Wagga Tips August 26
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The Canberra-based galloper NO MORE CHICKEN (best odds $3.50 with Palmerbet) returns to Wagga today and looks well placed to make it two from two. Last start, the Uncle Mo mare was second-up when she tackled a BM66 over 1005m at Coffs Harbour. Drawn the outside gate that day (13), she settled last and travelled three-deep to the turn. She then hit the line strongly to finish just behind the placegetters, beaten a whisker over two lengths. The five-year-old ran the trip, 4.6 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best here and covered her last 600m, 5 lengths quicker than standard, 3.5 lengths better than this line-up. On top of that, the mare also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the event. These are great stats for finishing fourth and only second-up off a 21-week spell. Brendan Ward takes the reins for the first time today and from gate six, maps to settle just off the pace. Third-up today, she looks the goods here.
The Matthew Dale-trained NOTHING COMPARES (best odds $2.70 with Ladbrokes) returns to country racing today and dropping back to the mile here, looks the one to beat. Last start, the Jakkalberry mare led the Highway Class 3 field at Randwick on settling and remained there to the turn. She still looked strong on straightening but ran out of gas inside the final 200m where the final placegetters grabbed her, leaving her to take home fourth prize on the day. Beaten less than two lengths, she still ran the 1800m out, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 7 lengths. She should find this assignment a lot easier and dropping back in distance looks the go today. Drawn the fence, she does no work early and maps to be on speed again. She will take catching here.
The feature race of the day has been dampened somewhat with a third of the field not running, including my initial selection of Sunrise Ruby (who finished second at Randwick yesterday). This makes the job that much easier for track specialist LADY BROOK (best odds $3 with Sportsbet) who is second-up and well placed to go back-to-back today. Last start, the Hinchinbrook mare resumed after a lengthy six-month stint in the paddock where she lined-up in the Wagga Whiz over the 1000m sprint. On fresh legs, she took home first prize, despite having to share the spoils with Underwood, who she meets here again. The five-year-old ran the trip, 3.3 lengths slower than benchmark, ranking third-best here. She does however boast the best PB (personal best) in this event, running 1100m, 6.5 lengths quicker than benchmark at Caulfield five starts back. She is a two-time winner over the 1200m trip and has saluted when second-up in the past. Ideally drawn in gate five, Jeff Penza remains aboard today and she maps to settle on speed again. Fitter for that first-up run, she will take beating here.
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