Coach Mick O’Neill may have a number of good causes to be smiling as he walks into Gosford Racecourse with Gunnaza on Thursday.
To begin with is the shape that surrounds Gunnaza earlier than he races in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m).
Two begins again he ran half a size behind Falerina for third at Newcastle and she went on to win at Rosehill on a Saturday for coach Brett Cavanough.
MATT JONES’S BEST BETS AT GOSFORD
BEST BET: Gogoldcoast (Race 7, No.three)
I not often put first starters as my greatest guess however this horse appeared nice in a lead-up trial when getting the higher of Kaperjack, who went on to win impressively at Rosehill final Saturday towards older horses, so it’s an awesome type line.
NEXT BEST: Inventory Up (Race four, No.four)
This mare is beginning to repay punters after dropping a number of occasions final preparation and she ran an excellent race, when barely unsuited, towards an excellent subject in a lot better grade final begin.
BEST ROUGHIE: Gunnaza (Race 2, No.four)
The shape round him is nice. He’s completely positioned for this race and ought to put himself proper into it from the gate.
Leg 1: 1, three, 11, 14
Leg 2: 1, four, eight, 10
Leg three: 1, three
Leg four: 2, three, 5, 7
TRAINER TO WATCH
Scott Singleton’s horses are in type. Whereas Inventory Up is his prime hope, don’t be stunned to see Mosht Up do properly.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
Christian Reith has a lot of prime hopes immediately. Laguna Mountains and All Too Free appear to be they could sneak beneath the radar.
Final begin O’Neill watched as Gunnaza went one higher to run second behind Ozark at Muswellbrook, and Ozark’s coach Cody Morgan thinks the previous Godolphin runner will win on the town quickly.
So O’Neill is aware of he has a horse operating properly forward of his first race at Gosford.
“He performed well at Muswellbrook last start and came up against a good one (Ozark) that day,” O’Neill stated.
“When you get to the Benchmark up here we have to go down there. He’s an eight-year-old but he’s only lightly raced.”
O’Neill has one more reason to be completely happy Gunnaza is racing on Thursday.
Gunnaza’s profession was in limbo when he chipped a sesamoid early final yr and didn’t race for 18 months.
O’Neill significantly contemplated retiring him however couldn’t let go of considered one of his favorite horses and did every part potential to get him again to the races.
“He jumped over the crossing at Coffs Harbour and landed awkwardly and we knew straight away something was wrong and he was operated on straight way,” O’Neill stated.
“We were told to give him 12 months in the paddock or we would jeopardise him again.
“It’s hard to do that when they are six years old but we brought him back slowly.
“We decided to keep going with him. The Za-Ims are almost finished and they seem to train on pretty well.
“And you get attached to them and don’t want to see them go away.
“He has come back good and we will be trying to win again. He’s a pretty sound horse now and things have been going well.”
On Thursday Gunnaza races over his pet distance at which he has gained 5 occasions and positioned on 4 events in simply 10 begins.
He hasn’t run since November 6 as a result of he loves his runs spaced.
“That seems to be his go because he tells you when he’s ready,” O’Neill stated.
“He’s not the best eater but we gave him a gallop on the back on Saturday morning then he licked the bin out.
“He just puts everything in to his races so it takes him a little longer to get back to the races.
“The trackwork riders have been coming back telling me he’s full of himself, so we know he’s pretty right.
“He can get 1100m but he loves 900m and 1000m. I’d prefer to see him one out and one back. We wouldn’t want to be far from the lead in a 1000m race.”
Andrew Gibbons will experience him out of barrier two, which is ideal for him.
“He will be up the front there somewhere,” O’Neill stated. “He knows he’s tough and we’ve just got to pick the right races for him.
“If he does all right in Gosford we might be able to sneak into the midweeks in Sydney with him.”
TIME IS RIGHT FOR WARRIOR TO REACH POTENTIAL
Coach Richard Butler believes that is the preparation when flippantly raced Fruitful Warrior can come of age.
The Nowra runner strains up in a Class 2 Handicap (1200m) at Gosford after we final noticed him profitable at his residence monitor on July eight.
Butler thinks he has put sufficient work into Fruitful Warrior and he’s prepared to enhance on a first-up report of two begins for no wins or placings.
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That’s as a result of the five-year-old is a special horse now.
“We’re probably throwing him into the deep end in regards to going into the race without a trial but he’s had a jumpout at Nowra and did everything right which, to me, suggests that he wouldn’t look out of place in this type of race,” Butler stated.
“I think you’ve got to ignore those (first-up) statistics because he has taken a lot of time to get right, mentally.
“I feel he’s a more mature and stronger horse this preparation, so we’re hoping he can run an honest race.”
The damaging is that Fruitful Warrior has drawn vast however Butler stated Jay Ford had the posh of being on a horse that was adaptable.
“I’ll leave tactics up to Jay,” Butler stated. “If he begins well there’s no reason why he can’t run on the speed.
“There are some pretty quick horses in this race, though, so if he was to take a sit I’m sure he will be running home strongly in the end.
“He’s the type of horse that gets rolling early and continues his run right through to the line. He did that at Nowra and won convincingly.”
Fruitful Warrior won’t have gained first-up up to now however has proven dominance in profitable off freshen-ups at two of his previous three runs.
“I’d like to think he can run well given that he’s had a smooth preparation,” Butler stated.
“Every other preparation it hasn’t been like that because he was so immature.
“He’s an older horse now so hopefully he can come back well from a break and have a nice preparation.”
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Nivalis has been unfortunate to not win her previous two races over 900m and now she’s able to take the step as much as 1100m and she ought to be nearly main the sector. That Track drops in grade after pulling up 2/5 lame on the Kensington monitor final begin so ignore that eighth putting. Impurity is getting near a win and is match sufficient to supply her greatest and she’ll be robust to the road. Magnifica is the each-way hope.
Guess: Impurity to win
Gunnaza has sensational type round him and he’s completely positioned to win this open affair after three weeks between runs which is what he loves. Transmitter gained simply in maiden grade final begin however this can be a step up. She appears able to going to a different degree. Dreamy Belle returns from an extended break after operating in Listed grade in Might and she gained her lead-up trial and seemed nice in it. The removing of blinkers has executed wonders for Positive Hero and he’s third-up and on the lookout for three-straight wins.
Guess: Gunnaza to win
Wokurna has led his solely two begins which is a bonus at Gosford and that is his first go at a mile after very good performances over 1300m at his previous two and the type of Inventory Uphas been franked. He’s Imposing stays at a mile after profitable on the journey final begin and this can be a good choice for him third-up. Magnificence Kanas simply acquired beat late over 1600m final begin and will take lots out of it after coming off a clean up and is bred to run it out strongly. Laguna Mountains may also be robust to the road and can run them down.
Guess: Quinella three, 7
Inventory Up is beginning to stay as much as her potential and she’ll be awfully arduous to beat right here after a great final begin run on the town when lower than a size of rising star Napoleon Solo. Weekend Affair beat Francesco in greater grade at Canterbury final begin he’s going to offer Inventory Up a run for her cash off that effort and the 1600m seems to be preferrred. The Cartoonist additionally drops in grade so that is far more winnable.
Guess: Inventory As much as win
Swelt put in a superb first-up run and the horse that beat it went on to run on the town on Wednesday. He ought to sit in a great spot and let down nicely within the straight. Montana Thunder has impressed at his two runs after being off the scene for 2 years and has additional health for this now. Montails ran in trustworthy race on debut and will take so much out of it for a strong secure/jockey mixture. Hopscotch didn’t do a lot on debut however ran behind He’s Tremendous Fortunate who has gone on to win on the town since and she will get a light-weight weight.
Guess: Swelt to win
Man And Superman must be main this area into the straight and if he can have an excellent time of it out in entrance he may give a kick and make it onerous for his rivals to chase him down. Triplicate received crushed by Wokurna, who races earlier on Thursday, two begins again which is an effective information and he’ll maintain coming at them. Bulwark discovered type when put up over 1900m for the primary time so he ought to be suited to 2100m. Time To Rethink ought to drop again from a large gate and run residence arduous and Tim Clark will get on now.
Guess: Time To Rethink to win
Gogoldcoast appeared nice in his lead-up trial when profitable after holding out Kapajack who went on to win at Rosehill on debut so this seems like an excellent first-up check for him. Battle Cry is resuming with some headgear added which ought to make an enormous distinction and he’s had three trials to get him prepared as he races as a gelding for the primary time. Effectively has drawn good and will probably be within the field seat whereas Mosht Up shouldn’t be ignored after a stunning final begin effort.
Guess: Gogoldcoast to win
If Wander produced his greatest for his new secure he’ll go shut on this grade and he wears blinkers for the primary time and has a superb first-up report and loves the journey. All Too Free secured a win final begin which was in all probability overdue and if the mare maintain that type she’s going to be proper within the end. Anna’s Pleasure hasn’t been far off a few good horses at her previous two whereas Display Shot must be on velocity and this can be a lot simpler than a few of his previous races.
Guess: Wander to win