Dandy Cup tips, trials and tribulations

The Cameron Crockett trained Midsummer Rain won the 2020 Dandy Cup. Photo: Racing Photography.

Don’t worry about The Kosciuszko, Everest or Caulfield Cup on Saturday, Narromine Turf Club is where all the action will be, with the running of the time-honoured, Dandy Cup. 

The 1200m Benchmark 66 Handicap looks an action-packed race that will headline a strong eight-race country card. 

In the feature race, if William Freedman decides to bring Ang Pow here, he will take some beating. 

He has registered 2 wins from 2 starts, the latest being a 2.6L win of ‘The Barb’, a BM58 at Bathurst, although he is also nominated for a couple races at Bathurst on Friday.

I had Gadfly in my top 2 last start in a BM66 on Coonamble Cup day, and I going to have him again. He over raced there a touch but I like Brett Thompson dropping him back down to 1200m (30:6-5-1) and the last time over this trip, he ran 5 lengths off the impressive Ang Pow.

Thompson saddles up another three runners with Larynx lurking in the emergencies.

All Hollywood rises up to the 1200m (4:1-0-1), and she is second up (3:1-0-0) after a solid 5th (2.8 lengths) in the Denman Dash last start. 

The last of his runners being Denace, which is nominated for a race on Friday.

She has had a couple of runs this prep on heavy tracks, winning on resumption by half a length before running 4th (2.2 lengths) behind a couple rivals.

Those rivals being Andrew Malloy’s, Mornay, who was tough in that race but couldn’t quite reel in the leader; she should strip fitter second up (4:1-0-0).

There was also Alison Smith’s, Panuara, which held 3rd there but he never looked like getting to the first two. 

He has since contested a BM66 at Dubbo where he disappointed for 8th (6 lengths).

Clint Lundholm’s Fearless Mila comes out of that Panuara race at Dubbo; however, she was very good despite being slow away. 

She finished off nicely for 4th (0.9 lengths) and I think she could run a race here.

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Narromine tips

Race 1 – Leopardwood, Rutilant

Race 2 – Riders Inthe Stand, Krissy Krystyna

Race 3 – Lipstick Lil, Silica Sand

Race 4 – Break Over, Talbrager

Race 5 – Clay Pan Boogie, Poseidon Ruler

Race 6 – Mr Magsman, Ollivander

Race 7 – Gadfly, Fearless Mila

Race 8 – Don’t Question Me, Makuba