Some great racing meets around Australia on Friday, the 10th of January and we have a preview and best bets for some of our favourite races from Gosford, Cranbourne, Port Macquarie and Sunshine Coast below!
(4) Duclair has only placed at one of his five career starts, that was last time at at Canterbury, but he looks to have some upside getting out to this trip. He was poor resuming at Hawkesbury over 1300m, went to Canterbury second-up and never got into the race when he got back and wide in a race where it was favourable to be up on the speed. He was again at Canterbury last start at huge odds and out to the 1900m for the first time, he was given a peach of a ride behind the leader by Avdulla but just found one better. The SP profile doesn’t read great but that is usually the case for horses in maiden staying races, he looks to be getting out to the right trip for him, the 2100m should suit. Another positive jockey riding with Tim Clark taking over, nobody knows this track better. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of speed on paper, I can see him trying to lead from the wide gate with about a 400m run to the first turn.
(12) Zousonic looks to have come back well this prep and has placed at both runs, she gets out to the mile for the first time in her career third-up today. She resumed in a harder maiden at Sandown over 1400m at huge odds, settled mid-field and after a nice ride where she stuck to the inside, ran on well only beaten 0.3 lengths. She was then here at Cranbourne a fortnight ago, well back in the run before fanning 5 and 6 wide, she was a little wayward and layed in down the straight but hit the line well without ever looking likely. She was beaten favourite that day, I like the jockey change with Jamie Kah replacing Chris Symons. I expect that she will positive early getting out in trip from the inside gate and settle closer, she may just need the luck getting off the rail when the runs come. (11) Resplendence looks the danger, we were keen on her last start but she raced a little flat, she also gets out to the mile for the first time and it wouldn’t surprise to see her improve third-up with the blinkers on for the first time. Don’t have her going around a loser.
(6) Meyitsi is a Paul Perry trained colt that was on debut last start at Taree. He had trialed well enough going into that, but was a big drifter in the betting late. He had the inside gate and hunted through to lead after beginning well, was clearly headed early in the straight but stuck on well to only be beaten a length. He looks like he should be suited getting out to the 1200m today, I presume if they lead again on him, they will get rolling a little sooner as he didn’t really have that acceleration when asked. The form out of the race has been ok with the only one of the top four to have raced since scoring a maiden win at Taree a week ago. This looks no harder than his debut and I expect there will be money for him today.
(5) Shinshinto is by far the least experienced horse in the field lining up for just start number three. He debuted back in April at Ipswich on a heavy track, was wayward in the run early and eager to run before crossing and finding the lead. He weakened in the run home, clearly with plenty to learn he was sent to the paddock and resumed at the Gold Coast three weeks ago. He was very well tried in the betting, eventually starting the race as favourite. He began well, found the position outside the lead and was able to dictate from there. He got past the leader inside the last furlong and although he hung in over the concluding stages, was going away from them to win comfortably. That was on a heavy track so I am presuming that he can also show that same speed on top of the ground today, from the inside with a good getaway the jock should have all the options. Hopefully the instructions are to just find the top and the rail helping his waywardness, and be too quick for them.
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