It’s Moruya Cup Day on the south coast and Robert and Luke Price feel they’ve got two genuine winning chances in the $67,500 main race on the card over 1425m.
Cuban Belle is an in-form six-year-old mare and the Price men changed tactics with her at the end of her last preparation and have used the new plans with great effect this time in.
Giving her a good break between runs has helped her find her best from each time she goes to the race and she has done nothing but please Robert Price.
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Trainer Robert Price. Picture: Mark ScottSource:News Corp Australia
She’s won twice and finished sixth twice including last start at Kembla Grange when 4 ½ lengths off Miss Jenny over 1600m on March 13.
“She’s been really consistent this preparation and I thought her last run was one of her better ones,” Price said. “She got back from a wide gate off a pretty average speed and really attacked the line so I was very happy with her. She had Canterbury win and an Open class win a Nowra prior to that and she gets into this race with 55kg.”
On Sunday she jumps from barrier five with Brock Ryan on board and he’s ridden her on many occasions. He’ll be able to put her wherever he wants in the run, most likely just in behind the leaders.
“She’s got a good gate, Brock knows her well and she’s won at the track so I like the setup for here,” Price said.
“This has been a plan. She goes better fresh and we’ve spaced her runs. She’ll like the 1400m too even though she’s got a stayers pedigree. She likes a smother over those shorter trips.”
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BEST BET: MUSIC MISS (Race 6, No. 10)
Kody Nestor-trained mare won her first two starts when he took her over, one of them being a four-length, off-the-speed thrashing. Super trial winner recently.
NEXT BEST: MORE SPICE (Race 5, No. 5)
Remains the proverbial model of consistency for Scott Singleton. Her formline is 12122 going into this perfectly winnable assignment.
VALUE: ARDSTRAW (Race 1, No. 7)
Wasn’t asked anything by the rider in her Orange trial. Trainer has got a good opinion of her and she’ll be at enticing odds.
BEST EXOTIC: QUADDIE
Race 5: 5
Race 6: 1,10
Race 7: 2,3,8,14
Race 8: 4,5
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
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Greg Ryan has a super book of rides at Mudgee. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Curata Princess has drawn barrier 17 but it shouldn’t affect where she is in the run and Madison Waters will guide her with just 51kg on her back due to the 4kg claim.
“She’s drawn the carpark and she can’t keep up with them early. When she won the Nowra Cup she was last on the corner but she’s got a really, big powerful finish,” Price said.
The six-year-old comes into the race first-up and even though she’s never ran in the top three fresh her trainers are quietly confident of a big run.
That’s because she’s been running in town and not disgracing herself against the likes of Humbolt Current, Loveseat and she even ran behind Master Of Wine.
“It is a bit misleading (first-up record) because we’ve normally started her off with big weights trying to get some miles in her legs but this time it’s a whole different ballgame,” Price said. “If she’s feeling good and at the top of her game she’ll be the one to beat. She’s got no weight on her back and she’ll be steaming home late.”
The Price men have a huge team going to the races today outside their two cup horses and the one they’re most looking forward to seeing go around is in the fifth race.
“I like All Tiara,” Price said. “She’s well drawn and would be the pick of our others. She wouldn’t want to see a wet track but she does love running at Moruya.”
Meantime, Keith Dryden hasn’t given Heaven On Earth an official trial heading into her first-up run in the Moruya Town Plate (1200m) but feels she can win the race.
That’s because she’s at the peak of her powers and is looking to continue the sort of form that saw her win and place in town to end her last campaign.
“She’s been going well and just think she’ll be competitive in this race,” Dryden said. “She likes to be tucked in somewhere but she’s drawn terrible (11) so that will be a job for Brodie Loy.
“She’s had a spell and there will be improvement in her after this but she’s going well enough to be competitive in this race. She’s never been a flash worker but she’s going quite well. She’s going as well as she was last time in.”
Dryden has a big team running and Eltham Palace is just one of his many in-form runners and runs in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1010m) after winning last time over a trip she’s proving to be a specialist at.
“She’s still wanting to go a fraction hard so I’ve put the winkers on her to see if we can stop her looking at the other horses,” Dryden said. “I think she’ll race well from a wide gate and this will be her last run before she goes off for a spell.
Dryden is backing up Gambler’s Quest in the second race which isn’t usually a tactic he employs but the horse was just doing too well in the stable.
“He’s been carrying on and pig rooting so I think he’s ready to run again,” Dryden said.
You Knuckleship is one of Dryden’s best chances in the third race where he wants a more determined effort the whole way.
“He was going to win last start but dropped the bit and slackened off the picked it up again when he saw the other one coming at him but it was too late by then because the other horse had the momentum,” Dryden said. “The clients are all in their 80s and 90s so it would be good to get another win for them.”
Matt Jones believes Our Fox can make his presence felt in the opener.Source:News Corp Australia
MATT JONES’S INSIDE MAIL: MORUYA
RACE 1 (12.20pm)
Our Fox has the gate to compliment his on-speed racing pattern. He was pretty good without winning at his first preparation and has been suitably placed on Sunday. It’s A Dream will try to cross the field and lead and he’s been able to do that a few times in the past and almost hold on for a win. Kattegat is one to watch here because he’s an ex-Godolphin runner having his first start for Natalie Jarvis and his previous form suggest he can start off in winning fashion for his new country stable even though he’s drawn wide.
BET: KATTEGAT TO WIN.
RACE 2 (12.55pm)
Gambler’s Quest ran second last start and Keith Dryden is backing him up here which is a good sign because he doesn’t generally do that with his horses. He’s going to win one very soon. Your Eyes Only is back to country racing after running less than two lengths off the winner at the provincials last time and 1425m fresh is promising for him. Willy Wilson is getting out to 1425m which is what he is looking for now and he comes into this off a career-best run so expect another big showing from a good gate.
BET: QUINELLA 3, 8.
RACE 3 (1.30pm)
Your Knuckleship thought the job was done last start at Canberra and switched off before another came at him with momentum and pipped him on the line. Once he got going again you could see he was coming back at the winner strongly. The same jockey is on which will be important. Boom And Zoom was good in winning last time and the extra ground only suits. She’s really turned the corner and can improve on her record. Globalize is the likely leader and will be strong though the line. Hajduk is back to his pet distance which puts him right in this.
BET: EXACTA 4, 8.
RACE 4 (2.05pm)
The winkers were put on the hard-going Eltham Palace three starts back to ensure she keeps her mind on the job and doesn’t look for her rivals. She’s a 1000m specialist and comes off a last start win on rain-affected ground. The wide gate is a worry but if Luxurial can jump fast and cross the field she could easily lead all the way here. Izzy Looking Good had ran second five times from nine runs and only just lost her past two. The 100m might be a bit short though. Farthing Wood is a good fresh horse who likes the trip and soft ground and comes out of stronger form races.
BET: FARTHING WOOD to win.
RACE 5 (2.40pm)
Robert and Luke Price have a big team running and feel All Tiara is one of their best hopes after she won last start and thrives at this track. She just wants the rain to stay away. It’s an open race though with the likes of last-start winner Clergyman, Fusca and Designer Dance all set to fight out favourtisim with All Tiara. O’ So Tempting can pull out a winning run from time to time but is a query at the mile.
BET: CLERGYMAN TO WIN.
RACE 6 (3.20pm)
Pauper has a wide gate but will go back anyway and come storming home on his home track. He almost won a Highway race two runs back and goes great fresh. Polyxena has drawn to get the gun run in behind the leader so she gets every chance and she’s very fit. Southern Appeal may have ran eighth last start but it was in the Albury Guineas and he was closing in from 11th on the turn to be only three lengths off the winner. Coup De Main gets all the favours from the gate and he’s good enough to take advantage of it and be in the finish.
BET: SOUTHERN APPEAL TO WIN.
RACE 7 (4pm)
Irish Songs should start favourite and considering his form and ability that’s fair enough. He doesn’t win a lot though due to his racing manners but he does everything right in the run he’s the one to beat. Heaven On Earth hasn’t been seen publicly since running a close third at Canterbury behind Handfast in November but her trainer says she’s going as good. Crafty Tycoon has had a five-week freshen up which suits after a slashing second at Canterbury in February and he’s got gate to get him home.
BET: CRAFTY TYCOON TO WIN.
RACE 8 (4.40pm)
Stablemates Cuban Belle and Curata Princess have been set for this and don’t be surprised to see the latter run a big race at near 100/1. Peyton Place will try and lead all the way like he has at his pat two when winning with ease and he can handle the rise in grade. Rapido Chaparro has had two trials and will be primed to do well fresh. Thy Kingdom Come gets the charmed run at his favourite trip and he’s a genuine Saturday city horse so is hard to beat.
BET: QUINELLA 5, 11
Easter Sunday thoroughbred action comes from Moruya and Mudgee.Source:AAP
CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR SPEED CAMERA?
Wanda Ings was naturally disappointed that her beloved mare Speed Camera missed out on her chance of competing in the Country Championship Final last week at Randwick but there may well be some — albeit smaller — consolation on offer at Mudgee.
Speed Camera was beaten 2.6 lengths in the Mudgee Qualifier by Healing Hands in what was her only visit to the track before Sunday’s assignment.
Ten days after her Qualifier attempt, Speed Camera ran a huge race at the midweeks. The five-year-old mare drew the outside barrier in the 10-horse field at Warwick Farm and was a conspicuous last turning for home.
Speed Camera finished as well better than most to clock in fourth behind the Chris Waller-trained mare High Low Bet.
“We thought it was a fantastic run,’’ Ings said. “The winner was just in front of her and she was following her through, and Jason Collett said at one stage Speed Camera was actually travelling a little bit better than the winner.
“But when he had to let her down, she just didn’t really handle that Warwick Farm Soft 6. It just took that little bit of an edge off her but she kept coming so we were delighted.
“I thought to myself, she’s measured up and she’ll win one in town very easy.’’
Speed Camera was bred and raised at nearby Gooree and is a daughter of their own Smart Missile out of Pictures Of You, a mare by $3.6-million yearling and subsequent AJC Derby winner Don Eduardo.
“She has never really disappointed us and given us a bad run,’’ Ings said. “She is a just a lovely mare to do anything with. She is a straightforward and basic — a real credit to Gooree. They breed some nice horses up there.’’
Speed Camera may have been born locally but she has certainly come up with the visitors’ draw out in 14 in today’s Happy Easter Benchmark 66 Handicap (1400m), with the Ings’ daughter Chelsea in the saddle.
“She will go back anyway, it won’t really bother her,’’ Ings said.
“When she draws handy, she just pops out and is handy and goes to sleep. It’s a little bit of a task to get her back and get cover (Sunday) but Chelsea knows her and has ridden her in a lot of her work so she won’t go charging forward out of the gates.’’
Eleanor Webster-Hawes, who won the 2018 Mudgee Qualifier on the bolter Cosmologist, has the ride on Ings’ well-bred debutant Ardstraw in the opener.
“I really, really like this filly,’’ Ings said. “She has got lots of ability. Once she gets through this prep, I can see her being a really nice filly, going midweek at least.’’
Ardstraw’s third dam is Comely Girl, who beat Research in the 1988 Magic Night Stakes a week before running second in the Golden Slipper to her TJ Smith-trained stablemate Star Watch.
SHAYNE O’CASS’S INSIDE MAIL: MUDGEE
Ardstraw is a first starter who was given a very easy time of things in her trial at Orange last month. Hard to properly judge her talent on that alone but her trainer Wanda Ings gave her a good push when we spoke to her, That said, Duenna is a James Cummings trained filly who stands head and shoulders above then on form. Must go well. One Last Fight is a superbly bred horse and has trialled very well.
BET: ARDSTRAW EACH-WAY, BOX TRIFECTA 3,7,8,9,11
Lateral Missile is a Bjorn Baker trained filly on debut of the back of a reasonably good trial at Hawkesbury behind the aforementioned stablemate One Last Fight. Monitor market moves. Spirit World is another from the Bakery on debut and this one has the services of Greg Ryan who rides plenty of winners when Bjorn calls on him. Lope De Broker can run well on his trials.
BET: LATERAL MISSILE WIN, BOX TRIFECTA 2,8,10,12
The aptly-named Now Or Never won't get a better chance to shed her maiden than today. The Cameron Crockett trained mare is winless in 13 starts but she went close enough to winning last time out. Ellia is a superbly bred filly who turned in a very encouraging debut when beaten a nose at Narromine. Will To Excel is likewise well bred and looked the part in his most recent trial.
BET: NOW OR NEVER WIN
Godolphin galloper Wren’s Day was one runner-up in a Group 1 the champion Cracksman! It is clear that he is isn’t going anywhere near as well as those days but surely he has to be the class horse here. Les Amoureux probably should have won a few by now, including in town in a former life when trained by Anthony Cummings. Go well. Snipselva is the blow out runner.
BET: SNIPSELVA PLACE
More Spice heads into this race off ‘12122’ at her last five outings. She is clearly a very fit mare and this looks another opportunity to add to her tally. Club Town comes off a last start win at Dubbo beating Good Host who is not without claims himself in this. Blinkin Nomore and Bulletson are both capable of figuring.
BET: MORE SPICE WIN
Music Miss has been off the scene for a long time but her trial win at Dubbo on March 28 was a gem. She won her first run for Kody Nestor and backed that up with a thumping win at Orange so has talent. Stablemate Risk And Reward has a definite fitness edge on Music Miss and will be there to strike late. Demonize and Cosimo have claims.
BET: MUSIC MISS WIN, QUINELLA 1,10
Mornay is a cleverly named daughter of a mare called Lobster. Part owned by the form expert Marc Lambourne, Mornay has shown talent from day one and will strip fitter for a thoroughly acceptable first-up performance at Nowra. Magnarock has raced in town at his last couple and will find this much more to his liking. Ben Shoof ran a beauty first-up and can take part in the finish.
BET: MORNAY EACH-WAY, QUINELLA (BOXED) 2,3,8, BOX TRIFECTA 2,3,8,14
Good race! Speed Camera and Toulon Brook would have both been worthy of taking part in the Country Championships Final last weekend but missed the cut for one reason or another. Speed Camera is a very honest and consistent mare who ran well in town last start whilst Toulon Brook showed that he was back on song with a last start win. Outside of those, Northern Lights and Supreme Attraction are in the mix.
BET: SPEED CAMERA WIN, QUINELLA 4,5, EXACTA 5 TO BEAT 4
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