Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Gosford
Form analyst Shayne O’Cass is confident a smart two-year-old only has to handle the Gosford circuit to make it two from two and go one to bigger and better races down the track.
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Race 5, No. 5: SINBA
Won like a good horse on debut at Newcastle from the back. Just has to get around Gosford this time and it’ll be a swift victory.
Race 7, No. 1: READY TO SOAR
Well-bred filly who won her first three runs last preparation and trialled like she will kick this one off in the same manner.
Race 3, No. 8: PRINCESS ALAKHAI
Mongolian Khan filly out of a Savabeel mare so will have worries at the 2100m on Thursday much less against a fairly moderate line-up.
Race 4: 2,3,6,7
Race 5: 5
Race 6: 1,5
Race 7: 1,8,13
Keagan Latham again partners the promising Sinba on Thursday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Keagan Latham reunites with the up-and-coming Sinba who could start the shortest priced favourite all day – and for good reason.
THE INSIDE MAIL FOR GOSFORD
Prince Invincible was nothing short of heroic in defeat at Scone on Cup Day. Long story short, he drew 10 of 10 and about half the field kicked up inside him. Lesser horses would have punctured but not this bloke who ended up being beaten a neck. Barrier 2 and Gosford – spot the difference. Shaftesbury Avenue look-a-like Selhurst Park seemed to have his chance first-up but he will be fitter and wiser with some racing. Ditto Deficit, the Snitzel colt, who was narrowly beaten with excuses on that same day.
Bet: Prince Invincible to win, box trifecta 1,2,3,4
Shotgun Alli has always shown a bit of talent and she does seem to have come back in outstanding shape this time. The trials have been fabulous. She is very well bred indeed and has a Group 1 trainer/jockey, etc up-and-coming. If she can sit off the speed without giving too much away, she might beat them on sheer potential. The 1000m around Gosford from a soft draw is a sweet scenario for Kittyhawk Flyer. Ditto all that for Premosphere who has also trialled well. Not Fazed is not out of it on her Goulburn debut.
Bet: Shotgun Alli to win, quinella 6,8
Trainer Jason Coyle has found an ideal race for Princess Alakhai at Gosford on Thursday. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP
Jason Coyle’s greyhound, Montanna Keeping, won at the adjacent dog track on Tuesday night. Coyle saddles-up the dour Princess Alakhai on Thursday in what is one hundred per cent the perfect race for this filly bred on a Mongolian Khan/Savabeel cross. She is fit and on the right trajectory. Do This All Day won at Wyong on April 29 then got beaten 16-lengths when last at Kembla 17-days later but could ‘do a Glastonbury’ here in this field. Mexican Standoff has only won 1 from 14 bearing in mind that the win was two starts ago over 2050m.
Bet: Princess Alakhai to win
Contreras has trialled four times with varying degrees of success; in fact, once he looked pretty good, but at others not so good. At the end of the day though he turns up for his debut in the right race with a great barrier and Alysha Collett on. Gold Invest is another horse whose trials are a bit hard to read but there has absolutely been merit in a few of them. Duggan/Parr are a great combo. Alamhero, at last, has drawn an alley. Has the talent.
Bet: Contreras to win or, if scratched, Gold Invest to win, quinella 2,3
Sinba is almost certainly the best horse racing at Gosford on Thursday from a mid to long term. This very handsome son of Xtravagant was heavily backed when he won on debut at Newcastle on May 8. Not sure about those behind him, but Sinba won like the proverbial ‘good horse’. If he gets around Gosford – he just wins. Maurice’s Choice was specked at longer odds in town last start and ran a distant second. A worthy rival for Sinba perhaps. Legal Challenge has been well placed throughout by Richard Litt; same again here.
Bet: Sinba to win, Daily Double 1st leg (5), 2nd leg (1)
Tamerlane has drawn well and looks a good chance first-up. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
Tamerlane wins the best-bred horse award. He is by Arc/English Derby winner Golden Horn and a grandson of Golden Slipper winner Forensics. It might be a moot point now given that Tamerlane has been gelded so he’ll have to do it all on the track now. Been hot and cold as a colt but sure he can run well here off that trial with Bowman and box 2. That said, Eye See Things has a real fitness edge on Tamerlane and is mighty consistent no matter where she goes. There was plenty of authority in that win of Curtis Island here 14-days ago.
Bet: Tamerlane to win, boxed quinella 1,5,6
Ready To Soar is a More Than Ready half-sister to Queensland Derby winner Eagle Way but unlike him, she is most effective at these shorter trips. She was outstanding at her last preparation winning her first three assignments before failing in town when at the end of said prep. Loved the trials and she is right back in the hunt down with the 3kg off her 61. No Laughing Matter is absolutely flying but her draw is a deal-breaker IMO. Keep in mind that she is a chance to go to Port Mac on Monday. Windsweep has placed at both fresh runs and her trial at Hawkesbury was a pearler in a deep heat.
Bet: Ready To Soar to win, exacta 1 to beat 8 or, if 8 is scratched, 1 to beat 13
Originally published asGosford tips: Exciting youngster to remain unbeaten
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