Race 4 – 15:05 CENTRAL COAST, GRANITE, PROVINCE, HANDICAP 68 (1000 METRES)
7. Deterita CV and has proven himself well in preparation for this appointment. First in the final heat at Scone, she went too far and ran well, clocking one of the fastest 200m finals in 11.58s. In addition, five subsequent winners have come through this race, including Zapatea, who has since won a Group 3 race. She maps well, provides excellent line form, races at a fresh level and will tear up the line.
Hazards: 2. Asin Chase is a consistent type and won a recent trial at Gosford. He is a real type at the distance of 900-1000 m, will roll forward and catch. 4. Miss Fox resumes without a formal public trial and is a key late-market watcher as she brings strong lines of capital form. 5. Dear Ms was honest last start and has the advantage of fitness.
How to play: Zetarita WIN. Odds and odds: TO SPLIT.
Race 5 – 15:40 INDUSTREE GROUP BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (2100 METERS)
4. Flying witness won on protest last start at Goulburn and clocked a wide margin from third. The four-year-old is in arguably the best form of her career and her last two races have been full of merit. Annabelle Neesham has trained the galloper to have the full advantage of an older rider in Chad Schofield and if she can repeat her last start effort she will be hard to beat.
Hazards: 5. Sky Ace can bounce back from a poor last start where he couldn’t handle a very fast pace but has a solid starting price profile. Add 2. Credit crisis and 7. Dissident to trifectas and top fours. How to play: Flying Witness WIN. Odds and odds: TO SPLIT.
Race 6 – 16:20 PIRTEK CENTRAL COAST 4YO&UP MAIDEN PLATE (1100 METRES)
Leaning towards 9. Lavera, which is recovering and has tried quite well at Rosehill. The four-year-old has had a long rest but appears to have bounced back well and was an honest first in last preparation in a highly rated race behind subsequent winner I Am Me. The mare shows well on the card with a crossband on for the first time and is suitable for the 1100m.
Dangers: 3. Mr. Wallace returns as a gelding and looked the part after two solid trials where he was not extended. Expect a positive ride from the Zach Lloyd apprentice and he is a key watch in the late market. 4. Star of Kings provides a fitness advantage and gets a significant barrier change where he shows to have economical mileage all the way. Add 5. Takahiro and 8. Let her speak to trifectas and top fours.
How to play: Lovero WIN. Odds and odds: ADDS.
Race 7 – 16:55 GOSFORD IT MIDWAY MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
6. Iconic story, who represents value recently tested well enough on this track with blinkers on. The gelding made excuses when he checked at a critical stage in the final preparation for his debut but to his credit he picked himself up and found the line well, maintaining a solid finishing speed. Moreover, this race received a high rating relative to the day after the adjustments, and the margins confirmed the quality. The three-year-old has racing experience; William Pike rides for the first time and is expected to tear up the line. In each direction.
Dangers: The first starter 3. Megaton looks like a real trier and got two good hits in trials. It is a key late-market watch. Add 7. She is a bad girl and 10. Emphatic white to trifectas and top fours.
How to play: An iconic E/W story. Odds and odds: EVENINGS.
Race 8 – 17:30 THYMELYFOODCO.COM.AU CG&E GRADE 1 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
4. Attention recovers and completes for this event after winning two recent trials in short order. In addition, he was driven out in both heats, setting a strong platform leading into this race. First up in last preparation, he started the $1.40 favorite and although he had every chance, he did it in style, winning by a wide margin. The Mark Newnham-trained runner is good type, will move forward, has a number of ratings for wins and expects a bold performance.
Dangers: 1. Egyptian tycoon is also recovering here and was an impressive winner on debut last prep at Kensington. Merino cards have all the advantages, tested on rain-exposed ground and can win. 2. Sing a love song suitable for longer distances but has strong form lines and will work further.
How to play: Assiduity WIN. Odds and odds: TO SPLIT.
Best bet: Race 2: (8) Pierasso
The next best: Race 8: (4) Attention
Best Value: Race 7: (6) Iconic story
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