Raceday focus: Best bets during Hawkesbury, Grafton

The three-year-old son of Sizzling started a short-priced favourite in a 1300m lass and didn’t let his supporters down. What tender Curtis a many with his win was a gelding’s ability to take a lay before using on strongly in a true to win entrance away.

“It was utterly a good win a other day,” Curtis said. “He’s going adult in class, of course, nonetheless is racing good and looks a good possibility again.

“We saw another dimension with him when he was ridden a bit quieter. He got behind a lot serve than we suspicion he would nonetheless he was still means to get by and win.

“We suspicion he was an on-pace equine before that run showed he can lay off a leaders and still strike a line. He’s come adult brief in a early markets that tells me they’re (bookmakers) not too disturbed about a whole lot of horses in his race.”

Prior to his Hawkesbury win, Blazing finished third behind bang three-year-old Sir Elton in a Gosford lass on entrance before a length second to Warfare during a same march 19 days later.

“He’s had a good week during home,” he said. “He hasn’t been doing a lot given he’s fit nonetheless he had a good tiny trot on Tuesday morning.”



BEST BET: BLAZING (Race 5, No.2)

Placed behind a unequivocally earnest Sir Elton on entrance before runner-up to Warfare, both during Gosford. Looked good in winning here final time out and can make it back-to-back wins.


Will get copiousness of advantage from her first-up fourth behind Worldly Pleasure and Moccasin Miss during Canterbury. Won second-up final debate and a 3kg explain of Louise Day is a bonus.



Has softened during any of his 3 runs as he has stepped out over further. Nice fourth over 1600m during Newcastle final start and looks ideally matched adult to 1800m.


KATHY O’HARA has a good book of rides, including a favourites Moinda for Jason Attard and Blazing for Lee Curtis.


Race 4: 2,3,4,6. Race 5: 1,2,4,10. Race 6: 1,3,9,10. Race 7: 2,5,7,9


Kathy O'Hara could have a winning day during Hawkesbury. Picture: AAP

Kathy O’Hara could have a winning day during Hawkesbury. Picture: AAPSource:AAP




Went unequivocally tighten to shedding his lass standing when runner-up by a tiny 0.3-lengths in a 1610m competition on Jun 30. Be distinguished for a prolonged way.

NEXT BEST: EVOPEX (Race 5, No.4)

TAB Highway leader ran a enormous second in a aged John Carlton final start to Malea Magic and gets to a pet outing now. Go well.


Very fit equine for a 3120m, in fact he is carrying his 14th start this preparation, that began in January. Will be adult there from a outset.


Race 4: 3,6,7,8. Race 5: 4. Race 6: 4,5,6. Race 7: 2,7,8,10


MATTHEW MCGUREN has been a star manoeuvre over a extended Grafton duration and this could good be his crowing excellence with an predominant book of rides.


Curtis will also saddle-up a half-brother to his Group 1 VRC Oaks leader Lasqueti Spirit on Sunday by a name of Casimiro and skeleton to adopt opposite roving strategy in a bid to mangle through.

“Like Lasqueti Spirit, he is a tiny bit abandoned of a spin of foot,” he said. “We will let him play along and put a bit of vigour on from a half mile to wear them down.”

The son of Albrecht hasn’t been distant divided in his 3 career runs in that he was only behind a placegetters during his initial dual starts before a second during Gosford final time out.

“We have been utterly penetrating to get him adult to a trip. Even nonetheless he’s not bred to do it, we consider he’ll even get a bit further. we would have left to a 2000m competition if one had been available. we consider he ran into a good equine final time in Lavish Rose.

“It showed a unequivocally good spin of feet and we consider it’s got a bit of intensity nonetheless we kick a rest of them comfortably.”

In a opening event, Curtis will entrance three-year-old filly Any Wish. While he isn’t awaiting a daughter of Savabeel to win over a 1000m, he has a good opinion of her and thinks she is a equine of a future.

“I’ve got a genuine hang on her actually. She’s a peculiarity equine in a making,” he said. “This is substantially a bit brief for her on her extraction nonetheless she will come into her possess once she gets to a mile.”

Trainer Lee Curtis will saddle-up a half hermit to his Group 1 leader Lasqueti Spirit during Hawkesbury. Picture: Brett Costello

Trainer Lee Curtis will saddle-up a half hermit to his Group 1 leader Lasqueti Spirit during Hawkesbury. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

Meantime, faithfulness is unequivocally critical to tutor Gary Nickson and he is looking to yield tighten crony and longtime believer Ric Pisaturo with a integrate of winners during Hawkesbury as a tiny prerogative for all his years of support.

Nickson couldn’t pronounce some-more frequency of Pisaturo whose Mandalong Stud owns all 3 of his runners on Sunday.

“Ric and his family have been good supporters of a fast for a prolonged time and we have turn unequivocally tighten friends over a years,” Nickson said.

“He is 97 years aged and still gets around a races and trials. He loves his racing and tact and there would be zero improved than to win a integrate of races for him.

“We have 3 runners and we consider all 3 are good chances.”

The initial is Mandalong Sera, who is lucky to mangle her lass in a opening event. The daughter of Sebring has been runner-up during her past dual starts and looks ideally placed to mangle through.

“She is knocking on a doorway for a win, unfortunately she has only bumped into a good one during her past integrate of starts,” Nickson said. “She will be matched by a soothing track, she races in a brazen position and we design her to run a good honest competition again.”

The pair’s subsequent curtain is Mandalong One Up, who has been unlucky, according to Nickson, given scoring a intelligent lass win during Canberra in May.

“She won during Canberra with management and has been a tiny detrimental in a integrate of starts since,” he said. “We only haven’t worked out what is her best stretch nonetheless nonetheless she will get by a soothing lane and it would not warn me if she figured in a money.”

Their final curtain for a day is Mandalong Tapit who comes into this competition off a intelligent win during Newcastle dual weeks ago. “He’s won 3 races now and his final win during Newcastle was a good effort,” Nickson said. “The serve they went, a some-more space he put on them. His final 4 runs have substantially been his best performances.’’



RACE 1 (12.40pm)

After fixation runner-up during her past dual starts behind accessible opponents, Mandalong Sera can mangle by for her lass victory. Led and attempted tough when beaten ¾ length by You’re Next on Jul 4. Flag Of Nations battled divided for third in a same competition final time out. Dynamic Moss also contested that competition here on Jul 4, finishing fourth when resuming. Any Wish is a nicely-bred Savabeel filly on debut. Watch betting.


RACE 2 (1.20pm)

Our Celtic Star was delayed out and staid 4 lengths off a field. Tacked on and sent far-reaching before going down by a brief neck to Happy Hustler during Kembla on Jun 1. Gets a 3kg explain and with a improved start, can give this a shake. Moinda overraced in a early and mid-stages nonetheless boxed on good to finish runner-up behind Blazing here final start. Uprise debuted with a five-length fifth behind a accessible Lanigera during Newcastle on Jun 29. Will advantage from a experience.

BET: OUR CELTIC STAR each-way. Quinella/trifecta 2,5,7,8.

RACE 3 (1.55pm)

Frankel son Switching To Win is bred to get over belligerent and stairs adult to 1800m for a initial time. Turned in his best bid so distant when a two-length fourth to Exoplanet over 1600m during Newcastle on Jun 29. He is a half-brother to Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup leader Colour Vision and dam is by tip German founder Monsun, founder of Melbourne Cup winners Almandin, Fiorente and Protectionist. Hamogany was far-reaching via when a tighten second to Better Blooms final start. Castel Sant’Angelo has placed during dual of his 3 runs this time in.


Invincibella wins Tatt's Tiar

Horse Racing: Chris Waller cumulative another training record after Invincibella scored a slight win in a $500,000 Tatt’s Tiara during Eagle Farm.

RACE 4 (2.30pm)

Silver Melody resumed with a 1½ fourth behind Worldly Pleasure during Canterbury on Jul 3. Won second-up final debate and looks good placed with a 3kg explain of Louise Day. Jetgirl is a rapid mare who frequency runs a bad race. Was third here dual starts behind before a fourth to Beeokay in Open association during Dubbo final start. Is twice a leader during a distance. Perigord overcame an ungainly start and division in a run to measure during Wyong first-up from a spell.


RACE 5 (3.11pm)

Blazing was unequivocally good in defeating Moinda by over a length here final start. Bumped into a unequivocally good equine on entrance when third to Sir Elton during Gosford before a second to Warfare second-up. Only Wanna Sing has placed during any of his 3 runs this campaign, a latest an detrimental third during Gosford on Jul 2. Gets in good with a claim. Arrogante is also racing consistently and with a win and 3 placings from his 4 starts. Should have finished closer than length and a half third during Grafton final start.

BET: BLAZING to win. Quinella/trifecta 1,2,4,10.

RACE 6 (3.50pm)

Topweight Pride Of Darci was far-reaching via and toughed it out good for fourth behind Mandalong Tapit when resuming during Newcastle final time out. Will frame fitter for a run and meets his opposition 3kg improved during a weights. Mandalong Tapit is racing in accessible form and is a large possibility again. Song And A Prayer was second in that Newcastle race. Should get a poetic run from a pull and looks a good place chance. Hostwin Saturn is improved than his last-start disaster to Isilmo here on Jun 9. Just beaten by McMahon during his prior run here.

BET: SONG AND A PRAYER to place. Quinella/trifecta 1,3,9,10.

RACE 7 (4.30pm)

Taj overraced when final to Guise and Pop Girl during Canterbury on Jun 19. Settled only off a speed before using divided for a good win over Peace Of Mind over this same stretch here on Jun 9. Picaro scored a slight win during Goulburn 3 runs behind before finishing only behind a placegetters in both starts since. The Cartoonist was a intelligent leader during Nowra before overracing and far-reaching all-the-way here final start. Don’t dismiss.

BET: TAJ to win. Quinella/trifecta 2,5,7,9.


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They don’t palm out a ‘Trainer of a Series’ award during a annual Grafton fair nonetheless rest positive that if they did, a leader would hands down be Tony Newing.

The Gosford-based Newing was a tie in a winner’s case from day one of record with a double on a Jun 30 label followed by wins during a Jul 7 assembly and again on Ramornie day.

The fun is not over yet, he’ll have a fender party of runners on Sunday, namely Horora Vel, Tainted Affair, Charging Closer and In Firore, who are all given a outrageous possibility by Newing.

“It hasn’t let us down,’’ Newing says of his epic 2019 carnival.

“We had a good year final year and had a devise to make it count this year and it was improved by a mile. We went adult final year and won 3 races and we brought 6 horses adult this time and we’ve won 4 races and we’ve got a few to go.’’

Sharing in Newing’s success is inclusive Northern Rivers manoeuvre Matthew McGuren, who has directed all 4 of a stable’s 2019 Grafton winners and will float a trainer’s Sunday quartet.

“Matt has ridden a lot for me in a final dual years and we would be astounded if there was a improved multiple strike-rate removing around,’’ Newing said.

Matthew McGuren has had a successful garfton carnival. Picture: Richard Gosling

Matthew McGuren has had a successful garfton carnival. Picture: Richard GoslingSource:News Corp Australia

McGuren won’t need any reminding of what brings out a best in Charging Clear given that he directed to her to her sole win in a lass during Kempsey some time ago.

“She is going into this competition a best she has left into a competition by a mile,’’ Newing said.

“She is think during a 1100m nonetheless she has run it a past nonetheless was off a fill-in that unequivocally helped her. Going into an 1100m uninformed she is suspect, nonetheless if she run adult to her final square of work afterwards she is substantially my best on a day.’’

Newing fast partisan In Fiore landed a poignant thrust ($3.20 into $2.20) when he and McGuren won final Sunday and is prepared to repeat a sip 7 days after in a Columbus Estate Handicap (1100m).

“He had good form before we bought him and one of his runs was a fifth during Muswellbrook over a 1000m during his initial start on a complicated lane so when a sleet came, so did a money,’’ Newing said.

Newing’s Sunday kicks off with Horora Vel in a second competition when a son of Golden Archer races for a initial time given his entrance second during Dubbo on May 6 final year.

“We have had a lot of difficulty with that horse,” he said. “He has been in work a long, prolonged time and was prepared to go to a races after his initial trials in Apr afterwards we had a hiccup with him and he was prepared to go a month ago nonetheless we had another hiccup with him. Ability-wise he can win, time-wise he is going to be improved off second or third up,’’ Newing said.