We are back to relative normality this week after the fantastic night that was the Golden Easter Egg meeting on Saturday. There are 11 races on the program this Wednesday and lots of opportunity for those dogs that missed out during the carnival to land a blow. Good luck with your investments and good chasing to you.
Race 1: NSW GBOTA Welcome Maiden Grade 520m
The maidens begin proceedings tonight and a few of these have come through the Magic Maiden series – namely Choo Choo Train, who has run third in each of his three starts and progressed through to the final of the big maiden, running 30.3 in a gallant defeat. This is a massive class drop and would not be surprised to see him gap this field. Stunning Ethics is from a good litter and in very capable hands; expect her to be forward for her debut here. Romantic Style is another that is from a handy litter and in very capable hands. The breed tends to produce moderate beginners and that could be problematic from box 7. Spring Polar is in the very successful Mick Hardman kennel and is sure to be improved on the fence and with a look at the track.
Race 2: Ladbroke It! 1-2 Wins 5th Grade 520m
Send It Tiger did very nicely off a difficult draw last week and showed good early zip. Box 1 will enhance that speed and should be leading these, and then it’s a case of how far. Rebel Ethics showed determination to win his heat of the maiden series before finding trouble in the semi. He would need to improve on the clock but he is certainly capable of good improvement. Miss Free Reign took care of a decent field in decent time on a wet track last week; she is awkwardly drawn but in good hands. Ultimate Ebby is another in good hands who broke his maiden at Gosford last week, although this is a step up in class. Spring Gonzales will appreciate the drop back from Group 3 level to a restricted 5th Grade. His only knock is he is 0/7 here and 1/6 from the outside boxes, but he is the class dog of the field.
SEND IT TIGER
MISS FREE REIGN
Send It Tiger
*Odds correct at time of publication
Race 3: Congratulations Zipping Novak 1-2 Wins 5th Grade 520m
In a very open affair, Valor might be the one with more upside than the rest. One win from 18 runs is the big query, but he wasn’t hopeless here last week. Zambidis’ last run here wasn’t as bad as it looks on paper in the maiden semi-final, and he then went to Richmond up the straight to break his maiden. His lack of early pace is the concern, but he has a motor and will be running home over the top of them if he gets the slightest opportunity. Especially Rare won a heat of the maiden series in decent time and would go mighty close if she can repeat that effort. Screw Loose comes here after a decent break away from the track and might sneak a place.
Race 4: Congratulations Kooringa Lucy 1-2 Wins 5th Grade 520m
Simply Limelight was superb through the maiden series and was sent out second favourite for the final. He just didn’t have his night. This is a big class drop from the final, and with the vacant box under him, we can’t see why he can’t get back to breaking 30sec here tonight. Fantastic Trixie was put away after contesting a maiden series here last year and was produced first-up at Maitland for a comfortable maiden win. She is in astute hands and ready for another crack in town. Spread My Wings has been off the scene for a while and has a good record, while Lady Luck Ethics was sent out odds-on last time in an open affair in average time and would need to improve.
SPREAD MY WINGS
LADY LUCK ETHICS
*Odds correct at time of publication
Race 5: Congratulations Castle Warrior 5th Grade 520m
Doonan is another that will appreciate a huge class drop going from the Group 3 final to a 5th Grade race. His lack of early pace is starting to be a real concern, but he has a big motor and has lengths on these in class; just needs to produce better first sections. Burn has a good strike rate (8/29) and has speed enough to worry Doonan early must be a chance. Tap Out Diesel got up in the last stride last week and that was only his second 500m race for quite a while. He seems to be improving and is very strong but will need luck as he wants to rail early. Emerald Green has the ability on his night and can show pace, but this is a step up. Krakatoan might get a nice run along the fence and sneak a place.
Race 6: Congratulations Devine Empress 5th Grade 520m
Black Zambora gets the nice box in this race. If she runs her usual 5.45 to the first mark, she will be in front of this field and then it’s a case of catch her if you can. Bell Toller will appreciate being near the fence and will get a lovely trail behind the red and might get the drop on her late if she struggles to run it right out. He just didn’t quite stay the 600m last start after looking the winner. If Bell Toller is a chance, then the dog that ran him down last start, Don’t Sue Me, has to be included. She will be powering home but will need lock from the awkward draw. Bless Shoe had no luck here at her only go and her form before that was top notch; she is well drawn outside the 7, may get the perfect run and is a definite threat. Alice Unchained will need luck from box 7 but has the ability to match motors with any of these.
Race 7: Congratulations Lala Kiwi 4th/5th Grade 520m
Sally’s Reward has been racing in better company and gets the chance to lead throughout in this race. In the Paul Wheeler here on Saturday, she mustered quickly but couldn’t cross and that cost her. She’s much better drawn in the 5 here and could disappear early on this field. Chasing Fernando beat a previous Wenty winner in fast time at Gosford last week, and while this is tougher, he likes the inside and has pace. Murray’s Way stepped up in distance and worked home quite well last time, and while not well drawn out here, she is more than capable on her night. Star Glitter can show pace but would need to lift. Sailing Home is strong and might find a path along the fence for a place.
Race 8: Congratulations Gypsy Wyong 5th Grade 720m
The stayers are next up and Cawbourne Turvey gets her chance in an open affair. She pinged and went in a race which was subsequently abandoned due to a box malfunction. She likes to be down near the fence and will be hard to beat. Paris And Rome is another that likes to be down on the fence and drops back from Group 1 level, where she just couldn’t match it with the best in the country. She just might lead against this field and will win if she does. Holistic Key went 42.42 in her first go at 720m and could be the dog to beat if she improves on that, but she will have to miss the two dogs under her though. Jazz Party and Hester have promised plenty but delivered little and might get a spot behind the pace, but place hopes are best.
Race 9: Congratulations She’s a Pearl Free For All 520m
A nice Free For All for a Wednesday night with most of the runners showing some of their best recently. Pristine Image won well off the eight and will appreciate being off the track, although he is 0/6 from the 7 box. Springview Hawk has been running nice sectional and has the vacant box to help his claims; just needs to improve on the clock. Red Hot Mouse used box 1 perfectly here last week and there is no reason she can’t repeat the dose. Magic Flame is unbeaten from the inside, but this is tougher than his previous wins off this box. Cop Magnet is getting fitter after an injury and has the best early sections; he could lead this field and create a few problems. Jabeni is a quality dog that races like he needs longer, and Aston Barak showed a glimpse of his brilliant best in the Million Dollar heats at Goulburn; has a bad record from this box, but discount him at your peril.
Race 10: Ladbrokes Easy Form 5th Grade 520m
Black Fox has been a model of consistency and deserves to break through in town. She can show good pace and could well use this draw to lead, and if she does, she may well pinch this one. Sooky Lala needs the fence and is closer tonight but will still need some luck or a mix up. She is strong but doesn’t worry the clock on some nights. Red Head Rider had his chance last week but has pace and might find a nice spot in this race. Lepidoptera and Cruise Or Lose were dominant over 400m at Richmond and have pace but haven’t transitioned to Wentworth Park as well, and Killer Boots has been thereabouts and is a place chance.
*Odds correct at time of publication
Race 11: wentworthpark.com.au 5th Grade 520m
Club Model has been showing the early pace that the breed possesses but has not been quite finishing off the 500m as strong as she can. She led a good field here on Saturday and stuck on well. She is improving again with racing and will take some catching if she leads this. Turbo Cash gets a deserved chance in town and may well get a beautiful cart into the race from the 6 but hasn’t been over 500m since coming back from a break and hasn’t raced here. Direct Mae can begin on her night but may have a job holding off the outside brigade. Sorry Bro and Barbella’s Image might be able to hunt up along the fence and put in their claims, but they would need to lift.