2017 Wagga Town Plate Day — Canberra Gallopers To The Fore

Canberra gallopers have strong representation in Thursday’s bumper Wagga Town Plate feature meeting at Wagga.

Alfden from the Joseph-Jones yard is sure to take beating in the opening event off the second-up placing at Canberra. Nick Olive’s Chuckles comes off an impressive Maiden win and also looks right in it.

The Joseph-Jones-trained Tyres Are Crucial is the Capital’s only representative in the Inglis bonus race for two-year-olds and has impressed winning and placing both his race-runs. Meets some promising city-trained youngsters but a winning run would not surprise.

A Maiden follows and the three Canberra debutants create strong interest. Matt Dale’s Il Bandito draws the rail and comes off a nice Goulburn trial. Tommy Berry’s booking suggests the gelding is ready to go and he’s sure to be fancied. Dundalk gets a handy gate and has trailed well for Luke Pepper.  Matt Cahill’s booking provides a strong lead for him. The Dryden-Collings stable line up Suneeze who draws out but showed she had ability in a recent Canberra trial.

Another Maiden and Matt Dale has a very strong hand again. Imitation Game draws the carpark but looks good enough to overcome it. The gelding had a tough run when beaten a lip third-up at Canberra running a strong figure for today’s assignment and Tommy Berry will give him every chance.    

The only Canberra starter in the BM60 for stayers is the enigmatic Joseph-Jones-trained Croix De Vie. He could win this at best but hasn’t been putting in and plenty of trust is required. He saluted at this meeting 12 months ago,

Three Canberra trainers line up runners in the BM 65 headed by the Joseph Jones-trained Darts Away who appeals strongly off the third-up placing in better grade. Gets Canberra Apprentice Patrick Scorse’s 4kg claim and that brings him right into it. Trying from the Norm Gardner yard has ability and returned to form winning two runs ago on the slow surface at Canberra. He disappointed at Canberra after but Matt Cahill’s booking suggests stable confidence.  Steven O’Brien’s Torhonour ran a career peaking when he spaced his rivals this grade and trip in Canberra 13 days ago. He’s a leader and also has genuine claims.

It’s $7.0 the field in early markets for the Wagga Town Plate with a number of Canberra gallopers competing who deserve close attention. Hermosa Beach has been freshened by Matt Dale and ran out of his skin last start in the very strong Listed National Sprint in Canberra.  Tommy Berry is booked and expect the mare to be primed for this.  Trevor McIlrick’s Got The Goss returned to his best when just knocked off this venue in Open grade and rates strongly off that. The Joseph-Jones Just A Blur won this race last year and hasn’t been suited by wet tracks in the lead up. The speed will be right on and that suits the bonny mare. Nat King Ku from the Nick Olive yard could find the frame at his best and the Joseph-Jones Rock On Zariz is certainly one to throw into the multiples.  He will give them all a start but will be charging home with the light weight and the race tempo should suit.

Hay Now for Matt Dale can round out a big day for Matt Dale when she lines up in the final race a CL2. She ran a career peak winning first-up at Canberra off a string of near-misses and she looks to have an edge here. Prying is a well-bred gelding from the Joseph-Jones yard but at this stage of her career the first-fours looks best.