Winning Form share all of their best bets and tips for Thursday’s racing coming your way from Wyong on 12 May 2022.
Best Bet: AWESOME WONDER (Race 6)
Value Bet: O’NOT A DOUBT (Race 8)
Jackpot (race 6 – 9).
AWESOME WONDER is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she put her disappointing penultimate run firmly behind her when winning her maiden race last time out over a mile by half a length, when returning from a 32 week break. She was having her first start in Australia that day since moving from Ireland and despite overracing in the early stages and coming the widest of them all into the home straight, she finished off her race strongly. She faces a wideish draw nine, but she could prove to be too good for this line-up and is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
THAILAND jumped awkwardly and race wide before staying on well to finish second last time out over 2300M, one and a half lengths behind the winner. He gets gate six and should have no issues with the drop in journey and could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice.
VANDELAY STYLE is another 3yr old filly in the race and steps up in trip after finishing second in her latest outing over 1500M, 3.8L back from the winner, but she had to be steadied off the heels of the original second placed runner at the 250M mark and was then promoted to that spot after a successful objection. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate ten, but she has her peak run after returning from an 18 week rest and should be involved in the finish.
DUKE OF GORDON goes for his hat-trick after two victories over a mile the latest when putting 4.3L between himself and the opposition, this despite jumping awkwardly. He raced just behind the leader and then hit the front as he entered the home straight, putting the contest to bed at that point. He jumps from gate eight and could give trainer John O’Shea the first two legs of the day’s Jackpot.
STAR SPARKS on the other hand, missed out on his hat-trick when finishing fourth last time out over seven furlongs, nearly eight and a half lengths adrift of the victor when returning from a 28 week break, but his jockey reported that he played up badly in the parade ring that day, which obviously effected his race performance. He is drawn one outside the top pick and will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways here. He renews his rivalry with FIELDS OF HONOUR who is draw in gate five and who in fact finished third in the race mentioned above, just over five and a half lengths behind the winner when returning from a similar 28 week spell. As the pair meet on the exactly the same weight terms today, there should not be too much separating then when they hit the wire, but the former is preferred as he is far more consistent.
The day’s value bet, O’NOT A DOUBT has only had the three runs to date, but has posted two wins and a third place finish last time out over seven furlongs, 2.2L behind the winner. He was returning from a 22 week absence that day and was slow away, but made good late progress over the latter stages. From his handy draw four, he will be hoping to get back to winning ways today.
PODIUM has cracked pole position and showed solid improvement to win his maiden race last time out over 1300M by two lengths when returning from a 22 week absence. The gelding kicked clear at the 250M pole that day and then held off all the late challengers in the dash down to the wire.
MISS SCALINI is a 5yr old mare taking on males, but she is seldom far off the action and had to be held up on the home turn before ending up in second place last time out over a mile, 0.8L off the winner and the form of that race has been franked. She returns from a 25 week spell, but finished second in her only barrier trial to prove her fitness. She will have to negotiate draw nine, but should turn in another honest performance here.
This looks to be a tricky race to end off the day’s Jackpot with plenty of runners in with a realistic chance of finding the winner’s box, so some caution is advised. The tentative first choice goes to IRISH KISSES who is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she has consistent formlines to her name finishing second last time out over 1100M, just a head behind the winner, notwithstanding coming three wide into the home straight. She attracted plenty of betting support that day and from draw six, she will be looking to make amends here.
XPRESSO finished second over five furlongs on debut and then made the expected improvement to win by 3.3L next time out when stepping up to 1100M. He was returning from a lengthy 42 week absence that day and showed plenty of toe, before staying on well over the latter stages, suggesting that he should enjoy the extra ground on offer here. He has pulled gate eight and should be right up there when they hit the line.
DAICHI is another who has consistent formlines to his credit and took a bad bump at the start and then had to be steadied off the heels of other runners shortly after that, before ending up in second spot last time out over six furlongs, just one length back from the winner. He faces a wide draw ten, but he should be doing his best work late.