Race 3 – 2:25PM HEINEKEN HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
4. Parry Sound looks set up nicely to improve on a very solid effort two weeks back behind Gone Bye at 2000m. He was off a six week break going into that race and loomed dangerously before behind just out-toughed by the race fit winner. He’s proven at 2400m, proven in soft to heavy ground and on the Kensington track. Plenty to like about him and we get the 2kg claim for Tom Sherry as well. 5. Harpo Marx is starting to hit his straps in Australia though does have a low percentage racing style. Against that he can stay and he outstayed them over the 2400m at Warwick Farm on a soft 7. Will give a start but will keep coming. 1. Skymax showed his true ability at his second local start when Josh Parr took off midrace behind a slow pace and the gelding put a big space on them. Only drops half a kilo for the class rise but he has upside. 2. Trevelyan comes through the same race as Parry Sound and meets him 2kg worse but if he runs up to that effort can be in the finish again.
How to play it: Parry Sound WIN
Race 4 – 3:00PM PRECISE AIR HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
2. Private Eye appears to be a nice horse in the making and did nothing but impress winning on this track to complete a hat-trick. Granted he had a race run to suit and was able to get to the outside and hit the line but there’s a chance the tempo will allow him to present plenty of danger at the business end, and he has a wet track win to his name. No reason he can’t win again. 6. Count De Rupee is a lot better than his performance in the Wyong 3&4yo Magic Millions and that run might be best forgotten. That said would have liked to have seen him hold his ground a bit better late. Sensational win first-up so give another chance. 9. Super Effort was solid in betting at his Sydney debut at Warwick Farm and didn’t get a crack at them at any stage so a bit wary of him here. You’d imagine he’ll find some air this time from the barrier and no surprise if he’s a big improver. 4. Vreneli and 8. Never Never River were impressive maiden winners first-up and appear to have more to give, the latter might be suspect if it’s heavy.
How to play it: Private Eye WIN.
Race 5 – 3:40PM MAROUBRA HANDICAP (1550 METRES)
2. Edison goes on top, he has to, he’s flying at the moment but he’s rock bottom price wise. He rises 3kg on his easy Randwick win a couple of weeks ago where he controlled the race from outside the lead and held them at bay safely. A wet track is no worry, he’s a heavy track winner at 1500m so a bit more ground is no worry and he makes his own luck. Clearly the horse to beat, your decision if the price is right. 1. Passage Of Time was beaten 3.7 lengths by Edison last start but there’s a case to be made that he could go close to turning the tables. Meets him 5kg better at the weights and the smaller field might see him a lot closer in the run. His wet form is mixed but while he’s been behind the placings in three runs back each effort was solid enough. 7. Soldier Of Love is a big improver with the sting out of the ground. Forget his last run where he was wide on the speed and dropped out. To be fair his first two runs were only pass marks but his best form last prep was in the wet. Keep him safe. 3. Order Again threatens a lot but it’s been a while between wins. Form around Trumbull and Mugatoo from the winter reads well so watch betting.
How to play it: Edison WIN
Race 6 – 4:20PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
4. Smart Image is the best horse in the race and the most promising, while he’s a bit shorter than you’d like to take for a three-year-old with only four starts to his name taking on seasoned rivals he’s the horse to beat. Very good ride when scoring under 59kg first-up at Canterbury and the form out of it has held up okay so far. Did fail on a bottomless heavy track before a break but a soft track won’t stop him. 8. Nordicus can be the big improver on a total forgive run first-up on this track. He drew in and by his race the winners were coming right down the outside and he was left stranded close to the fence. That won’t be a problem from gate 10, he trialled so well before resuming and handles the wet so could easily rebound. 10. Terrace House is an interesting runner up from Victoria and it’s fair to say he hasn’t helped himself in his last couple. Tends to over race and did that when beaten at Warrnambool fresh and the blinkers come off here. If he settles he could be dangerous. 6. Partners is the likely leader and if they leave him alone he’s been known to sneak away and give them something to catch, especially on a wet track. Note his second-up record is strong.
How to play it: Smart Image WIN
Race 7 – 5:00PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
It’s not easy to convert a Highway win to a Benchmark win but wouldn’t shock if 8. Remlaps Gem is able to achieve that feat. He’s only lightly raced and while the race was run to suit him he smashed his Highway rivals three weeks back. No experience on worse than soft 5 but his first trial was on a heavy and he skated through it. Worth a shot at this. 7. De Grawin made the leap from a Nowra BM58 to win at Randwick in August on a heavy track and went straight to the paddock. Looked in order winning her latest trial and she will be in this for a long way. 6. Our Bellagio Miss had excuses when beaten on this track two runs back but showed plenty of fight to score at this level at Randwick. Proven in the wet and is hard to leave out. 5. Mossman Gorge was dominant winning over this course second-up, if they overdo it as they did in that race he could swamp them late again. How to play it: Remlaps Gem EACH-WAY
Race 8 – 5:40PM TAB HANDICAP (1550 METRES)
3. Snowfire is an up and comer and with even luck he can atone for a game defeat second-up at Randwick where he raced wide throughout and refused to surrender any ground. Beaten a length there and had no favours. Same class, same weight, same jockey and if the track stays in the soft range he’ll be mighty hard to beat. That said 4. Cisco Bay looks a threat and there probably shouldn’t be so much between them in the market. He loved a strong pace when winning the Nowra Cup then produced some slick sectionals running into third in a slowly run race at Randwick two weeks ago. Versatile type who could win this without surprising at all. 10. Miss Redoble lands in the finish of this sort of race now and then and she found the line quite well into third at 1400m on this track. Down 4kg and that might allow her to finish off a little stronger. 1. Badoosh was never in the race won by Edison first-up from a break and he shouldn’t be judged on that. Handles all ground, won impressively here at 1800m in September and while he will need a good ride he is a likely improver.
How to play it: Snowfire WIN
Race 9 – 6:15PM RANVET HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
So long as the track isn’t well into the heavy range 5. Salina Dreaming will be the horse to beat. She’s always shown promise and stepped up to city grade a few weeks ago and was able to get the better of The Face, who has since been placed in the Listed Gosford Guineas. She’s able to lead if needed or sit off them as she showed last start and will run well. 11. Turnstyle tends to find one or two better but she’s always around the mark. Drops 3.5kg on her placing behind Shaik last time out and did stretch Stolen Jade a few starts back. Each-way. 10. Never Talk won her first four starts including a couple in the wet before a plain effort at Warwick Farm back on top of the ground. She was a big drifter that day and while she ran on she was never in it. Since trialled quietly and showed too much promise beforehand to drop off completely. 1. Lillemor held on to score over this course first-up and handles the wet, her chances may be dictated by whether Goldfinch tries to lead or not.
How to play it: Salina Dreaming WIN
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