Shayne O’Cass gives Monday’s best bets and inside mail for Albury and Taree.
Race 3 No 2: Dasvidaniya is a two-year-old taking on the older horses but he is probably the best horse in this line-up of any age judging on his two runs to date.
Race 4 No. 4: Zaru
Robert Thompson mount, trained here, and with all the right numbers to ‘finally’ win his maiden.
Race 6 No. 1: Flying Mojo
Notched his fourth win at his most recent outing. Races well here, likes the trip, but the draw is the only negative.
Race 4: 4,11
Race 5: 1,4,6
Race 6: 1,5,7
Race 7: 1,2,3
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Ben Looker has a great book of rides at Taree with a real chance of book ending the meeting.
Race 1 No. 1: Agent Moon
Did enough at his two runs of the first campaign to suggest he is going to win races – starting today.
Race 4 No. 13: Bianco Vilano
Top run on debut here 10-days ago. Got the gun draw and gun jockey to go one better.
Race 7 No. 13: Elliod
Only won 2 from 32 but she has run some creditable races against some pretty handy southern districts horses in her time.
Bianco Vilano is raced by the same owners who won 7 races up around the Northern Rivers region with the mother, Cap Bianco, who was a daughter of the mighty maroon Falvelon. This brown/black coloured son of Foxwedge showed pace before being passed late on debut here two weeks ago. Drawn 1 and Kayla Nisbet sticks. Cross Creek is an interesting runner. She was unplaced – but never poor – in her three runs for John O’Shea. Now with Matthew Dale and way down in grade. Bonvalante will be fitter for quite a solid first-up run at Wagga.
Bet: Bianco Vilano win, quinella 8,13, exacta 13 to beat 8
Toretto is a Matthew Dale trained son of Press Statement whose C.V reads as three starts; no placings, but in reality he was the ‘run of the race’ in all of them. He drew 10,12 and 13 respectively so went back and was miles off them but absolutely flew home at all of them. Nice horse. Albert The Cat is headed the right way towards a win. All three runs have contained merit, none more than the May 7 second at Wagga. Mitchell Beer’s Pierro filly Allez Brew was beaten only by her barrier here last start. Drawn even worse today sadly.
Bet: Toretto win, box trifecta 2,4,11,12, Daily Double 1st leg (4), 2nd leg (13)
Lennox Road is a very fast grandson of the very fast Snippets. His form reads well, he is OK fresh, he has raced well enough here at Albury, the only negative with him is that he has drawn the outside barrier but he comes into 12 (at worst). Tycoon Tony is likely to be at the other end of the field in the run but we know from past experience that he should be strong late. He has won just 5 out of 47 but 2 of those wins have come first-up. Mr Brown Fox is another drawn out but he is unbeaten in both Albury 900m runs. Major player.
Bet: Lennox Road each-way
Here’s one for breeding buffs; Eillod’s seven dam is Medmenham, forever remembered as the mother of the immortal Ajax. As for Eillod, no 40/1-on about her first-up, she was in fact $101 when she ran a blinder at Wagga coming from last to finish fifth just two-lengths off a handy winner. Could be the value runner of the day. Come Get Me landed some canny bets when $11 into $7.50 winning an 1175m Bm58 here two weeks ago with Kayla Nisbet on the saddle as is the case again today. Gusonic is a lightly-raced last start (huge) winner.
Bet: Eillod each-way
Zaru has raced nine times for five seconds and a third. The locally trained son of Rubick has raced at home five times for four seconds and a third. One of those seconds was to the handy Too Good To be Tru. Goes OK fresh, handles the wet, drawn well and has Robert Thompson on. Spellcheck has done enough in her three trials to warrant attention and respect here. She is a good stable and has drawn well. My One trialled well on a Heavy 10 here recently.
Bet: Zaru win
Excelness is a half sister to Romantic Touch and Burning Passion and is a very close relative of Desert War. This Kris Lees trained filly hasn’t put a foot wrong in her four starts with a win and three placings. Couldn’t be better ‘placed’ here with the 1.5kgs. Dominant Lady is a Newcastle winner first-up last prep. Resumes today off a couple of trials, the last one was a close second in a deep heat. Chelsea Magic was a dominant maiden winner here 21-day ago.
Bet: Excelness win, box trifecta 1,4,6,7
Flying Mojo has raced at Taree five times for a win and three thirds. His record at this trip of 12 starts for a win and six placings. He seems to handle good to heavy. The only bad numbers with him are his barrier (14 minus a few) and his weight – 61kgs. Telfer did a good job to lead (from barrier 10 of 12) and win easily here on the heavy 10 two weeks ago. Go well again. Done Good and Nashian ran the quinella in a similar race to this on May 11.
Bet: Flying Mojo win, box trifecta 1,5,6,7
Fenech is a very well bred horse by Redoute’s Choice out of a Group 1 winning mare. This will be his first run for the new management namely Kim Waugh who has him ready for the occasion with two trials, both of them wins. Bear The crown is a handy enough mare from Kempsey. She has a tidy little C.V of three wins and three placings from her dozen starts. Ran a ripper race behind the handy Too Good To be Try here three weeks back. Atlantic Lite led throughout to win here on May 11 on a heavy 10.
Bet: Fenech win or if scratched Bear The Crown win
Originally published asTaree and Albury selections for Monday
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