Newcastle for the second day of their carnival here in what is just the usual Saturday provincial meeting here. It will be interesting to see how the track is after eight races on it yesterday, as it has chopped out in the past. Rail is +3m 800m-400m; True Remainder. Track good.
QUADDIES (races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 1,3 - 1,12 - 4 - 4,5
Wide Play: 1,3,7,9 - 1,11,12,13 - 3,4,6 - 4,5,7
BEST BET: R7 – 4. SUGAR BAY LEONARD
Next Best Bet: R1 – 3. SEAGLASS
Best Roughie: R2 – 5. COOK STRAIGHT
No3 SEAGLASS (NEXT BEST BET) comes out of a good win last preparation where the form has held up well. She holds nominations for some of the bigger races this spring. The trial coming in has been quite good and she looks hard to beat.
No2 INTRINSIC drifted in the market and ran up to it last start and should improve second-up.
No1 SAVONA SUNSET has been trialing well coming into a fresh run.
No4 CARIBOU was good enough fresh and has got a good claim here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 SAVONA SUNSET
No4 AFRICAN RAINBOW was solid enough first-up and now out to 1400m should be more suited.
No5 COOK STRAIGHT (BEST ROUGHIE) was poor on debut after good trials, and has trialled well since between runs and should improve.
No1 CHAYANNE has been going well enough as of late and should run well here.
No2 LIGHTNING NIC was quite good fresh and with Winona on, should run well.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 COOK STRAIGHT
No8 NEWBURGH has trialled well coming into this and comes out of some very nice form races. If he runs up to the trial at Rosehill he could blow them away.
No9 LETS GETON WITH IT has trialled well coming into a debut run here and should be respected.
No7 FABA has trialled well leading into the debut run here. The two trials last prep were fantastic. The one this time in was good enough.
No5 REPRIMAND was solid enough in the first preparation and gets a good draw here from gate 1.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 LETS GETON WITH IT
No4 LOMAZZO comes out of some efforts in the provincial championships last time in. He wasn’t up to that level, and the trials have been good enough.
No1 DRACHENFELS has a reputation of being a non-winner, but gets some gear changes and a good trial coming in.
No2 BLUETWENTYTWO has the first full Australian preparation now and has trialled well enough coming in.
No3 EXCLAMATION was poor fresh, but should be much fitter for that and run well.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BLUETWENTYTWO
No1 CYRUS ROCKS drops well in grade here and was ok enough last start and should appreciate the 1850m.
No3 YEAH BRAVO gets blinkers on here and now that he is up to a suitable trip should go close.
No7 DASHING SPECIAL gets a good run of it on the map here from gate 1 and should run well here off recent form.
No9 RATIONALE has been going well enough as of late and finds a very winnable race here up in trip.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 DASHING SPECIAL
No12 SUPERBANK is brilliantly bred and has trialled quite well coming into the debut run and with blinkers on for the debut should run well.
No1 ECHO KING was good enough on debut and was run down late there. The two trials have been quite good.
No11 SMILING MANOLITO draws gate 8 for the debut run here and has been trialing well enough coming in.
No13 SURJIN comes out of a good race on debut behind Ataraxia and with race experience should improve.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 SURJIN
No4 SUGAR BAY LEONARD (BEST BET) looks to be well set up for the fresh run here after what was a long break. He has had two trials coming into this and looks to have been very well set up coming into this. He is a Saturday winner in the past and the others aren’t.
No3 ARISE AUGUSTUS has been going quite well this time in and gets a very good claim down to 54kg.
No6 ASPIRING has been going quite well and is a 900m flyer. From gate 1 he gets a good run.
No10 COHESION is an ex-Godolphin horse who blew out fitness-wise fresh, he should be improved.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 CHOESION
No4 CALYPSO BAY has been trialing well coming into the fresh run, he looks well set up for the 1400m fresh.
No5 KOKOPU comes back in grade here after two strong wins prior to that and should run well here.
No7 HAMMOND LANE has quite a good second up record and found the line well fresh. From gate 1 he gets a soft run.
No1 SURFIN’ SAFARI has been going well enough as of late and has got a claim down to 60kgs here which suits here in this grade.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 SURFIN SAFARI