Friday Racing Tips - 3rd May

A lethal trainer-jockey combination has caught our eye heading into Friday’s racing action.

Thu, 2 May, 12:00 AM

Wagga’s two-day carnival concludes today with the running of the $170,000 Gold Cup and we fancy one out of the Chris Waller barn in the race. It won’t be our best though because that honour goes to a Kris Lees filly that appears to be a really progressive type.

Wagga is racing on a Good 3 with the rail in the true.

Muswellbrook is racing on a Good 4 with the rail out 3m from 1000m to the 300m cutaway applies

Muswellbrook Race 1 - 12:10PM @thebrookracing on Twitter Maiden Plate (1450 Metres)

The Paul Messara-trained POPULIST looks a handy investment in a difficult race. The three-year-old has only had one career run and gives away age to his rivals, however, there was something to like about the way he raced here on April 22. The gelding missed the start and was last for most of the race and although finishing ninth, he was only beaten a touch over three lengths. The extra 170 metres here will definitely suit as will gate four. Value.

1st: No8 POPULIST 2nd:  No12 She’s Independent; 3rd: No10 Go Lassie Go; 4th No6 Midi

Wagga Race 3 - 1:35PM Toyota Material Handling Australia Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1000 Metres)

Ron Stubbs seems to have a handy one on his books in the shape of *SCRATCHED* YOUSAY BOLT (NEXT BEST BET). The mare has won three of seven starts and placed on a further two occasions and comes into this off the back of an easy win in January over 900m. Prior to that went around in TAB Highway company and finished second to Our Rosemaree. Barrier 12 and lack of race fitness a concern but she has some class about her. 

1st: *SCRATCHED* No6 YOUSAY BOLT 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No1 Flash Fibian; 3rd No4 Smart Aint He; 4th: No8 Star Of The Clan

Wagga Race 5 - 2:50PM Byrne Trailers Queen Of The South – F&M Benchmark 66 Handicap (1400 Metres)

*SCRATCHED* ECHO GEM has to carry a fair bit of weight but gets the in-form Rachel King on board for this race. The daughter of Squamosa is second-up and has won at her only start previously at this stage of a prep. First-up had to do all the work in the run at Kembla and found Sakura a touch too good, however, she is drawn one here and should press forward to a prominent spot. Hard to beat.

1st: *SCRATCHED* No1 ECHO GEM 2nd:  No2 Lucky Helmet; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No5 Dreaming Of Biscay; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No12 Ultraviolet

Muswellbrook Race 6 - 3:10PM Pirtek Benchmark 58 Handicap (1750 Metres)

ITZ LILY (BEST BET) fought on well last time out and can definitely go one better here. The filly sat outside the leader and fought on doggedly down the straight only to be run down late by Mystic Hill over 1400m. She comes into this race second-up and is yet to miss a place in five career outings. Will be fitter, can do work and should be suited by the distance rise. Love the Kris Lees / Andrew Gibbons combo!

1st: No7 ITZ LILY 2nd: No2 Tennessee Man; 3rd: No4 Zizania; 4th: No7 Coolaminyah Kid

Wagga Race 7 - 4:10PM Alan Harris McDonald 2019 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000 Metres)

Chris Waller looks to have a leading hand in this race with ABDON. The six-year-old has had three runs back from a spell and is knocking on the door for a win. Two starts back he hit the line hard when a narrow second to Mister Sea Wolf in the Doncaster Prelude over 1500m. Last start he was near last on the turn in the JRA Plate (2000m) and found the line again when fifth to the roughie Grey Lion. He hasn’t drawn the best (10) but he is honest and will give you a run for your money again.

1st: No4 ABDON 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No5 Emperor’s Way; 3rd: No6 Dark Eyes; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No1 Ambitious

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