Coffs Harbour tips: Happy days on the cards
Local trainer Paul Smith is only sending three horses to Coffs Harbour on Monday but he’s a genuine chance of bagging a winning treble.
“It would be good. I’ve done it once with three horses a while ago,” he said. “If the rain holds off then Delayed Response would be my best.”
Delayed Response will race in the Korora Cup (2000m) and the So You Think mare comes off a fourth placing at Doomben over 1600m a little more than a week ago.
“She’s always showed me she wanted 2000m but those races are hard to come by,” Smith said.
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“The winner was too good for us in Brisbane but if she got clear running and her momentum up, I think she should have run third.
“She just got held up when she wanted to keep going forward.”
Delayed Response had previous good form before a freshen-up.
The four-year-old ran less than two lengths off the highly promising Hellenism, who has won three of her past four.
Two runs ago Delayed Response was 1 lengths behind Greenspan in a 1500m Highway race at Randwick so she shapes up well for her first try at 2000m.
“I know it’s a step from the 1600m to 2000m and I haven’t done too much with her,” Smith said. “I don’t need to bust her because she’s fit.
“She’s at the right weight and I’m pretty confident she’ll run the distance, which makes her hard to beat.”
Shayne O’Cass has made Reappear his best for the day.Source:Getty Images
BEST BETS WITH SHAYNE O’CASS: COFFS HARBOUR
BEST BET: REAPPEAR (Race 5, No. 13)
Granddaughter of Clarry Conners’ Golden Slipper winner Burst who is unplaced in six runs but ran a good race at Grafton last time out.
NEXT BEST: BEDIVERE (Race 4, No. 2)
Top run when second in a 1900m event at Canterbury but was a victim of the on-pace bias there two weeks later. Wants the 2000m.
BEST VALUE: HAPPY FRANK (Race 7, No. 8)
Local who has really hit his stride now, judging by a huge win at Casino in a maiden last start.
BEST EXOTIC: QUADDIE
Race 4: 2, 4. Race 5: 13, 14. Race 6: 9, 14. Race 7: 2, 7, 8.
TRAINER TO FOLLOW: KRIS LEES
Heads to Coffs with some of the best chances.
BEST BETS WITH SHAYNE O’CASS: CANBERRA
BEST BET: KNICKPOINT (Race 6, No. 1)
Exciting Godolphin horse who was back to his brilliant best in an emphatic win at Canterbury.
NEXT BEST: TALIHINA (Race 5, No. 12)
Very well-bred filly who will take a power of beating if she runs up to her Goulburn trial.
Poetic Affair will open Smith’s account on Monday in a Maiden Handicap (1400m) and despite searching for her first win at start eight, she’s run second at her past two.
She enjoys wet tracks and should get suitable conditions to break her maiden. She just needs to jump cleanly.
“She’s learning all the time,” Smith said. “She still does a few things wrong in the barriers and doesn’t hit the ground genuinely. She moves around and jumps a bit awkward and can miss it by half a length.
“She’s tried hard and not had the easiest of runs at her past two.
“She’s taken a long time and she needs to get away better so she can travel. When she misses it by half a length she needs to be revved up to get into a spot.”
Northern Wildrose will end the day for the team in a Class 2 Handicap (1200m).
She comes into this race off a seventh placing in Grafton’s Country Championships Qualifier, which was won by Plonka.
Northern Wildrose led that day and was run down late in the 1420m event. The drop back to 1200m suits her better.
From barrier one she can lead all the way at a track where she’s won before.
“That was the hardest race she’s run in and she really tried hard,” Smith said.
“It took its toll in the last bit but she’s a handy mare and won’t be far away in this race.
“She likes to roll along and she’ll hold her position from the one alley. She doesn’t like to be restrained.
“If she gets an easy run early she’ll be hard to run down.”
Thoroughbred racing heads to Coffs Harbour in NSW on Monday.Source:Getty Images
INSIDE MAIL WITH SHAYNE O’CASS: COFFS HARBOUR
Charge Perminute is a first-starter trained by Dwayne Schmidt whose daughters Priscilla and Cassandra won races on the dam, Aminutemore. This filly was a narrow runner-up in her February 17 trial at Ballina. Did enough to indicate a forward showing today. Pennyweight will find this easier than his last-start visit to Newcastle and was beaten a neck at his only track/distance run. Bel Academy has loads of pace and was very good first-up.
BET: CHARGE PERMINUTE EACH-WAY.
In A Step is a talented local from the Brett Dodson camp. A daughter of Kiamichi’s sire, Sidestep, this filly has only missed a place once in her six starts and has placed in three of four here at home. Being drawn out is the only potential negative. Sugar Baby was last seen in July 2018 at Sandown. Trialled up well recently. Market the best guide. Vernazza and Gangika are in the mix.
BET: IN A STEP WIN.
Fandral has run two very good races since he joined the Ken Langtry stable. Drawn one here for Ben Looker. Go well. Miss Cronulla has only managed two third placings in 16 starts but invariably is pretty close to the money. That was the case last start at Casino when the daughter of Magic Albert finished fifth, 1.7 lengths from a handy winner. Poetic Affair has finished runner-up at her past two. Close now.
BET: FANDRAL EACH-WAY; BOX TRIFECTA 7, 8, 9.
Bedivere is a son of English and Irish Derby winner Camelot. This Kris Lees-trained gelding was a distant second in a leader-dominated race at Canterbury on Valentine’s Day. Ran well there two weeks later against the usual bias. Delayed Response has great form; he won at Ballina in January then was fourth at Randwick and Doomben in his last two. Bullet Shot wants the 2000m big time now.
BET: BEDIVERE WIN; QUINELLA 1, 4; BOX TRIFECTA 1, 2, 3, 4.
Reappear is a granddaughter of the oldest living Golden Slipper winner, Burst, and by a former Horse of the Year in Dissident. She’s on her third trainer and has six unplaced starts under the belt. Has run much better races than CV suggests. Vivid Fortress was $3.10 into $2.25 on debut at Grafton, where she drew 12 of 12, was 10th at the turn and ran fifth, beaten by 2.8 lengths. Venusian has placed at three of four this prep and was fourth in the other.
BET: REAPPEAR WIN; QUINELLA 13, 14; EXACTA 13 TO BEAT 14.
Kris Lees-trained gelding Misterzee sent out very positive signs in first campaign. The son of Zoffany raced four times from September 16 to November 3, winning at Tamworth at start two and placing twice. Even his fifth placing was a big run. Terrible draw but has the talent. Friendly is a Grant Prosser mare who beat the subsequent impressive winner Exotic Pearl before a pretty reasonable run at Taree.
BET: MISTERZEE EACH-WAY.
Happy Frank is handy. Trained here by Brett Bellamy, the son of Drumbeats has hit his stride. Ran a terrific third at Ballina before going to Casino 11 days later and bolting in from back in the pack. Antilla was $8.50 to $16 at Casino last start but ran a great race, coming from last at the turn to beat all but the winner. The Memory Man is a former Victorian who won a Doomben maiden last spring.
BET: HAPPY FRANK WIN.
Mugatoo is $11 on TAB Fixed Odds to win the Sydney Cup on April 11 after two impressive wins since arriving Down Under. His first big test but we don’t know his ceiling yet. Eastender is in the form that won him the Hobart and Launceston Cups this time last year. Cinquedea, Valentino Rossa and Think it Over are in contention.
BET: MUGATOO WIN; QUINELLA 1, 9; BOX TRIFECTA 1, 6, 9, 10, 12.
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