Dubbo, Sapphire Coast tips: Cav’s big Intercept play
Brett Cavanough and Jay Ford went close to winning last year’s Ramornie with Star Boy.
At Dubbo they pair up again with a red-hot opportunity to share a hat-trick of wins.
Cavanough’s Star Boy was beaten a nose in the 2019 Ramornie, six years on from Ford’s win in the Grafton feature on his beloved Takeover Target.
Star Boy was having only his second race start when he went to Dubbo for the Silver Goblet in 2017, finishing runner-up in the $25,000 feature. It’s over to his stablemate Intercept to avenge the loss when he debuts in the Silver Goblet Preview (1100m), with Ford to steer.
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Trainer Brett Cavanough Reckons the big track at Dubbo will suit Intercept. Picture: Simon Bullard.Source:News Corp Australia
“He is a big horse who needs a big track so Dubbo will suit him,’’ Cavanough said. “He has probably showed me that he wants more than a 1000m hence why he’s gone to 1100m first start and then we’ll stretch him to 1200m and a bit further if we can.
“We’ve had a bit of luck in the Silver Goblet, we won last year with Eiger and of course Star Boy just got rolled in it in his year.’’
Ford and Cavanough reunite in the Chill-Rite Refrigeration Maiden Plate (1300m) with the lightly-raced Stroke Of Midnight returning to Dubbo for a second time in his three starts.
It was there on March 28 where the son of Trusting handed in his peak performance (so far) finishing a close-up third in a 1400m maiden. He finished midfield at Port Macquarie after that but was coming back in distance where he was seemingly looking to go the other way.
“This is probably just another step to get to that mile/1800m where we want to be,’’ Cavanough said.
SHAYNE O’CASS’S TOP PICKS
GALAXY ROCK (Race 2, No.6)
Cameron Crockett-trained filly on debut. A racy type by Stratum, she looked the part winning her 900m trial at Scone recently.
HARLEY FAT BOY (Race 3, No.3)
Mudgee-trained gelding having his first start. Seemed to do it all quite easily when a he won a trial at Coonabarabran last month. Drawn well.
INTERCEPT (Race 1, No.2)
Brett Cavanough saddles-up this Dissident colt who showed enough in his trial at Scone to suggest that this is within his reach.
LATEST BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS
Race 6: 3, 4, 6, 7
Race 7: 1, 3
Race 8: 6
Race 9: 1, 4, 5, 9
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
JAY FORD heads to Dubbo where he has a nice book of rides — no Takeover Targets among them but a few good chances.
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Jay Ford could have a good day at Dubbo. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
MATT JONES’S TOP PICKS
FREAKY FRECKLES (Race 3, No.3)
She’s coming off a top run in a better race than this and is now looking for the mile so things are shaping up well for the horse who has won twice at the track.
MAJOR DANGER (Race 5, No.1)
He’s already won a Highway race in town and almost won another so he’s the best credentialed horse in the race and should show that late.
SARZANA (Race 7, No.8)
She hasn’t won at this track yet but has placed five time in eight attempts and is on the back-up after a good run last week at Canberra.
Race 4: 6, 9, 11, 13
Race 5: 1, 6
Race 6: 4, 5, 10, 11
Race 7: 1, 3, 4, 8
TRAINER TO WATCH
NATALIE JARVIS has a big team going to the races and she should be able to train a winner or two with the likes of Shrug, Living Doll, No Emotion and Sarzana.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL has top chances in Raven’s Rabbit, Globalize, Wakame, Bitofastar and Hemmerle.
Ford and Cavanough’s third and final pairing comes in the Western Star Hotel Class 2 Handicap (1000m) via the well bred mare A Room Somewhere who is raced by Greg Perry – the breeder of Atlantic Jewel among others.
A Room Somewhere has raced four times – all for Joe Pride – including her all the way debut win at Nowra this time last year with Ford riding.
“She has had a long time off and this is her first start for me so it is a bit of show and tell there,’’ Cavanough said.
One of the non-Ford potential Cavanough strikes on today’s Dubbo card is Oneness in Ezyquip Hire Handicap (1100m) who has 1.5kgs off his original 62kgs thanks to Kate Cowan’s claim.
“He is a nice enough horse and should go good for an apprentice. He might want one more run to come to his top but he looks well placed there,” he said.
● HOOFNOTE: Breeding buffs will argue that Cavanough has the best bred horses at Dubbo today given the above mentioned quartets incredible lineage (s). Intercept’s 4th dam is Copperama, A Room Somewhere’s 3rd dam is Lady Jakeo, Stroke of Midnight is a granddaughter of Midnight Fever while Oneness’s grand-dam is nine-time Group 1 performer Our Egyptian Raine.
SHAYNE O’CASS’S INSIDE MAIL
RACE 1 (11.45am)
Intercept arrives here on debut off the back of a good trial at home at Scone when a neck second in the 900m heat. Drawn well. Dia Del Amor finished runner-up in her trial also at Scone — the winner, Galaxy Rock, looks a handy type and will himself debut in the following race. Undeniable has race experience — good form it is, too.
BET: INTERCEPT win.
RACE 2 (12.20pm)
Galaxy Rock is a flashy daughter of Golden Slipper winner Stratum on debut for trainer Cameron Crockett. She seems a racy type of filly, ready to go the races now after a very impressive trial win at Scone, beating the aforementioned Dia Del Amor. Tracey Bartley’s filly Amelika is unplaced in all five runs but they are three fourths and one fifth, so she’s been thereabouts. Electrostep and Pure Fuego are in the mix.
BET: GALAXY ROCK win.
RACE 3 (12.55pm)
Harley Fat Boy is a Mark Milton-trained son of unbeaten Argentinian stallion Husson out of a handy mare who won six races. This oddly-named bay looked to have plenty in hand when he won a trial at Coonabarabran last month. Shazza has Greg Ryan on board and has placed at four of her 10 starts. Dissisoul wasn’t beaten far last time, while Snafu can improve off her first-up run.
BET: HARLEY FAT BOY win.
RACE 4 (1.30pm)
Ginger’s Voice has been building up nicely to a win. She turned in an encouraging third at Orange last start and meets this third-up and ready to peak. Awful draw though. Mandria is A typical example of his sire Denman. Started $51 on debut and was well down the order – he’s better than that. Maggies Time is a local mare who is winless after 27 starts but can figure.
BET: GINGER’S VOICE win, MANDRIA place, quinella 4, 10.
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RACE 5 (2.10pm)
Shwanky Doo is trained here by Clint Lundholm and has a big finish.. We saw that when he won his maiden at Narromine on March 26 followed by a closing third at Orange. Drawn one — will need luck but Greg Ryan’s the man. Saint Ay is a fit horse who may go forward and if so, he’ll give a sight. Snipselva and last-start winner Stardux have claims in an open race.
BET: SHWANKY DOO win.
RACE 6 (2.50pm)
Bensay led throughout to win narrowly at Coonabarabran last start over the 900m. The filly has come up with a favourable alley to do her thing. Just needs to find that extra 100m. Local Matter Of Factor was a length behind Bensay at the finish at Coonabarabran but meets that filly on her home turf here. Gold Codes can bounce back in ‘an easier’ today.
BET: BENSAY win, box trifecta 3, 4, 6, 7.
RACE 7 (3.30pm)
Deviate is a Not Single Doubt filly from the prolific winning stable of Brett Thompson. This filly has a fine record of two wins and five placings from 14 starts, and she has placed at her past couple. Nice set up. A Room Somewhere is a great-granddaughter of Lady Jakeo having her first run for the new camp. Market watch. Seawatch has major claims.
BET: DEVIATE win.
RACE 8 (4.10pm)
Marokawa won a TAB Highway at Randwick on George Main Stakes day in the spring. Fast forward to more recent times and the Rodney Northam trained gelding has strung together two creditable performances at Newcastle and Gosford respectively. Caszar has won four times and placed on seven occasions from his 21 starts. Panuara has won three of six at this venue.
BET: MAROKAWA win, box trifecta 1, 11, 4, 6.
RACE 9 (4.45pm)
Jay Ford can cap off what looks a good day at Dubbo with a win in the last when he rides the Mudgee visitor Petain. This Darley bred son of Commands has some compelling numbers at both the track and the distance. Bad draw though. One time Winx stablemate Austin one finished 5.7-lengths behind Beauty Generation in a WF midweeker! Divine Jewel and Slately Bay have claims.
BET: PETAIN win, exacta 5 to beat 1.
Blaike McDougall will be worth following at Sapphire Coast. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
TRAINER’S GAMBLE SET TO PAY OFF
The two horses John Gamble trains, Blaazay and Sucrose, race today and they’ve had a love-hate relationship to date but he thinks they’ll both race well at the Sapphire Coast.
Blaazay’s had a promising start to his career with a win and second from three runs and he’ll run in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (908m) on Sunday.
“He won first-up and won his trial before that then went down to the Sapphire Coast and was unlucky,” Gamble said. “The heavens opened up for the winner and it got a gap while we travelled five and six-wide all the way.”
There’s a good reason why Gamble hasn’t ran Blaazay for five weeks since his game effort last start.
“I put him and Sucrose together in a paddock while I was mulching down his paddock and she gave him a kick for being a bit of a pest,” Gamble said.
“I gave him time to recover and he’s in good health so I decided to go back to where we started over the 900m and we’ll start again with him.”
Gamble thinks there’s one horse to beat in particular in the race but if he can show off the talent he has under his bonnet then he can challenge.
“I think he’s back to where he was at. He’s a pretty handy sort of horse with a good turn of foot and he’s a live chance in that race,” Gamble said.
“The strongest horse in the field is the Danny Williams horse Major Danger. He’s won a Highway in town and has had a fair few starts while we’re on our third start.
“My bloke is a bit green but is learning all the time and I think he’s a good horse. I’s love to get him to a Highway race one day.”
Sucrose runs in the race before, a Maiden Handicap (1608m), and she’s fourth-up after three improving runs.
“She raced in a Sky 2 race and she’s a grouse mare who I’ve had to race to get fit. She could get fit just by track work alone,” Gamble said.
“She’s improving and while she doesn’t have a real turn of foot, she’s a real grinder and a bit of juice in the track will benefit her.”
Gamble is racing her over a mile today after having a 1200m run three weeks ago which isn’t the usual formula but Sucrose is the type of horse that will suit the big jump in trip.
“She’s a slow-twitch horse who looks like a sprinter but will get to 2000m so we’ve out her straight up to the mile,” Gamble said.
“She’s drawn barrier nine so I don’t think she’ll go forward. She’ll stick with the pack and if the pace is on she’ll be there in the finish.”
Gamble doesn’t trainer Hemmerle but part-owns the Jamie Stewart prepared runner who goes around in the seven race.
“He’s coming back from a 1650m run at Moruya, when he ran second, to a 1200m race so he hasn’t done much with him as he tries to keep him fresh,” Gamble said.
“The only problem is he’s got 63kg on his back but in a way he deserves it so we’ve just got to wear that. He’s a fairly honest sort of a horse.”
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