Race-by-race preview and selections for Wyong on Thursday

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Race-by-race preview and selections for Wyong on Thursday

By Ray Hickson

Selections based on a soft track.

Race 1 – 1:00PM DE BORTOLI WINS PLATE (2100 METRES)

9. Sassysav is lightly raced and had made an early move at Newcastle last time before boxing on pretty well into third. Shouldn’t have to do as much work from gate one in this field and expecting her to be in the finish.
Dangers: 1. Oceanic Flash is the logical danger on the back of a second over this course on March 27. He had his chance and looked a bit one paced before surging in the last 50m. Doesn’t need to improve a lot to go close. 6. Bedford Square has four thirds and a fourth from five starts so isn’t far away and comes through the same race where she was run down for second. Should be thereabouts again. 2. Red Hot Zone was placed here at a mile in January and made good ground from last at that trip at Gosford a couple of weeks ago. Could get into a placing.
How to play it: Sassysav WIN. Odds & Evens: ODDS.

Racing returns to Wyong with an eight-race card.

Racing returns to Wyong with an eight-race card.Credit:Jon Reid

Race 2 – 1.35PM GO ELECTRICAL HANDICAP (1350 METRES)

1. Bright Eyed Girl looks very hard to beat in a race she should get control. Opened up a big lead at Scone last time and was run down, tighter track in a very winnable race will suit and she’s the one they have to catch.
Dangers: 5. Discompose has been freshened up and trialled quite well since her last run at Tamworth six weeks ago. She put in two sound runs at that track and from a soft draw if she handles the ground can be in the finish. 3. All At Sea is an interesting runner first-up, ex-Freedman brothers, since running last to Harmony Rose at Kembla in October. Latest trial was an improvement and she bears watching. 4. Circus Bound seemed to have his chance at Taree on a heavy track a month ago but was placed in his previous two starts and is worth another chance based on that.
How to play it: Bright Eyed Girl WIN; Trifecta 1/ 3,4,5/3,4,5. Odds & Evens: ODDS.

Race 3 – 2:10PM CARLTON DRAUGHT PLATE (1350 METRES)

9. Ovoid has done enough in his trials to suggest he can give a good account on debut in a race like this. Easy winner at Rosehill just over a week ago and should land somewhere on the speed here. Go well.
Dangers: 8. Akihiro will appreciate coming back in class after taking on Slipper winner Stay Inside first-up then finishing down the track in the Black Opal. Since won a trial, he gets his chance to show what he’s made of and is entitled to be in the finish. 3. Klopp has been around the mark and broke into the placings for the first time when second at Gosford recently. Handles soft tracks and is an each-way chance. 4. Spicy Restaurant is still a maiden after 10 starts but is a consistent type and a wet track wouldn’t bother too much though he was beaten as an odds-on favourite at Wagga last time.
How to play it: Ovoid WIN; Quinella 8 & 9. Odds & Evens: SPLIT.

Race 4 – 2:50PM TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

1. Tectonicus has a very good chance to break through here coming back a notch after a solid third to Blue Missile at Kembla a month ago. Mile suits and a rain affected track is to his liking. Should take beating.
Dangers: 5. Valiant Lad will be on the pace all the way and he’s up in class after toughing it out to win at Canberra last week. Respect. 2. Senor Toba won well over a mile at Moonee Valley in January then fresh and back to 1400m on a heavy track he wasn’t competitive at Kensington. Much easier task here so expecting some improvement. 7. Cracking Mo looks next best, he led and tried hard when reeled in late at Canberra over this trip last week and if he leads he could give some cheek.
How to play it: Tectoniucs WIN. Odds & Evens: ODDS.

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Race 5 – 3:25PM MARKETS 2259 AT WYONG APRIL 11 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

7. Radiance is well worth a look at each-way odds fresh. Was a short priced favourite on debut and blew the start before going down 1.8 lengths in town then just fair at her other start. Ran on well in her latest trial and there’s pace on she should be strong late.
Dangers: 1. Shadow Colour has been placed in 10 of his 11 starts and eight of them have been seconds so he’s well overdue. Interestingly he was a six length trial winner coming into this so he might take confidence from that and put himself in the finish. 9. Chaleur Bay looked good winning her first trial by a space then just touched Joyous Legend out in her latest. Should be up on the speed here and must be respected. 4. Mareeba is another to have trialled well ahead of her debut though it’s been a month since her Randwick 735m heat win. Well bred and one to keep an eye on.
How to play it: Radiance E/W. Odds & Evens: ODDS.

Race 6 – 4:05PM JIM BEAM HANDICAP (1350 METRES)

2. Saquon was pestered up in the lead and was left a sitting shot last time at Newcastle about six weeks ago. Freshened since that and a wet track is no issue for him. Will go forward and prove hard to run down this time.
Dangers: 1. Sammy hit the line strongly first-up at Canterbury in a nice return then not a factor at Kensington a couple of weeks back. Can mix form and would prefer a soft range track but his best is good enough to win this. 3. Adamas Prince is fitter for two runs back from a spell and was a huge drifter before finishing a close up fifth at Hawkesbury a month ago. Each-way claims. 9. Hidden Hills showed improvement second-up at big odds when runner-up at Gosford at 1200m. Best form is around the mile so extra trip will suit and if he ran continue to lift he’s capable of being in the finish here.
How to play it: Saquon WIN; Trifecta 2/1,3,9/1,3,9. Odds & Evens: SPLIT.

Race 7 – 4:40PM GREAT NORTHERN HANDICAP (1350 METRES)

8. Call Me Mo could get a race run to suit here with plenty of likely speed. Big effort when fifth in a Provincial Championships Qualifier behind Great News and the extra trip suits. Sure to be strong at the finish and is a good each-way chance.
Dangers: 6. The Crimson Idol hasn’t been placed in five runs at this track but is coming back here in good form with a dominant win at Tamworth a couple of weeks ago. Form prior was solid with a couple of close up fourths and she should run well. 2. Isorich loves his home track and was able to lead all the way over this course a month ago. Probably won’t find the front this time, does handle a soft track and he’ll give his usual honest showing. 5. Rumpshaker wasn’t competitive in a his latest Provincial Championships qualifier but didn’t run a bad race two starts ago. Handles the wet and gate one helps. Can improve.
How to play it: Call Me Mo E/W. Odds & Evens: EVENS.

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Race 8 – 5.15PM WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING APRIL 29 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

2. Ranges is a consistent type resuming since a rare failure in a stronger race at Kensington back in December. Trialled quite nicely and has the advantage of gate one here. He won’t be far away and is a good winning chance.
Dangers: 5. Miss Kono was strong late when winning at 1000m here a month ago and you’d imagine an extra 100m won’t pose any problems. Lightly raced and on the up, has to be a good chance. 4. Time For Victory has been hit and miss in his short career to date but got the job done from outside the lead at Gosford second-up. If he can hold his form he’s one of the major players. 3. Rafha’s Choice is right back in class after five runs either in town or in open country grade and could easily be an improver on a wet track, so long as it’s not heavy.
How to play it: Ranges WIN; Troifecta 2/3,4,5/3,4,5. Odds & Evens: SPLIT.

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