Track likely Soft 6/7, with some rain. Rail out 3m, so pattern will be crucial.
Race 1 – 1:50PM SUN SOLUTIONS CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1400 METRES):
Local topweight 1. Only Choice drops back from a stronger Rosehill Highway where he worked home from the back of the field. Prior to that hit the line nicely at Gundagai over an unsuitably shorter journey, and this suits third-up with leading rider aboard.
Dangers: Canberra-trained 5. Mookareena also resumed at Gundagai and was terrific from off the speed before taking on a stronger 1200m Highway in town. Lightly-raced and will enjoy the step up to 1400m third-up. Kembla-trained 2. First Courrier hasnt been far away over the mile last two starts and comes back to 1400m, a trip he won over first-up. Will sit right behind the speed.
How to play it: Only Choice to win and quinella 1 and 5.
RACE 2 – 2:25PM HIBERNIAN HOTEL BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1200 METRES):
Small but competitive field, and going with one on the rise. Hawkesbury three-year-old 8. Yalanji was well backed in a strong BM58 on Mudgee Cup Day and wasnt beaten far after resuming with a smart maiden win at Canberra. Stable places them well and this suits third-up.
Dangers: Maybe not for old Jets fans, but local 2. Newtown Is Coming should go close after powering home to win at Nowra this grade. Previous form was solid, and is hard fit. Riders 1.5kg claim a bonus. Nowra-based 4. Fly Forward wasnt disgraced in tougher back-to-back metro Highways before finding the line nicely this track and grade last start under the same weight.
How to play it: Yalanji to win.
RACE 3 – 3.05PM TAB.COM.AU CG&E MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES):
Always a little tricky with a couple of first starters and lightly-raced rivals, but Godolphin three-year-old 8. Pindus raced against some fairly hot company back in the autumn as a two-year-old and ran the talented Zousain to a long head at Randwick. Three seconds from four career starts and given a quiet trial, he looks the one to beat resuming.
Dangers: Kembla colt 9. Sheriff resumed with a nice effort at Nowra and looks well-placed to be in the finish again from the draw. Big watch on Warwick Farm three-year-old 5. Greenskeeper first-up off a five-month break and given two quieter trials.
How to play it: Pindus to win and quinella 8 and 9.
RACE 4 – 3.40PM GOULBURN MULWAREE COUNCIL F&M MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES):
Now the girls turn at set weights, and Godolphin look hard to roll again with lightly-raced and well-bred three-year-old filly 3. Efficiently which finished off OK in a Gosford maiden resuming, and will improve into this second-up run.
Dangers: Rosehill filly 4. Elusive Nature also returned in good fashion hitting the line from well back in a Kembla maiden after firming in the market while 2. Micks New Chick hasnt missed by much either in two runs back from a spell. Debutante local filly 6. Indiana Star from leading stable is a big watch having not officially trialled since late June. Include Warwick Farm filly 10. Russian Ahead in the exotics. Didnt do a lot first prep, but trialled OK at Rosehill and should be stronger this time in.
How to play it: Efficiently to win.
RACE 5 – 4:15PM HARVEST GOULBURN 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1300 METRES):
Wide open affair, with a few first-starters which could shape the market, but with the pattern likely to be off the fence by now keen at the value on Randwick three-year-old first-starter 12. Couru which comes in off three trials, the most recent a dominant win over 1250m at Hawkesbury when showing good acceleration from the 500m. Will be fit enough first run in a race where positions after the first 300m will be pivotal.
Dangers: Plenty of them headed by 11. Pauper who has been solid to the line in two runs back at Hawkesbury and ready to produce third-up over more ground while local 9. Clearly Now was strong through the line resuming at Gundagai, and draws to sit midfield off the fence. Randwick colt 8. Win N Grin and Rosehill debutant 1. Beaufort Park which also trialled nicely should both be included in wider exotics.
How to play it: Couru each-way and box trifecta 1-8-9-11-12.
RACE 6 – 4:50PM FRED COOPER CUP (1600 METRES):
Feature race, with several hopes. Canberra veteran 1. Le Cavalier got home nicely from the back in a stronger BM78 at Wagga last start, and should be ready to peak third-up, especially with the rider taking 2kg off. Look for him charging home.
Dangers: Warwick Farm-trained 10. Triple Hero just missed in a BM65 at Gundagai before run over under lights at Canterbury, but the drop back in trip and a light weight are big plusses. Local mare 6. Nagging is also mixing form, but shown enough early in the prep to suggest she can get into the money here. Some weight relief from competing against stronger at Wagga last start. Border horse 2. Aragonese has been mixing form in a Victorian campaign, but this looks within his reach.
How to play it: Le Cavalier each-way.
RACE 7 – 5:30PM TWINSTAR RACING CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100 METRES):
Very keen on Randwick mare 6. Time To Rethink which won her maiden second run at this trip last start and can go on with the job. Previously had found the line strong and is bred to stay all day. Looks the right race.
Dangers: Kembla-trained 4. Porky Pies has found the company a little rich last couple, but will improve back in grade from this draw while the improving 10. Opera Tickets and lightly-raced Randwick four-year-old 11. Valentine which drops in weight after a fair run at Hawkesbury can both get into the money.
How to play it: Time To Rethink to win.
Race 2: Yalanji (8)
Race 3: Pindus (8)
Race 6: Le Cavalier (1)
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