A Matthew Smith-trained colt has the talent to overcome his big draw in the final race at Gosford. BEST BETS, DOOR MAIL
Daily Telegraph analyst Shayne O’Cass gives his best bets and rules every race for Gosford.
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Race 7, #10: ROAD TO THE STARS
This colt from the Matthew Smith stable is loaded with talent but saddled with a wide pull. Good enough to remain undefeated, luck permitting.
Race 5, No. 5: AMARANTZ
Steps up to 1900m which is where she has always promised to be most effective.
Race 4, No.8: HOT PRESS
Snowden/Triple Crown filly that has returned in good order. Impressive t/d winner on New Year’s Eve.
Race 4: 4,5,8
Race 5: 4.5
Race 6: 3,4,8
Race 7: 10
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Jason Collett has the ride on the upcoming three-year Way To The Stars in the latter in Gosford.
Race 2, No.4: AMBITIOUS FELLA
Brother of Ambitious Prince, first here of two very nice tests. Well done.
Race 5, No. 9: MULAMOVA
Sent some encouraging signals on her initial prep. Should run fine again.
Race 1, No.11: SPEED MAP
Allan Chau trained foal beating the last two seconds on the Gold Coast.
Race 6, #2: BILLABONG ISLE
On target for a hat-trick at just her sixth race start here. Signed to pull it off.
Race 7, #5: ARIMATHEA
Has really thrived in her new environment. Fast horse catching.
THE INNER MAIL FOR GOSFORD
Rock The Bells has raced 11 times for a win, five seconds and two thirds, so he is a completely reliable horse. Barrier 5 of 10 is just about perfect for him; he can be handy as he pleases and we know he will run a strong mile. Queuing up for some ‘reward for effort’ here. Bob is on Wyong’s quick backup on Saturday. He was $3.20 in $2.70 beating one at home, but it was a Heavy 8 and he might have been looking for more. Tympanist was a few inches behind Rock The Bells when they both posted in Wyong on Dec. 15.
Effort: Rock The Bells to win, exactly 3 at 5 . defeat
All England is an I Am Invincible gelding out of a stakes-winning half-sister to Chautauqua. His two runs in August were both at the Kensington course and were both quite good as he finished first fifth here on 29 December when he finished strong late. Extra 100 meters a bonus. Kipsbay was nailed first in Canterbury late on December 17; won a lawsuit in Rosehill 10 days ago. Important player. Please note that the blue-blooded Blueskin (Snitzel – Arinosa) took a remarkable third place in that test. Camplin was able to provide a view of the draw.
Effort: All of England wins, box trifecta 1,2,3,9
Miss Tambo would probably never be able to beat Reggie’s Boy in Muswellbrook 10 Days, but she sure packed a punch, especially for making her debut. A few weeks early, she tasted particularly good. Port 1 signed here. Hayami is clearly better than what she showed at Warwick Farm. Almost certainly to be driven closer, much closer in fact, which should mean a change in fortune for her. Flying Shamus never made her debut here, but she pretended to run a race that day. Too early to fire her.
Effort: Miss Tambo to win, exacta 3 to 4 . defeat
Hot Press has come back in good shape. She is according to press statement, so maybe it was always the case that she would be a better filly out of three, as evidenced by that impressive trial on November 23rd. Ran good first and then just too good for them in her 1200m girl here on New Years Eve. Star Dynasty was a real eye-catcher on her first run for Ron Quinton, showing up late to finish fourth in a deep Benchmark 64 race here. Well drawn, as the Reece Jones again claims. Wolf Queen took it easy when she won her virgin here.
Effort: Hot Press to win
Amarantz is a daughter of Ammirata whose biggest win this week was in Gosford 6 years ago, in the Belle of the Turf with the same colours. Amarantz is from Animal Kingdom and has stamina there to run 1,900 meters. Her patron says yes, but she’ll need the perfectly timed ride around Gosford. Royal Court is on his second career run straight to 1900m, but a little further and he wins on his debut over 1600m here on New Years Day. Nice kind. I haven’t forgotten Flying Witness, which looks ‘the obvious’ on paper. If there’s a blowout, bet it’s Madiba’s Queen.
Effort: Amarantz wins, box trifecta and First 4: No. 4,5,7,9, Daily Double 1st leg (5), 2nd leg (10)
Shadow Devil was $7 versus $10 when he made his 1000m debut here. It may have just been the broad draw that saw him open at $7, let alone come out in double digits. My tip ran last so I’m not trying to rewrite history, but how could he not walk off the trails well? The bottom line is – he shot it. Always hard to go as a girl to a class 1 or in this case a benchmark 64 more so with a horse like Loch Lomond in the lineup. Could secretly just come out and not take any prisoners here.
Effort: Shadow Devil wins, quinella 3.8
Way To The Stars is a horse most aptly named because only time will tell where he ends up. Normal horses don’t win like he did in Nowra on his debut at the end of August. Then spelled and tried as if he had a tooth that says something. Bad alley is the only thing that keeps him from being a moral. Petulant will make sure this isn’t a slam dunk for Way To The Stars anymore, but she’s scarred even worse. Rita May has done enough to warrant respect. Probably prominent for much of this. Very Sharp may be the one that comes on the scene late.
Effort: Way To The Stars To Win
Originally published as Raceday focus: Bets bets, inside mail for Gosford