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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - with MATT JONES

RACE 1

Let’s trust the com­bi­na­tion of an ex­cel­lent trial, top sta­ble and very good jockey to get 11. Sei Stella off to a win­ning start to her ca­reer. 12. Tof­fey Miss has the ad­van­tage of one start and will take plenty of im­prove­ment from that. She’ll be strong late. 4. Flight Com­man­der tri­alled well for this and is a big player.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Sei Stella win

RACE 2

3. Lit­tle Naive ran a nice race last time and a re­peat of that per­for­mance will see her hard to beat. 1. Plucky Ge­orge gets out to a more suit­able dis­tance. If 11. Le­ica Bita Magic is closer on the turn and doesn’t have to run past the whole field like last time he’s a hope. 12. Mate­ship may still be try­ing to break his maiden at start 32 but he has been good at his two runs this time in. 9. Hurry Up Harry is a dan­ger third-up.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Le­ica Bita Magic win

RACE 3

7. Edge Of Man­hat­tan has had 10 sec­onds from 18 starts so he’s got to be worth some thought. 6. Waiting For A Mate has shown prom­ise and can go to the next level and win. 10. Star Of Ser­ena ran on well on de­but over 1000m and the step up in trip should suit. 12. Amelda is well-placed here.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Amelda win

RACE 4

6. Mosh Vain won’t have to make a tough three­wide run to­day and can do bet­ter than his fourth last time. 14. Nothin’ Like Harry got beaten in a photo on de­but but showed a good turn of foot. The wide gate means 1. Arthur Por­rit should push for the lead again. Was su­per in run­ning them off their feet to win last time.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Nothin’ Like Harry win

RACE 5

2. Just A Bul­let has the speed to lead and he’ll have to cross the field from a wide gate so a lot will de­pend on how much work he has to do to get there. 4. Vin­nie Vega loves 1000m and ex­pect a more for­ward show­ing than last start. 5. Won­der­bolt should look to come off the heels off a run­ner. If 7. I’m Imo­gen runs, should be ready to go af­ter two good tri­als.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Vin­nie Vega win

RACE 6

6. Go Get ‘Em got too far back last start and if he’s within strik­ing dis­tance to­day he can swoop past and win. 7. Il­lyr­ian has been rac­ing well and ex­pect another bold show­ing from the Cowra Cup win­ner. 3. City Of Kirk­wall should win if he takes his place in the field (he’s nom­i­nated in mul­ti­ple races).

Bet­ting strat­egy: City Of Kirk­wall win

RACE 7

1. Class Clown should fire over a suit­able trip. 2. Bu­lala only has to run out a strong 1400m to be in the fin­ish. 12. O’ So Hazy is un­beaten at the track from three starts. It’s been a sharp rise for 9. Sup­plyz­ing but these are the types of horses who can win these qual­i­fiers. If 17. De­liv­ered gets a run, I think he could just come out a win­ner af­ter run­ning well in much bet­ter com­pany than this. Bet­ting strat­egy: De­liv­ered win if he runs. If not, O’ So Hazy

RACE 8

1. Gangstar’s Curse’s form at the end of last preparation wasn’t great but he flies fresh so watch him. If 2. Hal­l­i­day Road finds a length he can win this race. 3. Takooka­cod loves Wagga Wagga and has solid city form be­hind her so nat­u­rally she’ll ap­pre­ci­ate this drop in grade. 5. Wed­nes­day War­rior is another down in grade and it’s gen­er­ally the best form to look at in these races. 7. Mov­ing On Up looks like a promis­ing horse and will go close although up in grade.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Takooka­cod win

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