Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - REBELLION STYLE (1) finished runner up at both runs back and can go one better here. At his top now and can sit on the pace after running second over 1200m at Tamworth on October 13. Brings the right figures to take this out. BACKLASH (6) total forgive at latest from the wide gate when a poor 11th over 1400m at Tamworth on October 13. Go on previous two runs when assessing his chances. Big improver. SUNCRAFT (10) looked good here three back when running second over this trip on September 26. Has struggled at last two outings but worth another chance against this lot. MCKEON (8) former Victorian trained mare fitter after two runs back. Well drawn again and has the ability to finish in the minor money.
RACE 2 - WORLD ALLIANCE (4) wasted no time getting off the mark as favourite on debut over 900m at Muswellbrook five months ago and spelled immediately after. Looked good in two latest trials and destined for better things. Go close. KIRIBATI (5) resumed behind the handy VEGAS RAIDER with an encouraging fourth over 1000m at Kembla Grange on October 7. Strips much fitter now and looks a genuine contender. DECEIVE (3) promising Deep Field mare who returned with a solid maiden victory over 1000m at Hawkesbury on October 19. Showed potential last time in and can go on with the job now. HELLFIRE EXPRESS (6) Neasham trained gelding resuming after showing a ton of ability last time in. Ran a tidy second in the Silver Goblet at start two over 1100m on June 9. Fitted with two trials and sure to be kept safe in the market.
RACE 3 - BETTER THAN ANYONE (1) third up today and looks suited on the Beaumont track. Had no luck from the inside gate when sixth over 1200m at Gosford on October 5. Ran some solid races in tougher company last time in and gets the addition of blinkers here. Big improver. SHOWTIME SASSY (10) working up to a win and back in trip after running an even sixth over 1400m at Newcastle on October 17. Will need plenty of luck from the gate but finds a fairly weak maiden. DOTTI ON TIME (2) three career runs have been okay and go on run two back when third over 1300m at Coonamble on October 16. Gets every chance from the gate with the 3kg claim. IN MY DREAMS (7) looked good first up before spearing across from the wide gate when a wilting 11th over 1200m at Newcastle on September 30. Drawn out again and expected to be ridden quieter here.
RACE 4 - BANGETTA (5) classy Hellbent filly who should be shedding her maiden status today. Raced well in Queensland over the winter months including a solid seventh over 1300m in the LR Oxlade Stakes at Eagle Farm five months ago. Fitted with two solid trials and looks too good for these. LITTLE BIT FLASH (10) finished in the minor money at both runs and expected to go well today from the good gate after having no luck from the wide draw when third at Newcastle over 900m on October 10. MELISSA (4) is a four-start maiden who resumed with a tiring ninth over 1100m at Hawkesbury on October 8. Strips much fitter now and looks a serious player. GODELBA (9) fitter now third up and should get the right tempo after running fourth in a 1200m contest at Newcastle two-and-a-half weeks ago. Can take a hand in the finish.
RACE 5 - TRAPEZE PLEASURE (12) returns from a four month spell and looks to have matured over the break. Showed ability last time in when finishing a close sixth over 1150m at Randwick (K) on July 5. Two sharp trials look to have him ready to go today. RAMIUS (8) is a Russian Revolution gelding resuming. Showed potential last time in when running third on debut over 1100m at Wyong last May. Two searching trials and the good gate will see him take plenty of holding out. LONE FORCE (7) solid debut when went under narrowly finishing a head second over 1200m at Nowra on October 15. Fitter now but will need a good ride from the sticky gate. SLUSH FUND (16) Capitalist gelding resuming for the Maher/Eustace yard. Disappointed last time in and looks to have developed over the break with two good trials under his belt. Can take a hand in the finish from the inside gate.
RACE 6 - SILVAKIA (6) smart on her day and looks ready to peak today fifth up. Sat on the speed and not far away on the line when a narrow fifth over 2000m at Hawkesbury on October 19. Backs up quickly and gets all the favours from the inside gate. ROLLER COASTER (1) drops sharply in grade here after having no luck from the outside gate when seventh behind PORT LOCKROY over 1800m at Randwick Kensington a week-and-a-half ago. Distance won't be a problem and best figures have him right in this. TOROWOTO (5) two of his five wins have come over this trip and will hold a forward position from the good draw. Found the 1600m too short when a tiring seventh over 1600m at Coonabarabran on October 22. Sharp improver. APACHE BELLE (2) is a tough old mare holding her form well. Outclassed when last of 10 behind LAND LEGEND over 2600m in the St Leger at Randwick on October 14. Big drop in grade and not to be underestimated.
RACE 7 - APPETITE FOR RISK (2) win record hardly excites but drops sharply in class today. Sat on the speed and not that far away when fifth over 1200m at Kembla Grange in Bm64 grade on October 12. All three wins have come over this trip and brings the best figures here. Go close. TRENDY LASS (4) Lonhro mare fitter after one run back when fifth over 1300m at Newcastle on October 10. Sticky gate no help today but has the potential to finish over the top of these. OBELIUS (11) backs up quickly after motoring late when third over 1280m at Muswellbrook on October 23. Extra trip suits and should take a hand in the finish. STAR OF YAMBA (7) hard to catch on her day and back in class here. Drop in trip suits and place claims look best.
RACE 8 - CHELSEA AMANDA (10) three runs back have been sound, including maiden victory first up at Dubbo on September 19. Sat on the speed when a gritty third over 1200m at Narromine on October 21. Quick back up suits and has a fitness edge over most of these. AVOID ME (11) up in class today after breaking her maiden status at start 12 when a tough winner over 1200m at Coffs Harbour on October 13. Confidence high and can win again. DUE DILIGENCE (3) returns from a layoff of three-and-a-half months after holding form well last time in. Goes well fresh and fitted with two searching 1000m trials. LEOPARDI (4) strong through the line late when resumed with a fast finishing seventh over 900m at Scone on October 16. Placed second up and will relish the 1200m.