Sun, Feb 3, 9:22am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the seven race program at Mudgee on Sunday, February 3
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R1: The Butcher Shop Cafe (1100m)
Small field of seven two-year-old runners to get us away on the seven race Mudgee card and going with the unraced No 5. Blue Garter, the Snippetson filly who was a recent winner in a Scone barrier trials. Putting in No 7. Lady With Spurs, one of a handful or already raced juveniles for second with No 3. Iwilldoit, an unraced Ad Valorem gelding for third. To round out the first four am putting in No 1. Brilliant Poet, a Dylan Thomas gelding who finished second in a recent Scone barrier trial.
R2: Jungle Wax Plate (1200m)
A field of nine maiden runners will head to the barriers for the second race on the card with the money coming strong for the unraced No 2. Senta Seattle, but we are going to go against that and put No 2. Gold Souvenir on top. From the Hakesbury stable of Gary Frazer, the Beautiful Crown six-year-old worked home well last start at Mudgee, and while nothing to get excited about, we feel at some odds is a good chance. Race favourite Senta Seattle goes in for second due to the weight of money, while putting in No 10. Star Of Tess, who is scratched from a later event to contest this one. No 1. Danmario placed once from five starts goes in to fill the first four.
R3: Creative Beaute Handicap (1400m)
Going with the current race favourite here in No 2. Crimson Lake, who finished third last start at Bathurst over 1300m, so the step up here should suit. No. 4 Royal Rival has finished second at his last two starts at Warren and Cowra and should be ready for this race third up from a spell, while No 9. Canny Choice, a last start third at Port Macquarie should be ready to produce another very good run here. No 12. Underwriter finished third last time out at Coonamble and should be included in the first four.
R4: Radio 2MG & 93.1 Real FM (1200m)
Putting the Vic Bates-trained No 1. Monte Shogunon top for this 1200m race. A last start second, beaten three-quarters-of-a-length at Canberra with a three length victory the start before will see this Grandera gelding ready to peak here again. No 3. Hennessy’s View was not beaten far last time out at should be a good chances, as should No 4. Chikabi, from the Rosehill stable of Con Karakatsanis. Putting in No 2. Gold Clooney to round out the top four due to his recent fourth place first up.
R5: Mudgee Florist Plate (1600m)
The fifth on the day is one of the largest fields and we put No 7. Global Scale, the current race favourite on top. A winner two starts back, the Peter Stanley-trained Wonderful World gelding is currently in good form and should prove hard to beat. No 1. Aigle De Merhas the top weight of 59kg but with two fourth places at her last two starts the Youthful Legs gelding should be able to put in a good effort, as should No 16. Princess Johanne who should be good odds for third. Filling the first four with No 3. Goo Goo, a last start second over 1700m Wellington.
R6: Mudgee Vet Hospital (2000m)
The staying contest of the day sees a field of 11 runners go into battle over the 200m trip. The top weight is the raging favourite, and the Best Bet of the Day – No 1. Private Taber. A last start winner over 2000m at the course by one and a half lengths, there is no reason to lean away from the Strategic gelding. Putting No 3. Sergeant Bilko in for the minor prize based on his consistent recent form, with No 2. Brooklyn Lad also having some good recent form with a win two starts back over 2125m at Cessnock. Rounding out the first four is No 7. Side On, a runner up at his last three starts.
R7: Mudgee Guardian (1400m)
The final race of the card and we lean towards the Goulburn-trained No 5. Lord Burghersh, who has recorded a third and two victories from his last three starts – should be good each way odds. Putting in No 2. Star Of Dubai, who is the current race favourite in for second here as he should ready to race well third up, while No 3. Emphatic has recorded places at his last three starts and should be included. Putting in No 10. Oceanic, a last start runner up over 1400m at Bathurst for fourth.
Best Bet Of The Day: R6, No 1. Private Taber 4yo g. (Strategic x Menin Gate)
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