Gosford and Sapphire Coast tips: Best Bets and Inside Mail

Blaike McDougall is chasing a national jockeys title and he’s the one to follow at Sapphire Coast while the big guns Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman are certain to be in the mix at Sunday’s Gosford meeting.

GOSFORD – MATT JONES

BEST BET

Race 4 No. 4: Rubinocchi

This is a nice little race but she comes back to 1000m which will curb her tendency to over race like she did last start. She was a very good winner the start before over this trip.

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Race 2 No. 3: Tocomah

This horse does have a bit of learning to do but there appears to be a lot of talent under the bonnet. He wants a drying track and trialled up like the blinkers will make a big difference.

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VALUE BET

Race 3 No. 6: Roam Free

Let’s back her in to beat the debutant and well supported favourite Warmth. She went down twice as favourite last preparation but looks to have come back a lot better when you look at her trial.

QUADDIE

Race 4: 1, 2, 4

Race 5: 3, 4, 8, 14

Race 6: 1, 3, 4, 6

Race 7: 3, 4, 7

TRAINER TO WATCH

Brad Widdup could walk home with a winning double today after Phoenix Global and classy debutant winner Enjolras go around in the sixth and seventh races.

JOCKEY TO WATCH

Hugh Bowman makes the trip up to Gosford to ride the best bred horse on the card, Sammy, and Texcel in the last race and two wins wouldn’t surprise.

SAPPHIRE COAST – SHAYNE O’CASS

BEST BET

Race 3 No. 7: Vaaroom

Has run well in three very, very strong races and not helped but bad barriers. Drawn out a bit today but he might just be better than these.

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Race 2 No. 12: All That Caper

Turned in two rock solid efforts to open his career. Finally drawn an alley where he won’t have to be used up early.

VALUE

Race 4 No. 2: Gorush Lightning

Sets up well here from a favourable barrier and was placed behind Mr Magical in the Winter Sprint here on June 1.

QUADDIE

Race 5: 3,4,7,8

Race 6: 2,3,6,8

Race 7: 3,4,10

Race 8: 5,7,15

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Blaike McDougall has five days to ride eight more winners and reach 200 for the season. Here’s hoping he can.

GOSFORD – INSIDE MAIL

Matt Jones

RACE 1

Chris Waller has thrown the nose roll on Island Press after he just set himself too big of a task over 1300m at Newcastle last time. He’s fourth-up and he can be closer in the run but there’s natural questions about his ability to run a strong mile but he should. Edgewise shouldn’t have an issue running out the trip at her first attempt. She just kept coming at them all the way to the line over 1400m second-up and the blinkers go on. Chitabe finds this easier and will appreciate the extra ground while stablemate Son Of Emperor is the only first starter in the race and 1400m fresh looks to suit the son of So You Think.

Bet: Edgewise to win

RACE 2

Tocomah went down on debut as an odds-on pop when racing all over the shop as he showed his inexperience. He’s since worked and trialled in the blinkers and if that gear change works his natural ability can get him over the line here even if he’s got a long way to go to be the complete racehorse. Haven also lost as favourite first-up after going back and she tried hard but just couldn’t peg back two of them. She’s got the right barrier to find a spot early and is well placed here. Tellusastory Nic will likely try and lead all the way here from barrier one and the form around her isn’t the worst. A Land Of isn’t the worst either and likes it wet.

Bet: Tocomah to win

RACE 3

Warmth’s lead up trial will give the punters confidence of a good debut run where she should get the run of the race and Team Snowden has taken their time with her so she won’t be here and not ready to run boldly. If you’re looking for a good run based on trial form than look no further than Roam Free who cruised to a heat win in good time with her ears pricked. She’s obviously spelled well after going down twice when heavily backed during her first preparation. Dreamline doesn’t know how to run a poor race and she also trialled up in top fashion and Bailieston is primed off a good fresh run.

Bet: Roam Free to win

RACE 4

This is another tricky little race to dissect. Rubinocchi won well first-up on a heavy track then went to town on a Saturday and did herself no favours by pulling in the run which gave her no chance of finishing it off. Back to 1000m helps her avoid that happening again. Conglomerate and Mystic Gem spelled with wins in their first two starts and they will be very competitive here. Their trial form was good without being outstanding but expect them to beat most of these home. Conglomerate’s lead up looks the best and a drier track today is what the Team Snowden youngster will like. Red Hot is best of the rest.

Bet: Rubinocchi to win

RACE 5

Silver Thorn has drawn a good gate and only carries 53kg. His previous two runs at the provincials have been good but has just run into a couple better. He’s got no excuses this time third-up. He beat home Sacred Stream in that race and it’s possible she could reveres that result if she’s a big second-up improver. Regal Pom will be a better hope not having to race in town but he’ll still need to lift while Own The Night wasn’t happy here a month ago on a heavy track so look for an improved run in a very hard race to find a standout runner.

Bet: Silver Thorn to win

RACE 6

The well-bred Sammy is back from an 11-week let up and she’s raced very well fresh in the past and she trialled well enough without being outstanding in her latest hit out. Isalute won first-up at Scone two months ago and his trainer has just been waiting for the right race and has found this one and gets all the favours from barrier one and there’s stable confidence about him. Bojack is the one they’ll have to catch heading into the straight and he’s performed very well here fresh in the past. Phoenix Global hasn’t been far off the winner in town in higher grade than this and he’ll be chasing the leader and can ounce late.

Bet: Quinella 4, 6

RACE 7

Significant Rule has got the blinkers on for the first time even though he’s been racing well and they might just give him the edge to jump and cross them and take up a forward position and concentrate on his job all the way to the line and he gets Hugh Bowman’s services now. Texcel won in top fashion last time at Goulburn and the step up to provincial racing here isn’t beyond this consistent type. Chateaux Park has only won once from 13 starts but has raced well in Saturday city grade and just got beat by an undefeated horse at Hawkesbury last time out so the form is there for him to succeed over 1600m third-up.

Bet: Exacta 3, 4

SAPPHIRE COAST – INSIDE MAIL

Shayne O’Cass

RACE 1

Budderoo Blitz would have been close to a good thing had he not drawn out so wide. The Joseph Ible trained grey is true his name – the last bit anyway, in that he is pretty quick at full tit evidenced by his blazing seven and a half win in a recent Kembla trial. Rival Smart Strike has fared much better in the gate stakes coming out of barrier four, On top of that, he has a race fitness edge on a lot of these and is much better off back from 1412m. Wilkshire is in great form.

Bet: Budderoo Blitz win, box trifecta 3,11,12,17

RACE 2

All That Caper has raced twice and run well each time. The other thing about him is that he has been quite determined in defeat at both of those starts; it was simply a matter of being beaten by the barrier last start. Has one today. My Alma ran well on debut then was fourth again at her second start – fourth of four to be precise – but that was on a very heavy track at Nowra six days ago. Pink Panther, a daughter of Jewel Thief, almost stole it at Moruya last start.

Bet: All That Caper win, exacta 12 to beat 3, quinella 3,11

RACE 3

Vaaroom is quite a handy grey gelding who is way, way down in class on his three runs bearing in mind that they were up against Pretty Woman, twice, and last start against Miss Ostend. On top of that, barriers haven’t helped him out much so far. Oblique is a superbly bred I Am Invincible gelding out of Twist Tops and placed at two of his three runs for former trainers Peter and Paul Snowden. Take note that he has won both trials for new trainer, Anthony Mountey. Go well.

Bet: Vaaroom win, exacta 7 to beat 2

RACE 4

Gorush Lightning has raced 40 times for 5 wins and 10 placings. The Michal Gatty trained chestnut probably would have won a handful more if he didn’t always have to give away starts in his races but we know he can finish fast when circumstances permit. Looks a nice race for him. Heavenly Thunder is back to 58 grade after being beaten 2.3-lengths in a very, very strong 74 race at Moruya behind Kattegat no less. Loves it here. Stablemate Alan is another one who invariably performs well here and at this trip also.

Bet: Gorush Lightning each-way, box trifecta 2,4,5,8

RACE 5

Emma’s Gift brings together that dynamic duo of Keith Dryden and Blaike McDougall. Dryden actually bred this filly who has shown glimpses of talent in her nine starts for a win and three seconds including when runner-up at Moruya last time. Sticky draw the only negative. Halliday Road is going to be the Sapphire Coast Horse of the Year season. Incredibly, all seven of his career wins have been at this track. Third-up now and drawn to get a cost saving run.

Bet: Emma’s Gift win, Halliday Road each-way

RACE 6

Skaifee was at his very best first-up winning for a second time at his seventh start. It could be that he is in for a fruitful campaign but both wins are at 900m so he will have to dig deep late to win again today. No such worry for the aptly-named Rapidity who showed another string to his bow when finishing over the top of them to win first-up. Drawn to perhaps much handier this time. Go well. Maddison’s Missile has been to the Sapphire Coast twice, going home with a win (last start) and a second. Fast filly drawn in 2 with 4kgs off.

Bet: Skaifee place

RACE 7

Casino Time has it all to do from barrier 14 of 14 but he was last in the mid-stages at his most recent outing at home on the Acton track in Canberra and managed to zip home and run fourth not beaten far. This is his first visit to the Sapphire Coast, a track that ought to suit him. Invincible Dash peaked (for now) second-up when beating some handy types in a 1425m Bm66 at Moruya. Up to the mile now is a plus not to mention Blaike McDougall on his back. Jarrett, a recent Horse of the Year here, has raced six times at the t/d for 4 wins.

Bet: Casino Time each-way, box trifecta 3,4,6,10

RACE 8

Huxton Creeper is a striking type trained by Emma and Lucy Longmire. The grandson of Storm Cat has raced six times for a win and three thirds. Granted, he was a little bit plain last start at Goulburn but he is better than that and Blaike McDougall will give him every chance no doubt. Matthew Dale trained gelding Toretto is another loughtly-raced horse showing promise. Tried hard to run the 1800m last start and did well to be sure, but back to a mile is a net positive so long as there is a good tempo so he can let down. Lady Tabloid has a terrible draw but lacks nothing in talent. Yoto Amo Maria is the value.

Bet: Huxton Creeper each-way, box trifecta 5,7,15,16

Originally published asGosford, Sapphire Coast: Tips and Inside Mail

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