Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - LADY SUPERSPY (6) fitter after two runs back and indicated a win was imminent after looming late when third over 1500m at Muswellbrook on November 5. Placed this track and trip and extra distance suits. ZIZETTE (7) racing well in similar company and kept coming when a close-up second over 1900m here on November 4. Comes out of a strong race and has the figures to win this. MIST OF BATTLE (5) has won previously first-up and resumes here after a break of five months. Stuck on well with the blinkers added when second over 2300m here on June 24. Not asked to do much in a recent trial over 1030m at Rosehill. Can take a hand in the finish. MY ARTIE (9) has put together back-to-back placings and looks ready to win. Hit the line late when a gritty long neck second over 1900m at Gosford on November 2. Value runner.
RACE 2 - LA SAGRADA (6) progressed nicely second-up when she sat on the speed for a solid second over 1600m at Goulburn on November 5. Fitter now and placed this trip last time in. Will take holding out. RAZELLA (13) trained locally and has her hoof on the till. Stepping out to the 1800m for the first time after holding on well to secure second over 1600m at Wyong on November 11. At her top now and has genuine winning prospects. GUNSLINGER (9) stable in form and looking for this trip now after making up good ground late when fourth over 1600m at Gosford on November 2. Track suits and drawn to stalk the speed. AUTUNNO (8) looking for this distance now and covered plenty of ground when ran on late to finish fifth over 1600m at Gosford on October 26. No shock to see him finish over the top of these.
RACE 3 - SHURI (3) impressive debut as favourite when a slick 4.5 len winner over 1400m at Taree a month ago. Further improved now and should handle the steep rise in class from the good gate. INFERENCIA (5) dragged back from the wide gate and never got into the contest when 11th over 1300m at Randwick on November 7. Prior runs were sound and looks well in with the claim. WATCH MY GIRL (6) wasted no time getting off the mark when resuming at Gosford at the latest. Sure to improve with that run under her belt and is among the main hopes. MISTRESS (2) returns and looks best of the rest.
RACE 4 - MEDIA MAN (6) fitter after three runs back and in his right grade today after failing to get into the race from the wide gate when tenth over 1400m at Eagle Farm on November 4. Trained on the track and has excellent figures over this trip. DESI EMPEROR (1) returned in good order this time in and strong again when carried the 60.5kg well to finish second over 1500m at Hawkesbury on November 9. Looks a genuine top-three contender. HUNTER BRED (4) recent efforts have been sound and looks close to another victory. Stalked the speed when up in trip for a gritty third over 1600m at Taree on October 20. Claim helps again and no shock if he was to take this out. OLIVIA'S SPIRIT (2) won two of his three runs this time in and anchored with the 62kg when a slick 1.5 len victory over 1175m at Grafton on October 31. This is tougher and jumping sharply in trip.
RACE 5 - MY MATE COBBER (3) turned in a much better performance when sat on the speed before being overhauled late when second over 1500m at Muswellbrook on October 23. Trained on the track and will take plenty of catching again with the claim. Go close. ZOUKEEPER (5) is a four-start maiden fitter after resuming with an encouraging fourth over 1300m at Kembla Grange on October 28. Extra trip suits and should be able to race closer to the speed here. JARED (8) looks close to breaking his maiden status at start seven after coming out of a strong race when second over 1400m at Hawkesbury on November 9. Has the ability to overcome the sticky gate. OAKFIELD ZENA (13) far from disgraced on debut when 3.5 lens eighth over 1300m at this track two-and-a-half weeks ago. Further improved now and can take a hand in the finish.
RACE 6 - GALAXY FIELD (10) is a Deep Field filly improving with racing. Much better effort at start two when held on well to run fourth over 1300m at this track on November 4. Should get the right run again and has fitness on her side. EQUIPAGE (8) is a Godolphin filly fitter after one run back. Stalked the speed before tiring late when third over 1200m at Kembla Grange on November 7. Look for her motoring late from the wide gate. HAJRA (11) drifted in betting when resumed for a plugging third over 1200m at Kembla Grange on November 7. Firmer deck helps today and drawn to get the right run. Improver. RAMIUS (13) second-up today after being heavily supported on resumption when a tiring fifth over 1150m at Beaumont (Newcastle) on October 30. Expecting more here with Rachel King on from the inside gate.
RACE 7 - POSEIDON RULER (1) second-up today after having no luck along the inside when hard held to the line finishing seventh here over 1200m on October 17. Senior rider on and look for him launching late. SURFERS ROYALE (8) solid return with the big weight when a handy fourth over 1200m at Gosford on November 2. Goes well second-up and looks to have come back in good order. SMILING PROPHET (10) races well this track and will find this easier after finishing fourth over 1100m at Randwick Kensington in Bm72 grade on November 1. Stable in-form and expecting another forward showing. DIVINE VICKY (5) has come back much stronger this time in and going nicely through her grades. Will take holding out today after running second to EAGLE NEST over 1100m at Randwick Kensington on November 1. Maps well and the track suits.
RACE 8 - GOOD LIEUTENANT (4) consistent gelding who returned in good order with a dominant 0.5 len victory over 1000m at Kembla Grange on November 7. Looks to have come back stronger and should handle the weight increase. OSTERBERG (1) Kris Lees trained gelding resuming after a four-and-a-half-month break. Raced quickly through his grades last time in and sets up well for this with the one trial under his belt. FORMS OF FEAR (5) at his top now after catching the eye late from the wide gate when made up many lengths to finish fifth over this track and trip on November 4. Can take a hand in the finish today. IN A STEP (10) continues to knock on the door and is warrants consideration.