GUNDAGAI — SHAYNE O’CASS
Supalux is a lightly raced gelding from Gary Colvin’s winning stable and has been pretty close up at the finish of his five races so far. The son of Delago Deluze looks to hold superior form to his rivals and has drawn the rails. Bless You Toby is another Wagga visitor who has run solid races and should figure. Thuwaany may like the firmer going. Bet strategy: Supalux to win, box trifecta 2,6,9.
Catapult is a stablemate to Group 1 winner Castelvecchio and will surely have a groundswell of punter support given he was runner-up on debut at Kembla to a handy local that day in the summer. Looked the part and then some winning a recent WF trial. Al Khapero was placed at Orange and Kembla before a poor run at the latter and was spelled. Monitor betting. Warzulaturned looks encouraging and has no weight to speak of today. Bet strategy: Catapult to win.
Tresse D’Or would have been a much more likely had he not drawn out so wide. That said, his form is rock solid coming through a strong-looking maiden at Nowra at his resumption. Trapper Tom was in the same race and was a length behind Tresse D’Or at the finish. Major player again. It’s Christmas is more capable than her current form would suggest. Takissacod is a big hope. Bet strategy: Tresse D’Or to win, box first 4,7,8,9.
Bart is the best-performed horse in the race which is reflected both in his benchmark rating and huge weight of 65.5kg, lessened by 4kg thanks to the claim. Bart was entitled to get rolled at Moruya last start but was in for the fight. Hope Island is a veteran of 72 starts with seven wins and 21 placings so must be included. Cathanda is nearly always thereabouts. Bet strategy: Bart to win, exacta 1 to beat 2.
Jaytee’s The Fox was backed from $5 in to $3.80 firstup at Wagga bit seemed to have an off day finishing well down the order but perhaps with some excuses. Whatever the case, his best would account for the others, it’s just a matter of delivering on that talent. Heaven On Earth is a Keith Dryden-trained mare who was beaten only 3.5 lengths in Zardoro’s TAB Highway in town last campaign. Third-up now and set to peak. Moss The Boss and Ninky Nonk are in the mix. Bet strategy: Jaytee’s The Fox to win, exacta 1 to beat 7, quinella 1,7.
Trevor Sutherland trains countless winners all throughout the Riverina and rarely does a meeting go by without him visiting the winner’s stall. Sutherland has Extra Cool here aiming for his third win at start 33 but bear in mind the grey has placed 10 times. Billo Road was rewarded for his consistency with an easy maiden win at Wagga before a solid run at Canberra thereafter. Old Man’s Angel has drawn very well to track the speed. Bet strategy: Extra Cool each-way.
Denesc is a Danny Williams-trained mare who is known to possess a powerful finish. Ran 10th of 14 at Wagga second-up but she was “only” 3.6 lengths from the winner. Expect better this time albeit in a very open “Get Out Stakes”. Rozburg has been terrific in his two runs this campaign, placing at Goulburn and Wagga respectively. Drawn the rails. Flight Commander and Press Week make obvious appeal, so too the debut winner Backwater Trader. Bet strategy: Denesc each-way.