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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - with Matt Jones

RACE 1

In­dian Star has his first start for Mar­cus Wil­son af­ter be­ing trained by Bjorn Baker at War­wick Farm. When he was with Baker he man­aged a sec­ond and was well sup­ported at his only two starts. Has tri­alled well enough. Lit­tle Bit Of Suzy should be up on the speed and looks to have the talent to beat this aver­age field. No Doubt A Lady was pre­vi­ously trained by Mick Price and may have fin­ished last in a 10-horse field at Wer­ribee on de­but but was less than three lengths off the win­ner so she could eas­ily come out and win.

Betting strat­egy: Quinella 9, 11

RACE 2

Real­ing races bet­ter sec­ond-up and he’s won stronger races than this in the past but needs a lift in form. Bart does drop back in dis­tance which isn’t al­ways some­thing punters are at­tracted to, but he’s a tal­ented horse who could dom­i­nate this race out in front from start to fin­ish. Devil’s Fire scored a rare win last start com­ing off the speed but his 12 sec­ond plac­ings are patchy form make it hard to get too con­fi­dent. Madam Shazam comes off a good last start win and get the blink­ers on for the first time which is a good sign.

Betting strat­egy: Bart to win

RACE 3

Por­tuguese Tart is knock­ing on the door and this is eas­ier than what she was fac­ing in Queens­land so ex­pect a big per­for­mance now she’s got a run in the race. Tof­fee Drop wasn’t bad last start at Casino and prob­a­bly should have won the 1000m race. Go­ing back up to 1200m looks suit­able. Ethanol Girl drops a lit­tle in grade and should im­prove off a de­but run. Brown Brown will do bet­ter now that he’s peak­ing fit­ness-wise but still needs to lift.

Betting strat­egy: Por­tuguese Tart to win

RACE 4

Pow­er­ful Saga re­turned well from a break last start but tends to be a touch worse sec­ond-up but still can win. The 1200m is a query, too, but he was hold­ing Cash Spin­ner well in that race and they meet again to­day. Im­preg­nable drops back from 1400m and that re­ally suits him. Ho­tel Drive has won at the track and dis­tance and ran be­hind Fabry last start who is a city-class horse so the form is there. There’s a good ar­gu­ment to say Hope Is­land would’ve beaten Ho­tel Drive last time.

Betting strat­egy: Ho­tel Drive to win

RACE 5

Ma­glev just had too much to do from a wide gate last start and got too far back but he would have won in a few more strides so look for him to be closer this time and given every chance of run­ning over the top of them. Caro Cavallo drops in class which helps but so will the drop in dis­tance af­ter he failed to see out the 1710m last time. Sul­try Testa re­turned well from a spell and will im­prove so she’s an each-way chance in an aver­age field.

Betting strat­egy: Ma­glev to win

RACE 6

Chantilly Chateau was hit­ting the line nicely last start and this is a drop in grade so she’s worth con­sid­er­ing even with the big weight which she’s car­ried well in the past. Joueur fin­ished 12th last start but that was in higher grade and a race be­fore that he fin­ished third in even bet­ter com­pany. Splen­did Stryker also drops in class and was just be­hind a cou­ple of very handy bush horses last start. Yep­poon’s 10th plac­ing last start wasn’t as bad as it looks on pa­per. He was only four lengths off the win­ner and struck in­ter­fer­ence in the straight.

Betting strat­egy: Boxed tri­fecta 1, 2, 3, 5

RACE 7

Bun­ga­ree Boy is a quick horse and has been well backed by punters of late. He’s third-up now and could just run them off their feet. Bun­ga­ree Boy looks to be run­ning into a field that he has a class edge on. Too Easy Bro goes very well fresh and comes into this af­ter a trial win so he might have his con­fi­dence back now. Shez A Rockin’Toff will be chal­leng­ing for the lead and has the abil­ity to hold on and run into the money. Old Tri­este is a knock­out hope.

Betting strat­egy: Bun­ga­ree Boy to win

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