Thu, Apr 18, 11:21am by Kevin Pitstock
We take a look through the eight race program at Wyong on April 18
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Race 1: POGC Plate (1000m)
A maiden over the 1000m greets us for the first of eight at Wyong. Leaning towards the two-year-old first start No 11 Knight Templar from the Clarry Conners stable. A recent runner up in a barrier trial, Nathan Berry sticks with the gelding and the weight relief should assist. Putting in No 1 Coventry from the Joe Pride stable for second as the four-year-old Lonhro gelding has been working up to a win and should run well. No 10 Tax On Wine is second up here after a first-up seventh over the 1000m and should be fitter. No 8 Elusive Zeds is another runner in the field making their debut, and the three-year-old Elusive Quality filly is a barrier trial winner leading into this and should be included.
Race 2: Measurement Resources Plate (1100m)
Three-year-old maiden over the 1100m and we have gone with No 9 Mocks from the Peter Snowden stable on debut. An Exceed And Excel filly, Mocks was a recently barrier trial winner and looks more than capable of making a winning debut. No 11 Star Charge is a Charge Forward filly who was second on debut for trainer Marc Conners and with any improvement; the filly should be able to play a part on the finish. No 7 At The Movies produced a terrific effort first up when running second over 1000m at the track and looks like she should be good enough to feature her once again. No 4 Sakhero has yet to be placed in four runs but has put up some handy performance and could sprint well fresh.
Race 3: Valveco Handicap (1200m)
Another maiden, this time over the 1200m. Putting No 4 My Black Rose on top here from the Anthony Cummings stable as the four-year-old mare finished a good second last time out at Kembla Grange, and should have improvement left which will see her a top chance here. No 2 Jade’s Command does step up in class, but after a good effort last time out when third at Taree, he should be given his chance. The Gordon Yorke-trained No 9 Our Evolution finished second last time out over the 1115m at Grafton and the step up to the 1200m will suit. No 1 Turbulent Jet finished sixth on debut at Canberra, and although taking on a hard race, he should be able to have improved from that effort.
Race 4: Diamond Power Handicap (1350m)
The Graeme Rogerson-trained No 4 Wailing Jennings rates as a very good chance of breaking his maiden here over the 1350m. Jumping up from the 1000m, the Savabeel gelding will appreciate the step up in trip. No 5 Night Light from the John O’Shea stable has had four starts to date for three placed efforts and should be ready after an encouraging first-up third last time out. No 8 Hard To Find from the Guy Walter stable was a good second on debut before suffering some interference when eight last time out. With a good run in transit, she should be there abouts. Putting in No 1 Hoodoo Guru to round out the first four having produced three placed efforts from three career runs to date.
Race 5: Techniplan Handicap (1600m)
Class Two over the mile sees No 4 Speed Queen, a four-year-old Hussonet mare from the David Payne stable as the top selection. A two length winner last time out at Kembla, the mare is in peak form and should be able to maintain that. No 2 Brannickers from the Kris Lees stable was a last start fifth at Randwick, which should be good enough to see the three-year-old Darci Bhrama filly in a position to strike here. No 1 Pazzesco from the Chris Waller stable was disappointing first up, but drops back in grade and up in distance which are both positions for he Lucky Owners gelding. No 8 Loading was a narrow winner last time out at Scone and should be able to maintain his form.
Race 6: Halley & Mellowes Handicap (1100m)
Class One event over the 1100m and we have selected No 2 Parquetry from the Peter Snowden to win the race. Has not started since May 2012 due to issues, but appears a smart one, and did finish second in a recent barrier trial behind stable mate Rarefied – if right, should be too good. No 1 Calvin, is a Henny Hughes gelding in the Grant Allard yard who was a winner two starts back before finishing fourth last time out and should races first up here off the back of a barrier trail second. No 3 Wailea Bay, is a very well-bred “gelding” from the Gerald Ryan yard and is racing first up after finishing fourth in a recent barrier trial. No 5 Auguste is a stable mare to Parquetry, who went to Albury last time out to break his maiden (not the norm for the Snowden yard).
Race 7: Greenbank Handicap (1100m)
Fillies and Mares Class One over the 1100m and we have put the Distorted Humor filly No 1 Laughing on top. Having had four starts to date, the three-year-old has placed first, second, third and last.. Has trialled well and rates highly. No 2 Bousquet from the Peter Snowden stable who was a very good winner at the last start of her campaign last time in and resumes here after a barrier trial third. No 3 Missy Cummings has had one start for a win at this track over 1000m, and the way she raced, the extra trip will be no issue at all. No 13 Cloak Of Night was an impressive winner last time out for the Guy Walter stable and although the Lonhro filly is up in class, Blake Shinn sticks with her and she will run well.
Race 8: Geotechnical Systems Australia (1350m)
The final event of the day and we have leaned towards No 3 Waikiki Gold from the Gerald Ryan stable. Has won his past two, including first up his campaign from a wide gate and carrying 60kgs. Based on that, he rates as the best bet of the day. No 1 Bermuda Boy was a last start fourth to Westchester, with that horses coming out and winning again yesterday at Canterbury. No 2 Full Blast from the Darren Smith stable travelled to Queensland for his last start and should be an ignore run, can bounce back here. To fill the first-four we are putting in No 13 Fulminate, an Encosta de Lago three-year-old who has won her past two starts, and although does rise in class, she is in winning form.
Best Bet Of The Day: Race 8, No 3 Waikiki Gold 4yo g. (Encosta de Lago x Flame Of Atlanta), trainer Gerald Ryan.
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