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Newcastle races, tips; Shayne O’Cass best bets; Grafton races; horse racing tips

Newcastle races, tips; Shayne O’Cass best bets; Grafton races; horse racing tips

IT goes with out saying that no coach want to win at this time’s Max Lees Basic (900m) greater than the legendary coach’s son, Kris.

Now in its second yr, the race is put aside for two-year-olds, which is apt given Max Lees is best remembered for his efforts with 1977 Golden Slipper winner Luskin Star and the inaugural Magic Tens of millions winner, Snippets.

Each horses graced the Newcastle racetrack with their presence, Luskin Star gained the Cameron Handicap, whereas Snippets was crushed by subsequent Golden Slipper winner Marauding within the Penfolds Basic, as soon as an essential lead-up to the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race.




JAZETTE (Race 7, No.13)

A Peter and Wendy Moran-owned/bred sister to Miss Que and Cluster. The Canterbury debut was wonderful and she or he ought to end excessive of them right here.


SKAGERRAK (Race 6, No.6)

A particularly good-looking chestnut filly from the identical household as Black Caviar. The James Cummings-trained 3YO was positioned right here at her second run then spelled. Trialling very nicely.


LOVE NONE (Race 1, No.2)

Had a torrid run from the vast alley within the Nation Basic and did an outstanding job to be crushed underneath 4 lengths. will get the large tick for that effort and again in school for this.


CHRISTIAN REITH might nicely take out the TAB Jockeys Problem, as long as certainly one of his winners is Jazette — all good.


Race 5: 1,2,four

Race 6: three,6

Race 7: four,13

Race eight: 1,2,6,9





RUN ALL NIGHT (Race four, No.13)

The blinkers are anticipated to assist her discover her approach to the road at full velocity moderately than sluggish up ready for the sector to meet up with her. If it really works, her expertise can get her residence.


DEEP BLUE SEA (Race 7, No.1)

I beloved the best way he was operating via the road final begin and he can go on with it right here. The rise in journey helps him and he’ll look to out-tough his rivals.



In a subject with no standout on paper, he can get the job accomplished based mostly on his final run when second. He’s improved since at house too.


Race four: 2, 6, 13

Race 5: 2, three, 5, 12

Race 6: 1, three, 5, 9

Race 7: 1, 10


JENNY GRAHAM might simply win three races with Line Up Women and Let’s Rebelle her main hopes in races two and three.


SCOTT GALLOWAY comes down from Queensland to journey two, Iron Dome and Deep Blue Sea, they usually’re each brining good type down south.


The inaugural winner of the Max Lees Basic (900m) was the native, Jonker, who went on to start out favorite within the Magic Tens of millions however was knocked down. This yr’s race is extra about high quality than amount as Lees, who provides two of the sector, agreed.

“It’s looks a small but select field,’’ he said.

“My two horses (Showzone and Vinrose) have trialled well and are going into the race in good order. If there is a future star in the race they’ll beat us but if it is your regular two-year-old race then I suggest they’ll be very competitive.’’

Both of the Lees’ pair wear the colours of Melbourne Cup winner, Protectionist, given they are managed by Australian Bloodstock. Snowzone has trialled twice ahead of his debut, green as grass at his first heat before showing plenty of pace to win his second outing.

“He turned things around — it was a nice trial,” Lees stated. “He showed more speed in that second trial and I think he’ll put himself in the right spot. They have both drawn well so they’ll get their chance.’’

Snowzone is a colt who will be monitored closely by studmasters as his career develops given his extraordinary pedigree.

The Cressfield-bred youngster is by Snitzel out of the French mare Snowdrift, whose fourteen offspring include Snowland, Snippetson and Ghisoni’s dam, Portillo.

As for Vinrose, she is a filly bred by Harry and Bill Mitchell at Yarraman Park by their champion stallion I Am Invincible. Vinrose did everything asked of her by jockey Andrew Gibbons when she won her only trial at Newcastle on November 22.

“To be fair to her I would probably would have liked another trial under her belt but it is a 900m at home and if she takes improvement out of that trial, which I feel she has, she will be competitive,’’ Lees said. “I think she has come on the right way and will run well.’’

Lees won’t be able to savour the moment trackside as he will be attending the wedding of Brenton Avdulla and his partner Taylor Paine.

Meantime, prominent breeders Peter and Wendy Moran are set to add another winner to their exorbitant tally when their homebred filly Jazette heads to Newcastle.

The Queenslander’s familiar green and white colours have been worn by some outstanding horses including Mossman, Segments, wondermare Staging and her three Group 1 performed sons, Duporth, Excites and Tickets.

The Moran’s also bred Gold Edition, Pure Energy, Zariz and raised Buffering on their then Noble Park Stud property at Innisplain. Jazette has spent most of her life in Queensland, much like her siblings Cluster, Miss Que and Inkling.

A daughter of Fastnet Rock, Jazette had trialled keenly before her creditable debut at the Canterbury night meeting on November 16.

The Joe Pride-trained three-year-old paid dearly for drawing the outside barrier with Corey Brown left no other option than to drag her right back to near last.

“She jumped well, probably too well, and Corey had to get her back to last otherwise he’d have been three-wide,’’ Peter Moran said. “She came home pretty well, it was just that last 50m that she felt the pinch at her first run.’’


Shayne O’Cass

RACE 1 (12.45pm)

Muswellbrook mare Love None was the victim of a wide draw in the $125,000 Country Classic at Rosehill two weeks ago. Despite all that happened to her, the mare did a great job to be beaten just 3.8-lengths. Allzin came from a long way back to finish 2.4-lengths sixth in the same race. Quality Approach is a player

BET STRATEGY: LOVE NONE win; Quinella 1,2.

RACE 2 (1.20pm)

Loved One was scratched from a race at Kembla to run here and it looks like a winning move. This superbly bred John O’Shea-trained filly is lightly raced and comes here off an impressive track/distance win over two subsequent winners. Maid Marilyn is the leader and will be hard to run down. Seababe has a record of 4s 2-1-0 at the venue.

BET STRATEGY: LOVED ONE win; Exacta 6 to beat 1.

RACE 3 (1.55pm)

The Brad Widdup-trained Sizzled has done nothing wrong in his three starts with two placings and a fourth — that was here on debut to Inherit. Finished sixth in a recent trial, was close and not asked to do much. Looks to have the required talent. Onemoreforluck has finished on the placegetters heels all three runs, Can figure. Tainted Affair is well bred and drawn to race handy.


RACE 4 (2.30pm)

Strasbourg, a $750,000 yearling, has unmistakeable class and quality and was a real eye-catcher when a closing third to Cardiff and Golden Slipper favourite Tassort in recent trial at Canterbury. Scratched from Rosehill on Saturday. Kris Lees would dearly love to win the Max Lees Classic. He has two runners with trial winner Vinrose just ahead of the blue-blooded colt Snowzone.

BET STRATEGY: STRASBOURG win; Exacta 5 to beat 8.

RACE 5 (3.05pm)

Toroso races in the same colours as his champion father Pierro. Bred by Don Storey out of the stakeswinning mare Walk Alone, this gelding has won twice at Hawkesbury from his five career starts. Resumes in the right race. Helmet son Pickelhaube is an ex-Godolphin galloper making his debut for Kris Lees. Handy at his best. Fuchu likes this track and was super here first-up. Could finish over the top.


RACE 6 (3.45pm)

Black Caviar relative Skagerrak is a talented filly from the Godolphin camp. She’ll be ready to deliver now at this, her second preparation. If she reproduces her Warwick Farm trial from November 9, she’ll be winning. The danger is her stablemate Sparks, who lost the rider at Kembla, trialled on November 21 and was excellent again. Full Of Fire is next best, but it looks like a Royal Blue quinella.

BET STRATEGY: SKAGERRAK win; Exacta 6 to beat 3; Quinella 3,6.

RACE 7 (4.20pm)

Joe Pride filly Jazette is a sister to Cluster and Miss Que and a half to the stakes-placed Inkling, who went to the States and won at Del Mar at his first run there. Jazette’s first run was hindered badly by her wide draw. Got too far back but got home really well. Should be too good here. That said, Charretera is a handy type who went within a whisker of winning his debut at Hawkesbury. The blowout is Fraudulent — she’s a massive watch here — and at good odds!

BET STRATEGY: JAZETTE win; Box quinella 4,9,13; Box trifecta 4,9,12,13.

RACE 8 (5pm)

Sam Weatherley takes 2kg off the back of Dynamic Bid, which only serves to heighten the chances of the Choisir son. The Gabby Englebrecht-trained chestnut is building up to a win and he was very close to Falerina here two runs back. Tabrobane was disappointing in town last start. Loves this trip and trained here. Oakfield Jet is a half-brother to Hot Danish.



Matt Jones

COFFS Harbour trainer Sally Taylor has had her sights set on Sunday’s Grafton meeting for some time and she brings four hopes to the NSW north coast track.

“I picked out this race day on purpose for all these horses,” Taylor stated. “They’re in the right grades and at their best distances. Camayoc is in form and the blinkers going on Run All Night makes me pretty confident about her.”

Camayoc kicks the time without work for Taylor within the opening occasion, a Benchmark 58 Handicap (2200m) and he’s coming off a win at Port Macquarie over 2012m in the identical grade of race.

He solely has to hold an additional 1.5kg and will get into the race with the lightest weight and Brooke Stower rides him once more.

“It was a really good win last start considering he was three-wide the entire way,” Taylor stated. “He went from 1400m to 2012m so I had to make sure he was fit and he had plenty of work leading up to it.

“I expected him to at least place. He’s a nine-year-old gelding and he’d just lost his sprint when he ran at Armidale the start before. He could go with them and I knew he was looking for 2000m.”

Drawing widest in gate six can also be a plus for Camayoc’s racing sample. “You’ve got to ride him as quiet as possible,” Taylor stated. “The 2200m won’t bother him at all, especially after his last start which would have topped him off beautifully for this run.”

An necessary gear change is what Taylor is banking on with Run All Night time forward of her Maiden Plate (1100m) race. She’s solely having her fourth begin and has actually come on this preparation following a fourth putting first-up then operating second final begin at Armidale when she in all probability ought to have gained.

“Her run at Armidale was really good but unfortunately she hit the front a bit too early and just got a bit lost,” Taylor stated. “Peter Graham said she just started digging her toes in before the winning post so I think that’s all that got her beat.”

“I think the blinkers definitely improve her because she’s a spooky little filly. It doesn’t take her much to switch on and she’s got the speed but she needs the blinkers to keep her going once she hits the front. She worked well in them so we were happy to put them on in the race and the big track will suit her.”

She ought to get a charmed run from barrier one with Matthew Paget on.

“I’m hoping something can go forward and she can sit in the second pair back on the fence,” Taylor stated.

Boastful Boy (within the sixth race) and Tilbury Lodge (within the seventh) are comparable varieties in that they run properly with out profitable.

Tilbury Lodge is at a mile which fits and he’ll be ridden quiet and is one to observe late whereas Conceited Boy must be doing the identical.

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