BEST BET – Race 6, No7 Emptor.
NEXT BEST – Race 2, No6 Sacred Edge.
BEST ROUGHIE – Race 7, No5 Zaunkonig.
Race 1 1:04pm NEWCASTLE MASTER BUILDERS MAIDEN PLATE 1200m
No 3 – CRISTALLO ROSSO
No 6 – MANICC
No 7 – OUR GIRL HOLLIE
No 1 – FAITH IN BEERS
Race 2 1:39pm MBA INSURANCE SERVICES CG&E MAIDEN PLATE 1350m
SACRED EDGE (NEXT BEST) has trialled quite well leading into his debut run here. His trial over 1030m at Rosehill recently was particularly strong. From barrier (4) Bishop should have him in a forward position in the run here and with clear running from the top of the straight he will be hard to beat.
SELECTIONS: No 6 SACRED EDGE, No 5 Fanfaron, No 1 Sidewalk Talk, No 8 Tuivasa.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Sidewalk Talk.
Race 3 2:14pm ALL STEEL SHEDS CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1150m
OTTER was disappointing last start at Goulburn after a good run at Randwick on Cup day. Well back in grade here, she can bounce back to winning form.
GIFT OF CHOICE was a good run last start here. Back to Class 1 level here and previously a winner second-up she is a chance.
STRIKE FOR VICTORY runs on his home track for the first time here after three good runs at country level. Down in weights after the claim she is a good chance.
NATADOLA ran well in a fast run race last start. From barrier (1) Gibbons should have her in a stalking position in the run and should launch at them late.
SELECTIONS: No 1 OTTER, No 3 Gift Of Choice, No 7 Strike For Victory, No 6 Natadola.
VALUE RUNNER: No 3 Gift Of Choice.
Race 4 2:49pm MBA HUNTER DIVISION 3Y0 MAIDEN HANDICAP 1150m
No 1 – BISCUIT TIME
No 3 – GOLD EMBLEM
No 2 – ZETASTAR
No 4 – BOLD CARLOTA
Race 5 3:21pm HANSON F&M MAIDEN PLATE 1350m
No 7 – NAME OF THE ROSE
No 6 – ISLE OF CAPRI
No 4 – FLYING DEE JAY
Race 6 3:56pm KONE BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP 1250m
EMPTOR (BEST BET) won well on debut at the track. He sat off them and really kicked strongly when Clark asked him to. Stepping up to 1250m only looks as if it will suit him even more and he should take great benefit from the debut win and should be extremely hard to beat.
SELECTIONS: No 7 EMPTOR, No 10 Hot Pistol, No 3 Snappy One, No 5 Hinch.
VALUE RUNNER: No 3 Snappy One.
Race 7 4:36pm MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC AUSTRALIA BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP 1350m
ZAUNKONIG (BEST ROUGHIE) resumes here after a solid trial leading in. Important gear change here as he resumes a gelding. He has a good first-up record and has to be given a chance.
HAMMOND LANE won well last start in good time over the course and distance. He stays in the same grade here and rises 2kgs in weight, but off that win he is a big chance.
HE’S A GIVEN drops in grade here after some OK runs in midweek grade. After the claim, he gets in well at the weights and is a chance.
ROAD TO SHANGRI LA won well at Bathurst last start in good time. He had come out of a good race at Kembla previous to that and has to be considered.
SELECTIONS: No 5 ZAUNKONIG, No 8 Hammond Lane, No 6 He’s A Given, No 4 Road To Shangri La.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 Zaunkonig.