Fri, Sep 5, 7:32am by Daryl Curnow
The $150,000 Wyong Cup takes centre stage where the promising Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown holds down favouritism. There is also a nice under-card with the $100,000 Mona Lisa Stakes running the race prior and we will be providing a full betting guide with markets, odds and free tips across the eight-race card.
Gai Waterhouse lines up the first runner of the day with Aware, a four-year-old mare having her first start. The daughter of Tale Of The Cat comes into this race on the back of a narrow trial win at Randwick where she beat two nice horses in Happy Meteor and Poet’s Trick. Aware has drawn perfectly in barrier one and she will likely go forward from that draw wit Tommy Berry in the saddle. She has been patiently handled and she will likely get her career off to a nice start.
Esteemed Elegance is also on debut for Peter Moody and she comes into this race following a close third at the Hawkesbury trials. The daughter of Sir Percy was given a nice lead up to running here and Moody is a trainer in form at the moment. Questions as to why she is having her first start as a four-year-old but her breeding suggests she will want more distance and more time to mature. Despite this, Sam Clipperton rides from barrier three and betting will suggest how forward she is for this run.
Keeping with the debut runners, Monogram makes her first appearance for trainer John O’Shea and owner Godolphin. The well bred filly by Medaglia d’Oro has had one soft trial for a fourth at Rosehill but she was given an easy time of it and she will strip fitter for her run here. Stable ride James McDonald has been engaged from barrier five and she should be able to use her light weight of 55.5kg to her favour. Keep an eye on the market for any positive moves in her favour.
Recommended bet: Aware to win ($3) at Sportingbet.com.au
Despite the very wide draw of 15, McHawi should be well supported following his first two career starts. The Gerald Ryan-trained gelding finished fifth on debut at Randwick behind Almalad who was favourite for the Group One Golden Rose Stakes. The three-year-old then finished second, a neck behind Volley Of Fire who ran well on Wednesday at Canterbury and he will find this race much easier than those efforts. The son of Magic Albert will likely get back in the running from his wide barrier and Avdulla will either have to pick a path or swing wide in the straight. Either way, he should be respected against this level of opposition.
John O’Shea and Godolphin line up another promising youngster as Chettalli makes his debut. The four-year-old son of Exceed And Excel is fresh off a trial win at Warwick Farm and he’s bred to show good early pace. In what looks like an open field, he has drawn close enough to the rail in barrier seven to go forward from that draw and put himself in the race early. The key booking of Kerrin McEvoy helps but 59kg is a lot to carry in your first race day start. He will likely be well backed in the market however.
By George was scratched from Canterbury last Wednesday and he looks like a strong chance in this if he lines up. The Anthony Cummings-trained colt scored a half-length win at a Warwick Farm trial and he is bred to handle all track conditions. The son of Lonhro has also drawn wide in barrier 12 for this but he was one of the favoured runners on Wednesday and he will likely start short again. He gets in with a nice weight of 56.5kg with Jason Collett in the saddle and being a year younger than Chettalli has made a big weight difference in this. Expect him to be contesting for the win.
Recommended bet: McHawi to win ($4.80) at Sportsbet.com.au
Peter and Paul Snowden line up Curfew who is second up this campaign. The five-year-old is putting together a nice career record which consists of two wins and four placings. He was a last start second at Canterbury and he looked to have a fair amount of class when winning four back at Hawkesbury by two lengths. The son of Testa Rossa has run well in both efforts at this course, winning and placing from two starts and he can handle any track condition. Joshua Parr sticks with in the saddle and his weight drops from 58 to 56.5kg, bringing him right into contention.
Biloxi is fresh up for trainer Rick Worthington and his record fresh up speaks for itself. The five-year-old gelding has had three starts fresh for two wins and one placing – he also won a trial at Warwick Farm by beating Adage and Haut Haut earlier last month. The son of General Nediym has won five from 11 and he is unbeaten in two starts at this distance. He has been up against some pretty nice fields in recent times and he will find this much easier, hence the weight of 60.5kg he will have to carry. He doesn’t take long to find his speed and this race looks ideal fresh up.
Queenian is looking to reverse his most recent start where he blundered the start and never recovered at Randwick. The Matthew Smith-trained gelding was very slow away and 10th was all he could muster, but his form prior was solid with a win at Gosford followed by two consecutive placings at Canterbury. He is only twice a winner from 26 starts but he is usually consistent and James McDonald takes the ride from barrier 10. This is his first start at Wyong but he is the type who will appreciate this style of track.
Recommended bet: Biloxi to win ($5.50) at Centrebet.com
The Anthony Cummings-trained Good Prince is another who was scratched from Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting for this and he is looking to go back-to-back after a last start win at Hawkesbury. The three-year-old scored by just under a length as he capped off consistent form in behind some nice types earlier this year. The son of Casino Prince placed at his only run at Wyong which came four starts back when second behind Lord Beckworth. This is a decent rise in grade from his maiden effort last time out but James McDonald returns to the saddle and he will be in the mix at the finish line.
Stablemate Muy Bien looked the goods when winning on debut at Kembla Grange. The Cummings-trained filly was sitting near the rear of the field before putting in a big finish to score the 1.25-length victory. It was only a soft maiden field but she is well bred by Encosta De Lago and the dam is by Zabeel, so any increase in distance should be of no concern. The in-form Tye Angland rides from the perfect barrier of one which means she might be able to sit handier and kick away. She is a definite lightweight chance at 55.5kg.
Can I Have is a must include on career record alone. The Allan Denham-trained gelding has won all but one of his four starts to date and he wasn’t disgraced when fifth at Warwick Farm two starts back. The son of Canny Lad won on debut at Gosford before backing that win up with another. He was right down in the weights last time out when narrowly beating Not Doubtful at Taree and he will now 57kg courtesy of Samantha Clenton’s 3kg claim but he is a consistent winner and deserves a mention.
Recommended bet: Muy Bien to win ($4) at Sportsbet.com.au
The Kevin Moses-trained My Sabeel has drawn very wide in barrier 16 but she is fresh off a Group Three win in the Toy Show at Randwick and that form will stack up in this. The seven-year-old is a six-time winner from 38 starts and she has placed once on this track. The daughter of Savabeel likes wet ground having had 10 starts on a slow track for three wins and two placings. This distance is ideal and her opening quote of $4.40 has dropped to $4.20 – we expect her price to continue to drop.
The Luke Griffith-trained Bouzy Rouge is an underrated mare who finished only a length from Mr Chard last time out in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury. The daughter of Snitzel has placed in her only run at Wyong and her back-to-back wins earlier this campaign were very solid. This is a decent rise in grade but she is a tough mare and Winona Costin rides at a luxury weight of only 55kg. She has been well supported in the market at $6.50 after opening at $7.
Angel Bee is a decent outside chance and she has been bet in from $21 to $17. The five-year-old won her only start on this course and she tried very hard last start in the Group Three Toy Show. She has won twice on a rain affected track but she hasn’t won in her past five starts and she needs to start showing some winning form. Queensland rider Jim Byrne is in the saddle at 55kg and that makes her a nice light weight chance.
Recommended bet: My Sabeel to win ($4.20) at Sportingbet.com.au
The Joseph Pride-trained Destiny’s Kiss has been backed into $6 after opening at $8 and he is due a change of fortune. The six-year-old suffered horrible luck two starts back in the Listed Winter Cup where he never saw daylight in the straight and his effort for fifth last start was nice. He ran home strongly over the mile and this distance is more to his liking. Five of his 10 career wins have come on a wet track and he should be powering home late.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Michelangelo is an imported runner who couldn’t have been more disappointing in his Australian debut last year. The Galileo gelding has been given a full year off to mature and acclimatise to the conditions but he hasn’t been well supported in the market. The Group One St Leger place getter is currently at $51 and that’s a fair price considering the circumstances. He will likely need the run but he could be a Melbourne Cup hope so watch for this one late.
Stablemate Queenstown was found wanting in the Winter Challenge but her win two back was Grafton came very easily. The five-year-old won the Grafton Cup by three lengths and she has shown form on wet tracks, winning her only start on a heavy surface. She has placed at Wyong in her only start and she has the ability to lead the field and kick away in the straight. Her opening quote of $5 has been cut to $4.80 and she looks like a nice each way bet in this.
Recommended bet: Destiny’s Kiss to win ($6) at Sportsbet.com.au
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