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By Brad Gray

RACE 1 — 11.20AM: FUJITSU GENERAL HANDICAP (1200m)

Hard to knock the chances of Snitzel colt 4. Verne. He was bottled up on debut in the box seat on the Kensington track and got out too late to run down 3. In The Congo. Second-up he made amends for that defeat, winning with a bit up his sleeve at Warwick Farm. Hugh Bowman said post-race that Verne gave him the feel of a 1400m horse so the step out to 1200m looks in his favour. Verne broke the class record last start too, when winning by near two lengths. Brings a strong SP profile, has handled soft tracks, presents on a quick turnaround and has tactical speed. 9. Huriwai produced a sneaky debut and can only improve at his second start.
How to play it: Verne to win.

 The prospect of Louise Day and Wandabaa going one better than a recent run of places is enhanced by the likely conditions.

The prospect of Louise Day and Wandabaa going one better than a recent run of places is enhanced by the likely conditions. Credit:Getty

RACE 2 — 11.55AM: TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1500m)

7. The Drover has come up with a horrible gate but if Jason Collett can find a three-wide running line, this gelding has the talent to win a Highway Handicap. The four-year-old has been a work in progress for Bathurst-based trainer Roy McCabe but on the back of a soft Wellington win, the timing is right to give him the chance. Hasn’t seen a heavy track but has handled soft. 8. Casino Kid will be closing hard late. Finally got his second career win two back before holding that form at Tamworth behind JaJa Chaboogie. 11. Charvet is chasing three straight but jumps sharply in trip from 1250m. That’s a query especially given how testing the track will be.
How to play it: The Drover each-way.

RACE 3 — 12.30PM: CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP (1000m)

2. Malkovich is one-dimensional so early pressure holds the key to his chances but suspect he has early speed that none of these can match, as fast as a couple of them are. First-up the three-year-old wasn’t able to rail up against the fence, with the inside chopping out, and it saw him empty out the last 100m. Looking at his wet form it might raise a query but note that his one heavy-track failure was over 1200m, while his soft-track failure was also over that trip. He doesn’t get beyond 1100m. Not at this point in his career anyway. 11. Ice In Vancouver is untapped with three wins form four starts, the only defeat coming when he was deep ended in the Kosciuszko. Resumed with a blistering win at Tamworth.
How to play it: Malkovich to win.

RACE 4 — 1.05PM: 50 YEAR AND LIFE MEMBERS HANDICAP (1200m)

7. Gravina trounced his rivals a fortnight ago at Randwick over 1200m. A repeat of that performance wins this too. Where did that five-length win come from, though? In his defence, it was only his eighth start and his second on a wet track, which now sees him two-from-two on soft ground. The map looks kind again for the colt with Reece Jones likely to hold a spot in behind the leaders.
2. Belluci Babe clocked a sizzling 32.81s last 600m last start. She should have won. Unproven beyond 1100m but there’s no reason to think she won’t stretch to 1200m on the strength of her close last start.
How to play it: Gravina to win.

RACE 5 — 1.40PM: DRINKWISE MILE (1600m)

5. La Chevalee has found one better in her two runs back this time in but she was first-up for 42 weeks at Warrnambool when second before bumping into a very smart one at Sandown two weeks ago. Kurabui has won four from four. La Chevalee has tactical speed so she won’t be far away from the middle draw and is 3:2-1-0 on heavy tracks. It’s been a forgetful preparation for 1. Akari. She can’t catch a break. That continued last Saturday when a luckless 10th. Since breaking her maiden she hasn’t race in anything less than BM88 level. 4. Zing was touched off in a three-way go last Saturday. Has found the perfect race third-up.
How to play it: La Chevalee to win.

RACE 6 — 2.20PM: HEINEKEN RACING TO WIN HANDICAP (1600m)

Can 7. Kirwan’s Lane reproduce what he did last start when knocking off Ellsberg? The time was fast and the gap back to third was seven lengths. The query is it was a huge spike in his form and at start No. 21 in his career. Handles all surfaces and like the three weeks between runs keeping him fresh enough for the mile third-up, as the gelding has got out to 2000m in the past. Love the way 11. Brutality has been smashing the line this preparation. Two back it was in The Coast behind Brandenburg and Nudge while last start the slow tempo and step back to 1400m were against him but he still produced a monster finish to grab third. This is perfect - wet track and over the mile.
How to play it: Kirwan’s Lane to win.

RACE 7 – 3PM: BOB CHARLEY AO STAKES (1100m)

The key to 7. Wandabaa turning a string of placings into an overdue eighth career win is the likelihood of a heavy track. The four-year-old is 10:4-2-2 on wet tracks. Last start she kept closing behind 5. Adelong but sets up to turn the tables. Ideally, this would be over 1200m as suspect 1100m is a short as she wants it nowadays but with plenty of speed engaged, the perfect draw to settle midfield and a genuinely testing track, there is a lot in her favour. 14. Ballistic Lover showed brilliant sustained speed to win the Denise’s Joy last start, beating Majestic Shot. 12. Surreal Step has been kept fresh for the 1100m and looks ready to win. Lovely map.
How to play it: Wandabaa to win.

RACE 8 — 3.40PM: ACY SECURITIES HANDICAP (1300m)

2. Enchanted Heart eats mud. The wetter the better for the Takeover Target Stakes winner. That was only two starts ago. Let’s not forget too quickly. Last start she dropped back towards the tail of the field and found the 1100m too sharp. Her heavy track form reads 4:3-0-0 and she maps beautifully. In her last three wins, all on wet tracks, the runner ups have been Ellsberg, Lost And Running and Snitz. Terrified of 1. Tricky Gal. She flies fresh (4:3-1-0) with her one first-up defeat coming last preparation where she ran a 0.4L second behind Tailleur, with Icebath in third. Her last eight starts have all been at group level and she is 10:3-6-0 on wet tracks. Love the way she trucked to the line in a recent trial. Looks to be an edge in backing the top two mares.
How to play it: Enchanted Heart to win and quinella 2,1.

RACE 9 – 4.20PM: PRECISE AIR HANDICAP (1400m)

10. Blondeau returned with a bang at Gosford, producing a career best. The question thereafter was can we trust him to do that again next time? The answer turned out to be somewhere in the middle. The three-year-old was subsequently sent out an odds-on favourite at Rosehill, running on late into third. Sure, he didn’t win but his last 600m was the quickest across the entire meeting. It was still a run full of merit and he did enough second-up to warrant following up in what is arguably a weaker BM78 and out to a suitable 1400m. Handles wet tracks and draws perfectly for his racing style. 8. Cisco Bay is an underrated horse and has trialled as well as ever. Will win races this prep.
How to play it: Blondeau to win.

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