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Behind the barriers: five bets for Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook

There is a lot of good racing this weekend. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)
Roar Guru
16th June, 2018

Two NSW meeting this Sunday, the main one being at Port Macquarie where it is Wauchope Cup Day, coinciding with a seven-race card at Muswellbrook. Here are my five plays across the afternoon.

Bet One – Win – Port Macquarie Race One Number 1 She’s Choosie
The only negative is the weight. Everything else points to her winning. But I’ve learned recently (slow learner) that, for the most part, speed is the more important factor over weight, and she has plenty of it, as we saw last prep.

Could have ran in the 2YO race at Ipswich, but instead tackles this, and her recent trial was very good. Happy to be with her.

Bet Two – Win – Port Macquarie Race Three Number 11 Sugarland Express
Does look a race in two between Saganaki and this gelding. Going with the proven form of Sugarland Express, who has been tackling provincial maidens in recent times and has been pretty good without winning. 1500m looks ideal for him and he should be able to get over from the wide gate quite comfortably. $3.70 is acceptable.

Bet Three – Each Way – Port Macquarie Race Seven Number 3 Brazen
I reckon Cav has this horse going really well. Five weeks between runs since contesting the Country Cup during the Scone Carnival where he worked home well from the back behind After All That. Interesting he has been kept on ice since and rare to see the stable travel to the North Coast, so I’m respecting that fact.

Bet Four – Win – Muswellbrook Race Four Number 1 Bochy
Looks a really tough card at the Brook but I think this gelding is one of the better bets. Kris Lees trains him, where he is around a month between runs since racing at Wyong where he was a hard-luck story behind Tennessee Hussy, herself a city performer. Stepping up to 1500m is ideal and is proven on wet ground so the forecast for rain and the soft track no issue.

Bet Five – Each Way – Muswellbrook Race Six Number 3 Annandale Lass
$17+ e/w, I think she’s worth a speck at the odds. This is the easiest race she has contested for a little while, where her most recent runs have been in town where she has been okay but outclassed.

Dean Jackson is tinkering with the headgear to sharpen her up and I don’t think she has to improve that much on her current form to figure in the finish here. Great record here also.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AdamPage1991 for more tips across Australia for the week. Good luck!