The Albury Cup Carnival concludes on Friday where it is Albury Cup Day, attracting a quality field. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
Albury Cup 🏆: View the Field for the Albury Cup
Race 1. (13:15) Skinlogics Mdn Plate 1175m
The throw at the stumps for the meeting comes in the first via 3 Faithful Azz (Bet Now: $46.00), a son of Keep The Faith on debut for Craig Widdison. This three year old didn’t exactly set the world on fire in a Wodonga trial, but had a jumpout on March 4 at Wangaratta and gee I thought he moved well. I’ve locked in the near $50 on offer early because I think he’s more a $21-$26 chance, perhaps shorter.
13 Smartkap (Bet Now: $7.50) is a Joseph/Jones trained filly that comes through the Lickety Split during the Canberra Carnival. She had a good run nearer the speed and tried hard but couldn’t finish it off when a well beaten third. That maiden looked to have a bit of depth to it, stronger than this…just a little query at her running a strong 1175m.
7 Prince Of Helena (Bet Now: $15.00) is a Sidestep gelding for Craig Weeding that is on debut. Narrowly won a Wodonga trial before jumping out at Wangaratta when off speed and chased along, but picked up and won well. Personally, I thought the jumpout of Faithful Azz was better, but that’s not to say Prince Of Helena didn’t jump out poorly.
Race 2. (13:50) Carlton Draught Hcp (c2) 1000m
7 Shores Of Avalon (Bet Now: $3.20) is a Keith Dryden trained filly that comes here in winning form after kicking on strongly from the front to win over 1000m at Canberra during their Cup Carnival. Was there to be run down but showed good ticker late and held on. Gets run of the race from the draw and has race fitness on her side.
Fresh legs and back to 1000m look two big ticks for 5 Bellarina Magic (Bet Now: $5.50), who was hard in the market when racing over 1300m at Toowoomba a few weeks ago and tried hard, but didn’t really attack the line with any purpose when fourth, so back to 1000m and sitting off a fast speed, she looks a leading chance.
4 Red Impulse (Bet Now: $8.00) is a daughter of Redente that resumes. She did a good job in her first prep, placing on debut at Wangaratta before going to Echuca and winning her maiden before being spelled. Wangaratta jumpout was just fair I thought and draws wide, but I’d be watching the market because the form around her reads well.
Race 3. (14:25) Adrian Ledger Memorial (bm66) 2400m
3 Ready By Design (Bet Now: $3.70) looks the pony to bet on. Gave them a caning two back at Benalla before racing at Cranbourne over 2000m where you could make a case that he wins with clear air in the straight. Just didn’t get the clearest of paths when third to Touch Of Mink. Think 2400m is perfect and stable doesn’t bring them across the border for nothing.
Rhys Archard has 2 Etna (Bet Now: $6.50) flying. Just can’t get a win on the board but is getting a number of placings, running third at his past three, the latest coming over 2100m at Echuca behind the well performed Mr Monaco, so the form reads okay for this. Has been getting a long way back in his races. Hopefully Dylan Dunn can take advantage of the gate.
7 River Of Gold (Bet Now: $11.00) is on her home track and should be respected. Blinkers went on at Wagga last start when stepping up to 2000m and they did the track. She was able to sit much closer in the run, travel sweetly, and once she got the gap, it was race over. Yet to be proven beyond 2000m, but off that win, the trip will be fine.
Race 4. (15:05) Lexus Of Wodonga Ctry Magic-c3 1500m
12 Rent A Rock (Bet Now: $6.00) for me. Danny Williams trains this son of Fiorente, who resumed in a 1200m maiden at Wagga and gee the win was impressive considering he will be much better suited over further and paraded like he would need the run. In the end, class got him home. Jumps straight to a Class 3 but do like him up to 1500m and has enormous upside.
Pat Widdup has 6 Benjamery (Bet Now: $9.00) going super. Was teasing to win a race and it finally came during the Country Championship Qualifier Day over the mile here when finishing best from off the pace. No knock back to 1500m and should get a lovely run from the barrier. Think he’s one of the leading chances in a winnable race.
2 Bezos (Bet Now: $13.00) got a well deserved win last time and he is on his home track here so a forward showing is on the cards. Led throughout to get the job done at Corowa last time out over the mile and I thought the win had merit given the tempo was genuine but he showed good ticker when required. Harder here, but his best is clearly good enough.
Race 5. (15:40) Albury Guineas 1400m
Think the each way play here is the Hayes/Dabernig 3YO 4 Confidant (Bet Now: $13.00). Was legless on the wet ground in the Inglis Sprint behind Rubisaki before going to Wangaratta and working home strongly to run second to Electric Charlie in a race which has produced a couple of winners. Draws wide, but hopefully gets three wide cover and launch late.
5 Mensa Missile (Bet Now: $3.80) is a WaterBott trained three year old that had trialled up well prior to resuming over 1350m at Wyong where he was Winx-like odds and won accordingly, sitting on speed throughout and giving them a proper spanking in the process. Beat nothing, but the manner in which he did it was impressive.
9 Front Page (Bet Now: $10.00) has done little wrong in her short career to date. Loved the way she put them away to win on debut over 1175m here before going to Corowa when near the speed and giving a strong kick but couldn’t quite finish it off when pipped near the peg. Rises a bit in depth/grade, but on her home track and gets a sweet trip from the gate.
Race 6. (16:20) Flat Knacker 900m
Think firmer footing and back to 900m are two big ticks for 5 Another Sin (Bet Now: $5.00). Ran in the Armidale Newmarket over 1100m last start and tried hard in the straight but couldn’t quite get there when third to Heaven’s High. Like him back to a fast run 900m and from the gate, Cahill should have him in the sweet spot, ready to pounce.
3 Mister Mogul (Bet Now: $3.90) looks the leader and he’ll give an almighty sight for Henry Dwyer. Has done his recent racing in the 955m races at the Valley where he has been quite good actually, including a sharp win two back. Good depth to this line up, but has race fitness, hard fitness, brilliant early toe, and will look the winner for a long way.
12 Equally Wild (Bet Now: $17.00) has to rise a fair bit in grade/depth, but hard to knock the way this gelding is racing at the moment, winning three on the bounce, the latest coming at Wagga when holding up from an inside gate to lead and he was far too good. Gets right down in the weights after the claim and gets a good run from the gate.
Race 7. (16:55) Albury Gold Cup 2000m
I think she’s big odds here 12 Monegal (Bet Now: $19.00). Was keen on her running well last Saturday at Rosehill and slightly talking through my pocket, but I think if she got the run when Brock Ryan was probing, she fights the finish out for sure. This isn’t an overly strong edition of the Albury Cup and I can see this mare getting back and finishing over the top.
What to do with 8 Attorney (Bet Now: $4.80)? Looked in need of the run fresh at the mile before stepping up to 2000m and again was one paced but hit the line pretty well. Does he want further than 2000m? I think yes, so that’s the query with him here, but third up, hard fit and if he produced what he did last prep, he’d be winning.
14 Perfect Illusion (Bet Now: $51.00) is the complete blowout at odds. Mitch Beer trains this former UK mare, who was good late first up in the Country Championship Qualifier here behind Sky Call before going to 1800m on the Kenso track and perhaps raced a touch flat off that brutally run resumption. Third up at 2000m in the hometown Cup, think she’s definitely one to include in multiples.
Race 8. (17:35) Wilson Transformers (bm58) 1175m
2 Maid In Milan (Bet Now: $10.00) for me in the get out. Mitch Beer trains this mare, who hasn’t raced since contesting the Country Championship Qualifier here where she got back off the fast speed and worked home well without the clearest of paths in the straight behind stablemate Sky Call. If young Heni Ede can take advantage of the gate, gee I think this mare will go close.
8 Dalaalaat (Bet Now: $3.10) is a Hayes/Dabernig trained three year old that gave them a spanking to break the maiden tag at Wagga two back before racing on the Kenso track where he led, copped pressure and couldn’t quite finish it off behind Shout The Bar. Reckon he’ll be more effective with a sit and McDougall is back aboard, back to this level.
Second up syndrome is the query with 16 Kaipaki (Bet Now: $7.50) but I thought his resumption was a definite pass mark. Resumed at Wagga when wide no cover on speed and tried but first up off a long break, he couldn’t finish it off but battled away really well in defeat to run fourth. If there is no second up syndrome, he’ll be around the mark.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Three Number 3 Ready By Design
NEXT BEST: Race Seven Number 12 Monegal
LONG SHOT: Race One Number 3 Faithful Azz
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 4, 5, 6, 9
Leg Two: 2, 3, 5, 8, 12
Leg Three: 2, 5, 8, 12, 14
Leg Four: 2, 8, 13, 16
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