Wyong hosts an exciting and competitive mid-week meeting this Thursday. With plenty of quality trainers and jockeys in town, who can take home the chocolates in time for Easter?
Wyong Race 5
#4 Street Gossip
Street Gossip has been ultra-consistent this preparation without winning. The So You Think filly should get the run of the race from barrier one, and the significant class drop is advantageous. She is ready for the mile at this stage of her preparation, and the Mark Newnham polish must be respected. Big watch!
Despite drawing the carpark, Sizzler looks well placed. The No Nay Never gelding is honest, and his win two starts back at Goulburn was impressive. The length of his preparation is a concern.
By Nine is knocking on the door. The Tarzino gelding narrowly missed last start, and his wet form speaks for itself. From barrier three, he can camp on the leader’s back, and if the gaps appear at the right time, he can make his presence felt.
Suggested Bet: Street Gossip @ $3.10
Wyong Race 6
Warby was an impressive last-start winner at Hawkesbury. The Ciaron Maher-trained three-year-old has plenty of upsides, and he can threaten here from an inside draw. Now that the Hellbent gelding has the maiden out of the way, I expect him to go through his grades during the autumn and winter months.
Flying Destiny will start favourite after an impressive debut preparation. The Flying Artie gelding has yet to finish outside the trifecta, and he should be prominent again from barrier one. He is bred to enjoy the sting out of the ground, and Freedman camp is flying at present. It may pay dividends to watch the market.
King Adviso looks over the odds. The Animal Kingdom gelding produced an eye-catching run first-up from a spell, and his second-up record brings him into winning calculations. He handles the wet, and with a good run in transit, he could prove too decisive late for his rivals.
Suggested Bet: Warby @ $5.50
Wyong Race 7
#1 The Empire
The Empire looks poised to strike after a luckless campaign. The Not A Single Doubt gelding can roll forward from barrier three, and if he is left to his own devices in front, he may prove hard to run down. The 3kg apprentice claim is advantageous; if the rain continues to fall, he will be tough to beat.
Wrathful will start favourite after a brilliant debut campaign. The Ulysses gelding has trialled well leading into this first-up assignment, and the 1350m looks ideal fresh. The Sam Kavanagh-trained four-year-old looks talented, and the form around him has stood up to date. The awkward barrier is the primary concern.
Peace Officer was too strong first-up at Hawkesbury. The Iffraaj gelding showed a good turn of foot to get the job done, and he should get his chance to threaten again from a middle gate. The wet track is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: The Empire @ $5.00
Wyong Race 8
#5 Major Murphy
I am happy to have a throw at the stumps with Major Murphy. The Press Statement gelding is knocking on the door, and he grows an extra leg in the wet. The rock-hard fit five-year-old doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and he will get his chance to threaten from a middle gate.
Once Again My Girl will start favourite after making a winning start to her career. The Star Turn filly put her rivals to the sword at Scone, and she can take the next step in her career on Thursday from an inside gate. The stable has an excellent strike rate when they bring their horses into town, and this looks like a suitable second-up assignment.
Time For Victory is a must for all broader exotics and multiples. The Time For War gelding was a dominant first-up winner at Port Macquarie, and he strips fitter after his recent outing. He previously won second-up, and his career record must be respected. Jumping from the carpark is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Major Murphy @ $9.00