Hinged (Doomben Race 1 No. 1)
This two-year-old Worthy Cause filly trained by Michael Nolan at Toowoomba has four wins and two places from six starts. She began well and led narrowly and despite hanging in she drew away late for a 1.3 length win over 1350m at Ipswich on 2 July, then she hit the front and hung in the final 300m but held on for a 0.5 length win over 1350m at Doomben on 10 July. Looking for a hat-trick here and the 3kg claim will help. Leading contender.
Honorable Spirit (Doomben Race 5 No. 8):
This four-year-old Charm Spirit gelding trained by John Smerdon has four wins and four places from 19 starts. He fought hard but was no match in the final 125m and finished, 4.3 lengths 3rd over 1650m at Toowoomba on 19 June, then took over in the straight and bolted in for a 3 length win over 1800m at the Gold Coast on 17 July. On a seven day back-up and with a 3kg claim looks a good each-way chance here.
East Asia (Doomben Race 8 No. 3):
This four-year-old Swiss Ace mare is the early favourite in this Fillies & Mares Class 6 Handicap over 1350m. She settled well back in the field then was held-up at the 200m but ran down the leader when clear for a 0.4 length win over 1350m at Doomben on 23 June. Last start she reared as the gates opened and was slowly away but ran on well for a 0.5 length win over 1400m at Sunshine Coast on 11 July. She is up against tougher opposition here and is up in weight.
The rail is in the true position. Bullock has been riding in terrific form and comes up with a strong card again. He looks the jockey to follow on a card full of favourites that are hard to beat. Best Bet Sardonyx (Scone Race 2 No.3 ) A key scratching comes out and leaves Sardonyx very hard to beat. Maps well, Bullock steers and gets the right race here. Hard to beat at goods still. $2.90 Best Each Way
Our Newcastle tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The rail is in 5 metres. Heavy conditions expected so looking towards runners that are proven on wet tracks. Best Bet Dale (Newcastle Race 6 No. 2) No prizes for finding this runner but put in a solid effort on debut and drops miles in grade. In smartly at the weights here and with no jockey booked yet does look very hard to hold out in this thin maiden. $1.40 l
Our Nowra Tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The track is in the heavy range. The rail is true. Best Bet Deni Gal (Nowra Race 7 No. 4) None of these win out of turn but Deni Gal has good claims with a superb record at the track and a good record with Guymer steering. He has won twice from 6 goes aboard which is a very good sign given the horse is 3 wins from 22 starts. Hard to beat and maps
Our Sha Tin Horse Racing Tips for Sunday's meeting. Key Comments There is a 10-race program and the rail is in the A+3 position. The feature is the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (race 7). The track should be Good with good weather forecast, and the first race is at 1 pm Hong Kong time which is 4 pm AEDT. Best Bet Gorgeous Win (Sha Tin Race 9 No. 3) Gorgeous Win has 2 wins and 2 places from his 4