Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - MOSGOLD (4) consistent mare hard fit for this. Went out hard from the wide gate and stuck on well to secure second over 1400m at Kembla Grange on a heavy (8) track on November 25. Maps well again and will take plenty of catching. VEANDECHANCE (1) Vancouver mare who came back in dominating style with a fast finishing victory over 1200m at Doomben on November 15. Raced in much stronger company last time in and will keep improving as she steps up in trip. Sure to be strong late. EXTRA SMART (9) only the one win from ten starts and back sharply in grade after disappointing when eighth over 1400m at Newcastle in Bm78 grade on November 18. Go on solid second two back when assessing her chances. BURRANDANA (2) proven Highway grade gelding resuming. Has a first-up victory to his name and looked sharp when a recent 4 len trial winner over 1065m at Wagga on December 2. Look for him late.
RACE 2 - STEP ASIDE (1) exciting gelding building a solid record. Sat off the speed when resumed with a slick victory over 1300m at Rosehill on November 15. Kept fresh for this and the booking of Rawiller from the inside gate is a big positive. AFTERLIGHT (5) back sharply in grade when she had the race won a long way out, scoring by 1.75 lens over 1200m at Warwick Farm on November 22. Has plenty of upside and can win again. ZOUATICA (2) made a slick return when taken straight to the front for a dominant 1.75 len victory over 1400m at Kembla Grange in Highway grade on November 25. Returned good figures on that occasion and can go on with the job here. DIAMOND MODEL (4) lightly raced mare on the quick back-up after rocketing home late when second over 1500m at Rosehill in Bm78 grade last Saturday. A repeat of latest keeps her right in contention.
RACE 3 - GOLDEN DECADE (2) fifth-up today and racing in a rich vein of form. Found the line late with the 60kg when a close-up third over 1350m at Doomben on November 25. Stable is having great success switching horses back to Sydney and is drawn to stalk the speed. RAPBIDASH (5) is a promising Supido mare undefeated in three runs. Rounded them up effortlessly when returned for a sound win over 1200m at Newcastle on November 26. This is tougher and will need a good ride from the draw. LEICA MODEL (11) won two straight before getting out late when an unlucky fifth over 1600m in similar company at Newcastle on November 18. Back in trip and stays in the mix. FERRO VERO (8) well-bred gelding jumping quickly in class after breaking his maiden in good style over 1000m at Scone on November 20. Can run into the minor money.
RACE 4 - TERRA MATER (8) is held in high regard by the stable and bounced off two strong trial wins with a dominant 1.75 len victory over 1100m at Canterbury on November 24. Gets the right run from the gate and Rawiller retains the ride. Go close again. ANOTHER COGNAC (11) is hard to catch on his day but sets up well here with the good early tempo anticipated. Motored late from near last when seventh over 1200m at Rosehill on November 11. No shock to see him finish over the top of these. WELCOME GYPSY (14) only the two wins from nine starts and starting to find a bit of form. Drops 3.5kg on the latest effort and maps well from the inside draw. DODI (6) lightly-raced gelding with a consistent record. Warmed up late from well back when third over 1250m at Randwick Kensington on December 1. Brings the right figures to play a leading role.
RACE 5 - Group 3 placegetter BLUE STRATUM (2) made an excellent debut when raced on the speed for a fighting second over 1000m in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington on November 7. Strips much fitter now and looks the one to beat. Group 3 placegetter ODINSON (3) was making giant strides late on debut when a close-up third over 1000m in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. Likely to go back from the outside gate and race experience should take him a long way here. DEEP JOY (6) is the third of the Maher/Eustace runners who wasted no time getting off the mark on debut with a tidy win over 900m at Newcastle two weeks ago. Has upside and gets the right run. JUPITER HILLS (10) is a Waterhouse/Bott-trained filly by Exceedance out of Miss Gunpowder on debut. Two trials have looked sharp and stable having a great run with their two-year-olds.
RACE 6 - Group 3 placegetter I'MINTOWIN (9) scored a slick victory at his Australian debut two back before becoming stirred up on his way to the gates when a tenacious head third over 1850m at Newcastle on November 18. Close to his top now and will take running down on the limit weight. WINEGLASS BAY (6) stalked the speed from the inside gate when returned from a let-up to score a decisive win over 1850m at Newcastle last time. Schiller sticks and will need luck early from the sticky gate. WYCLIF (11) is a Maher/Eustace-trained stayer who drops sharply in weight for today's assignment. Finished third three back behind Brayden Star in The Benalla Cup, and ran on late when fifth over 2000m at Flemington on November 9. Looks great each-way value. KING OF THE CASTLE (3) is racing quickly through his grades and steps out to the 2000m for time today. Gets the right run and is not to be underestimated.
RACE 7 - ATTRACTABLE (10) consistent miler who keeps flying under the radar. Went out hard and pinched a break topping the rise when a commanding 1.2 len winner over this track and trip in The Big Dance on November 7. Kept up to the mark when fourth in a recent trial over 1200m here on November 28. Go close. Group 1 winner LION'S ROAR (19) has been kept fresh after rattling late with the 62kg from barrier 20 when second at this track and trip in The Little Dance on November 7. Impressed in a recent trial win and can take this out. Group 2 winner OSIPENKO (6) found the line late when third over 1600m in The Gong at Kembla Grange two weeks ago. Strips fitter now but the wide gate is no help. Multiple Group 3 winner VILANA (4) backs up quickly after running through the line late to secure third in the G3 Heffernan over 1400m at Caulfield last Saturday. Untried this trip and is due for a change of luck.
RACE 8 - RECOMMENDATION (5) consistent gelding who can turn the tables on INSURRECTION today over the 1200m. Sped across from the outside gate and held on well to finish third over 1000m at Kembla Grange on November 25. Gets all the favours here from the inside draw. INSURRECTION (3) progressive sprinter yet to win in five attempts over the 1200m. Taken to the front and never troubled when a dominant 2 len winner of The Warra over 1000m at Kembla Grange on November 25. Looks to have come back well and has the early speed to get across from the wide gate. Group 3 winner WITH YOUR BLESSING (10) has a handy record and deserves his shot here after scoring a slick 4.5 len victory as favourite over 1200m at Kembla Grange last time out. Gets the right run and is not to be underestimated on the limit. Group 3 placegetter WAIHAHA FALLS (6) has failed to live up to early expectations but expecting more second-up with the solid tempo anticipated. Look for him poking through late.
RACE 9 - Group 2 winner ZOE'S PROMISE (2) is third-up here and won third-up in the past. Comes out of a strong form race with the 61.5kg when second to LEKVARTE over 1400m at Newcastle on November 18. Both wins have come at the mile and Rawiller should be able to get across early into the stalking position. Group 2 winner PROMITTO (1) is at his top now fifth-up and indicated a win was imminent after finishing second to TAVI TIME over 1600m at Newcastle on November 18. Maps well again and Zac Lloyd retains the ride. MONEY FROM THE SKY (8) has always shown above-average ability and looks to have come back well with a smart first-up win over 1550m at Canterbury. Has an even better second-up record and looks a genuine contender. DEFICIT (7) third-up today and won third-up previously. Slowly working his way into form and back in grade for this after catching the eye late at Kembla over this trip at the latest.
RACE 10 - WAY TO THE STARS (7) racing in a rich vein of form this time in and going quickly through his grades. Taken straight to the front when a slick 2 len winner over 1100m at Rosehill on November 4. Races best with his runs spaced and since fitted with a trial win at Newcastle over 950m on November 30. Will hold a forward position again and take catching. BRUDENELL (2) smart sprinter who failed to handle the heavy (8) going when fifth in The Warra over 1000m at Kembla Grange on November 25. Expect a sharp improvement out to the 1200m on a firmer deck. IOWNA MERC (11) went out hard on resumption before being nailed on the line when second over 1000m here on November 7. Better suited out to the 1200m and undefeated second-up. DEHORNED UNICORN (6) fitter after two runs back and looking for this trip now. Will appreciate the class drop and best figures have him right in this.