Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Gosford

Form analyst Shayne O’Cass has gone through the form and is confident a Star Witness three-year-old filly can make it two from two on the Gosford track.

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Race 2, No.4: STAR CHERIE

Led throughout win on debut here in a 1000m maiden in March. Had a tough run from the wide draw when she came to town 22-days ago.



Brave second at Nowra on debut on New Year’s Eve then gave a decent account of herself at Warwick Farm on Australia Day. Handy enough.


Race 3, No.2: GOLD INVEST

Was in the marker but disappointed at his first start. Trained here and is definitely a better horse than what he showed on debut.


Race 4: 6,7

Race 5: 1,2,3

Race 6: 2

Race 7: 1,6

Josh Parr can add further to his impressive tally of winners at Gosford on Thursday. Photo: Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied


Josh Parr has ridden 100 winners or more at three tracks; Gosford being one of them. Add a few more to the tally on Thursday it seems.



Day Performer is a Clarry Conners trained, Gerry Harvey bred of daughter of Swiss Ace who ran a brave second on debut at Nowra then gave a good account of herself in town in a deep midweeker on Australia Day. Drawn well for the return. Selhurst Park, who was also bred by Harvey has just lacked the killer punch in his two starts back this time in but he is beautifully placed from the draw and peaks third-up. Shez Rising is straight off the Choisir assembly-line and trialled quite well without being shown up here on May 31. Forzanini has claims.

Bet: Day Performer to win, quinella 3,4, exacta 4 to beat 3


Star Cherie is a Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou trained filly who led throughout to win her debut at this same track on March 13. She trialled twice prior to her fading sixth of nine on the Kensington track on May 19 against a quality line-up. Drawn perfectly to remain unbeaten at the Gosford track. Windsweep is a Triple Crown/Snowden Racing filly who sent out some encouraging signs when she resumed here. Fitter for the outing and gets her chance. That’s Better likes to lead in his races but may have to work early to cross. Pacific Ocean should get a nice run.

Bet: Star Cherie to win

James Innes Jnr will again partner Star Cherie for trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou. Photo: AAP ImageSource:AAP


Gold Invest was kept safe in the market but was disappointing on face value when finishing with only one behind him on debut here at home on May 27. He is clearly a better horse than that from what he showed in his trials. Toguchi finished second in the same race as Gold Invest failed in so on that basis alone, this Kim Waugh-trained mare just has to be respected. Significant Rule is almost guaranteed to lead and not many, if any, jockeys ride this track better on a front runner than Tim Clark.

Bet: Gold Invest to win, quinella 2,10, box trifecta 2,6,10


Madam Charm was runner-up to the handy Nikau at her first run of the new (second) campaign but has gone unbeaten in the subsequent two over 1500m then a mile. She steps out to 1900m for the first time on Thursday but her dam by Zabeel and won up to 1800m. De Valera cost $1.25m as a yearling; granted he has only won back $113,860 but from a punting point of view, he is a last start winner with a nice little trial in between runs. Commander Bell and Onemore Sapphire ran the quinella in an 1880m at Newcastle 19-days ago.

Bet: Madam Charm to win, quinella 6,7


Insider Trainer is a Greg Hickman-trained gelding by the Triple Crown winner Dundeel out of his own former handy stakes-placed mare Allaboutus who ran third in a Birthday Card. Insider Trader is a dour stayer and you wouldn’t find a fitter horse at Gosford all day then him. Continuation peaked third-up when coming away for a dominant win on the Heavy 9 at Coffs Harbour. Handles all conditions which is an obvious plus. Ditto the Clare Cunningham trained gelding Do This All Day who has won two of four Slow track runs.

Bet: Insider Trader to win, Daily Double 1st leg (3), 2nd leg (5)

Trainer Greg Hickman has Insider Trader racing in great form and the gelding looks hard to beat on Thursday. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Kinloch was scratched from Canterbury yesterday to run here. The son of I Am Invincible was fifth to Peltzer at Randwick 16-days after his winning debut at Newcastle in April last year. Fast forward to more recent times, the Kris Lees trained colt ran a blinder first-up on the Kensington track. Peter Robl’s Finally Realise was third to the handy Imposing Beau when resuming than went to Nowra and won very easily indeed despite shouldering 60.5kg. Respect. Skyray will be giving away a start but is more often than not, strong late.

Bet: Kinloch to win


Ready To Soar was being hailed the winner half way up the straight when she resumed here on May 27 but her condition just gave way a touch late and somehow, she missed a place! At the end of the day though, it was a pretty good run when you consider she was on-pace with a big enough weight. Take note that she won her second-up on a Heavy track last campaign. Belle Of Clonmel has only won twice in her 21 starts but she has placed 10 times. On top of that, one of those rare wins was at Gosford. Placed four from five on slow!

Bet: Ready To Soar to win, exacta 1 to beat 6

Originally published asGosford tips: Star to shine bright

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