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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - with SHAYNE O’CASS

RACE 1

5. Danu­bian and 1. Un­cle Ro­driguez look the two main pro­tag­o­nists here set­ting up a Kris Lees Vs Paul Perry sce­nario. Un­cle Ro­driguez surged last start whilst Danu­bian faded but the Lees filly was def­i­nitely in a stronger race and has scope for im­prove­ment sec­ond-up way down in grade. Draw favours the top­pie but Danu­bian will have last say - if good enough. Ab­sorb­ing clash com­ing up.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Danu­bian win, quinella 1/5, ex­acta 5 to beat 1

RACE 2

Kris Lees can go back to back for his army of fans with the su­perbly bred mare 3. At­lantic Edge who is poised for vic­tory now af­ter two rock solid runs this time in in­clud­ing a nar­row 2nd last time in the big field at Tam­worth. Peak­ing now. 5. Great Grats has placed 4 out of 9 and is very fit and rac­ing con­sis­tently. Han­dles heavy. 8. Famed is a Kiwi bred mare by Nom du Jeu who wants 1512m (and more).

Bet­ting strat­egy: Box tri­fecta 3/5/7/8

RACE 3

7. Val­ley Crossing can mix her form but she rarely runs an out­right bad race. Drawn 4 and has got through the slop well enough in the past to sug­gest she’ll cope with to­day’s con­di­tions. 5. Re

deemable has been right around the mark at her last three runs and can re­ally fin­ish off hard in her races. Watch for her late. 2. Hay­den Boy is a big watch.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Val­ley Crossing each-way

RACE 4

5. Best Dressed Lady is a lo­cally trained mare from the pro­lific Jenny Gra­ham camp with the even more pro­lific Matthew McGuren to ride. This mare is 4s 1-0-1 fresh and has the pedi­gree to han­dle wet tracks. Was beaten 5-lens in Re­neged’s Grafton Guineas as a 3YO.

1. Asti Chops has a wide draw and big weight but he ex­cels on wet tracks. 4. Tar­boy is out of a Quest For Fame mare which prob­a­bly ac­counts for his heavy 10 win last start.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Best Dressed Lady each-way

RACE 5

5. Guided turned in a huge run first-up on a heavy 10 at Coffs be­fore an amaz­ing last to first win over Om­bro­mani at Tam­worth af­ter that. Re­sumes here but we know he han­dles the slop and has more than enough abil­ity to win. Mon­i­tor any mar­kets moves. 2.

Elite Dubleo drew 12 of 14 last start. Raced su­per handy and hit the front long way out but fought on well. Brave horse but wide draw against (again) to­day.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Guided win, Run­ning dou­ble 5 into 1

RACE 6

1. Jameslea World has Carla Dougherty tak­ing 3kgs off to­day, she did the same when she won on this horse first-up at Grafton on a heavy 8 then a 0.2-lens 2nd at Mur­willum­bah af­ter that. Drawn a lit­tle awk­wardly again but you can’t fault the form. Just needs luck early on. 5. Magic Arli is 3s 1-1-0 here at Port Mac, she’s won on soft go­ing and was placed at her de­but so she seems to race well fresh. Makes gen­uine each-way ap­peal.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Quinella 1/5

RACE 7

3. Fabry is a strik­ing type of horse who also hap­pens to be a half brother to 5-times G1 hero Th­e­seo. Fabry boasts a com­pelling set of num­bers at the track, the trip and im­por­tantly on wet ground. The only bad num­ber is his bar­rier - 12. Go­ing to need to be alert at the start or he’s in trou­ble. 5. Dantga is a mas­sive dan­ger given his pen­chant for heavy tracks and the dis­tance. That said, bar­rier 14 seems to have damp­ened his chances a shade. 8. Dixie Lad is a player.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Fabry win, quinella 3/5

RACE 8

7. Who Is Game has only won 6 from 42 but she’s been a shade un­lucky at times and her get back/run on pat­tern has some­times played against her. None­the­less, she ab­so­lutely has the tal­ent to win a race like this - she’s up to win­ning in town in fact - just needs even luck. 5. Mr McBat has a mas­sive fin­ish on him, some­thing he put to good use win­ning the Wing­ham Cup beating main dan­gers 4. Our Saras­tro and Who Is Game. They might tri­fecta this one too.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Who is Game each-way, box tri­fecta 2/3/4/5/7

RACE 9

3. Rain­bow River de­serves the win af­ter a string of pos­i­tive runs this time in with­out the re­ward. Seems to han­dle heavy and the wide draw is not so bad, he was go­ing back any­way. 1. Sheilar­ized was hav­ing her first start for new trainer Kris Lees at Muswell­brook when she ran 0.9-lens 2nd on the heavy 8 over 1450m. She will rel­ish the extra yardage to­day and mon­sters her ri­vals on the bench­marks rat­ings. 4. Art At­tack is a lo­cal whose last two are much bet­ter than it first seems.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Box tri­fecta 1/2/3/4

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