Selections based on a soft to heavy track.
Race 1 – 12:25PM DUBBO GOLD CUP & CALCUTTA SEPT 10 & 11 MAIDEN (1120 METRES)
2. Keep On Going wasn’t fancied in betting at local debut but found the line well late to finish second over 900m at Scone. Likely to relish the extra ground and is a good chance if he runs up to that effort.
Dangers: 4. Out In Force had no luck at all at his first start and ran well on a heavy track then a bit flat at Scone second-up. Well worth another chance on promising first outing. 3. Nest In The Hills is on debut for Clint Lundholm and hard to get a line on him based on his trial where he loped along around fourth throughout and wasn’t asked for anything. Check betting. 15. My Khaleesi has had a few chances but is more than capable if she finds her best. Freshened to come back in trip and will be running on.
How to play it: Keep On Going WIN. Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Race 2 – 1:05PM CHEM CERT BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1120 METRES)
4. Billy Bent Ear is a bit of a marvel and he’s racing in super form lining up for start 120. Charged home into second at Scone last start, backing up a strong Wellington win, and this looks no harder if he can run out the 1100m or so, which he’s yet to do.
Dangers: 2. Sharpay Ruler won his first two starts but didn’t fire in two subsequent runs before a spell. No public trials or wet track form but if he’s right he’s a chance to bounce back to form first up. Betting a good pointer. 5. Eightsides is lightly raced and has mixed form this time in but a repeat of his latest, where he gave a good sight in front, at Coonabarabran would make him competitive. 1. Shadow Chaser will find this a lot easier than his Highway at Rosehill last week and he’ll likely be fitter too as it was over six weeks between runs. Worth including in the chances.
How to play it: Billy Bent Ear E/W. Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Race 3 – 1:45PM THE THIRSTY FARMER BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1120 METRES)
2. Majority creates a bit of interest first up since an easy win at Mudgee back in April. No public trials but appears to handle the sting out of the ground and her fourth in a strong Highway two starts back reads well for this company.
Dangers: 6. Foxstorm has found it a bit hard to win and while disappointing at Tamworth last start his on pace third at Scone from two runs back would be good enough to see him in the finish. May need some luck but off the fence might not be the worst spot to be. 1. Everyone has a consistent enough record and was a winner over 1200m three starts back so the trip shouldn’t be a worry. Led them up at Moree when back to 950m and was run down but not disgraced. Capable of showing up. 3. Denace dropped out after racing on speed when resuming at Gilgandra but is better than that and can improve sharply down in class and with the run under her belt.
How to play it: Majority WIN; Trifecta 2/1,3,6/1,3,6. Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Race 4 – 2:25PM AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB CUP SPRINT PRELUDE (1120 METRES)
3. Dalavin is a tough customer and he’s in super form at the moment. He’s put two easy wins together at Gunnedah and Dubbo, handles all conditions and should put himself somewhere on the pace and give a good kick.
Dangers: 7. Moetta was pestered all the way at Forbes last week and her effort to go down in the last stride or two was huge. Perhaps a little more depth here but she’s still down in the weights and will also be on the speed. Definite chance. 2. Healing Hands is very smart on his day but tends to have injury woes. Not seen since two starts in the early summer and wasn’t quite at his best. Unbeaten in three starts at Dubbo and if he finds his best could make it four. 1. Toro Toro is a capable type who hasn’t raced since January. Was a winner at Wyong back in November and can pull out a run fresh. Probably wants it a bit better than heavy but hard to leave him out.
How to play it: Dalavin WIN; Trifecta 3/1,2,7/1,2,7. Odds & Evens: ODDS.