Respected form analyst Shayne O’Cass runs the rule over the two meetings in NSW on Monday afternoon.
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Race 6 No. 2: French Marine
Lightly-raced Kris Lees-trained gelding who was an easy winner at Dubbo before a closing third there five weeks later. Placed to win again.
Race 7 No. 7: Free Dawn
Awkwardly drawn in quite a strong Bm58 but she is very well bred and could easily graduate to at least provincial grade in time.
Race 4 No. 5: Oakfield Prince
Not seen since his very impressive debut win at Muswellbrook on January 7 but looked the part in his recent trial.
Race 4: 4,5
Race 5: 1,2,4
Race 6: 2
Race 7: 2,7
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Ashley Morgan could the be the ‘play’ in the TAB Jockeys Challenge with rides in all seven races (before scratchings).
Shayne O’Cass is keen on Come Get Me at Albury in the second race.Source:News Corp Australia
Race 2 No. 2: Come Get Me
Ran third to the above average To The Nines in a Class 1 at Wagga last month. Finds herself in the perfect race now.
Race 5 No. 13: Nephradiva
Nick Olive-trained filly on debut; trialled well behind a good horse albeit back in late November. Market watch advised.
Race 3 No. 1: Tullaghan
Mitchell Beer’s son of SAJC Oaks winner Tully Thunder who did enough in his trial to entertain here at home.
INSIDE MAIL: PORT MACQUARIE
Oakfield Prince drew one, led and was never headed, never challenged when he won on at Muswellbrook at his debut back on January 7. He didn’t race again after that for reasons unknown but he certainly looked the part when he finished third in his 1000m heat at Gosford 19-days ago. Market watch advised. Glowing Red is the half-sister to In Her Time and part-owned by the great Bob Charley. Done nothing wrong. Sarah Elizabeth has done some good things in her time and is tuned-up for the return with a couple of trials.
Bet: Oakfield Prince win, quinella 4,5
Obscene, like Oakfield Prince, is trained by reigning Wellington Boot winning trainer Damien Lane. The daughter of Not A Single Doubt is building up to a win off the back of two solid runs, one better than the other, to start the 2021 campaign. Jaja Chaboogie has raced nine times and only missed a medal twice. Drawn way out here which could be an issue but she comes through a ‘better’ race than this. We All Agree, in the Might And Power colours, has a gun draw and nearly always runs well.
Bet: Obscene win
Kris Lees-trained gelding French Marine ran fourth at Newcastle on debut then had his next two starts at Dubbo, winning one (easily) and placing third at the other. Lees has found the perfect race for the son of Epaulette and the draw is bang on. Faatinaat won her first run at this same venue for Glenn Milligan bearing in mind the filly made her debut for Waterhouse/Bott in October last year. Faatinaat followed up on her win with a closing third, again at Port Mac. Has to be right in this. Have a hunch that Lord John Grey will do better here on the dry.
Bet: French Marine win, quinella 2,9, box trifecta 2,5,8,9
Free Dawn is a Kris Lees/Judy Wanless filly who happens to be a three-quarter-sister to Group 1 winner Sizzling. The bad news is that Free Dawn has drawn wide but she will come in a few on the day. The good news is that she is good enough to be winning this and maybe/probably even graduate to the midweeks this time in. Murungal is the X-Factor horse at port Mac today. Third at Kembla to Peltzer and Anders, he can pull out something huge on his day. Vendome, the 2017 Karaka ‘sale-topper’ ($825,000) can make his presence felt.
Bet: Free Dawn win or if scratched Murungal win, box trifecta 2,3,7,11
Thoroughbred action heads to Port Macquarie and Albury on Monday afternoon.Source:News Corp Australia
INSIDE MAIL: ALBURY
The Great Man is a locally trained gelding who ran a bold race (as expected) at his first start. He went down to Benalla after that and was fourth, a bit under two-lengths from the winner. Back home again and he has a nice alley. Lupino Lass, the close relation to Weekend Hussler, was $12 into $10 but down the order at his only run so far at Ballarat in May. Blaike McDougall booking is the key. Beans can easily medal here having placed at 5 of 9.
Bet: The Great Man win
The market will surely tell us all we need to know about the true prospects of Nick Olive trained two-year-old debutant Nephradiva today. This daughter of Winning Rupert hasn’t been sighted since her trial at home in Canberra on November 27 last year where she was an unhurried fifth to In De Suniwillcome who won at Kembla on Saturday as it happens. Coin Drop is trained here but has the visitor’s draw. With It and Cliffs Of Bounty have claims.
Bet: Nephradiva win, box First 4: Nos. 2,3,5,6,13
Sharlie was very good indeed last prep, with Blaike McDougall playing no small part; he produced some gems on the Donna Scott mare more than once. No surprise to see the State’s leading jockey backing up today after the mare’s creditable first-up fourth at Gundagai. Blazing Zone is way, way down in class after running out of skin last start at $71; fifth in the Gundagai Cup no less. Willy White Socks has is alway a chance – anywhere.
Bet: Sharlie win
Outstanding race to end the day; this is a real Get Out Stakes with a host of chances, some short, some very long. When it comes down to it though, Kurocaine is the one to beat. He knows this place very well indeed and he could easily have been on a hat-trick of wins today. Hezredhot beat a handy horse at Canberra on March 8 then ran third there to two even handier ones starting with Island Bay Boy! Bellarina Magic will fly late; always does.
Bet: Kurocaine win, box First 4: Nos. 5,8,9,10,13
Originally published asPort Macquarie, Albury best bets: Drawn for maximum effect
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