Winning Form share all of their best bets and tips for Thursdya’s racing coming your way from Wyong on 8 December 2022.
Best Bet: MEOD (Race 6)
Value Bet: CALIFORNIA PRESS (Race 5)
Jackpot (race 4 – 7)
There are two unraced runners in the field, so keep an eye on the betting markets to get some indication as to whether any of the connections believe that they can win first time out. Any betting support for either or both of them should be respected. Of the raced runners RAMONES may prove to be the best. He has only had the three runs to date, finishing second in all of them, the latest over 1100M, 3.3L behind the winner, but he jumped awkwardly that day. The gelding returns from a 23-week break, but has had the benefit of two barrier trials, winning the latest to showcase his well-being. He is drawn wide in gate twelve, but he should use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
Two 3yr old fillies could chase him home with the sight preference going to ISHANI who finished fourth on debut over 1100M and then third next time out over five furlongs, just a length behind the winner, when returning from a 32-week break. She attracted plenty of betting support that day and from gate six, she will be hoping to make amends today.
FANAGORIA overraced in the early and middle stages and had to be held up entering the home straight, but still made solid improvement to finish fourth last time out over 1100M, 1.7L back from the winner, when returning from a shorter 25-week rest. She is drawn one inside the latter and should be included in all bets.
CALIFORNIA PRESS put two and a half lengths between himself and the opposition when winning his maiden race last time out over 1100M, this despite coming four wide into the home straight. The form of that race has stood up well with two runners out of that contest subsequently winning and gelding gets a handy draw two. As such, he is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
INVICTUS LAD won a neck first time out over six furlongs, notwithstanding rearing at the start. He would have learnt from that experience and with the natural improvement that can be expected, he could be good enough to chalk up a quick double. The gelding faces a wide draw eleven, but he should be doing his best work late.
PONCA is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys and also won her maiden race last time out, but in her case over six furlongs and by 0.8L. She came three wide into the home stretch on that occasion, but made good late progress to win going away. She has her peak run after returning from a 31 week spell and from a useful gate three, she should give the males a good run for their money.
Two 3yr old fillies could fight out the finish to this race, but the day’s best bet, MEOD is taken to lead the pack home. She showed plenty of toe to win by one length first time out over five furlongs and the form of that race has been franked. She would have improved with that run under her belt and has pulled a cosy gate five and may prove hard to topple.
TSARINA SOPHIA also won last time out over five furlongs, albeit by just a short-head, but she raced four wide without cover that day, which makes the victory that much more encouraging. She is drawn one inside the top pick and could emerge as her biggest danger.
BOOMSONG is seldom far off the action, finishing fourth last time out over 1100M, just over two lengths back from the winner. He hung out the whole way around in that contest and will have his peak run after returning from a 20-week break. From draw six, he should be involved in the finish.
LADY SUPERSPY is a 5yr old mare taking on males, but she was bumped at the start and came the widest of them all into the home stretch when ending up in third place last time out over a mile, 3.2L adrift of the winner. She has pulled gate six and should be right up there when they hit the line.
DA NANG STAR followed up his penultimate run victory over 1500M with a second spot finish next time out over a mile, two lengths behind the winner. He tried to go from jump to wire that day and although drawn wide in gate nine, on the plus side, he will have 3kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice.
SIAN had finished third in his two runs prior to ending up in sixth place last time out over a mile, four and a half lengths back from the winner. He attempted to go from gun to tape on that occasion, but hung out on the home turn, which harmed his cause. He gets a kinder draw three and will also have 3kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice.