Wodonga races best bets, analysis with Leo Schlink


Herald Sun racing editor LEO SCHLINK believes the market has it right at Wodonga.

BEST BET

SHOTMAKER (Race 4, No. 4 – $1.85

Drops from black type company for the first time to maiden grade. Gelded since last preparation, sharpened by two recent Caulfield jump-outs.

NEXT BEST

FLASH FLOOD (Race 1, No. 2 – $5.50)

Showed nice ability during two Caulfield jump-outs. Drawn well for Harry Coffey. Solid in early markets.

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READY TO INDULGE (Race 2, No. 12 – $1.85)

Another leading contender from the Maher-Eustace stable for Coffey. Hard to beat on Sale effort.

HIGHCLASS HARRY (Race 9, No. 1 – $3.10)

Soft winner last start this trip and track. Well treated at weights after the claim. Racing well.

THE JOCKEY – THOMAS STOCKDALE

The gifted apprentice has four rides for Lindsay Park, including JAY GATSBY (Race 1, No 3, $2.70), FOLK HERO (Race 3, No 9, $7), ROYAL ADMIRAL (Race 5, No 4, $8) and DUCHESSE MOSSE (Race 9, No 4, $6).

MONDAY RACEBOOK

Former jockey Darryn Murphy has moved into a new role as coach and mentor to South Australia’s apprentices. In a position similar to that held in Victoria by Alf Matthews, Murphy has been entrusted with responsibilities across several facets with emerging riders.

NO shortage of star quality at Rosehill trials on Tuesday with a host of leading spring contenders stepping out. Team Hawkes has entered Masked Crusader, Master Of Wine, North Pacific and Ole Kirk. Chris Waller has nominated Verry Elleegant, Nature Strip, Funstar, Finche and Shared Ambition.

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Brooklyn Hustle was the star act in every sense at The Valley on Saturday with a sizzling return to form. The mare’s sectionals underlined the performance with the fastest 800m (45.68), 600m (34.66) and 400m (23.20) splits. The Cruiser matched Brooklyn Hustle’s 400m split and then produced the slickest 200m (11.41) when third to Hard Landing.

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Goodwood’s plans to run a pilot trial of crowd biosecurity at last week’s festival were cancelled by the British government because of COVID-19 concerns. The club had hoped to house up to 5000 people in three separate zones and had been inundated with enquiries, but the pilot was scuttled late last week depriving officials the chance to trial the proposal.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wodonga kicks off racing this week with an eight-race card before action switches to Pakenham (synthetic) on Tuesday before Cranbourne on Wednesday.

Warrnambool hosts Thursday’s meeting before racing switches to Ballarat (synthetic) on Friday.

The Aurie’s Star Handicap highlights the Victoria Racing Club’s season premier meeting on Saturday, while country action continues at Moe.

Bendigo and Casterton share Sunday’s double billing. Casterton will stage three jumps races, including the Casterton steeplechase and hurdle.