Race-by-Race preview with Neil Evans




Albury Racing Club

Saturday Dec 09, 2023


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*Gates Open @ 11.45am

*1st Race @ 1.41pm

*Track Good 4 and Rail out +3.5m from 1000m to 400m & True the Remainder:


*RACE 1 @ 1.41pm STEWART GOULD COUNTRY BOOSTED MAIDEN PLATE (1175m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 4. IMPENDING LOVE (Paul McVicar/Simon Miller; 57kg & barrier 3; black, red braces & stripe cap) -The maidens get a big festive day’s racing under way & we can open with a bang aboard this improving 4YO mare by Impending who peaks 4th-up over a bit more ground, and with a clear edge in race fitness & experience. Chased hard from behind the speed 1st-up at Corowa before doing her best work late when ridden quieter at Gundagai. Only held her ground last time here, but there was more depth in that race, and she gets her chance here to break through parking a couple of lengths off the speed, & crucially with a more senior jockey taking over


MAIN DANGERS: 1. *Babalola; 2. *Boy From Tennessee; 6. *Notleanormean


Likely Tempo: Solid



*RACE 2 @ 2.16pm MEREDITH JOINERY COUNTRY BOOSTED BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1175m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 1. ALTROVE (Rob Wellington/Ms Fiona Sandkuhl a1.5kg; 61kg & barrier 3; white, purple & lime band, armbands & quartered cap) –Staying at the distance for the restricted sprinters; and keen to back a progressive & home track 4YO mare by Group 1 mile winner Press Statement 2nd-up off a lengthy break. Only held her position from midfield, resuming in a deeper race in heavy ground just over the border, but much better placed back at home and returning to dry going. Two of her three wins from just 11 starts have come 2nd-up, and she’s not badly treated at the weights after the rider’s 1.5kg claim. Drawn to get good cover just off the speed, and can go on to win better races


MAIN DANGERS: 2. *Dynamic One; 3.**Magmetric; 5. *Super Sunny Seeya


Likely Tempo: Solid

My BET PLAN: ALTROVE to WIN & Trifecta/First Four: 1,3/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,5


*RACE 3 @ 2.51pm ATM HERE BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1600m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim: 


TOP SELECTION: 3. PORT DOUGLAS (Matthew Kelley/TBA; 59kg & barrier 3; white, red sleeves & cap) Out to the mile now, and that augurs well for this tough & consistent 7YO by 2014 Cox Plate winner Adelaide who is ready to win again well into the current prep. Stuck on okay from behind the speed in a tougher BM 70 at Canberra 2 runs back before only being beaten narrowly in heavy ground in the BM 76 Cooma Cup just 7 days ago. The quick back-up is a sure sign he’s come through well, and couldn’t be any fitter now getting back on a much bigger track. Expect him to park right behind the speed with cover, and be cut loose from the 400m


MAIN DANGERS: 2. **I’m Not Leaving; 5. *Bring A Dame; 6. *Dark Legacy


Likely Tempo: Reasonable

My BET PLAN: PORT DOUGLAS to WIN & Quinella: 2 and 3


*RACE 4 @ 3.31pm SURDEX STEEL MAIDEN HCP (1500m) – Min Weight 56kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 4. ALLUVIAL (Dwayne Reid/Simon Miller; 56kg & barrier 4; royal blue, lime hoops, royal blue & lime star sleeves, royal blue & lime star cap) The maidens are back on show here in a moderate affair over a testing middle distance & it stacks up ideally for this tough & still improving Victorian country 6YO by Nicconi 2nd-up off a 45-week break. Came off a handy trial to find the line well into a place here 11 days ago in a race with more depth & this is an ideal follow-up, dropping 3kg in weight over 100m further. Has had a stop-start career with multiple stable changes, but finally looks ready to break through from his latest Seymour base


MAIN DANGERS: 5. *Clendenning; 6. *Drops From The Sky; 10. *Shall We Play


Likely Tempo: Fair to Reasonable



*RACE 5 @ 4.11pm VISION SCREENPRINTING CLASS 1 HCP (1175m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 5. BELDIVIAN (Don Dwyer/Jack Martin; 57kg & barrier 3; royal blue, white stars & white armbands) Back in distance now for a tricky lower class sprint, and this shapes as the right recipe & timing for another Seymour-based raider by Golden Slipper winner Vancouver crossing the border 4th-up. Has attacked the line from well back in and around the money in all 3 runs this prep, and drawn to get cover here, should relish getting on to a circuit with a long sweeping stretch home. Came from near last to run into a place in a handy BM 58 at Geelong last time, and draws to get an even better run in transit here 4 weeks between outings. Over the odds


MAIN DANGERS: 1. *Prince Of Thieves; 2. *Nutbush Ambush; 3. **Smart Poppy; 4. **Jordy Girl


Likely Tempo: Solid

My BET PLAN: BELDIVIAN to WIN & Box Exacta: 3,4,5


*RACE 6 @ 4.51pm LEVEL ELECTRICAL BENCHMARK 58 HCP (900m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 2. PUERTO RICO (Matthew kelley/Ms Coriah Keatings a3kg; 60kg & barrier 9; white, red sleeves & cap) -Now for a flying short course restricted battle, and all aboard this still progressing 5YO by Dream Ahead 2nd-up with blinkers coming off. Stuck on well after going a little fierce in front when resuming at Wellington in tougher grade, only being collared in the final couple of strides. Fitter now, that reads well for this coming back 100m in trip, and the weight rise has been nicely off-set with the booking of a 3kg claimer. Was competitive in deeper races last prep, and has a better than 60 percent place rate from 17 career starts


MAIN DANGERS: 1. *Into The Fire; 3. **Ruckman; 4. *Toronto Rain; 5. *Artie Bee; 6. **On The Bell


Likely Tempo: Good

My BET PLAN: PUERTO RICO to WIN & First Four: 2,3,6/1,2,3,4,5,6/1,2,3,4,5,6/1,2,3,4,5,6


*RACE 7 @ 5.31pm TWIN CITY TRUCK CENTRE CLASS 1 HCP (1400m) – MIN Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


TOP SELECTION: 2. BIA TINNE (Pat Widdup/Ms Fiona Sandkuhl a1.5kg; 56kg & barrier 3; green, cerise braces, sleeves & cap) Good solid contest for this class to finish & very confident this improving & consistent home track 7YO by Bianconi can bring us home with a wet sail 3rd-up & 5 weeks between runs. Held his ground okay resuming in a handy CL1 at Wagga before ridden a little quieter & finishing hard at Corowa when heavily backed from $3.60 into $2.20. Gets nice weight relief here after the jockey’s 1.5kg claim, and suited even further back on the bigger track & staying at the trip


 MAIN DANGERS: 3. *Dreamwoman; 4. *Futuristic; 6. *Vegas On Fire


Likely Tempo: Solid














R2: **TRIFECTA: 1,3/1,2,3,5/1,2,3,5

R5: **Box EXACTA: 3,4,5





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Saturday Dec 16; 2023