GARRY Frazer is looking forward to getting In The Zone out to 1500m on Sunday at Hawkesbury and he could be the first of three consecutive winners on the card for the local trainer.
The Not A Single Doubt three-year-old is looking for his first win from start three in a Maiden Handicap (1500m) and gets Tye Angland to ride him yet again after he rode him into fourth at Hawkesbury last start.
“He went good first-up. Tye felt he needed further ground so he could get into a nice comfort zone and into a nice rhythm,” Frazer said.
“They went a bit slow and when they sprinted they dropped him, but he got caught a bit wide so he went well considering how the race panned out. I think he’ll improve.
MATT JONES’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: HOSTINWIN MERAKI (Race 7, No. 2)
If he can beat King Tomlola home he should be too good for the rest and form behind Savatiano should hold up well in this grade.
NEXT BEST: MILITARY ACADEMY (Race 6, No. 2)
The home track factor is a big one for him as is the booking of Tye Angland and if he gets even luck he’ll be hard to deny.
VALUE BET: BROWN THOMAS (Race 4, No. 4)
He’s having career start three after a luckless first run and he was still coming home well at start two. The penny should drop soon.
Race 5: 3, 6, 10; Race 6: 2, 3, 5; Race 7: 1, 2; Race 8: 9, 11, 12
TRAINER TO WATCH
GARY MOORE has just the two runners at Hawkesbury but both look to be winning chances with Andrew Adkins to ride both late in the day.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
It’s hard to go past TYE ANGLAND who knows this track like the back of his hand and has the horses to deliver him a few wins.
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SHAYNE O’CASS’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: GENTLE ANNIE (Race 5, No. 6)
Has been absolutely awesome winning her past two, one here and the other at Nowra. Her finishing burst has been Winx-like — truly — and Kayla Nisbet has been very Bowman-like in her riding of late!
NEXT BEST: EXTRA COOL (Race 2, No. 6)
From the prolific winning stable of Trevor Sutherland. This son of Casino Prince is winless after a dozen starts but he is getting close now. Indeed, he looks to be peaking for this most suitable race today.
VALUE: TICKED OFF (Race 4, No. 7)
One of a few winning chances for Luke Pepper. The daughter of Tickets won her debut here and has been good since. Don’t want too much rain, though.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
KAYLA NISBET seems close to guaranteed four points in the TAB Jockeys’ Challenge and the Luke Pepper-trained Marquee could easily “medal” in his race.
Race 4: 1, 7, 8; Race 5: 6; Race 6: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9; Race 7: 2, 6
“He’s drawn the outside and I won’t give Tye many instructions. I just want him where he’s comfortable so he can have a chance to finish off.”
Angelo lines up in the next race on the card, a 3YO Maiden Plate (1000m) and he’s on debut.
Angland again rides for Frazer who was impressed with his lead-up trial win on his home track. Frazer ordered Josh Adams to ride him to a win that day and the former Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott-trained More Than Ready runner has come on since that heat.
“He trialled well about six weeks ago for me and Gai Waterhouse gave him two before that,” Frazer said. “I wanted him to win that trial. I’m trying to teach him to be a racehorse.
“We gave him a bit of break and his work since has been pretty good and I’m happy with him. He doesn’t need another trial.”
Frazer again will leave it up to Angland to guide him from the widest gate in the small field.
“It doesn’t matter where you draw at the 1000m at Hawkesbury and if the track’s wet you’re better off drawn out there because they’ve been getting to the outside every meeting here,” he said.
Evolet races just 35 minutes later for the stable with Grant Buckley to ride in the maiden race over 1300m. She had genuine excuses when sixth last start at Nowra and is knocking on the door for a win at start nine.
“She was good first-up and when I took her to Nowra I thought she’d be winning but she got her tongue over the bit and choked down a bit,” Frazer said.
“If they can’t breathe they can’t run so hopefully she races well now.”
It’s likely to be a heavy track today at Hawkesbury and despite Frazer’s three runners being inexperienced, they’re bred to run in the wet.
He thinks his first runner might just be his best chance.
“I think In the Zone is my top pick but only because he’s already has a run this time in, but I’m hoping all three go well,” Frazer said.
PUNTERS who back Boston Ivy in the opener on Sunday are set to reap the reward that comes with the patience shown by co-trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.
Boston Ivy has placed at three of her five starts and was fourth at the other.
On top of that, the filly has placed at all three runs at 1200m and has finished in the medals at two of her three Sapphire Coast appearances.
She is first-up in the Eve O’Brien Properties Maiden Plate over 1200m, a race that has had had her name written all over it for a long time now.
“She’s been ready to race for a couple of weeks and we picked this race out for her and holding her ready for it,’’ Jones said. “She is definitely fit and ready to go, it is just a matter of trying to contain her. I had her ready to go about a week and a half or two weeks ago.’’
Boston Ivy is a daughter of Denise Martin’s former crack colt Squamosa who can count himself unlucky not to have a Golden Rose. The filly should get every opportunity to secure a favourable run given barrier 3 and the talented Billy Owen in the saddle.
“Boston Ivy has never seen the rail,’’ Jones said. “She always gets two and three deep and just not have anything go her way. She should showed potential up to a mile last time in but I have kept her fresh and I know she is fit enough to run 1200m. I think she’ll run a good race.’’
INSIDE MAIL WITH MATT JONES
RACE 1 (12.20pm)
1. Greenspan won third-up in his first preparation and there’s no reason he won’t do it again this time and he’s more than up to this level. If the track is heavy 2. Britannicus should relish it being by Roman Emperor and is very fit off a last-start win at Newcastle. 3. Just A Joke had the blinkers taken off last start at the same track and distance and won well, so he’ll be a formidable opponent. 4. Princess Mia can win now that she drops massively in grade while 5. Billy Can should run the trip out at his first go at it.
BETTING STRATEGY: PRINCESS MIA to win.
RACE 2 (12.55pm)
2. In The Zone didn’t get the best of runs last time but was still good enough late to be given another chance and no doubt he’ll strip fitter from that run and be in it for a long way now that he’s up in trip. 5. Lake Hayes is right in this race on paper except her sire Ocean Park doesn’t produce a lot of wet trackers. 1. Trades Star is another horse that is an improver second-up and is on his home track. 4. The Cartoonist drops back in grade so finds this easier.
BETTING STRATEGY: IN THE ZONE to win.
RACE 3 (1.30pm)
4. Mandalong Nicko is racing well and has been unlucky not to win so far. He’s a colt by Great Hall and not much is known about his ability to produce wet trackers, but his son is in-form. 2. Avago Boy has had the winkers taken off and ran close behind an in-form horse last time and a repeat of that run brings him right into this. 6. Kinvarra Star and 1. Angelo are first starters and the latter looks to be the better chance.
BETTING STRATEGY: AVAGO BOY to win.
RACE 4 (2.05pm)
It could be a battle of the Garry’s with Garry Frazer’s 6. Evolet racing against Garry White’s 4. Brown Thomas. Evolet had big excuses last start so put a line through that run while White has had a big opinion of Brown Thomas from day one. 2. Indisputable has had two lead-up trials after being gelded so he’ll be a different horse here while 1. Broom Broom is coming off a long break but did race well on debut. 3. Bad Boy For Love is a danger.
BETTING STRATEGY: Quinella 2, 4.
RACE 5 (2.40pm)
3. Munich has been sent here for an easy kill and should get the job done if he runs to his peak. But if he doesn’t, a horse like 6. Yalanji could easily take advantage and win. He’s trained at the track and was good enough in city grade last start. 10. Pohutukawa is the other one who could surprise the favourite. He wasn’t far off Whiteley on debut and he went on to close a close third to boom colt The Autumn Sun so the form is great.
BETTING STRATEGY: Trifecta 3, 10, 6.
RACE 6 (3.15pm)
5. Rio De Janeiro’s class got him out of trouble and home on debut but he’ll naturally have to improve to make it two from two. 2. Military Academy is a really tough, honest horse who produces his best at his home track and Tye Angland takes the ride and he should race well over 1000m. 3. Neapolitan has run behind some good Godolphin horses of late so this is easier and 7. Twirling Moss has been given time to furnish but showed natural talent in his first prep.
BETTING STRATEGY: MILITARY ACADEMY to win.
RACE 7 (3.50pm)
Gerald Ryan has turned 1. King Tomlola into a winner since arriving this preparation and a hat-trick is well within his reach and Robyn Freeman-Key has ridden his to his past two impressive wins. 5. Lady Elizabeth looks to be the danger. She’s such an honest horse and she’ll beat any rival that doesn’t race well. She’s been less than a length off the winner in the same grade at her past two. 2. Hostwin Meraki is in good enough form to win this after running second last start and fourth behind Savatiano a start earlier.
BETTING STRATEGY: Quinella 1, 2.
RACE 8 (4.30pm)
The barrier isn’t ideal for 12. Wild Horizon from the 1300m start but she’s got the early speed to get across and lead and she beat Voodoo Lady last start and she went on to run a close third in town. 11. Mr Kylin romped in last start and even though the wet form isn’t great it was in much higher grade a while ago. 8. Californiafirebird is in a much more suitable grade and will get the gun run so there’s no reason why he won’t be there late.
BETTING STRATEGY: WILD HORIZON to win.