Shoalhaven City Turf Club will host the Mollymook Cup on Sunday, with the 1200m Benchmark 66 Handicap the main race on a solid seven-race-program.
Getting straight to the point, my top pick is Anthony Mountney’s Canzonet, which is coming off an impressive last start second placing at Moruya.
The six-year-old doesn’t win too often (20:1-6-3) but his form suggests he can go close here if he starts.
As a safety net, I have had a look at a couple of rivals he faced last start at Moruya, just in case he doesn’t start.
Endymion from Colbey Hill’s stable hit the lead and looked the winner at the 200m mark at Moruya before getting nailed (1.1 lengths); he looks a good place chance.
Paul Murray’s Direct Default held on for 3rd (0.9 lengths) there, and I think he is the better play here drawing gate 3, compared to 5 and owning a better record on soft tracks (14:2-3-3), which we are most likely to get at Nowra; he is a good each-way chance.
The class runner and main danger in the race is Girls Are Ready.
Her first up record is okay (6:0-0-3) but she is dropping back in grade, with her last preparation including a run in the Country Champs Final (12th, 9 lengths).
Joe Cleary resumes her over the 1200m where she has 3 wins from 5 starts; She is the top pick if Canzonet doesn’t go around.
Peter Robl will be hoping Vox Pop can go one better after back-to-back placings.
He ran third (1.9 lengths) two starts ago behind winner Moralist who has run well in a BM78 and BM72 company since and he could run a race here.
Robert Quinn’s Sally Pops is resuming (3:1-0-1) off a 23-week spell.
Her form last prep reads well, and you can forgive her last start when found 2/5 lame.
The start before that, she ran 3rd (0.3 lengths) behind Enterprise Keren and Westlink and they both contested Listed races the start after.
She is a big chance on that form, however, will need some luck from the carpark draw.
Shoalhaven City Turf Club tips
Race 1 – Alan, Miss Barty’s Party
Race 2 – Sherwood’s One, Grand Palazzo
Race 3 – Festival Dancer, Designer Dance
Race 4 – Mistaken Identity, Sempreinte
Race 5 – Deal Master, Alqaab
Race 6 – Canzonet (if a starter), Girls Are Ready, Sally Pops
Race 7 – Airstrike, Coal Crusher