Sunday’s meeting at Gundagai-Adelong Race Club will see the return of patrons for the first time since Racing NSW banned crowds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a Facebook post, the committee outlined the conditions of entry, which prevents people who have recently visited Covid-19 hotspots in Victoria and NSW attending the meeting.
“We are open to the general public to a maximum of 500 people on course. This is so that we abide by Covid-19 restrictions,” the post read.
“Attendees will need to strictly adhere to self-distancing rules, including signing a contact register upon entry.
“Patrons will only be allowed entry provided they have not visited Victoria at any time in the last 30 days, and a long and growing list of NSW areas and venues that are stated on the Racing NSW website.”
Those attending Sunday’s meeting will get to watch a great seven-race-card, that includes a good mix of locally owned and trained runners looking to do the region proud.
The track itself is currently rated a heavy eight, with the rail position true.
Race 1: Tips: 9-3-1-8
The first event is an open 1400m Maiden Handicap for fillies and mares.
It is hard to look past the Mick Miladinovic trained Tan Line though, who flashed home late for fourth over the 1200m at Cowra last start and the extra furlong should suit here.
Connections draw well with gate two and Aaron Sweeney should give the Andy Groves owned runner every chance possible.
Kez was disappointing last start as favourite at Wagga and needs to be respected, while Chrysla, Sheeza Menzies and Cracking Dawn are consistent types.
Race 2: Tips: 2-1-6-12
Despite drawing well off the track in this 1400m Maiden Plate for the colts and geldings, Cape Cluster looks a big chance on his most recent run at Wagga.
The Kerry Weir runner was storming home late to finish second behind Taliano and should be taken straight to the rear of the field by Jean Van Overmeire in this race.
Rob Potter’s Boxing will be thereabouts after a good run at Dubbo and Farage and Little Krakatoa need to be included in the exotics.
Race 3: Tips: 7-1-4-9
The third event is the last of the maidens and will be run over the 1180m journey.
Debit Credit for Emma and Lucy Longmire looks the best of the tried horses but connections draw gate 12.
Still, the four-year-old got home nicely over 1000m at Narrandera last start and will likely settle in behind the leaders and should be storming home.
First starter Sir Finn finished fourth and was beaten less than a length by Hot ‘N’ Hazy in a trial in February and will have improved with time.
The Barbara Joseph and Matt and Paul Jones runner has Simon Miller in the saddle and it could pay to follow early market trends.
Bouris and Deemed Corrupt are also capable and could be thereabouts when the whips are cracking.
Race 4: Tips: 3-2-9-8
A tricky little 1800m Benchmark 58 pops up in the fourth event and track specialist Willy White Socks looks well suited after a very good run at Narrandera last start.
The Trevor Sutherland gelding won this race last year and should be storming home with Bradley Vale on board.
Only A Dream will appreciate being on her home track and should go well, and Admire Gratzi has been in good form and should appreciate the jump up in distance.
The interesting runner is Havaduel that has Shaun Guymer in the saddle and is your likely leader from gate six.
The Joe Cleary runner tired over the 2000m at Canberra last start but is proven over the distance and should be ready to fire fifth up this preparation and could be a good value option.
Race 5: Tips: 4-7-8-3
A very competitive 1400m Benchmark 58 arrives in the fifth event and there is a lot of good form to call upon.
Michelle Russell’s Taliano was super impressive winning his maiden over the 1400m at Wagga last start and this race looks to suit.
Gate 13 is a worry but Nick Souquet should be able to give the Equiano gelding a nice sit in behind the early pace.
Foxlike for Kerry Weir can’t be discounted either after winning at Wagga last start and gets in nicely with 57kg and gate five.
Zariz No Other has been a picture of consistency and deserves a win and Nicotera could pop up for connections.
Race 6: Tips: 13-6-1-7
The penultimate event is the 1180m Benchmark 58 Handicap and punters are again spoilt for choice with some good form lines to follow.
If the first reserve Redicon gains a start, the race will likely change complexion.
The enigmatic three-year-old has had some hype around him and was an impressive winner last time out at Queanbeyan.
After a four-month spell, the Deep Field gelding won a trial at Canberra in good fashion and should be set to rock and roll here.
If he doesn’t start, Motime should be the top pick on recent form but the likes of Gunzar, Funky Farm and El Nieto should be respected.
Race 7: Tips: 3-2-7-8
The final event on the program is a 1000m Class One Handicap and Star Of Tennessee should be most punter’s on top selection.
The Donna Scott trained three-year-old is a handy type and assuming she handles gate nine, she should be winning.
Epimetheus looks the biggest danger after a dominant win at Dubbo followed by a good fourth at Bathurst, whilst All About Me and Raven’s Rabbit are value options for the exotics.