****AIRBORNE ALBURY PREVIEW****
with NEIL EVANS
Albury Racing Club
Monday May 24, 2021
Home of the Best Border Battles
Full TAB Meeting
*Gates open at 11.30am
*Track improving to Soft 6 & Rail out +4m from 1200m to 400m, then True the Remainder:
*RACE 1 @ 1.05pm THE ESSENTIAL UTENSIL MAIDEN PLATE (900m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:
A tricky battle over the short course gets us under way. Ex-Victorian filly 10. TECTONIC SHIFT (Donna Scott/Blaike McDougall; 57kg) resumes off a lengthy break for a new local stable. Didn’t measure up last year, but won a recent trial over the border convincingly enough. Trainer has made gear changes, and booked the leading country rider for a thin race.
*MAIN DANGERS: Local four-year-old 3. Gallant Run resumes without any official trials. Has placed eight times from 14 starts, most of them over the 1000m trip, but draws off the track. Wangaratta mare 6. Cliffs Of Bounty can improve second-up after being run off her feet resuming behind a handy winner; while 9. Something Fancy returns off an 11 month spell.
Likely Tempo: Good
My Betting Attack: TECTONIC SHIFT to WIN & Quinella: 3 & 10
*RACE 2 @ 1.40pm STAR HOTEL ALBURY CLASS 1 HCP (1000m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Lightly raced Wangaratta filly 5. KOKOMO BLISS (Dan McCarthy/Blaike McDougall; 57kg) resumes in a suitable sprint for only her third start. Was hard in the market when winning at home on debut before doing it tough in much deeper metro grade. Drawn to park off the speed and get to the outside.
*MAIN DANGERS: Canberra three-year-old 1. Smuggler’s Bay made a mess of them on debut from the front at Wagga, and the second horse has run okay since. Tougher draw here with good speed on, but can win again. Improving filly 3. Redneck Princess produced a tough and brave effort to be eaten only a half length here last time behind an impressive winner after covering plenty of ground. Similar assignment here on an improving track for an under-rated Victorian country stable. Keep safe honest mare 6. Miss Elsie May who has only won once from 15 but placed a further nine times. Hard fit and finished well last time in a deeper maiden, just a query coming back in distance.
Likely Tempo: Solid to Good
My Betting Attack: KOKOMO BLISS Each Way & Box Trifecta: 1,3,5,6
*RACE 3 @ 2.20pm POGSON CRONIN SOLICITORS CLASS 2 HCP (1500m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Good testing race with plenty of chances. Progressive three-year-old 6. SIZZLING CAT (Gary Colvin/Nick Heywood; 57.5kg) has been finding the line well enough since charging home to win a CL2 three runs back. Drops significantly in grade from a fair closing effort in the Wagga Guineas, and blinkers are back on. Won only previous start in soft going.
*MAIN DANGERS: Goulburn three-year-old 5. Electric Storm made a mockery of an even bigger starting price at second start here zooming home to bolt in his maiden. On the 10 day back-up, and must be included from a useful trailing draw. Local three-year-old 8. Kentucky Dream finished strong to land his maiden fourth-up at Werribee, and gets weight relief for this tougher test; while keeping safe 7. Elope to Vegas who worked home late under a big weight in a handy BM 58 here.
Likely Tempo: Reasonable
My Betting Attack: SIZZLING CAT to WIN & Trifecta: 5,6/5,6,8,11/5,6,8,11
*RACE 4 @ 2.55pm WELLO’S PLUMBING MAIDEN PLATE (1175m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:
The first-up effort of improving and talented Canberra filly 8. CROSS CREEK (Matthew Dale/Blaike McDougall; 57kg) for the new stable was very good, beaten under two lengths after covering plenty of ground. Likely to settle even better with blinkers coming off, and superior jockey goes on.
*MAIN DANGERS: Big watch on local two-year-old 13. Bianco Vilano who fought on well after leading here on debut, and has drawn the inside. Capable four-year-old 1. Bonvalante is better placed second-up, with a 3kg claim. Include three-year-old 10. Faithless in wider exotics.
Likely Tempo: Solid
My Betting Attack: CROSS CREEK to WIN & Quinella: 8 & 13
*RACE 5 @ 3.35pm CHOICES FLOORING WODONGA MAIDEN HCP (1400m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Deep and competitive maiden battle again. Promising three-year-old 2. ALBERT THE CAT (Geoff Duryea/Blaike McDougall; 59.5kg) gets his chance at fourth career start. Was terrific at Wagga charging home into a place after blowing the start, and the winner then bolted in a CL1 at Canberra on Friday. Draws to get plenty of cover back in the field, and even better suited over more ground.
*MAIN DANGERS: Canberra three-year-old 4. Toretto comes out of that same race as the top selection when also making up plenty of late ground. Draws to sit closer in the run this time, and also bursting for more ground. Victorian three-year-old 1. Burton Street has more than enough ability after four runs so far, but this is the biggest weight and toughest gate he’s faced yet. Local filly 11. Allez Brew is also suited by the step up in trip after working home late in a handy maiden here 10 days ago, but again will likely be forced a long way back from another very wide draw.
Likely Tempo: Fair to Solid
My Betting Attack: ALBERT THE CAT to WIN & Quinella: 2 & 4
*RACE 6 @ 4.10pm BORDER BANDAG BENCHMARK 58 HCP (900m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Back to the flying dash for the restricted sprinters. Smart home track filly 9. SPIRIT OF FREEDOM (Donna Scott/Blaike McDougall; 57kg) resumes off an impressive trial win in soft ground, and was a dominant debut winner here last spring. Only needs to tuck in from a wide and testing draw to be the one to beat.
*MAIN DANGERS: Home track mare 4. Dissedge didn’t finish off in a much tougher CL3 at Wagga, but previous form was sound for a race like this, and she draws to get a good trail. Watch the betting on ex-Victorian Exosphere filly 12. Ex Lady having her first run for new Albury yard. Don’t under-sell Victorian nine-year-old 1. Tycoon Tony who carries 62.5kg and hasn’t started for six months, but most of his best form is fresh. With similar figures, seven-year-old 2. Revolver is honest, and comes in beaten under three lengths in a deeper BM 58 at Parkes.
My Betting Attack: SPIRIT OF FREEDOM to WIN and First Four: 4,9/1,2,4,9,12/1,2,4,9,12/1,2,4,9,12
*RACE 7 @ 4.45pm BOSS BETTER LIVING SYSTEMS BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1175m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:
Open tussle to finish, but progressive filly 2. COME GET ME (Phil Sweeney/Ms Kayla Nisbet; 61kg) can make it three wins from her last four despite climbing to 61kg. Has swept home from well off the speed to win her last two at this track, and draws to get a soft run back in the pack.
*MAIN DANGERS: Trained on the track, lightly raced 3. Gusonic gave nothing else a chance from the front second-up at Wodonga, and will press forward again. Improving local filly 11. Snowbella led for a long way second-up before overhauled by the top selection. Keep safe Victorian 5. Tabloid Star who finished okay late behind Come Get Me after consecutive wins in weaker grades.
Likely Tempo: Solid
My Betting Attack: COME GET ME Each Way & Boxed Trifecta: 2,3,5,11
**MY BEST EARLY BETS:
R4 8. CROSS CREEK* Expect: $3.50 – $3.75; My Early Rating: $2.40
R5 2. ALBERT THE CAT** Expect: $3.80 – $3.85; My Early Rating: $2.30
**My BEST EARLY VALUE:
R2 5. KOKOMO BLISS** Expect: $7.50 – $8.50; My Early Rating: $4.00
R7 2. COME GET ME** Expect: $5.50 – $6.00; My Early Rating: $3.25
**My BEST EARLY EXOTICS:
R5: Quinella: 2 & 4
R7: Boxed Trifecta: 2,3,5,11
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