Dubbo Cup tips, trials, and tribulations

Dubbo Turf Club will host their eight-race Showcase Dubbo Cup meeting on Sunday.

The 2022 Dubbo Cup meeting will be held on Sunday, with the first race jumping at 1.10pm. 

At the time of publishing the track was rate a heavy 9, with the rail position true.

Race 1 – 2, 11, 1

The aptly named Honour the Crown (Aaron Bullock, $5) gets in nicely for trainer Joe Burges in the 1000m Maiden Plate.

Gate 6 should suit, and the heavy track won’t be an issue, and following back to-back minor placings, the six-year-old gets a chance to break through here. 

Race 2 – 12, 6, 4

Neddy (Brooke Stower, $7.50) caught the eye last start finishing third over 1280m for trainer Tim McIntosh. 

The heavy track is a query, but there looks to be some pace in this race and the three-year-old should be running on strongly for connections in the 1400m Maiden Handicap.

Race 3 – 5, 2, 6

The Cassandra Stummer-trained Rebel’s Edge (Aaron Bullock, $2.90) ran a good second in town last start when just beaten in the 1400m Class Two Highway Handicap and while up in class and distance, this 1600m Class Three Handicap should suit the four-year-old.

Race 4 – 3, 4, 6 

The Cam Crockett-trained Primal Scream (Brooke Stowe, $15) could offer punters some value in the Vincent Gordon Flying Handicap.

The seven-time winner is a second-up specialist (5:2-2), and while gate 9 isn’t ideal, the proven open-class sprinter is very capable fresh.

Race 5 – 11, 10, 6

Good money has come for the Scott Singleton-trained A Guinea (Alysha Collett, $3.20).

There is some hype around the three-year-old too, and from gate 7 it will be interesting to see if the money and hype backs up the horse’s ability in the 1100m Class Two Handicap.

Race 6 – 4, 2, 6

Cloudland (Aaron Bullock, $2.30) looks one of the best bets on the program when jumping from gate 11 in the 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

The four-year-old was very impressive on a rain-affected track when winning on debut, and a repeat effort looks to be on the cards. 

Race 7 – 3, 7, 11

Happy to go with the Victorian visitor Prince of Helena (Jake Duffy, $7.50) in the 1600m Dubbo Cup. 

Craig Weeding wouldn’t be making the trip if he didn’t think he was a chance, and from gate 4 and over 1600m, the six-year-old will take some beating if given a fare run in transit. 

Race 8 – 3, 13, 5

Hard To Dismiss (Alysha Collett, $9) has been racing well without winning in recent starts. 

The Scott Singleton-trained runner handles the wet, and the wide gate won’t be an issue, and the four-year-old looks a decent value play in this open 1300m Class One Handicap.