DUBBO RSL CLUB RESORT WINTER COUNTRY CLASSIC QUALIFIER CG&E BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Dubbo Value Bet - Race 6 No. 7 Nowyunomi
After showing some ability over his few campaigns which included a Provincial win last autumn, this gelding became a wildly inconsistent performer and was soon moved on from the Waterhouse & Bott yard.
Now at his third stable, Nowyunomi has started to turn it around for trainer Darren Egan with four very competitive efforts this preparation, including a narrow second to Danza In The Dark last start.
That winner had placed behind a slick Levi's Storm leading into that event, defeating a handy subsequent Provincial winner Confessed in the process, so the form is tying in very well, especially with this five-year-old now contesting a thin Country 58.
BEN RAFFERTY AIR & ELECTRICAL DUBBO DASH CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Dubbo Value Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Manadria
Following an inconsistent start in the spring, the son of Denman improved as that last preparation wore on and broke his Maiden comfortably before being tipped out, which was his first attempt on soft ground.
He had been building well prior to that victory when throwing away a win in a strong Orange Maiden before a game second behind Birdonawinningpost, a mare that won two of her next four outings which included a Class 3 Highway at Randwick.
In the lead-up to this return, Manadria had a first blowout and was well held in a very strong heat, but on May 22 over the 1000m at Dubbo, he worked to the line well for a midfield finish and the testing nature of this 1100m event may well be to his liking.
MACQUARIE HOME STAY BENCHMARK 74 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Dubbo Best Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Wild Rocket
Although up in the weights, this mare did lump 59.5kg when recording a very comfortable victory at Dubbo last winter on a Heavy 8, which did come deeper into her preparation as she is this time around.
Wild Rocket has performing well against stronger this campaign, where after defeating handy country galloper Patrick May second-up, she qualified for the Country Championships final at Randwick, making good ground for fourth in that $500,000 feature.
With a freshen-up following that into her Scone attempt before stepping to the mile in the Gunnedah Cup, a race where she was three-wide throughout in a fast run affair, the platform is there for her to peak now at a good price in a very winnable event.