Racing returns to the Gundagai-Adelong race club on Saturday with an interesting seven-race-card on offer for punters.
As it stood on Thursday afternoon, the track was a heavy eight and the rail was in a true position but little to know rain is expected so there could be upgrades to come for the racing surface.
In a good sign of support from Southern District and South East racing participants, there were 172 nominations, which is the reason an extra 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap was added to the program.
Race 1 – Tips: 11-6-7-3
An 1180m Maiden Plate opens up the program and Something Fancy for Darrell Burnet ticks a lot of boxes.
Connections draw gate one, Nick Heywood is on board and the Krupt gelding was a handy second on debut at Albury and looks suited here.
Ramachandra for Joe Cleary, Fling for Matthew Dale and Avachatnow for Wayne Carroll could all be improvers too.
Race 2 – Tips: 10-8-12-16
The second on the card is a 1000m Maiden Handicap and picking a winner will be tough for punters with nine first starters drawn to make their race-day debut.
Market trends will be the biggest indicator on the day but Dynamique for Mitch Beer finished a nice second in a trial on a heavy track on June 15 and could be one to watch.
Monga Lane for Aaron Clarke ran second in a trial at Canberra in November last year and could have some upside after a long spell.
Of the tried horses, Raven’s Rabbit looks the best chance with a couple of nice seconds under her belt and reserves Cliff Lover and Cape Cluster also need to be respected if they gain a start.
Race 3 – Tips: 10-11-13-5
There is plenty of form about in this 1800m Maiden/Class One but it is hard to look past Mahsinger for Gary Colvin and Jordan Mallyon.
The Al Maher filly has won a race and has been thereabouts after five consecutive placings between 1600-1800m at Wagga and Narrandera.
Kerry Weir’s Crocodile Cod is another runner knocking on the door of a win and should suit the 1800m and could very well win with Johnny Kissick in the saddle.
Either way you look, there is value and the likes of Miss Vern sand Wriggles can’t be left out for exotic players.
Race 4 – Tips: 4-10-3-1
The Joe Cleary trained I Am Grande looks very hard to beat in the fourth event, the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap.
Johnny Kissick is on board and connections draw gate three and if the three-year-old runs up to her maiden win at Wagga two starts back, she should be winning.
Of the remainder, Poet’s Muse looks the next best after a nice second behind Miss Farloo last start, while Tormund, Intercontinental and Keep Me Posted can all gallop on their day.
Race 5 – Tips: 3-4-7-1
The second of the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicaps is a tricky affair and it will all come down to how the track is playing on the day.
Currently a heavy eight, mudlarks could be the way to go and Zariz No Other becomes an appealing option.
The Jenny Hoy runner can go well in soft and heavy conditions and was an eye-catching third last start when sitting three wide for the duration of the race before finding the lead to be just beaten in the final stages.
Gate two will suit in this event and the Queanbeyan runner could be a smokey.
Trapper Tom for Barbara Joseph and Paul and Matt Jones is another to follow but gate 11 does connections no favours.
Only A Dream got out of the ground late and could be an improver on her home track for Dave Blundell and Miss Farloo needs to be respected and comes into the race if the track surface upgrades before Saturday.
Race 6 – Tips: 1-2-3-6
The penultimate event is the 1100m Class One Handicap and as usual, there is a mixture of form lines to follow.
Coolgardie for Anthony Warren is definitely the interesting runner with the former David Pfieffer galloper making his debut in the Southern District for his new Goulburn trainer.
Apprentice hoop Dannielle Scott is in the saddle for the three-kilogram claim and the Fighting Sun gelding has won in heavy conditions before.
Zarsnip for Gary Colvin and Jordan Mallyon gets in reasonably well with 59kg and draws gate three, so the Zariz gelding will be thereabouts again.
One Last Fight is a game front-running type and will likely cut across from gate nine and be hard to run down, while Strapping Conquest could run a sneaky race for David Kelley.
Race 7 – Tips: 7-3-11-2
The final race is the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap and it is highly unlikely that Tim Donnelly will accept with the topweight, Miss Amelia, who has been lugged 65.5kg.
It is a very tough race to pick but the old stager, Byblos Boy could be the one to watch for Peter Korn.
The former Tumut-based jockey has the 10-year-old going as good as ever and don’t be surprised to see the Byblos gelding, who will have Jordan Mallyon on board, running them along in this race.
162-start veteran Benno’s Boy can’t be ignored either after only missing a place twice in his last 10 starts but connections draw gate 15.
Woollahra Lass and Sestina also need to be respected in this very open event.