The $37,000 Denman Cup will be run over the 1280m at Muswellbrook on Sunday and racing fans will see a solid field engaged on what looks likely to be a soft track after the copped rain throughout the week.
John Ramsey’s Bright Rubick is the tip pick after winning the Bengalla Cup (1280m) first-up before a trio of runs in tougher races where she was far from disgraced and unlucky. Digger McLellan (5:4-0-0) knows her well, which is an added bonus.
Also, out of the Bengalla Cup (second) is Dubai Tycoon that won well the start after before a disappointing run as favourite in the Flying Handicap last start.
I’m not sold in the form out of that race but Brett Cavanough has made changes with his gear; place bet.
The winner out of the Flying Handicap was the Mark Schmetzer trained Kateru, that made it back-to-back wins there and Madeline Owen (2:2-0-0) sticks with him. Thefive-year-old could storm into the placings from the tail if there’s a hot tempo.
I think the obvious danger to the top pick is the Kris Lees trained Think Free, with the six-year-old dropping out of the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes, where she finished 4.4L back (11th).
The So You Think mare loves a soft track (11:5-1-0) and is the clear class runner of the race, but that has been slightly negated with the top weight and widest draw.
Rexx looks the value play to me, coming off a good third behind Kosciuszko contender Edit last start.
The Ian Cook trained six-year-old will carry the lowest weight (53.5kg) after a 1.5kg claim from Casey Waddell and maps to lead comfortably, which is when he can run a sneaky race up front.
2020 Winner: Sedition ridden by Aaron Bullock and trained by Richard Litt
Denman Cup meeting tips: Race 1: Node, Hallowed Son, Oakfield Blossom; Race 2: Winside, Blow Dart, Bengalla Bay; Race 3: Charminton, Miss Laquetta, Adios; Race 4: Summer Glow, The Sherpa, Velorum; Race 5: Bright Rubick, Think Free, Rexx; Race 6: The Mistral, Oakfield Navajo, L’esperance Rock; Race 7: Dalgarno, Auvergne, Schiller’s Myst.
A bit about Denman
Located in the upper Hunter Region next to a couple beautiful National Parks the Wollemi and Goulburn is Denman.
Becoming increasingly popular for people to make the day trip out only being a couple hours’ drive from Newcastle and Sydney.
A small country town right in the heartland of the vineyards and is home to fine wine, great food and the classic country charm.
You can enjoy the local produce at the pubs and restaurants like the Denman Hotel and Gerald’s Place or make the short trip out and taste the wine firsthand at the number of wineries.
Not the biggest town but has a few attractions to experience like the heritage walk past historical buildings such as the St Matthias Church, snatch up a great deal at the art, craft and gift shops or play a round at the 9-hole golf course among others.