****AIRBORNE ALBURY PREVIEW**** with NEIL EVANS
Albury Racing Club
Monday Apr 26, 2021
Home of the Best Border Battles
TAB RACE DAY
*Gates open at 12.00 noon
1st Race @ 1.20pm
ALL races carry a BOBS Silver Bonus up to $9,625.00
*Track expected Good 4 & Rail True:
*RACE 1 @ 1.20pm JUST SAFES AUSTRALIA COLTS, GELDINGS & ENTIRES CLASS 1 HCP (1000m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
We start with the Class 1 sprinters, and keen on local three-year-old Foxwedge gelding 2. BALEDON (Ron Stubbs/Matthew Cahill; 58.5kg) who did best to win his second start in a handy maiden at Wagga. Gets a soft run right behind the speed here carrying the same weight, and this isn’t strong.
*MAIN DANGERS: Big watch on Wodonga three-year-old 1. Brenlyn’s Trooper who resumes for only his third start without publicly trialling, but won on debut and gets first use of the inside. Resuming home track four-year-old 5. Hit’em Hard won on debut here in spring, and returns off a quiet trial.
Likely Tempo: Solid to Good
My Betting Attack: BALEDON to WIN & Quinella 1 and 2
*RACE 2 @ 1.55pm KIEWA VALLEY SPRING WATER FILLIES & MARES CLASS 1 HCP (1000m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Improving three-year-old Jerilderie filly 2. COME GET ME (Phil Sweeney/Ms Brooke Sweeney; 58kg) campaigned well enough in stronger grades before not far away at Wagga last start when holding her ground from just off the speed. Back on top of the ground fifth-up is a big plus.
*MAIN DANGERS: Wangaratta five-year-old mare 1. Countess Rostova has been given eight weeks since exploding away to easily win her maiden at Benalla, and back to this journey will be hard to run down. Include in exotics Mornington mare 3. Fortyfivedegrees who can improve second-up; while keeping safe six-year-old mare 6. Swizeler resuming off a nice trial win.
Likely Tempo: Good to Strong
My Betting Attack: COME GET ME to WIN & Quinella 1 and 2
*RACE 3 @ 2.35pm REDI2HIRE MAIDEN HCP (1400m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Difficult race to assess, but with home track and well bred three-year-old 1. TULLAGHAN (Mitchell Beer/Nick Souquet; 58.5kg) on debut. Found the line well in a recent 1000m trial, and this is weak.
*MAIN DANGERS: Improving Wangaratta three-year-old 8. Jianzhang has enough speed to cross here from a wide barrier, down in weight and with the leading jockey going on. Blinkers have been reapplied so should give a big sight; while another Wang visitor 3. Tibooburra Gem debuts from a soft draw off a quiet trial.
Likely Tempo: Fair to Solid
My Betting Attack: TULLAGHAN to WIN
*RACE 4 @ 3.10pm GAZEBO & SHADE CENTRE MAIDEN PLATE (1175m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:
Should be solid speed on up front again, and plenty of chances at set weights. Improving Victorian mare 3. BEANS (Craig Weeding/Jake Duffy; 57kg) hasn’t missed a place this prep, and is ready to break through fourth-up. Hit the line well last start at home, and will appreciate the bigger track here.
*MAIN DANGERS: Local three-year-old gelding 2. The Great Man improved sharply in only his second start at Benalla, and can peak third-up back at home. Another one trained on track 4. Blitzem Tycoon also looks well placed at her third start after working home okay at Gundagai; while Wodonga filly 8. Bring A Dame is clear best of the rest from a good draw.
Likely Tempo: Good
My Betting Attack: BEANS to WIN & Quinella: 2 & 3
*RACE 5 @ 3.45pm EBA HIRE MAIDEN PLATE (900m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:
Still with the maidens in a tricky short course affair, with most either resuming or on debut. Canberra two-year-old Winning Rupert filly 13. NEPHRADIVA (Nick Olive/Blaike McDougall; 55kg) finally makes her debut from a very handy draw. Hasn’t been publicly seen since a controlled trial at home behind a promising filly who broke through on Saturday in a provincial maiden at Kembla. Given plenty of time, and reportedly working well.
*MAIN DANGERS: Local four-year-old mare 5. Another Star hasn’t officially trialled, but quickly showed enough in deeper maidens last prep, and looks well treated at the weights after a claim. Victorian filly 10. Eight Angels was put away after failing on debut last winter, and returns off a nice trial. Keep safe Wang mare 6. Cliffs Of Bounty who resumes for a second prep off a steady trial, and draws the inside.
Likely Tempo: Good to Strong
My Betting Attack: NEPHRADIVA to WIN
*RACE 6 @ 4.25pm LEIGH MARTIN MARINE BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1600m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Open affair over the mile, and should be decent speed on. Progressive local mare 6. SHARLIE (Donna Scott/Blaike McDougall; 58.5kg) can peak third-up getting out to this trip. Loomed only briefly at Gundagai before condition gave out, but fitter now and back at home are the keys.
*MAIN DANGERS: Mornington-based five-year-old 2. Kamo is hard fit, and charged home for a dominant win in similar grade three weeks back. Little more depth here, but firmer the ground the better. Consistent Wang four-year-old 1. Namarari made it two wins from his last four, bolting in the weaker Leeton Cup, and big weight off-set by a 3kg claim. Include in exotics tough eight-year-old 8. Willy White Socks ahead of his 107th start.
Likely Tempo: Solid
My Betting Attack: SHARLIE to WIN & Box Exacta 1,2,6
*RACE 7 @ 5.05pm AVID BENCHMARK 66 HCP (1175m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Very much liked the way Wang six-year-old gelding 5. CHOICE HARVEST (Craig Weeding/Jake Duffy; 60kg) powered home late in a similar grade at Gundagai five weeks between runs. Will drift well back again from this draw, but even suited on the much bigger track. Only needs a clear crack at them from the 350m mark.
*MAIN DANGERS: Talented and hard fit Wagga five-year-old 8. Kurocaine is drawn wide, but cruised home in a CL3 after stalking the speed before finding the line well in the same race at Gundagai. Local five-year-old 2. Galaxy Force resumes off a typical quiet trial, but has enough class fresh to be right in the finish. Canberra four-year-old 9. Hezredhot can take control of this from the inside draw, and all three career wins have virtually come over this distance.
Likely Tempo: Solid to Good
My Betting Attack: CHOICE HARVEST Each Way & Box Exacta 2,5,8
**My BEST EARLY BETS:
R4 3. BEANS**
R5 13. NEPHRADIVA*
R6 6. SHARLIE**
**My BEST EARLY VALUE:
R7 5. CHOICE HARVEST**
**TRAINERS TO FOLLOW:
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