Race 2 — 1:20PM FURNEYS HORSELAND DUBBO HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
7. In Good Health signalled a win isn’t far off with a very handy first-up third at Scone over the unsuitable 900m. She was favourite there and had a bit of traffic problems before pulling plenty of late ground and looking strong. Nicely drawn and only has to reproduce the fresh effort to take beating.
Dangers: 3. Kookabaa was never in the race in a strong Highway at Randwick last start so ignore that. Popular winner at Muswellbrook with a big finish and is down 2kg on that. He’ll be somewhere in the finish of this. 2. Tikkitala had good support first-up and had her chance but will be fitter for running a nice second. Extra 100m would be in his favour. Wide gate a query but blinkers on a plus. Must be considered. 4. Alcatran raced on the speed and got the job done when resuming at Cowra over this trip. Hasn’t done a lot wrong in country grade and is hard to leave out. If there’s an upset perhaps 13. Tom And Me at big odds could surprise. Form is poor but hasn’t raced for 18 months and looked to be going half pace in a close second in a Dubbo trial recently.
How to play it: In Good Health WIN.
Race 3 – 1.55PM THE MILESTONE HOTEL HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
1. Caszar is no good thing but has to go on top on the score of consistency in an open race. Beaten as an odds-on favourite here in December then six weeks before his third at Parkes which isn’t as bad as it looks on paper. Ran on well there and not knocked about late. Has every chance to break through if he wants it.
Dangers: 6. Press Issue had plenty of support in the same race as Caszar at his debut and he boxed on pretty well not far from that horse. Will be better for the run and also better suited this track. Has to be considered each-way at least. 5. Star Express ran okay at the short trip first-up then improved for a handy second at Dubbo. Always thereabouts last time and while drawn wide he’d only have to hold his form to be in the finish somewhere. 7. Dynasty Di has struck some consistency with placings at her last three and at big odds in her last two. Tends to race handy and was beaten by a promising one last time. Expect her to be thereabouts again.
How to play it: Caszar E/W.
Race 4 – 2.30PM DUBBO RSL CLUB RESORT HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
2. Charlotte’s Heart should get across from the wide gate to the front and if that’s the case she’ll take some catching. Dominant all the way winner at Tamworth last start, distance looks no issue and while up from maiden company she’s on the up. Hard to beat.
Dangers: 1. Healing Hands was no match for a handy type at Muswellbrook at his second start but still ran very well. Too good on debut here over the sprint trip. Small query at 1400m but hard to knock him on what he’s done to date. 4. Miss Lon looked as though she’ll love 1400m as she made a late burst to score at Cowra as favourite a couple of weeks back. Not sure where she goes from the barrier but done nothing wrong and is a definite chance. 16. Bel Blaster is an ex-Victorian who is a big watch first-up for the new stable. Form is mixed but judging on his Bathurst trial he’s going very well and no surprise to see him right in the finish.
How to play it: Charlotte’s Heart WIN; Quinella 1 & 2.
Race 5 – 3.05PM ADORS PARTY HIRE HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
1. Living Choice is racing in super form at the moment and looks to have a mortgage on this race if all goes well. Not raced since a game third in the Gilgandra Cup but he was hard to miss in a trial to keep him fit last week. Claim and inside gate help and he’s clearly the one to beat.
Dangers: 3. Mark My Word is a bit hit and miss but comes back to the mile after a respectable fourth at Tamworth last start. Good effort three starts back at Scone and he has a show here. 2. Blue Collar Boy was placed in a Highway five starts back and has contested Class 2 or 3 Highways in four starts since then. Much less depth in this field and he is entitled to show something. 11. Handful Of Aces showed a return to form at big odds third-up at Bathurst finishing off strongly late to snare third. Form at her home track is patchy but heading the right way she can find herself in a minor placing.
How to play it: Living Choice WIN; Trifecta 1/ 2,3,11/2,3,11.
Race 6 — 3:45PM WAYNE MALLISON PAINTER & DECORATOR HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
2. Bel Diablo would be a much less attractive price had he not drawn 18 but he can still win and looks well placed. Found 1000m too short first-up but boxed on well and his form around this trip is fantastic for a BM58 race. Down in class and if he has the luck he needs he’ll go close.
Dangers: 5. Miss Hugo A Gogo is the logical danger with two wins from three starts this time in. Yet to win beyond 1200m but ran well at this trip between her two wins. 6. Tokyo Bullet hasn’t raced since October where he may have been at the end of the prep as previous form was sound. Drawn wide but will get back and he’ll run home, expect him to improve on whatever he does here too. 10. Leap Of Legend has been fair at his last two but runner-up at Bathurst before that, if he can repeat that effort he has a show here. Placed at only start on this track.
How to play it: Bel Diablo E/W.
Race 7 — 4:30PM WRA COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER (1400 METRES)
1. A Martin Placepick does pick himself and as the weights show he’s clearly the best horse in the race. He was excellent first-up at GIlgandra then tough winner at Parkes with 61kg and conceding a big start. Any speed would assist him but simply he has the form on the board with five wins from his last eight starts. The one to beat.
Dangers: 4. Westlink hasn’t done a lot wrong and produced a massive effort to run third at Wellington after being a mile off the pace down the back. Amazing he could run third and from the inside and with a massive jockey change he has to be respected. 8. Sons Of Bourke produced an eye-catcher first-up at Cowra getting home late into third place at 1200m. Second-up form is patchy but distance looks to suit and yet to miss a place on his home track. Each-way. 2. Thermosa meets A Martin Placepick 2kg better for a narrow defeat at Parkes where his effort had plenty of merit in its own right. Does he lead here from the wide gate? Still lightly raced and can’t be overlooked.
How to play it: A Martin Placepick WIN; Quinella 1 & 4.
Race 8 — 5:10PM DUBBO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
6. Fine Hero looks in a race he can win. Was closing fast when narrowly beaten at Cowra then had support up in grade at Gosford and again hit the line well but probably slightly outclassed. Has form around A Martin Placepick and class, barrier and claim all suit. Take stopping.
Dangers: 4. Tornado Of Souls is fairly honest and hasn’t raced since breaking through at Scone back in July. First-up stats are good and drawn to be right on the pace if he doesn’t lead. Definite chance. 7. Gillie Mooch is very quick and while it’s hard to see her beating Fine Hero on their Cowra clash she shouldn’t be too far away. Has an extra 50m and a bigger track but will give a big sight as usual. 1. Legerity is a mystery runner. Back in this area after three starts for Clare Cunningham in Sydney where he didn’t fire. Started favourite in a BM70 first-up and pulled up with excuses. Wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce back but check betting.
How to play it: Fine Hero WIN; Trifecta 6/1,4,7/1,4,7.
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