Gary Harley – Preview- 26.02.24

Race 1 – Hungerford Hill Wines Benchmark 58 Handicap 2100m

The blinkers go on Revelaide, and he is knocking on the door. He finished third, a length from the winner in a much stronger race on the course proper two starts back. Last start he stormed home into third place at Canberra.

Every Effort was placed in good company last start and Tina’s Rock has a chance.

Selections:        7- Revelaide                8- Every Effort   3- Tina’s Rock

Race 2 – Kloster Motor Group F&M Benchmark 58 Handicap 1150m

One Beat No Beat is smart and resumes after an impressive trial. She has had three starts for two wins and an unlucky placing. Both wins at Muswellbrook in the Spring she won by big spaces. Her first start at Coonamble she came from a long way back to just miss. The 3kg allowance for the apprentice is gold.

Hard to Dismiss has the rails barrier and can improve while Cupid’s Kiss can run well.

Selections:        1- One Beat No Beat   2- Hard to Dismiss                    6- Cupid’s Kiss

Race 3 – Horsepower Feeds & Supplements F&M Maiden Plate 1150m

Extremely Frilly was beaten by the outside barrier first up at Hawkesbury when runner up. She had to go way back and was strong late. She was narrowly beaten on debut at Gosford last March.

Reine Of Nine just missed at Bathurst first up and Miss Amore won two trials in January.

Selections:        1- Extremely Frilly         9- Reine Of Nine          5- Miss Amore

Race 4 – Davali TBS Easter Yearlings CG&E Benchmark 58 Handicap 1150m

Externus won first up at Gosford on December 28 and was then placed at Wyong second up. He has genuine speed and a nice barrier. Reece Jones rides him for the first time.

Legal Challenge is first up but was narrowly beaten on this track on October 30.

Crop Duster is a back marker with a powerful finish.

Selections:        1- Externus                   2- Legal Challenge                   4- Crop Duster

Race 5 – Living Turf CG&E Maiden Plate 1150m

Bottler from the Joe Pride stable turned in an eye-catching performance on debut at Wyong on February 8. He was last from the outset until the top of the straight and he flashed home into second, beaten .89 of a length. The long straight is ideal.

Absolute Power is resuming after a couple of trials, and he was beaten a length on debut at Wyong in May.

Peaceful Prince was narrowly beaten on debut at Kembla then finished fourth at Canterbury.

Selections:        2- Bottler          1- Absolute Power                   7- Peaceful Prince

Race 6 – New Era Technology Country Boosted Maiden Handicap 1350m

If Dale starts, he should beat this field. He finished down the track on debut on the Kensington track in his only start on Jnaurary 31, and this is a huge drop in class. His trial form before the first up run was very good.

Cats Quarters can run okay in this  field and first starter Tanglewood Jimmy has a place chance.

Selections:        2 Dale              5- Cats Quarters                     1- Tanglewood Jimmy

Race 7 – Lees Racing Country Boosted Benchmark 58 Handicap 1350m

Know Thyself was an easy winner on debut on the course proper on February 6, and he has a bright future. He burst through late, will appreciate the longer trip and Bullock rides.

Avoid Me is ready to win third up and is racing well while Corpsman went well enough first up.

Selections:        3- Know Thyself                        10- Avoid Me               9- Corpsman