Geldings return to track with cutting edge over rivals at Gosford
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Geldings return to track with cutting edge over rivals at Gosford

The old, and often reliable, adage of horses improving sharply first time around as a gelding gets a stern and early test at Tuesday's feature Gosford meeting.

In fact, connections of Warwick Farm three-year-old Prince Six have wasted no time. Just 10 days after finishing a close second at Newcastle as a colt, the now-gelding lines up in a maiden handicap (1900m) attempting to break through at his fourth start.

A son of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, Prince Six is expected to go close, but tough opposition will come from local four-year-old Dundee and improving Randwick filly Todwick.

Trainer Kris Lees will remove the blinkers from Killin, who promises to shake off a string of five seconds in six starts.

Trainer Kris Lees will remove the blinkers from Killin, who promises to shake off a string of five seconds in six starts.Credit:AAP

Then, 35 minutes later, smart Newcastle three-year-old Killin also returns as a gelding in a maiden plate (1000m) after a nine-week break.

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With trainer Kris Lees removing the blinkers, Killin promises to shake off a string of five seconds in six starts. He has prepared nicely, finishing close-up in a trial behind talented Syncline who then bolted in his maiden at Taree on Monday by nearly seven lengths.

Meanwhile, potentially one of the better class 1s across provincial winter erupts over 1000m, with a few smart ones on the metropolitan radar.

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Among them lightly raced Randwick four-year-old Phoenix River is back at the track where he won his only race last spring, off two steady trials and down in grade since a solid run in BM 76 metro company in early February.

The son of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think has always been sparingly handled. He looks set for a strong prep, although connections will have plenty of questions answered on Tuesday.

Drawn closer to the fence, the very talented but often unreliable three-year-old Coco Cuber is also striving to make it two from two at Gosford despite doing very little first-up in a BM 70 on the Kensington track.

And drawn further out, smart three-year-old Innisbrook has his first run in four months off a nice trial win. Plenty of others at good value can also figure in a competitive finish.

Tips supplied by Racing NSW.
Full form and race replays available at racingnsw.com.au

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