Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - TEN DOWNING STREET (8) is racing well and looks ready to break his maiden status at start nine. Up in trip when a solid second over 2300m at Newcastle on October 14. Drawn to stalk the speed and will take plenty of stopping. WARIALDA WARRIOR (9) promising staying type improving with racing. Sat on the speed when a gritty1.5 lens third over 2300m at Newcastle at the latest. Latest figures are good enough to win this. MUCKABOUT (7) spotted them a big start when up sharply in trip with for an eye-catching fifth over 2300m at Newcastle at the latest. This is easier and can sneak into the minor money. SUPERTRAIL (3) progressive So You Think gelding who looks desperate for this trip now. Third up today and looks well in with the claim.
RACE 2 - GECKO COIN (2) unwanted in betting on debut ($14), when he showed good early speed before going under narrowly to run second over 1000m at Dubbo on September 29. Strips much fitter now and can go one better today. ARE YOU JOKING (6) is a Shalaa gelding out of a Fastnet Rock mare on debut for the Messara & Gavranich yard. Recent trial winner in good style who looks ready to go here. Gets every chance from the gate. FIFTY FIVE MUSTANG (1) is a Star Witness gelding out of a Testa Rossa mare on debut for the Luke Pepper stable. Shown enough in recent trials to suggest he can take a hand in the finish. FULD'S DOUBT (10) has been thereabouts in two runs back and expected to figure prominently today.
RACE 3 - PRESS THE PEDAL (6) promising gelding who looks to have come back well. Slick on-speed maiden winner over 1350m at Beaumont (Newcastle) second up on September 26. Looks to be heading in the right direction. Go close. EIGHTY EIGHT STARS (3) scored a well-deserved maiden victory at start seven when stalked the speed with the 59kg to collar them late with a tough win over 1400m at Tamworth on October 13. Gets the right run again and has a fitness edge over the bulk of these. HAYSIRI (5) resumes after a break of five months. Nice win on debut over 1300m at this track on May 12. Big jump in grade at second outing when tired late to run sixth at Wyong in Bm64 class on June 1. Ran seventh in a trial at Gosford over 1000m on October 11. Serious player. STARY JACK (1) improved sharply at second run back when a commanding maiden winner over 1200m at Tamworth on October 13. Claim helps and can figure in the finish again.
RACE 4 - SKAIFEE (7) is a handy type with a good record at this trip. Bounced back to form with a solid 0.8 len second over 920m at Moruya on October 19. Quick back-up suits and will take plenty of holding out again. AQUARTER (2) lightly raced gelding with plenty of upside. Returned well two back with a solid victory before running a close fourth over 900m at this track on October 16. Claim helps and look for him late from the awkward draw. WATERWORLD (3) speedy Headwater gelding who placed at this track two runs back. Back in trip today after tiring late when fifth over 1000m at Kembla Grange on October 7. Claim helps and this is much easier. ZOOM OUTCOME (4) trained locally and will relish the sharp drop in grade today. Tired late from the wide gate when seventh over 1100m at this track in Bm66 class on October 16. Gets every chance from the draw.
RACE 5 - LADY PERCIVAL'S (4) is improving with racing and indicated a win was imminent after loomed late when fourth over 1400m at Tamworth on October 13. In leading stable and no surprise to see her win this. ADELINDA (5) mixing form and on the quick backup after stalking the speed when a gallant third over 1400m at this track on October 16. Ben Looker keeps the ride and no excuses from the gate. PYROMANIA (2) progressive gelding hard fit now fifth up. Rattled late from a sticky draw when a commanding 0.9 len winner over 1290m at Orange on October 15. Has the figures to score again. ROYALZ (9) former Victorian-trained mare having first run for the Wayne Brown yard. Resumes today after finishing 11th over 1354m at Donald on August 29. Has placed first up and claim helps.
RACE 6 - INVINCIBLE WHIP (11) well-bred colt who looks ready to win at start three. Started ($1.40 fav) when he loomed late to finish third over 1300m at this track on October 16. Sure to be strong late despite the sticky gate. RIMBAUD (12) strengthened up over the break when returned with a solid third at Muswellbrook over 1280m on October 2. Fitter now and maps well again. Hard to hold out. NOBLE ONE (2) progressive gelding who is close to his top now at third race start. Raced handy from the wide gate when third over 1200m at Kembla Grange at the latest. In a leading yard and will find this easier. DANCE OFF (6) fitter now at fourth career run today, after running a gritty fourth over 1300m at Newcastle at her latest appearance. Gets the right run and the extra trip suits.
RACE 7 - CRIPPS TONITE (9) underrated gelding who jumped sharply in grade second up when ninth at Warwick Farm in Bm72 grade on October 2. Kept fresh for this and can bounce back here. LIMITED REALITY (18) handy gelding who resumed from a lengthy break with an encouraging fifth over 1000m at Tamworth on October 13. Has won second up and is better placed out to the 1100m. Serious player. PYRAMID OF FIRE (17) building a nice record and chasing his fourth win from five starts today. Sat on the speed and had plenty up the sleeve when a tough winner over 1200m at Tamworth on October 13. Has the speed to get across and looks one of the main contenders. VERY SHARP (2) goes well at this track and trip and looks well in with the claim today. Had no luck from the wide draw when seventh over 1200m at Coonamble on October 8. Good tempo expected and look for her late.
RACE 8 - DAGON (5) promising Maher/Eustace trained colt resuming. Showed ability on debut when a fighting third over 1200m at Kembla Grange on April 4. Fitted with two sharp trials and gets the blinkers on from the good gate. Will take beating. NEWSBEAT (3) much better run at the second start when made late ground to finish fourth over 1100m at Hawkesbury on October 8. This is easier and should relish the extra distance. LUNARTIE (7) even debut when a battling 4.3 len second over 1200m at Newcastle on October 14. Further improved now and expected to take a hand in the finish. GODELBA (12) fitter after two career runs and place prospects look best from the sticky gate.