A progressive horse trained by John O’Shea is taking an impressive win at Wyong and is set to reach second in a row. BEST BETS, INTERNAL MAIL
Daily Telegraph analyst Matt Jones makes his best bets and checks the Quaddie legs at Wyong and Narromine.
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Race 5, n.3: DUKE OF GORDON
The John O’Shea-trained gelding is back on the same track he won last time and really loves the wet. He won with a little bit in his hand two weeks ago, which is a good sign of moving up the ranks. He seems to have a lot ahead of him.
Race 6, # 3: CRAZY TRAIN
He ran over his weird fresh in Hawkesbury and was really charging across the line. He has had good results and this is his chance to get another win.
Race 5: 3, 6
Race 6: 1, 2, 3, 8
Race 7: 2, 4, 5
Race 8: 1, 2, 5
FANTINO TO WATCH
I think Sam Clipperton may have a race-to-race brace in the sixth and seventh events with Crazy Train and Daichi while Native Rock is not hopeless in the last.
Race 5, No.1: BLACKADDER
He has to give too much weight away to the field, but he is easily the best horse in the race and one statement makes it easier for him even at low altitudes. However, a swamp track would be the concern.
TRAINER TO WATCH
Rodney Northam will appreciate his possibilities when riding Miss Dungog, Tango Stepz and Second Half.
THE INTERNAL MAIL FOR WYONG
Duke Of Gordon has thrived on tough ground in recent times and won the latest start here in good fashion. It seemed like he had some left in his hand when he won which bodies good for this rank up. Allthehills came out of nowhere to win here three weeks ago on his 10th start. He hasn’t won or placed in his previous nine runs, but he thrived without the tongue. It looked like he wanted a mile too. Gwan So is another last start winner who is well positioned here as is Launch Attack who beat Packer at home on the last start and went out and won at Nowra on Tuesday.
Wager: Duke of Gordon to win
Crazy Train was doing her best frontline job and she has a lot of good shape around her. She had no luck last time and now she should be fine on a track where she has already won. The press officer went through a typical Waterhouse / Bott process which was good to see and is undoubtedly a horse on the rise and this track should fit in. Masquerade’s record is not great, but she has taken part in some top class races and ran a nice penultimate start after a four week break, so after a fifteen day break she should be better now. Cream Rises should be themselves in this and beat most at home.
Wager: Crazy train to win
Cushy runs well here, so it’s no surprise he’s kicking off his campaign on the track. The first record doesn’t seem like a flash but it didn’t come out too soon. Sabino manages wet ground and has only missed a finish once out of six starts. The problem is, he only won once. He gets on speed and makes his fortune, so expect him to be there for a long time. Daichi looks well placed here and has won second place. Last time he was beaten by an underrated horse and he handles the wet ground and lets the gun escape the gate.
Wager: Daichi to win
Sachello won fresh last time around and has good enough shape around her to go close here. She has had two trials for this and she should be prepared to win from an ideal barrier. Selhurst Park has only missed a finish once in eight runs to date and makes her fortune on speed. It is difficult to overcome. Crimson Rock drove and won last time and loves wet ground, so rely on him to give a good demonstration here and the blinkers peeling off don’t hurt at all.
Wager: Sachello to win
THE INTERNAL MAIL FOR NARROMINA
Dalavin won two in a row before hitting a highway where he ran 10th, but don’t judge him too harshly for that. He was caught deep on a test track by a wide gate and this time it should be a lot easier as he transits back up the slope. Don’t be surprised to see him come back to win again. Moetta pulled out but has the speed to cross and take a stand. However, his second-rate performances are a concern. Tango Stepz is back on a softer track which helps her a lot and Titration should find it a lot easier after a good run in Doomben last time around. He now reaches third place.
Wager: Quinella 1, 4
Blackadder enters with a winnable weight here and should run the gun out of the gate as he drops far back in rank. Difficult to see him not being at the finish in a very weak race. Shecago is doing better than the form reads and gets all the favors from the draw. Sweet Home Alabama doesn’t win out of turn, but is better suited at 1300m now after scoring a pass first. It just seems like the top weight has the measure of him here if he carries the weight.
Wager: Blackadder to win
Gusonic has pulled out but has the speed to cross over and take a stand. He was prepared for it and ran third first in one heat of the Country Championships behind Another One, so the form is super. A little luck ahead and it’s hard to get over. Alpha Go has been in tougher races than this, so he’s properly positioned here and loves putting his toe into the ground, so there’s a lot to like as tongue ligation goes on for the first time. The zoologist didn’t finish far from them in a $ 75,000 race last start in Albury and he just needs a bit of luck from a tough barrier and is right at the finish line.
Wager: Gusonic to win
The second half just got better with each run to his first preparation for Rodney Northam and it’s hard to see him coming back here. He keeps his form or keeps improving and is hard to beat against many horses that have reached the peak of their careers. The Legal Award will appreciate the conditions launched here and it really improved last time and is better than the record suggests. Crowdy Bay had a kill in Armidale last time after running top provincial races, so try to see a confident horse again.
Wager: Second half to win