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Gilgandra races, tips; Shayne O’Cass best bets; Murwillumbah, races, tips

Gilgandra races, tips; Shayne O’Cass best bets; Murwillumbah, races, tips

Dubbo coach Clint Lundholm has chosen the Bob Foran Memorial City Plate (1100m) because the summer time start line for his TAB Freeway winner Larlabrook.

The son of Prepared’s Picture hasn’t been seen in motion since pulling up lame after ending on the tail of the sector at Tamworth on June 29.

Earlier than that, Larlabrook completed third in a Randwick 1000m TAB Freeway to She Is aware of whom he beat in a five-furlong Freeway additionally at HQ again in September, 2017.

“About a month ago, we saw this race coming up and planned it out for him,’’ Lundholm said. “He had a trial at Dubbo (December 21) and all is looking good.




SO GOOD TO ME (Race 1, No.1)

Had four starts for Kris Lees, placing three times, before being relocated to Dubbo to Clint Lundholm who has found a suitable race to open the next chapter of her career.


LARLABROOK (Race 5, No.5)

Another of the Lundholm charges headed to Gilgandra. This TAB Highway winner (beating She Knows) resumes in the Town Plate. Trialled well and has the talent.


LIVING CHOICE (Race 7, No.7)

Won at Dubbo two starts back and was brave in narrow defeat at Scone after that. Has earned his crack at a cup and arrives for the challenge in great form.


MATHEW CAHILL has a splendid book of rides, helped along by the aforementioned Clint Lundholm. With Greg Ryan not riding, Cahill should win the TAB jockeys’ challenge.


Race 5: 1,5

Race 6: 1,4,5

Race 7: 1,7,8

Race 8: 1,2,3





SING SONG (Race 7, No.4)

The daughter of Your Song has returned a stronger individual this preparation and showed her class when she blitzed her rivals by more than two lengths at Lismore. Should have little trouble winning again.


WESTROCK (Race 4, No.1)

This son of Pierro makes his debut for new trainer Matthew Dunn having previously been with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in Sydney. Showed plenty of natural speed in a recent trial and will take beating on that performance.


MOSSERATI (Race 6, No.4)

Was set forward at his first try over more ground last start and didn’t finish the race off. Expect him to be ridden more conservatively early from a wide drawn and he will be finishing the race off strongly.


Leading trainer MATTHEW DUNN has a strong team engaged at his local track with runners in all bar the opening event. It would be no surprise to see him walk away with four or five winners for the day.


Race 4: 1,7

Race 5: 2,3,5,8

Race 6: 1,2,4,6

Race 7: 2,4


“He has got good form in the Highways around She Knows and a few of the ‘Oakfield horses’ so he’s always been very competitive.

“There was nothing down there in a Highway that would suit him. There are no benchmark races in Sydney which makes it hard because he has got to go down there and carry big weights against metropolitan winners so we thought we might as well get some weight off his back and start him in a bush Town Plate and see where he stands up against them.

“He has got a great first-up ­record. There are a couple of decent bush sprinters in the race which I think will keep it a very competitive race but he’s drawn barrier five, he’ll press forward and he gets Mathew Cahill to steer him so he ticks a lot of boxes.’’

Lundholm has given himself a red-hot chance of bagging both features with sturdy central west galloper Any Blink’ Day in the Gilgandra Cup.

“He has been a good horse for a long time and has come up pretty well this preparation,’’ the trainer said.

“A few months ago, we wanted to aim towards the Gilgandra Cup with him once he stood up pretty well. That was always on the cards and he is looking a real contender in the race.

“It’s the first time we have taken him to the mile this preparation. He has been sticking to the 1200m and the 1300m races but after Greg (Ryan) rode him two starts back, he said he is looking for the mile.

“He had a luckless run at Orange last start but I think the horse is going well and should be competitive in the cup.’’

Lundholm’s many followers could well establish themselves a bank for later in the day should stable recruit So Good To Me run to expectation in the opener.

“She has been a consistent horse for Kris Lees punching in that area,’’ Lundholm said. “She is an on-speed type who looks like she wants a mile but we have to start somewhere with her. I am sure she will run a good race.’’



RACE 1 (1.05pm)

Kris Lees trained So Good To Me for her first four starts at which she placed in three in better company than what she meets here. She is now with Clint Lundholm who sees her as a miler but her ‘class’ may see her home here over 1280m. Wee Lassie is in well with 53kg after the claim. Placed at three of past four. Geegee Boom is in the mix.

BET STRATEGY: SO GOOD TO ME win; Exacta 1 to beat 11.

RACE 2 (1.40pm)

Clint Lundholm can win this race as well with Miranda Kay. The daughter of Haradasun looked the part when running a distant but unhurried second in 1010m trial at Dubbo on December 21. Valarian has race fitness on his side and was placed at Hawkesbury last start. Southern Strategy has been runner-up seven times in 14 starts.

BET STRATEGY: MIRANDA KAY win; Box trifecta 3,5,6.

RACE 3 (2.15pm)

Our Sarastro has the best benchmark rating in the race and is down in class. Third-up and will likely take up a prominent position. Attalea has the compelling record of a win and two seconds from three runs at the track. Bergdorf was fourth to Attalea before heading to Wyong where she was only beaten about four lengths.


RACE 4 (2.50pm)

Bossy Rose has only won one race from 17 starts but has placed eight times. Percussion may drum up some support.


RACE 5 (3.30pm)

Larlabrook is a great fresh horse and has gate five and Mathew Cahill to steer him around a suitable layout. That said, Gilgandra is also purpose-built for Kenny Succeed who is tough and genuine. Sugar Dance has claims so, too, A Martin Placepick.

BET STRATEGY: LARLABROOK win; Exacta 5 to beat 1.

RACE 6 (4.05pm)

Miss Hugo A Gogo beat Havenot first-up at Dubbo, which is a great formline, then finished fourth at the same track. Bedtime Stories is a 3YO filly taking on older horses but is lightly-raced and progressive. Go well. Future Road is a versatile type.


RACE 7 (4.45pm)

Living Choice is in the bigger leagues now taking on a Country Cup but he deserves his crack. He had a huge weight and drew 11 at Scone on a very hot day last start and had a contested on-pace run all the way but refused to surrender. A Magic Zariz is the tried and true Country Cups horse and is simply the horse to beat. Something Borrowed can never be ruled out. Baroque Girl is a contender.

BET STRATEGY: LIVING CHOICE each way; Quinella 1,7.

RACE 8 (5.30pm)

Squared can give the in-form Wendy Peel some more joy on Gilgandra’s biggest day of racing with a win. This mare was ninth of 10 at Wyong first-up at $26 but she was only beaten just under five lengths. This is easier, much more so, and look at her rating; she is 57 on the benchmarks while the next two raters are on 50. One of them is Star Of Zizou who won pretty well over 1000m here on New Year’s Day.



Dunn’s filly on Song

LEADING trainer Matthew Dunn has plenty of firepower at his disposal with seven horses engaged but it’s lightly raced filly Sing Song in the final event that he is most bullish about.

Despite drawing wide in the capacity field, Dunn is confident she can make it back-to-back wins in the Pottsville Beach Sports Club Handicap (1200m).

“I don’t really care if she gets stuck three-deep, to be honest,’’ Dunn said. “I think she will just be too good for them. “She belted them first-up at Lismore. She copped a bit of interference early which put her in an awkward spot but she was pretty impressive.”

Dunn has taken his time with the daughter of Your Track and Gimcrack Stakes winner Segments and expects her to race via the grades.

“She has a bright future,’’ he said. “We’ve been patient with her as it’s taken time for her to get to where she is but she is a decent filly, that’s for sure. She will keep getting better and is probably still a preparation away from really being at her best.”

Dunn’s first runner of the day is Maglev in race two and he’s ­hoping there’s a strong tempo.

“He’s a difficult horse as he won’t race inside other horses,” he stated. “He ran really well first-up at Ballina but probably did a bit too much in the run when he took off at the 800m.

“At Ipswich last start, he had a horse outside the whole race and just didn’t go.

“He needs a bit of speed on here and he will be right in the finish.”

A change of jockey from an apprentice to a senior rider is the important thing to the probabilities of Ten Taubada in race three, in response to Dunn.

“His first-up run at home was good,’’ Dunn said. “He had an apprentice on that day who probably tried to go too slow and he lost his rhythm mid-race and didn’t get it back.

“The horse that whipped around him and slowed up won the race.

“Robbie (Fradd) will ride him where he’s comfortable.

“He is also better on a softer track. He didn’t stretch right out on the firm track the other day.

“We’ve had a bit of rain so the track won’t be horribly firm.

“He looks the best horse in that race and has drawn ideally.”

Former Sydney galloper Westrock impressed Dunn in a current barrier trial and appears exhausting to beat in race “our over 1530m.

“When he come me, I used to be assuming he was a horse trying to get to a mile earlier than we noticed the best of him however in his trial and jumpouts, he has proven a heap of velocity,’’ Dunn stated.

“He led a 1000m trial right here a few weeks in the past and the jockey couldn’t maintain him sluggish sufficient. Perhaps now he’s had a trial, he’s on the lookout for 1400m however, if he turns up and does that once more, particularly with the 4kg declare, he’s going to go shut.’’

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