Winning Form brings us their best bets and tips for Wagga's racing on Friday 11 June.
Best Bet: POWER ME UP (Race 9)
Value Bet: QUIET LUCKY (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 6 – 9)
This looks to be an open race with plenty of runners in with big chances to land the spoils, so some caution is suggested. The tentative first choice goes to WILLYBEAFACTOR who is looking to complete this hat-trick after two victories over this c&d, the latest by half a length. He finished strongly from some way back that day, so his wide gate eleven should not be too big an issue as he is likely to be dropped out of it early and then start picking off the frontrunners over the closing stages of the contest.
O’REG followed up his second-place finish over five furlongs with a neck win next time over the same trip. He was also some way off the pace that day but weaved his way through traffic to grab the leaders in the shadow of the post. He is drawn one inside the top choice and should be doing his best work late.
CLASSIC FASTNET had his consistency rewarded with a short-head victory last time out over 1300M. He has a far kinder gate four and should turn in another honest performance today.
Today’s value bet, QUIET LUCKY missed out on his hat-trick when finishing sixth in his latest outing over six furlongs, 2.2L back from the winner. He was however making good late progress that day and has a handy draw four. In addition, he will get 3kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice to aid his cause.
A 5yr old mare and a 3yr old filly could chase him home, with the slight preference going to FLORA BEL. Although she is recorded as finishing eight last time out over six furlongs, she was only just over three lengths behind the winner. She raced up with the leaders that day before staying on well over the latter stages of the race. She is drawn one inside the top pick and is sure to put that gate to good use.
BOHO CHICK came three-wide into the home straight before ending up in fourth place last time out over six furlongs, just under four lengths adrift of the victor when returning from an 18-week break. She has to negotiate draw ten, but nevertheless should be included in all bets.
MEG is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she was considered good enough to contest a Group 3 race in her penultimate start over ten furlongs. She finished 9.2L behind the winner that day but followed up with a second spot finish last time out in a Class 1 Handicap over 1500M, four and a half lengths back from the winner. She takes on weaker here and from gate six, she could be the one that they all have to beat.
PRINCE SIX has posted two solid last efforts, the latest when fifth over 1500M, one and a half lengths back from the winner when returning from a 19-week absence. He overraced in the early stages that day, but then stayed on well over the closing stages. He jumps from a wideish gate eight, but he should be right up there when they hit the line.
DANCIN’ TIL DAWN is another 3yr old filly in the race. She has finished third in her last two starts, the latest over a mile where she ended up two lengths behind the winner. She has cracked pole position and will have a set of blinkers fitted for the first time today. If these have the desired effect, she should give a good account of herself in this line-up.
POWER ME UP is going for his hat-trick, after winning his latest outing over 1500M by half a length, but he was victorious over this trip by one and a half lengths in his penultimate run, so the step up in distance should be right up his street. He sat just behind the leaders in his last start and then struck the front as the field entered the home straight, holding off all the late challengers in the run down to the wire. He faces gate twelve, but he should use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy. As such, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
STAND YOUR GROUND on the other hand has pulled pole position. He came the widest of them all into the straight, but then finished well to end up in second place last time out over seven furlongs, 3.3L adrift of the winner. He will have 2kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice and could emerge as the biggest danger to the top pick.
ZARIZ NO OTHER won his penultimate start over seven furlongs and then tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in fourth place next time out over a mile, 3.8L behind the winner. He faces a wide draw thirteen, but on the plus side, will have 1.5kgs taken off his back for his claiming apprentice.