Just two programs were run on Monday, at Tuncurry and Wagga.
Below is a review of the meetings and a horse or two to follow.
It was sent out as a soft six and it raced like that, but it was the better side of a soft six. The track is regarded as one of the fairest in the state and it played very well once again. Horses could lead, could come from the back, inside, outside and cover ground. The track played brilliantly, as it always does, so the form out of this meeting can be followed.
Sharp maiden winner
I said in the Sunday review that the Jason Deamer stable is flying. It continued in Race 3, with the most impressive winner of the meeting in Lovetheinvasion. This horse was on debut over 1400 metres, which isn’t easy, but she made a mess of them and relative to the day, she has smashed the clock.
She ran a time that would say the track was a good four. Although that leaves me a bit concerned with the following race, a Benchmark 66 over 1400 metres. They ran around 8.5 lengths slower overall. The race was won by a first that was first up and unwanted late in betting. The favourite was Misterzee, whose odds were $2.10 into $1.95, and he was plain, so follow the maiden with confidence. I am not sure about the benchmark race.
This race concerns me. They didn’t go out hard and have come just fair. The race was won by Manners Honey, who was on debut and kept pretty safe at around the $4.20-$4.40 mark. Beau Belle was the well supported favourite. This horse opened $2.90 then touched $3 before being backed into $2.80. This horse was tardy to begin but she was a bit plain late. I am not sure this maiden will turn out to be a strong one.
I’m keen to follow the form out of this race. Pouring Rain won the race. This horse was on debut and unwanted late, out to $7.50 from $5. She got back from the wide gate and took a while to wind up, but closed off hard late to win a deceptive finish. She’ll be better over further, so I can follow her, likewise a couple of others.
The runner-up Coin Drop was well supported, into $5.50 from $6.50, and just missed. He will improve off that. The fourth horse, Red Kanzi, had no idea what she was doing yet still ran fourth. Get her to 1200 metres with the blinkers back on and she can win a maiden.
Not Too Sure had a $101 SP for this race given he was a 65 odd rater in an open sprint. He produced some of the best late splits of the meeting in a very good effort in a solid race for this region at this time of year. His finale was excellent. If he can find a benchmark race around the area in the coming weeks, he’ll go close.