Gunnedah Jockey Club will host their summer race meeting today, with an eight-race program giving punters plenty to follow.
Gunnedah will race on a good four, the weather is forecast to remain fine, with the rail in the true position.
Race 1: 5 So Extra – $4.40
The sprinters step out for the jump and run 900m Class One Handicap at Gunnedah, and it’s a tough race to pick a winner.
There will be a lot of early speed, but the Clint Lundholm-trained So Extra is drawn to be leading or sitting on the leader’s backs.
If Ben Looker can find a nice position, he will be right in this finish.
Race 2: 2 Devilicious – $1.85
The in-form Cameron Crockett stable teams up with NSW’s leading jockey Aaron Bullock when Devilicious contests the 1000m Maiden.
The three-year-old has raced well without winning in his first two starts, running third at Tamworth on both occasions.
He draws well and he looks hard to beat.
Race 3: 10 Mullamart – $15
There could be some value to find in this 1600m Class One/Maiden Handicap.
Nine-start maiden Mullamart has been specked at odds, firming in from $26 to $15, and the Jane-Clement-trained five-year-old looks suited over the eight furlongs.
He raced three-wide and worked hard before finishing strongly over 1600m last time out at Tamworth, and from the good draw, Mikayla Weir should be able to get a softer run and he will be fitter for his recent effort.
Race 4: 9 Stampede Warrior – $7
The Bill Perrett-trained Stampede Warrior caught the eye when finishing strongly to run third in a 1600m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Inverell on New Year’s Day.
There is a bit of early pace in this race, and Rachel Murray should be able to find cover from the good draw and there is no doubting the seven-year-old will be doing his best work late.
Race 5: 7 Salt City – $10 (Best Value)
This could be another good value play, with the Craig Martin-trained Salt City a potential improver when racing second-up in the 1300m Maiden Plate.
The three-year-old resumed from a 210-day spell when finishing sixth at Coonabarabran late last year, and the extra furlong at Gunnedah should help.
His trial form suggests he has talent, he will be fitter second up, and Ben Looker is in the saddle.
Race 6: 9 Skyforger – $2.30
The Moree galloper was very impressive when making his NSW debut at Inverell on New Year’s Day, finishing second for trainer John Bourke and jockey Jodi Worley.
It was his first go racing the NSW way of going, and he did a few little things wrong, and from the good draw in the 1300m Maiden Plate, he looks tough to beat if he puts it all together for connections.
Race 7: 6 Boss Shelby – $1.85 (Best Bet)
Boss Shelby really caught the eye last start, finishing second and was just beaten 0.1 of a length over 1100m at Scone.
Trainer by Larry Fairhall, the four-year-old appears to be primed for a third-up run at Gunnedah, and Aaron Bullock will take the ride from the good draw.
Race 8: 1 Zounile – $8
Dubbo galloper Zounile made her NSW debut at Orange late last year, and it was an oddly-run race in the 1280m Class One Handicap and I’m happy to put a line through the effort.
Trained by Clint Lundholm, the four-year-old will be fit and ready to go and Ben Looker takes the ride from the wide draw in the 1300m Class Two Handicap.
We are taking on trust a little bit in this race but if she runs up to her Victorian form, she is right in this event.