Moruya races Monday where we are dealing with a heavy track for the seven race program and big fields are the order of the day. BEST BETS AND INSIDE MAIL
A 13 start maiden related to one of Australia’s most loved gallopers shapes as the best bet of the day on the seven-race Moruya program.
Race 2 No. 5: One Man Band
Half brother to Happy Clapper. Placed at all three runs here at Moruya and is adept on wet tracks. No excuses today.
Race 5 No. 4: Dragons Breath
Has done nothing wrong in his career to date and probably nothing better than that win here 17-days ago. Ultra progressive horse.
Race 1 No. 11: Plucky Dan
Trained locally, this son of Pluck’s best runs have been on tracks with the sting out. Will appreciate the extra 200m.
Race 4: 1,2,3,8
Race 5: 4,10
Race 6: 6,12
Race 7: 4,6,8,12
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Winona Costin has some choice rides at Moruya, seemingly a favoured track for the former Champion Sydney Apprentice based on her strike-rate there.
Race 2 No 11: Don’t Doubt Katie
Very well bred filly trained by Nathan Doyle on debut off the back of two outstanding trials. If she runs up to the last one, she wins.
race 3 No. 4: Full Coverage
This one is the second of the two Nathan Doyle runners on the card. Same deal, if this one runs up to his trial, he wins.
Race 1 No. 3: Septimus Severus
Cleverly-named son of Roman Emperor and true to his breeding, this three-year-old has come to life when put over a trip.
Plucky Dan is a locally trained gelding who has placed three of six at the home track but perhaps more importantly, he does very much appreciate wet tracks. He is also suited by going back up to 1200m and he should get every chance to break the maiden from the good draw and Winona Costin in the saddle. Man of Mine is a very typical son of Denman. He’s bred to go a mile and 2000m later on but he showed some zip in his trial win at Nowra. Brainzes’ dam won 11 races. trial was OK and he could run well here.
Bet: Plucky Dan win
One Man Band is not only one for the Leo Sayer fans, he is also one for the Happy Clapper army given that this is his little (half) brother. Trained here at Matthew Dale’s Moruya franchise, One Man Band has been all around the money without having won. That could change today. All That Caper was $12 into $9 on debut at Taree and ran accordingly. Going to be better off for the whole experience and in good hands. Tsarina ran fourth in a deep maiden here 17-days ago. Another Gem has claims.
Bet: One Man Band win, exacta 5 to beat 13, box trifecta 5,12,13
Rapidity has only won the one time in her 15 starts but she has placed on five occasions and even when out of the medals, she is really close up to the action. Jamie Stewart has placed her with military precision and no different here first-up at home. Alfstar was quite good at Wellington, less so second-up. Talihina has more talent than her C.V would suggest. Guessing that she’s had a few issues along the way but her best would win this. Trivia time; Gorush Lightning’s 4th dam is by Bernborough who ended up in the USA owned by Loius B .Mayer.
Bet: Rapidity win
Miss Ostend won a 1000m maiden on debut at home in Canberra running 57.5 seconds. Her next four starts were all in black-type races, she ran fourth in three of them including the Wyong Magic Millions and the Black Opal. If she handle the wet, she should be winning. Vaaroom is an above average grey gelding from the Keith Dryden yard. He can’t draw an alley but he can still win. Princess Spice has a heavy track win at Goulburn on her chart so that’s going to serve her well today. All hail King Gutho, he’s a warrior like his namesake.
Bet: Miss Ostend win, box trifecta 1,2,3,8
Dragons Breath is big and strong but more importantly, he is a local and he is progressive. He was building up to a peak this prep and it came last start here, 17-days ago, when he won his 1200m maiden. Sure it was a narrow margin but quite compelling in other ways. You’d like to own this guy, he’s going to win a lot of races. Emma’s Gift’s best two runs of the campaign were her last two and they were both on heavy. Archie’s A Star is pretty fast when they let him rip. Pouring Rain has a wide draw but will be ‘flooding home’ to use a Mantonism.
Bet: Dragons Breath win, exacta 4 to beat 10, Daily Double 1st leg (4), 2nd leg (6)
Cavalier Charles was going to start favourite in last Saturday’s TAB Highway at Randwick but he was scratched. This close relation to the aforementioned Happy Clapper has a huge finishing burst on him. You would assume therefore that the 1425m is going to be right up the alley. It was before! Accoy is a costly horse to follow. He always has ‘next time’ written all over her but wins have been few and far between. To be fair to her though, she has a pattern that works against her. Nuremberg Castle, Freaky Freckles and Boom And Zoom next in.
Bet: Cavalier Charles win, exacta 6 to beat 12, box First 4: Nos. 5,6,8,14,15
Delacour has raced three times first-up for two wins and a second. She has a Soft track win but without really anything overt to suggest that she is a wet-tracker. Norm Gardner bred her, part owns and trains here so if he is happy to bring her, they all aboard. This is going to be a take no prisoners race if some of the speedsters show up. They wouldn’t many faster horses south of Bong Bong than Proud Mia! Maybe it’s set up then for Kattegat who is unbeaten in both runs here at home.
Bet: Delacour win, quinella 4,6, box trifecta 4,6,8,12
Originally published as Half brother to star galloper rates as Best Bet for Monday’s Moruya meeting