Today’s Wyong programme is to be conducted with the moveable rail in the “True” position. Thursday morning’s precipitation has been augmented by subsequent irrigation, and this should ensure rails dwelling to be slightly inferior, with wide draws best placed to enjoy the anticipated mildly-velodrome effect.
The past eight days have seen five provincial fixtures. Small wonder, then, at today’s anorexic offering. Nonetheless, my interest was piqued by the 4.25pm sixth, a Class 2 starting from the end of the chute; i.e. 1350m. Permit me to analyse all bar the despised Opera Rose, in market order (@9am):
BOGIE [$3] – Made a winning debut at the NJC meeting transferred to Scone twelve months ago, since then he’s been an under-achiever; a recent victory at Nowra and three provincial rear-half finishes resolutely condemning him as country class. He does carry a gun in T Clark, but also the least preferred barrier.
BRIGHT FUTURE [$3.5] – Tradesman-like performer who likes to make all, and drawn the ideal leader’s barrier, the outside. Aside from his inside marble last start, he was primed and found wanting. Bottom line; competitive but exposed.
DRILL MASTER [$6] Team Hawkes cast-off who debuts for the low percentage N Mayfield-Smith stable after three regional Victorian runs back. The market seems to have overlooked the yard change.
SILENT DREAM [$10] Local mare who has caught my eye working hard in two recent Beaumont runs, especially last start where after pressing on to shade the lead, she fought bravely down the running. T Huet replaces B McDougall and I recommend her to you:
ANOTHER LARGA [$11] Home track resumer who broke through with the blinkers fitted at today’s track and distance. He worked in a fast run city race before a short spell, has trialled in a slick heat, returns with his winning gear, and his rider is no worse than third ranked on today’s card. I’ve marked him dangerous.
BAROQUE GIRL [$11] Resuming after graduating to the staying distances at the end of last campaign. Her trials indicate a dour return
HOUDINI HAL [$15] Another course and distance maiden winner who has not been a factor twice since. He did draw the slow lane last start at Goulburn and has trialled twice in the interim. I’m wary but suspect he’s a talent-free zone.