Race-by-race tips and preview for Goulburn on Thursday
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Race-by-race tips and preview for Goulburn on Thursday

Track soft 5/6 and rail true so likely trend towards the middle of the course.

RACE 1 - 1.35PM: BARLENS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (SCALED -1.0KG, 1000m)

Good race. Progressive local four-year-old gelding 2. Major Danger looks hard to beat. Dominant win from the front in soft ground under a big weight to land his maiden two runs back before well backed when closing solidly this track and grade. Draws ideally and leading metro hoop rides for top local stable.

Southbound trainers: NSW racing heads to Goulburn on Thursday with seven events programmed.

Southbound trainers: NSW racing heads to Goulburn on Thursday with seven events programmed.Credit:Andrew Campbell

Dangers: Hawkesbury gelding 1. Banter won three starts back at Moruya and then took on stronger company at Gosford. Better suited here and drawn well, although needs to find a length. Look for big improvement second-up from Rosehill three-year-old 3. The Soloist which didn’t finish off resuming at Wyong, but better suited here and won his first two career starts this track while Warwick Farm mare 4. Miss Antares returned off a lengthy break and two trials to win her maiden at Wyong and has come back stronger this time.
How to play it: Major Danger to win and trifecta 2-3/1-2-3-4

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RACE 2 - 2.15PM: GOULBURN PRODUCE CLASS 2 HANDICAP (SCALED -1.0KG, 1400m)

Like the placement and progression of Warwick Farm-trained 4. Lord Heron which was well backed to win his maiden this track second-up. An All Too Hard gelding suited over a little more ground, and while this is a little tougher, down in weight from a good draw.
Dangers: Warwick Farm five-year-old 1. Spring Creek Star wasn't in the hunt first-up in a stronger BM70 at Canterbury, but had very consistent form through the spring, and down in class here. Randwick mare 3. Casino Angel looks much better suited here after finishing midfield in a BM64 at Hawkesbury, and then a strong class 1 at Kembla where the first two will go on to win much better races. Hawkesbury mare 5. Cinderconi was never far away in decent C2 company through the spring, has had two quiet trials ahead of return and does boast a first-up win. Nowra visitor 9. Tearaway Charlie finds it hard to win, but has hit the line hard in his last couple, and can improve again on the limit weight.
How to play it: Lord Heron to win and trifecta 1-4/1-3-4-5

RACE 3 - 2.55PM: WARATAH THOROUGHBREDS CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400m)

Taking on the early short-priced favourite. We'll get a nice form lead on local three-year-old 1. Refire which was well beaten resuming behind Lord Heron when unwanted in betting, but will improve significantly second-up. Handles wet ground and leading metro hoop a key booking.
Dangers: Well-bred Randwick three-year-old 3. Vermont wilted late in a deeper maiden on debut at Wyong, but will enjoy less pressure here over suitably longer trip and is the one to beat while Canberra staying type 8. Future Time is first-up for six months, but has solid fresh form and will be finishing on. Locally-trained 2. Assault'N'Bathory which led for a long way second-up at Wagga is best of the rest.
How to play it: Refire each-way and quinella 1 and 3

RACE 4 - 3.30PM: COAST TO COUNTRY EQUINE SALT THERAPY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (SCALED -0.5KG, 1200m)

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Competitive race, and looks right for talented Canberra three-year-old 1. Carruthers - by prolific I Am Invincible out of a mare by 1990 Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule - which was strong in a deep Randwick Highway two runs back before freshening and flying home to win a C2 this track. Extra trip in his favour now, and gets a nice trailing draw. Well over the odds.
Dangers: Plenty of them headed by Canberra five-year-old 4. Battle Fury which resumes after progressing through a C1 win this track in the spring, and normally comes to hand quickly. Another Canberra rival 2. Romeo Vella improved to win a C2 at Albury third-up, and will park right on the speed from inside draw. Moruya-based six-year-old mare 3. Art Of Dance is an intriguing runner. Been off the scene for nearly a year, despite having two nice city trials in the spring. No official trial since, but leading country rider hops aboard. Expect Hawkesbury four-year-old 5. Garryfromthebull to be around the finish too from a nice barrier. Broke through in a Newcastle BM58 last start, despite carrying a big weight and drifting in the market. Warwick Farm six-year-old 6. Your Witness is not far off a win either hitting the line strong from well back in his last two at BM64 level.
How to play it: Carruthers to win and first four 1-4-6/1-2-3-4-5-6

RACE 5 - 4.05PM: REVOLUTION PRINT F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400m)

Open affair with a variety of form-lines and the best still well ahead for several fillies. One of those who won't have to wait as long is the Sheikh-owned and Randwick-trained 2. Neshmiya, which returned for second prep off a long break in a nice closing effort behind promising horse at Hawkesbury. Fitness and extra trip both obvious plusses.
Dangers: Plenty that can challenge headed by Godolphin filly 6. Mimi, which resumed with an even effort at Wyong and should improve big time second-up. Randwick filly 3. Bacinblac was fair second-up in that same Hawkesbury race before a moderate run from the back at Kembla, but better suited here and a mile over the odds. Big watch on Rosehill grey mare and Irish import 8. Cleverley which hasn't started for 10 months, and raced over much further across England, but given two quiet trials for leading metro stable. Watch too at big odds on Randwick filly 11. Amami for leading juvenile yard. Didn't fire resuming at Nowra and was quickly sent back to the trials.
How to play it: Neshmiya to win

RACE 6 - 4.45PM: CONGRATS TASH BURLEIGH CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALIST 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200m)

Well-bred gelding 2. Big Bad Bruce looks ready to win after charging home late second-up under more weight at Nowra. Will drift back from wide gate, but long run and sting out of the ground suits.
Dangers: Godolphin debutant 5. Pretorius looked good in a recent trial and was scratched from Hawkesbury on Monday for this, but has drawn wide. Expect Rosehill gelding 6. Supreme Deal to improve significantly second-up back on firmer ground while Hawkesbury filly 10. Hush Money was mixing form before being freshened and taken back to the trials.
How to play it: Big Bad Bruce each-way

RACE 7 - 5.20PM: GOULBURN CARPET COURT BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1500m)

Tricky and open race. Warwick Farm-trained three-year-old 6. Soldier Of Love confirmed the potential he had shown at the trials cruising home to win first-up at Bathurst as a hot favourite, and this isn't much harder.
Dangers: The race could swing on smart local four-year-old 1. Pierino which was close-up in a stronger Randwick Highway last start, but has been asked to lump 64kg. Previous metro form last year and in two runs back very consistent, and from a good barrier he's right in the race. Rosehill three-year-old 2. Magic Wu is on the brink fourth-up after improving to hit the line from a mile back at Nowra, and even better suited on bigger track while Warwick Farm filly and last-start Nowra maiden winner 5. Age Of War is hard fit, but up in weight.
How to play it: Soldier Of Love each-way and quinella 1 and 6

BEST BETS:
R1 2. MAJOR DANGER
R4 1. CARRUTHERS
BEST VALUE:
R6 2. BIG BAD BRUCE

Tips supplied by Racing NSW.
Full form and race replay at racingnsw.com.au

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