and from a soft draw creates a bit of interest. Any support would be encouraging but one to throw in the trifectas.
How to play it: The Bopper to win and trifecta 10/4,6,19/4,6,19.
Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 5 – 2.40PM WIDDEN STUD CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100M)

2. Van Giz looks well placed here after a luckless second at Wyong last time where he sat wide on the speed, gave the winner a cart into the race and fought on to go down narrowly. Bursting to win one, he’s bumped into a couple of handy ones this prep, and with the inside alley he has his chance to break through.
Dangers: 11. Divine Approach was a bit stiff not to win when resuming at Grafton. She was travelling well in behind them but didn’t catch a break until about 150m out when she charged. Might not get so far back here and she can be in the finish somewhere. 19. Special Privilege was too good on debut then chased home last week’s Highway winner Tejori at Canberra where he gave away a big start and probably should have finished a length or so closer too. Runs up to that and he’s a show. 5. Sedona will need luck from the barrier (but again it’s a straight run to the turn) and he wasn’t disgraced at Kembla after racing wide. Only blew out the last 100m and the form has held up from the race. Each-way.
How to play it: Van Giz to win and trifecta 2/5,11,19/5,11,19.
Odds and Evens: Split.

Race 6 – 3.15PM PRYDE’S EASIFEED NOEL LECKIE COUNTRY CUP – BENCHMARK 84 HANDICAP (1400M)

2. Hit The Target ran an amazing time leading all the way in the Soldier’s Saddle at Bathurst over this trip and it was just reward for a good prep to date with the only failure in the Country Championships Final and he’s not a heavy tracker. Unbeaten on his home track and if he produces anything like last run he’ll take catching.
Dangers: 6. Sneak Preview wasn’t disgraced in the Country Championships then gave away a big start and ran on when it was too late as an odds-on favourite at Narromine. Does give away a start in his races so that’s the risk but if he gets the breaks he’s a good chance. 10. Luna Mia has been going through the motions a little though had excuses two runs back at Randwick. Backs up and rises in trip on another even effort in a Highway last weekend. Capable but running out of chances. 7. Acoustix is a go-forward horse drawn wide and he’s racing consistently in similar events. Just found one better at Newcastle last time, if he can get across he should be in it for a long way.
How to play it: Hit The Target to win and trifecta 2/6,7,10/6,7,10.
Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 7 – 3.55PM DARLEY SCONE CUP (1600M)

10. Live And Free put the writing on the wall for this race with his eye-catching second in the Hawkesbury Cup at Rosehill, running a 33.94 last 600m (Punter’s Intelligence). Second-up form is always better even though he was more forward than normal fresh so he should be at his peak. Map could be tricky if 5. Archedemus comes out but it’s the right race for him so sticking with that.
Dangers: 4. Dr Drill could be a big improver on a flat second-up run. Glue-on shoes come off suggesting there might have been a hoof issue there last time and his first-up run was too good not to give him another chance. Races handy and that could be a plus. 7. Sambro comes through the same race and he held his ground well enough without threatening finishing three lengths off Ranier. Second-up form is always better and he did run third in the Villiers second-up last prep. 11. Phaistos was run down by Ranier in that race a month ago then came from well back, running fast splits, to get up on the line at Kensington on a day where those swooping did well. Up to a mile which he’s yet to win at but he’s in career-best form and has to be considered. 18. Costello has found some consistency and drops from 61.5kg where he was too good for Welsh Legend a month ago. Races handy and if he gets a run could give cheek.
How to play it: Live And Free to win and trifecta 10/4,7,11,18/4,7,11,18.
Odds and Evens: Evens.

Race 8 – 4.35PM TURANGGA FARM CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1300M)

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5. Favra was arguably a good thing beaten at Newcastle last time out when favourite and looks well placed to atone. Just needs the breaks to get away from the inside as he’s not really an on-speed horse and he’ll be a force.
Dangers: 4. Bollywood had a perfect trail and pounced late to score second-up at Wyong over Van Giz, who runs earlier, and the extra trip can only help her cause. Consistent filly and is one of the major players. 1. Mayaaseh raced handy but wasn’t up to it in a much tougher affair behind Rocha Clock second-up. Will find this a lot easier and she was listed-placed last time in so does have some ability. Drawn to have her chance to show it. 2. Darleb was a bit too strong at Wyong third-up after a couple of below-par efforts to kick off his campaign. Has similar credentials to the main chances here so warrants some thought.
How to play it: Favra to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

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