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GUNDAGAI — SHAYNE O’CASS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

RACE 1

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.

RACE 2

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.

RACE 3

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.

RACE 4

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.

RACE 5

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.

RACE 6

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.

RACE 7

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.

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