Tips and race-by-race preview for Inverell on Friday

Track improving to soft 6 and rail true.

Race 1 – 2YO HCP (1050m)

We start the transferred Showcase meeting with the youngsters on a track that will continue to dry out. Like Jukebox gelding 5. Shaggy Rogers who resumes for a leading country stable as a gelding behind a forward trial.

Dangers: Press Statement filly 8. Dolly Jayne is third-up on preferred ground and Sizzling filly 12. Sizzle Nickel is on debut off a trial win.
How to play it: Shaggy Rogers to win Odds and evens: Split

Race 2 MAIDEN PLATE (1200m)

One of many tough and open contests on the card across a full field of maidens. From a soft draw, improving filly 7. Amazonite gets an ideal trail, and is over the odds fifth-up.
Dangers: Capable mare 9. Attestar is on the seven-day back-up after holding her ground into a place at this track. Deep into a second prep, 4. Pontoon Pete is consistent and fit, and should find this a little easier, although drawn off the track.
How to play it: Amazonite each-way and box exacta 4,7,9 Odds and evens: Odds

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1400m)

Very open maiden again where early tempo and plenty of luck will play roles. The form of Coffs Harbour mare 7. Hellion Of Cluster is much better than it looks, and she gets her chance here to break through fourth up. Has worked home OK from well off the speed in her past two against deeper opposition, and the more the track dries out the better she’s placed.
Dangers: Keep safe 5. Dimitri, which has been hitting the line, and will relish the extra 200m fifth-up. Watch the betting on 11. My Sonny’s Faith, who also has more to offer than his record suggests, placed nine times from 20 starts, but is drawn wide as well. Honest mare 9. Indian Falls and 12. Papal Miss, with blinkers applied, are worth including in trifectas and first fours.
How to play it: Hellion Of Clusterto win Odds and evens: Odds

Race 4 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1800m)

Doesn’t get any easier here over a testing middle distance, but nothing is better suited than four-year-old mare 9. Cranach Dreaming deep into her second prep. Charged home for a dominant CL1 win in heavy ground three starts back before two fair closing efforts in stronger company. Back in grade here and drawn to get cover, she’s on top in a wide race.
Dangers: Plenty of them, headed by underrated five-year-old 2. Bold Contender, which likes to settle well back and rattle home. Been a long time since he won a maiden, but drops back from metropolitan level over the border. Consistent filly 14. Cupid’s Kiss has to overcome a tough draw, but hasn’t missed a place hitting the line in four runs this prep, and well weighted down on the limit. Lightly raced 8. Sheriff Cody has been given four weeks since finally snapping his maiden, while 6. Half Crown, which finished best to win his maiden at second start, but draws the extreme outside gate, and honest 5. Turn Table, dropping in grade fifth up, go in wider exotics.
How to play it: Cranach Dreaming to win and first four 2,9,14/2,5,6,8,9,14/2,5,6,8,9,14/2,5,6,8,9,/14

Race 5 CLASS 3 HCP (1400m)

Good quality race for this class, and again stacked with chances. Very forgiving of underrated three-year-old 1. Peregrination, which can bounce back sharply after tailing off in the much deeper group 3 Gold Coast Guineas. Got nothing to suit there, and much better placed here on improving ground and carrying the same weight after the claim.
Dangers: Third up and coming back from tougher city grade, 2. Royale Return is a clear threat from the inside draw third up, and especially if the track really starts to dry out. Keep safe 4. Superdeel, second up and down in weight after hitting the line late at Tamworth in similar company. Back from two fair Highways runs, 5. Jousting finds his right grade from a soft draw, while 11. China Grove is best of the rest fourth up.
How to play it: Peregrination each way. Odds and evens: Split

Race 6 CASINO FLYING (1050m)

Another competitive market for the feature sprint. Got plenty of time for underrated six-year-old 4. Gidgee Guy, which can go back-to-back, dropping significantly in weight. Stalked the speed before beating a very handy BM66 country field first up, and relishes soft ground.
Dangers: Street Boss four-year-old 6. Street Power has been disappointing in three runs this prep despite tackling stiff opposition, but from a nice draw and carrying only half kilo over the limit, surely can give this an almighty shake. Big watch on consistent 9. Boseman, which returns off a year-long break, but normally comes to hand quickly and reportedly has been working well. Include 1. Perigord first up behind two progressive trials, and 14. Blue Sky Moon if he gains a start from the inside draw.
How to play it: Gidgee Guy each way. Odds and evens: Evens

Race 7 BEEF WEEK CUP (1400m)

Feature race is also an open affair. Armidale mare 12. Deep Mirror looms as the best value in the race shooting for three wins from her past four. Dropped in grade to win at home last start and gets a massive drop in weight for this. Just needs to hold a forward enough position from the inside gate.
Dangers: No doubt Scone five-year-old 3. Eiger can pick and choose his day, and will need plenty to go his way back in the field around this smaller track, but his best would take serious stopping. Charged home to beat a superior field at home last start and loves rain-affected ground, but four of his seven career wins have come in his own backyard. Talented three-year-old 9. Buffet Buster won three straight before finishing right behind the placegetters in a country BM84, and is also very comfortable on soft ground, while include in wider exotics 5. Swanston from a low draw, 6. Northern Wilderose and 13. Previso, right down in weight.
How to play it: Deep Mirror each way. Odds and evens: Split

Race 8 BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1200m)

Another tricky one to finish, but if progressive mare 15. Hasalake can find cover anywhere off the speed from the wide barrier, she’s the one to beat on the quick back-up. Swept home to destroy maiden opposition here seven days ago, and she thrives on soft ground.
Dangers: Big market watch on four-year-old 1. Remorseless, which resumes for a new Scone stable behind a nice trial. Keep safe too lightly raced 16. Puerto Rico second up, while 8. Cassia Lane is capable of running into a place at big odds third-up.
How to play it: Hasalake to win. Odds and evens: Odds

Best bets

Race 1: 5. Shaggy Rogers
Race 8: 15. Hasalake

Best value

Race 4: 9. Cranach Dreaming

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