Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Gosford and Lismore

Trainer Gary Moore is “excited” about Gosford-bound two-year-old Mr Colorful, whose good looks and talent will soon become apparent.

Punters would do well to look beyond Mr Colorful’s one-and-only run — a distant last in the 2019 Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick.

The real Mr Colorful was on full display in a rare set of Canterbury trials last Friday week where no other heat winner, excluding the Everest-bound Classique Legend, was as emphatic as Moore’s colt. Mr Colorful was always in full control of the 905m trial, cruising down the line more than three lengths in front of the others.

“He has come back in great shape and I am looking forward to Thursday,’’ Moore said.

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Trainer Gary Moore is expecting an improved showing from Mr Colorful. Picture: AAPSource:AAP




MR COLORFUL (Race 2, No.4)

Strikingly handsome colt with a great action. Forgive him the Breeders’ Plate failure on debut. He’s a hundred times better than that.


PYTHIA (Race 5, No.10)

Another one for the forgiving punters. If she can ever bring her trial form to the races, she’ll win more than she loses from now on.


UNDOUBTED (Race 8, No.8)

Son of Sky Cuddle and a brother to Champagne Cuddles. He’ll be ready for the midweeks soon but has trialled ‘up’ for the return here.



Race 5: 2,3,10

Race 6: 1,3,6

Race 7: 1,5,6

Race 8: 5,8


TOM SHERRY is out in front in the Provincial jockeys’ premiership and might even out a ‘length or two’ on the chaser Lee Magorrian.




PENSHURST (Race 1, No.2)

Trainer Matthew Dunn has Penshurst perfectly placed for an overdue win.


STUCK WITH YOU (Race 4, No.2)

Plenty expected it, but what a super impressive debut win at Murwillumbah from this $4000 yearling ‘steal.’


“His trial was impressive at Canterbury recently, he handled the Heavy 8 with no issues and Glyn Schofield was very happy. He just got a little bit lost in front but he won with authority. The horse worked beautifully (on Tuesday morning).’’

Mr Colorful’s 2020 campaign kicks off in the Men Of League Maiden Handicap (1100m), for which he has drawn barrier 7 in the 10-horse line-up (barring any scratchings).

“He has got good gate speed,’’ Moore said. “When he hits the ground he can really pick up quickly so it’s is the perfect draw for him.’’

If races were won on looks alone, Mr Colorful would be a champion. A tall, powerfully built bay, Mr Colorful has a distinctive white blaze running down his face coupled with a daisy-cutting action.

“He’s got quality,’’ Moore said. “He’s a good looker. It’s unfortunate that we are into winter so we had to clip him but his coat looks great and he has good muscle tone. He covers a lot of ground and he acts on both surfaces.’’

Rothfire simply too good

Horse Racing: It was another beautiful day of racing as Rothfire proved their strength at Eagle Farm and Tyzone also won well.

Mr Colorful was bred by John Cornish’s Torryburn Stud and is a son of Silver Slipper winner and boom first-season sire Headwater.

“It was a very good purchase by my nephew George,’’ Moore said. “He wasn’t an expensive colt. I like the Headwaters. The horse from Queensland (Wisdom Of Water) is a really nice horse. He’s a good looker too so it looks like that’s how Headwater stamps his progeny.’’

Mr Colorful could have found himself in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in January given awesome back-to-back trial wins in December but it wasn’t to be.

“He had a setback so I gave him a break and it’s done him the world of good,’’ Moore said.

Next year will be the 40th ­anniversary of Moore’s famous win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) aboard Gold River for legendary French trainer Alec Head.

The victory emulated his ­father George’s Arc success 22 years ear­lier on the great St Crispin, who was also trained by Head.

While George was riding for Prince Aly Khan, Gary’s horse was owned by Jacques Wertheimer, the president of world famous perfume manufacturer Chanel.




Tereka is a son of wet-track racehorse and sire Pierro who is resuming here after two very easy trials. Although he finished at the back in both, he was close up and never hurried along. Will be strong late. Ruby Tuesday is one for the Rolling Stones and barrier fans alike. She has come back in great shape and beat a good field when she won her maiden at Wyong last prep. Miss Spiteful is very fit and gets on-pace favours.

BET: TEREKA win; quinella 5, 8.


Mr Colorful is a striking son of boom first-season sire Headwater. The Gary Moore-trained colt was tipped after running last at $41 in the Breeders’ Plate last year and had a setback that kept him out of 2020 Magic Millions 2YO Classic contention. Very impressive in a trial last Friday week. Garrison is a superbly bred racehorse who has been gelded since we last saw him. It has sharpened him up judging on his trials. Key Largo is getting close.

BET: MR COLORFUL win; exacta 4 to beat 1.


Past Tense is a Chris Waller-trained gelding who will be much better for his first-up run at Newcastle over 1300m. Has been crying out for the mile all along and finds a winnable race. First Footman chased home the smart subsequent city winner Zing at Newcastle last start. Third-up now and ready to peak. Todwick is better than we saw from him at Goulburn. Can improve. Highbury is a player.

BET: PAST TENSE win; quinella 1, 5.


Commander Bell caught the eye when he came from last at the turn to finish second in a similar race at Newcastle on May 23. He is by Pierro so that gives him a fighting chance to get through the conditions today. Tolemac strung together back-to-back wins at Hawkesbury and then here at Gosford before an uncustomary poor run at Newcastle. Made amends with a solid second in a 1200m trial at Wyong since. Mr Costigan races well at this venue.


Bjorn Baker hopes to snare a win with Brook Hill at Gosford. Picture: AAPSource:AAP


If Pythia ever brings her trial form to the races she will win more than she loses. Unplaced in five runs but went like a bomb in a Hawkesbury heat on May 25. She is a grey, the same as her third dam, Skating. Straight Torque is sure to have admirers on debut after pretty good trials last month. The stable knows how to get them ready. Montana Thunder will be improved by his Taree run, his first after a long break.

BET: PYTHIA each-way; quinella 3, 10; exacta 10 to beat 3.


Bjorn Baker has a nice horse here in Brook Hill, who turned in a solid debut third at Newcastle on May 9 then won a 1300m maiden with some authority at the same venue 15 days later. He fits the bill of being progressive and seems capable of measuring up to the new challenge today. Lancaster Bomber is a handsome Denman replica who is unlucky not to have won a few more races. Draw against, though. Skyray is a track and distance winner.

BET: BROOK HILL win; box trifecta 1, 3, 5, 6.


Gunaluva is gunna love the 2600m. He is trained by the master of all stayers John Sargent and is a son of hugely underrated stallion Reliable Man. His second dam is Quays, with whom Clarry Conners won the Wakeful Stakes. Lovely grounding for this. Joe’s Joy is a last-start winner who loves the slop. Castel Saint’angelo will be hard to get past with the Waterhouse/Bott bone and muscle.



Poor old Salina Dreaming has drawn the outside gate twice this preparation, both here at home. So much for the visitor’s draw? It might not matter as much as normal. It was a massive run last start and she is talented, with a bit of X-factor. Exceltic could run right over the top of them if at his very best. He looked like a Group horse early in his career. There’s still time. Advance Party is a somewhat underrated last-start winner from an in-form stable.



Matthew Dunn has served up racing’s equivalent of a full toss on leg stump to allow Irish-bred import Penshurst the chance to get some well overdue runs on the board at Lismore.

The recent stable recruit hasn’t graced the winner’s stall since ­Valentine’s Day in 2018 when taking out a 2400m race at Mont-­De-Marsan in south west France.

Penshurst has been stationed at Murwillumbah for a short time and has started twice for Dunn, the most recent of which was a closing third in a Benchmark 74 at Coffs Harbour over 2000m on May 22.

“He needs a bit of confidence and he’ll be on his way,’’ Dunn said. “He didn’t jump well at Coffs Harbour and the jockey was never able to put him in a winning position after that, but he was really good late.

“The whole plan of sending him up here was to try and run him in a couple of easy races and build his confidence back up, and then maybe start trying to improve his form. He needs to be winning (this race) or he’s in trouble.’’

Trainer Matthew Dunn has found the perfect race for Penshurst at Lismore. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Dunn will use Thursday’s Lismore card to debut the interestingly named Hogan’s Dare in the Our Kids Maiden Handicap (1200m).

The gelding is a son of Sir Patrick Hogan’s ill-fated Tavistock, who was on a Zabeel-like trajectory when Dunn and Hogan’s Dare’s breeder visited Cambridge Stud several years ago.

“I took a bunch of clients to New Zealand and we went to the Stud and Patrick Hogan was there ­giving his spiel,’’ Dunn said.

“There were about 20 of us and it was just when Tavistock started to get going and he bounced from (a service) fee of $7000 to $18,000 or $20,000. He was going up again the next year.

“One of the guys with us probably had a couple of drinks and put his hand up and said ‘can I have a service fee at his first-year price’?

“And Patrick said ‘yeah, you can, but on the proviso that you don’t sell (the foal) you’ve got to race it’, and that’s how he got his name, Hogan’s Dare.’’

Originally published asGosford, Lismore tips: Handsome colt looks the goods

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