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THE PLAN: Cessnock today – rails in run and on speed always a huge advantage. Do not want to be coming from back and wide here unless you have plenty on them.


R1 #1 Uthred – Not a great ride first up and did a good job to finish off strongly for 2nd. Back to 900m is certainly an interesting option. They just need to be positive from the start here and he should find himself in a dominant position over the early favourite Kettering. Small bet and expecting better odds than currently available.

SUGGESTED BETTING: 2 Units Uthred @ Best Tote/SP

R5 #2 Invicta – #3 Next Level – Invicta is better than these horses – will need a touch of luck from the gate – but certainly went well enough fresh to be beating a field of this calibre. Has raced extremely well here before – any luck at all and he should be too strong late. Next Level looks the value wild card runner on the 4 day backup – should trail the leader and can be first challenger.

SUGGESTED BETTING: 5 Units Invicta @ $2.90 with Bet365 or Best Tote/SP (Could easily be soft in the market due to his racing style) – 1 Unit Next Level @ $19 with Bet365/Sportsbet/TAB – Happy to take $16+

R7 #3 Sulien – #7 Fastquest – Looks a very open race here with solid pressure. Looking for value and think the two selections fit the bill. Fastquest has been racing without luck – has won here in the past and gets the right rider and gate to find a challenging position. Sulien won well first up when not every chance in the run – straight to the mile and led last start – worst going in the straight and forgiving that effort.

SUGGESTED BETTING: 1.5 Units Sulien @ $7 with Bet365 – Happy to take $6+ / 1.5 Units Fastquest @ $14 with Best365 or various others – Happy to take $14+ or Best Tote/SP