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Current Results

Total Units Staked: 84

Total Units Returned: 91.10

ROI: 8.46%


Hamilton | Race 3 | #7 Bombshell Belle

Bombshell Belle has had two recent jump outs leading in to today. The latest of those, she travelled very well, having a bit left through the line. She draws the paint here, which is advantageous at this course from the 1100m start point.

Unlike the short odds favourite (and stablemate), Heavenly Barb, who is drawn out and every chance is working in running. Happy to be with Bombshell Belle. 

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Bombshell Belle


Muswellbrook | Race 6 | #9 Dodecanese

Perry colt resuming and has trialled well enough leading into this. However, the race is a little messy and he is not without good competition, so I cannot get him that short at all here.


The top weight General Artie is generous odds and the early second favourite Mill City, has trialled quite well. With that, I’m opposing Dodecanese today. 

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Dodecanese

Moe | Race 8 | #4 Mastering

Mastering hasn’t had much go right both starts this preparation, with the blinkers on he’s been slowly away, they come off here as well as a positive jockey change.

He looked to have plenty to off at Benalla latest when badly held up, and notably put in a very positive jump out before that effort to suggest he’s going a little better than his form card reads.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Mastering


Mackay | Race 5 | #3 Duriff

Not overly convinced back to 1100m. Granted, has had a freshen and form sound at track. However, drawn out and distance are both query enough to be against. 

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Duriff

Newcastle | Race 6 | #5 Terroir

Terroir resumes on the back of two trials, the latest of those travelling strong throughout, never let go. I like her fresh at this trip and I expect her to lob in the first few pairs in running, which puts her in front of the red odds favourite, California Salto. No real knock on that filly, just the price with a chance she’s buried back on the rail.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Terrior

Newcastle | Race 5 | #6 Melik

Good on debut from the front over 1100m, boxing on to win in good time. However, draws out here, with a few that are capable of keeping him deep. I don’t think the opposition he faces are hopeless and I can’t get him that short.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Melik

Mornington | Race 1 | #3 Arigato

Arigato is the horse I like fresh. She has put in two really nice jump outs this time around, has drawn the paint and that’s a strong advantage here. She can make use of that and I’m expecting a strong show.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Arigato

Mornington | Race 8 | #2 Cantforgetyou

Soft win this track and distance resuming off a year long spell. She is now 4 weeks between runs and draws out in the small field. She’ll have to have come on and I can’t take those odds given her set up into this.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Cantforgetyou

Donald | Race 3 | #9 Jimmy’s Secret

Looks a reasonable kick off point for JIMMY’S SECRET, who acquitted himself well in a strong debut before being out dashed after that in a strong race. Three jump outs for this, the latest of which his best work was late and I think this trip is suitable.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Jimmy’s Secret

Donald | Race 4 | #6 Fanaar

Resuming as a 3YO after throat issues 30 weeks ago. Very short based on his lead in jump outs. The form around him in his first prep is sound. However, I need to see more before taking the shorts.

There are a couple of handy runners including the debuton, Simulated and Anamagic fresh for the new stable. Against Fanaar at the price.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Fanaar

Gosford | Race 6 | #2 The Iron Maiden and #9 Villarica

The Iron Maiden is a 10 yo are lining up for start 119, yet she’s in career-best form. She does go better on rain affected tracks, but did win her last start on what was officially a Soft 5, but the track was upgraded after her race to a Good 4 & her figures suggest it was Good 4 or tick better even. She’ll back in the field, but only 9 runners & looks a bit of pace in it, if there is she’s a good chance of running over them.

Villarica is a stablemate of T.I.M, she too will get back & be getting home if race is run at a decent clip. She ran on well last start over 1770m at Muswellbrook in a race dominated by on pace to run 3rd.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – The Iron Maiden for 0.6 units

 BACK – Villarica for 0.4 units


Gosford | Race 1 | #6 Call Me Mo

Only a lightly raced galloper that has won 2 from 6, but both over 1300. He’s had 1 go over 1600m, it was last run & although he was 3 wide into 1st turn, he was beaten a long way from home.

He’s in a race where 5 of his 6 opponents all have live chances & all of them should handle the 1600. Looks a bit short at current quote 4.00.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Call Me Mo

Swan Hill | Race 3 | #3 Marketing

He is making his debut off the back of 2 impressive jumpouts, has drawn the inside barrier & expect he’ll be hard to beat in this at a good price.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Marketing


Grafton | Race 1 | #1 Tarbert

He’s the class runner of the field, but he hasn’t won below 1200 & only raced below it twice in his 30 starts to date. He’ll be back in field & his main dangers will be on pace. with 63 kgs over unsuitable distance, he looks a risk at short quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) -Tarbert

Hawkesbury | Race 1 | #2 Baanone and #5 Notabadharada

Baanone was a good 4th in a stronger field than this over 1600m at Wyong at his last run. It was held up slightly turning & only btn just over 1L. It the track improves from the current rating of a Soft 6 it will enhance his chances.

Notabadharada has had 6 runs this prep & all of them were out of his grade. He’s had 2 goes over this T&D for a 3rd & an unplaced run. He finds himself in a very winnable race, the small field will suit, as will a fair tempo which they could set here.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Baanone for 0.4 units

 BACK – Notabadharada for 0.6 units


Hawkesbury | Race 6 | #4 Segalas

Ran a close 4th over this T&D at last start, it was 2nd up run for the prep but 35 days between runs is a concern, as is synthetic hoof filler for the first time. She has only won the one race & it was over 1350m at Wyong, so sticking to 1100 doesn’t look ideal.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Segalas

Wyong | Race 3 | #11 Kahlo

He is 2nd up off an ordinary run 1st up, but it was over 1100 at Hawkesbury on a Soft 7. She was well back in run & was close to inside while the placings were all wider on the track. Her 1st prep she had 2 runs in city class & went ok in both.

The step up to 1350 is a plus as is the dry track. She should be able to settle midfield or tick better in a race that may be run at fair tempo. Current odds of 14.00 look quite fair & I give her fair EW chance.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Kahlo


Wyong | Race 1 | #3 Urbino

Imported stayer that’s run 2nd at his 2 runs in Aus with both only being fair & he SP’d 1.50 & 1.14 respectively in them. He’s currently $1.35 in this & this race is no weaker than the 2 he has contested & he’s also dropping back from 2335m to 2100m.

It’s only a small field which will suit, as it will his 2 dangers, they being Maybach & The Borough. Happy to be against him at the short quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Urbino

Lismore | Race 3 | #7 Cubix

Last start winner of his maiden over this distance at Murwillumbah in strong fashion, where he tracked the 2 leaders to turn, then wore them down to win on the line. Has a bit of a sticky gate, but if jumps away with them & gets into similar spot in run as last time, he’s the horse to hold out.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Cubix


Sale | Race 4 | #9 Kiptanui

Having its 1st race start off the back of a trial & a jumpout where he won both, but times were only ordinary in both. He’s come up short enough, so happy to be against him at the quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Kiptanui

Moruya | Race 1 | #7 Isadora Twinkle

Has run a couple of good races in Highway class & this is considerably weaker than those races. She’ll get back which isn’t ideal, but there are 3 potential leaders & only 10 runners, so if there is any sort of pace on, then she’ll be hard to hold out.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Isadora Twinkle


Moruya | Race 4 | #3 Home Scene

Not sure 930m is her go, she does have early pace which is a plus, but she’s also been placed 3 times over 1350m & once over 1500m.

She comes out of the same race as the other fave Thorn Brook & I thought his run was better than hers & he didn’t cop the best of rides, so happy to oppose her at the quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Home Scene

Hawkesbury | Race 9 | #3 Bold and Wild

He is a last start winner over 1350 at Wyong, where he raced on pace then joined led 3 wide turning before racing away to win by over 6L.

The run was 41 days ago, so may have had a little issue from the run, but he had an easy trial against good opposition 12 days ago & was only 2.7L from winner while not asked to do a lot. If he reproduces his last run he’ll be very hard to beat in this.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Bold and Wild


Hawkesbury | Race 2 | #6 Dirty Work

Massive class drop for this horse, coming out of a 3yo G3 race over this distance at Caulfield where he ran 3rd of 6 by 6L to Bivouac. He sat OSL in what wasn’t a fast run race & although he still ran fair figures himself, he does look like he may want a touch further.

He jumps from gate 8 & may be kept wide while his main dangers have drawn inside him & may get a better run in transit. Would rather oppose him at odds on quote than be for him.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Dirty Work

Grafton | Race 3 | #2 Lonny Lonny & #11 Jackpot Telephone

Lonny Lonny is 1st up off 318-day break and is having her first start for a new trainer. She had three runs over two preps for her old trainer, all were at Kembla and she went ok in all three, so has some ability and this is a considerable class drop for her, so must have a good hope if she repeats her old form.

Jackpot Telephone ran 2nd at her last start over 1205 at this track and it was the best run of her career. She’s drawn a nice gate, will appreciate dropping back 100m, will race on pace and looks a good hope in this.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Lonny Lonny for 0.6u

 BACK – Jackpot Telephone for 0.4u


Grafton | Race 4 | #1 Winged Poet

Has been up since February and lining up for start 13th in the prep. He’s only won the one race and it was on Soft going. There are a couple in it that can easily win with the right run, so not keen on taking 2.70 under those circumstances.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Winged Poet

Newcastle  | Race 5 | #1 Wounded Soldier

Was a very good 2nd at first run in Aus. The winner & 4th horse from the race (Django Unreined & Stylish Pattern) came out and ran 1-2 in the last at Newcastle on Tuesday, so the form out of the Taree race has held up strongly & his run was close to best in the race.

Step up to 1350 is a plus. With even luck in running, they’ll struggle to beat it.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Wounded Soldier


Newcastle | Race 4 | #1 Princess Siri & #6 Magnificently

Princess Siri is the fave & is dropping from provincial class to country, but is stepping up 150m in distance & she can over-race in the 1st half of a race, it’s on those grounds I’m opposing her today.

Magnificently is an unraced 3yo filly that has had 4 trials & all of them this prep. She did little in 1st 3 & then at last trial she stepped up to 1200m, led all the way to win easy, but she went slow early & then was asked for an effort turning.

Considering it’s taken 2 months from 1st trial to get to races, maybe she’s had niggling issues along the way as well.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Princess Siri

 LAY (WIN) – Magnificently

Moruya | Race 4 | #1 Mickey Jay

He was a very strong winner 1st up over 1208m, then solid 3rd to Rubino Veloce & Banjo’s Voice over 1400 at Goulburn where 1st & 2nd were in the better going.

His next run was for a luckless 4th to My Sweet Fish over 1400 at Nowra, where he just never got clear until the race was all over. With even luck in the run he looks the horse to beat.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Mickey Jay


Newcastle | Race 2 | #5 Versetto

Current odds on fave who was ok 1st up over 1100 at Canterbury. He did win his only prior 2nd up run, but it was only a field of 5 with less than 1L covering all 5 runners & the 2nd horse should’ve won the race by a clear margin had he had a clear crack at them.

I thought Pandano won his maiden in far more impressive fashion in gapping a field on the Beaumont circuit at his 1st run.

He did little 1st up this prep, but it was in a 3yo G3 over 1300 at Randwick. He looks the big danger with a couple other chances in the race, so the red odds available about the fave, look a bit short.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Versetto

Wagga | Race 3 | #6 Maid of Ore

She is coming into this off a solid 4th over 1400 in a BM 64 at Hawkesbury after going in the air at the start.

She settled at the tail until turning, then worked home to only be beaten by 1.24L. This is her 1st go at the 1600, but she gives every indication that it’ll be no problem & this is also a weaker field than she met the last run. With even luck, she’ll be hard to hold out.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Maid of Ore


Wagga | Race 2 | #3 Jodhpur

He looks quite a promising horse that has only had 3 runs & all of them at this track, for a win over 1200, 2nd over 1000 & last start 4th over 1200.

He steps up to 1600m here & does look like he should get the trip, but the concerns with are, he can be a bit slow out of the gates, has a wide draw, so good chance he’s well back in the run, not the profile I like to take odds on about.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Jodhpur

Scone | Race 3 | #4 Deepwood Vale

She is 1st up off a very nice trial at this track. Her only race start was last prep & it resulted in a good 3rd to Royal Eclipse. If she reproduces her trail performance then she looks the horse they all have to beat.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Deepwood Vale


Scone | Race 1 | #4 Rambler Rebel

He is coming off 2 very impressive wins over 1000m at Taree. 2 back he ran wide at the turn & last run ran about in the straight, it’s something he’s done in most of his runs.

He steps up to 1100m for the 1st time, will have company up-front & if he gets up to same antics again, the long run home & the extra 100m may find him out, so for those reasons I’m prepared to risk him at deep red odds he is currently.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Rambler Rebel

Hawkesbury | Race 2 | #1 Leo

He’s lining up for start 4 in this, in his 3 starts to date, he’s drawn 6 from 8, 7 from 10 & 7 from 7 & was ridden to try & get cover causing to him over-race early, but today he jumps from the inside barrier, that should enable him to hold a spot closer to pace & possibly leaders back.

The fave Acumen is drawn right beside him in 2, it has early pace & will lead but good chance it has company, so if Leo can get clear running I think he’s the horse they’ll all need to hold out.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Leo


Hawkesbury | Race 6 | #7 Segalas

She was a fair 2nd to the handy Virgilio over 1200 at Kembla 1st up, although that run was fair, I don’t think the drop back to 1100m is overly suitable for her.

Her last prep she kicked off with a 2nd placing over 1200 then 2nd up went to Wyong over 1350 to win her maiden, where she had everything her own way in the lead to win & not overly impressively.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Segalas

Pakenham | Race 7 | #6 Dual Lane

Dual Lane won her only start for the new camp in good style earlier this year before being put away. She won a jump out here at Pakenham before being given a quiet trial. She was in last week but drew poorly and was given a jump out instead which she won and did so with some class.

Time good. I think she can stalk the speed here and be very competitive. No knock on favourite, other than the price – too short and rather be with Dual Lane EW.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Dual Lane


Albury | Race 1 | #2 It’s Trumps

Is only a lightly raced conveyance & doesn’t meet much of a field in this, but having said that he didn’t do a real lot in his 2 starts, gets a Heavy surface for the 1st time & has come up 2.00.

The 2nd fave is Shadow Of Pylon, who has only placed twice from 8 goes, but his last run was his best, he ran 2nd btn 1.48L over this distance & on a Heavy 9. I think he should be a bit closer to fave in price, so happy to risk the fave at short quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – It’s Trumps

Gosford | Race 6 | #11 Crete

Crete is only a lightly raced mare who is up to 2100m for the 1st time, which she should appreciate judging by her closing 3rd over 1900m at this track at her last run.

With the apprentices claim, she is in receipt of from 2.5kgs to 7.5kgs of the field. She has drawn a nice gate & if she gets a fair steer, looks a good ew chance.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Crete


Gosford | Race 4 | #4 Kedah

She has won her first 2 starts, but has been beaten at her subsequent 4 runs & none of them have had a flashing light on them. She does get B.Avdulla taking over from A.Bullock today, but he didn’t do much wrong on her last run. This isn’t a strong field by any stretch, but if she isn’t at or near her best, there are 4 of the 5 opponents that can easily win it.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Kedah

Kempsey | Race 1 | #1 Red Heat & #7 Toten

Red Heat should get a lovely run in transit, most likely 3rd or 4th in run. She comes into this off a solid win over 1600m at Taree 10 days ago, step up to 1900 is a plus, this field is slightly weaker than her last start & she’s also raced well in better fields prior. The dry track is a plus.

Toten may struggle to beat the fave & has only won the one race from 27 starts, but this is only his 3rd run beyond 1700m. His last run was over 2000m at Taree, where he did tough being 3 wide the trip, the run was far better than it looked & no surprise to see him figure in the placings.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Red Heat

 BACK – Toten


Kempsey | Race 2 |  #11 Show Tickets

She is making her debut in what looks only an average lineup on paper. She does have a bit going for her being from the powerful K.Lees stable with a good rider & barrier, but I have been over-enthused in any of her 4 trials to date. Allares looks the horse they all have to beat.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Show Tickets

Scone | Race 4 | #3 Tann Hills and #9 Speed Camera

Tann Hills comes into this off a strong win over this T&D at last run. It was his go at the trip and he ran it out strongly. The horse is only in 1st prep so has plenty of upside and if reproduces last run, then should go close in this. Current odds of 12.00 seems quite fair.

Speed Camera has raced against stronger opposition than she meets here and has acquitted herself well, winning once & placing another 7 times out of her 15 starts. NB 13 of the 15 runs were at the provincials. She also looks quite a decent price at 8.00.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Tann Hills

 BACK – Speed Camera


Scone | Race 2 | #1 Martha Heights and #5 Strapping Conquest

Martha Heights won 1st up in maiden over 1200m at Bathurst and although she gapped them, she beat nothing. She then had 2 runs over 1300 and only went ok. Not sure drop back to 1100 is ideal for her.

Strapping Conquest is a last start maiden winner over 1020m at Dubbo. The 1100m shouldn’t be a problem but the class rise is her concern. Between the 2 of them, they currently take up half of the market which I think is a bit tight, as the other 2 live chances (Snipex Abaa and Without Conviction) both have stronger form lines. Snipex should lead & be hard to run down, while Without Conviction will be getting home.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Martha Heights

 LAY (WIN) – Strapping Conquest

Hawkesbury  | Race 8 | #14 First Lady

She is racing very well this prep & each run has been better than the previous. Steps up to 1800 for 1st time, but gives every indication that it will suit.

Missed a bob of the heads finish to One Fire Beach at the latest run, it was over 1600 at Gosford, she meets that horse 1.5kgs better today. She should sit midfield or a touch forward of it in run & looks fair value at the current quote of 12.00.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – First Lady


Hawkesbury  | Race 7 | #1 Manly Cove and #2 Lord Zoulander

Both of these are leaders/on pacers in a race where there looks to be plenty of early speed, so expect this race is won by a stalker/off pacer. Their combined % is currently just under 50%, pretty skinny when neither looks to get an easy run in transit, so much rather be against them than for them.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Manly Cove

 LAY (WIN) – Lord Zoulander

Ballarat  | Race 8 | #4 Telemarketer

Interested in one at good odds here in Telemarketer who resumes on his home track. He ran some nice races last time in and seems comfortable on this going in two recent jump-outs, he closed off nicely over 1000m before being run off his feet when placing behind the talented Seven Castles over 850m in the latest.

He maps to sit midfield and have an opportunity to prove whether he is good enough.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Telemarketer


Cessnock | Race 4 | #6 Mon Petite Fille

Although she is a last start winner at this T&D, she did draw the rails there to win by 0.61L in only average time. Her task has been made a lot easier in this with 2 speed horses who were both drawn under her now scratched, but she still may not find the rail as Dark Elixir & Rebecca’s Quest both have early speed & both have drawn inside her.

Her current quote of 1.60 looks quite short

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Mon Petite Fille

Kembla Grange | Race 7 | #9 Frascati Miss

She will be far more suited to this T&D than her last start assignment. She has run good races without much luck this prep, but with a bit of luck in this, I expect she’ll be hard to beat. She looks a fair ew play.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Frascati Miss


Kembla Grange | Race 4 | #1 Cover Ops

Horse has raced in better company than this, but can do a few things wrong & if he does in this, then he’s a chance of being in a tricky spot on the rail & if they ride him for speed he may get company up front. Prepared to risk him at the price considering those factors.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Covert Ops

Wyong | Race 6 | #1 Mr Plow and #2 Flash Palace

Both of these won’t be far off the pace settling & both have 3kg claimers up, so they come in well at the weights. MP is 1st up off a solid trial win, while Flash Palace was a solid winner over 1200 at Kembla at his last run. Both will appreciate the 1350m.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Flash Palace for 0.66 units

 BACK – Mr Plow for 0.33 units


Wyong | Race 4 | #4 Icebath and #8 Street Scream

Although they have the market cornered as one is 2.30 & the other 2.40 in what looks a fairly thin maiden, Icebath has the far superior paper form, but she has gotten back in her runs, so does she get into a slot early from gate 9.

Street Scream is unraced, but has been to the trials on 4 occasions spaced over 2 preps. He won 1st 2 in 1st prep & won 1st trial this prep & 3rd in his last one, with none of the being outstanding. He has drawn the rails with Avdulla riding so does a bit going for him there, but short enough by the same token. Their combined % will be deep in the red, so worth a risk.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Icebath

 LAY (WIN) – Street Scream

Gosford | Race 5 | #9 Kariba

Kariba ran a strong 2nd at her 1st start, her next 2 runs she didn’t have the best of luck in & were both forgive runs. She has drawn a nice gate in 4, from which she should settle fairly close to the speed in what looks a fairly thin maiden. I think she looks a fair ew play at her current quote of 10.00

Betting Strategy

 BACK (EW) – Kariba


Moree | Race 1 | #8 Glamour Factor

Although she possesses early speed which is normally a prerequisite for a 950m race, she isn’t the strongest conveyance having raced 11 times for only 2 placings. I doubt she finds the lead on her own in this & may not even lead at all, so the current quote of 2.50 looks a bit thin about her.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Glamour Factor

Ballarat | Race 6 | #1 Captain Crackerjak

Captain Crakerjak can give an almighty sight here. He boasts a strong fresh record including a second last time in to All Too Royal who went on to run well in better grade, notably there was a good gap to 3rd there. His recent jump out here with a light weight was very slick work. I clocked it much quicker than the club time and expect he holds the fence and is in this for a very long way. Happy to play EW.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (EW) – Captain Crackerjak


Albury | Race 7 | #8 Gagosian

Has only won 3 from 35 & only up to 1400m. Horse has had 6 goes at 1600 for two 2nds, one of those at his last start, but he’s had 13 goes on Soft to Heavy for only 3 placings & he is on a Heavy 10 here.

Also has drawn the inside gate on a track where they scout wide when the surface is rain affected. He is currently the 2nd fave at 4.00 which looks a bit thin for a horse whose wet track form is only ordinary & he could also end up in the wrong part of the track.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Gagosian

Kembla Grange | Race 2 | #6 Carambola

Horse is coming off 0.9L 3rd to More Than A Horse at this T&D at her last start. She looked to have them covered until she just knocked up the last 100m. This field looks weaker & yet she is a similar price. She looks the one they all have to beat.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) –  Carambola


Kembla Grange | Race 5 | #8 Best Stone

She is making her debut off a couple of fair trials, but she hasn’t been the best to leave the gates in those trials & should she be slowly away from gate 7, she’s a chance of getting lost in the field, so not keen about taking short odds about a conveyance like that.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Best Stone

Pakenham | Race 4 | #5 Reliable Son

Like what I’ve seen from Reliable Son, who trialled nicely last Monday when second to Blood Oath but was certainly not asked for the same effort as the winner. He had jumped out well last preparation and again this time around, and this trainer/jockey combination have a formidable strike rate.

The gate is the main concern. No doubt Memphis Rock is hard to beat but as the main danger the map looks even trickier for him.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) –  Reliable Son


Pakenham | Race 1 | #1 Almighty Will

Had his first start early June off two good trials and put in an even effort over 1000m. Draws out here with a couple of first starters drawn under that can hold prominent positions in running.

With that, Almighty Will is every chance of working in the run and is too short at his current quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Almighty Will

Hawkesbury | Race 7 | #8 Parlour

Parlours is the horse I’m keen on in this, she is a last start winner over this T&D & although race was run in slow time, she did a good job to give the leader close to 3L start turning then reel her in to win by 0.4L. Snips is the fave & can no doubt win, also has that man B.Shinn up, so it won’t be due to a bad steer if he gets rolled.

2nd fave is Secretly, she has had 1 start for an easy win over 1200 at Kembla, but figures were only average. I think Parlour is the horse with upside, just need her to land in a fair spot in transit to give her a good hope. She looks good value on an ew basis at current quote

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Parlour


Hawkesbury | Race 1 | #1 Disco Mo

Although Disco Mo has run two 2nds & one of them in a city midweek maiden, none of his runs have really had a back me next time written on them. He has one big advantage in this however, it’s B.Shinn, who is riding as well as if not better than any jock in the country, but not sure that’ll be enough, especially if T.Berry doesn’t give away a ridiculous start to him on Judicator.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Disco Mo

Ballarat | Race 3 | #6 Stylish Pattern

Three starts for three solid placings on the synthetic this season. He finished in front of Muwarrad (favourite here) two back over 1400m. Although Muwarrad was held up having to switch out before running on, Stylish Pattern worked a shade early to hold a spot osl, setting better than evens to box on best of the on pacers. He has since run a strong 2nd over the same trip being held up at a key time in the straight whist the winner had all momentum down the outer.

I like him out to 1500m and there doesn’t appear much speed drawn below him, so expect he crosses handy and will taking pinning back. Muwarrad is the clear danger, just how far off the speed he settles is the query. Has upside but too short here. Happy to back Stylish Pattern at the price.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Stylish Pattern


Gosford | Race 2 | #1 Discombe

Horse had only had 4 starts & hasn’t finished further back than 4th in any of them, but he has had every chance in all of them, he has led in all 4  run over in all 4. He may not get control in this & if he doesn’t, he may struggle to hold them off. Current quote of 1.75 looks a bit thin considering he may not be left to dictate.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Discombe

Kembla | Race 5 | #9 My Sweet Fish

She is 2nd up today off a 1st up unplaced run at Cessnock where she was given little hope being back at the rear throughout. Expect rider is more positive on her today & if he is left to lead on her, she may prove hard to run down.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – My Sweet Fish


Kembla | Race 7 | #2 Morpheus

He is 1st up on a Heavy 10 surface, has had 4 1st up runs for 2 placings, 1 go on Heavy for unplaced effort & he has drawn the rails in this which isn’t the place to be. There are 4 or 5 oher chances in the race, so at current quote of 3.00, it looks a bit thin.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Morpheus

Hawkesbury | Race 2 | #6 Miss Goodnight

She is 1st up off a nice trial leading into this, where she was restrained back to 2nd last about 6L off the lead at 600, there to turn, then worked home well under her own steam to run 4th btn 3.4L.

She has placed on Soft going & is in a stable that does get them ready 1st up. If her trial is anything to go by, I think she has a good ew chance.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Miss Goodnight


Hawkesbury | Race 4 | #5 Waka

He is 1st up, has drawn the inside gate on a Heavy track, has been off pace in all its 4 runs to date & there doesn’t look much early speed in this, so will need a good steer &/or good luck, also every one of its opponents have live chances.

Waka is the current fave at 3.10 which looks a bit thin with the shape of the race.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Waka

Tamworth | Race 1 | #2 Euroglider

Euroglider is having his 1st start in NSW since coming from SA. He had 3 runs over there for two 3rds & a 5th. He has had one barrier trial; it was over this distance at Armidale, where he went head and head with one of his stablemates until they turned for home.

He soon dropped it off and then about 100m out was given the lightest of squeezes to record a very easy win. I think he lands either in front, most likely in 2nd spot if Swiglars goes to early lead. The other two in the money are a good chance of being off pace which isn’t ideal around this circuit.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Euroglider


Ballarat | Race 4 | #12 Miss Scalini

Miss Scalini is from the very formidable stable on the synthetic in Hayes and Dabernig. However, she was afforded a pretty easy time of it up front last start over 1100m.

Headed at 200m, fought back to go down late. I doubt she gets the luxury of an easy time on pace and back to 1000m doesn’t appeal off her last run. Too short here.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Miss Scalini

Gosford | Race 5 | #8 Glamour Fox

She ran an excellent 4th 1st up over this distance at Nowra, where she jumped well from wide gate & then was dragged back to near the tail some 5-6L off lead, still there to turn & from there she rattled home to be btn 2.7L to Snips.

From gate 1 in this, I expect she holds leaders back, or 3rd in run at worst & proves very hard to hold out.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Glamour Fox


Gosford | Race 5 | #2 Money Travels

He was fair 2nd over this distance at Wyong at his last run, but had a nice run throughout in a race that only recorded ordinary figures.

He has previously been btn in maidens in the country & his normal pattern is be get off pace, so he’ll most likely be behind his 3 main dangers in the run in this & I’ll be surprised if he can run them down. He is currently 4.20 which does look a bit tight.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Money Travels

Quirindi | Race 3 | #7 The Outcast

The Outcast is coming into this off a very easy win at his last start, it was over 1500m at Muswellbrook & although dropping back 50m here, it isn’t of major concern, as he hit the lead at the top of the straight at his last run.

He has drawn a nice gate here & I’d expect he is as close or even closer in run than last start. Favourite Scarlett Missile can win but is a chance of being posted. Happy to be with The Outcast at current quote, comfortable EW play.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – The Outcast


Pakenham | Race 4 | #1 Afrikaans

This filly is third-up after putting in an improved effort over 1400m last start. However, she did receive a saloon passage and every chance considering how the race was run. It was an even effort and she may be after more ground now.

Satin Sashes’ run had a lot more merit after being bottled up in the straight last start over 1100m. She is also third-up and I think she should be favourite here. Against Afrikaans at the quote.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Afrikaans

Seymour | Race 5 | #3 Bill the Bee

This horse fair dinkum double barrelled non-stop for four laps of the Caulfield mounting yard last start and still ran third behind a very strong winter form line through Zoutori and is bred to get better out over this sort of distance.

I really liked the way he fought on at the end of that event and this is a big drop back in class, he just needs to behave pre-race and begin cleanly to be very hard to beat.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Bill the Bee


Seymour | Race 2 | #1 Bissel

5YO grey resuming after a three year break. Reported sinus issues. Has had one start in the heavy over 1400m, where he was the short priced favourite. He has jumped out well enough leading in. Never under pressure and for me, that is going to be the query.

Expect he holds a forward position and gets every chance. Mick Price holds a fair hand and I’d rather be looking at the value there than take odds on about a horse whose had significant issue. Against.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Bissel

Wagga | Race 5 | #5 Hilltop Hood (Scratched)

Hilltop Hood is 3rd up in this, coming off first two runs this prep being over 1600m. First one was around Queanbeyan where he got a long way back before running on well to run 3rd btn 1.03L. Second up was at Canberra where he sat 5th in run, loomed up to join lead 4 wide turning, to race away an easy 2.9L winner. He also recorded good figures on the day.

If he gets a similar run in transit in this, I think he puts them away again. Note: Will handle track whether it is Good or Soft.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Hilltop Hood (Scratched)


Casterton | Race 6 | #1 Evil Cry

Sharp enough winner second up over 1100m making ground from a three wide midfield position to take it out. He is the best horse here but where he gets to from the wide draw is a query as is the likely tempo of the race should he go back – which is a fair assumption that he will.

I can make cases for La Lova and Mai Shiny Choice, both drawn in, both will be on pace and both effective in the wet. Happy to be against the top weight at the price.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Evil Cry

Bathurst | Race 5 | #11 Fast Fever

The step up to 1800m & drop in class will both suit, as will the good draw. This should enable him to get nice and close to the pace in a race that looks like will only be moderately run. He has a 4th place to Duchess Of Lennox over 1600, then last run had a hard run where he was 3 & 4 wide the trip. Current quote of 9.00 looks more than fair.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Final Crown


Bathurst | Race 1 | #1 Abraded

Not sure it is suited to 1200 around this circuit. Abraded will most likely be behind his 2 main dangers in its run and it doesn’t look like it will be run at any tempo, so that’ll make it harder for him to give them a start and a beating. Current quote of 3.30 looks a bit thin under those circumstances.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) – Abraded


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