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TOOHEYS CG&E BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Gosford Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 1 Flat Heaven
Although he wouldn't have beaten the handy Emanate, this ex-Hong Kong galloper should've finished much closer in that February 20 attempt at Rosehill at Benchmark 94 level, and it's worth noting the second-up flop was put down a firm surface at Canberra.
Having his first start in Australia and following an excellent trial when finishing just off Eduardo and Bottega, things just never panned out in that fresh performance where he was checked, saw numerous backsides in the straight and when finally out, it was too late.
Making ground for fourth on a leader biased Rosehill circuit before a runner-up to Lost And Running albeit outclassed there, Flat Heaven has relief after the 3kg Campbell Rawiller claim and off those prior two efforts along with the fresh run, I think he's entitled to be favourite here.
IRONHORSE BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Gosford Favourite - Race 5 No. 1 Parry Sound
While there'd be more confidence with ideally an upgrade on the current Heavy 8 reading, this does look a simple third-up placement for this gelding to return a winner, coming back from 88 to 78 grade and only going up 1kg with the claim.
He was 1800m to 2200m when bolting in third-up last winter and although not quite as comfortable on a wet track following that, still carried 60.5kg on a Soft 7 to record back-to-back victories, so he's no mug on a testing surface.
The effort for third was the perfect lead up to a race of this strength and now approaching a predicted peak performance. we want to see gun apprentice Campbell Rawiller land him a few pairs closer from barrier four.
REWARD GROUP & LUUX PROPERTIES GOSFORD GOLD CUP (Race 7)
Gosford Roughie - Race 7 No. 1 Young Rascal
I think this years Gosford Cup is a bit of a dartboard job but at huge odds and getting his favoured soft conditions on Saturday, you'd be brave to leave this gelding out calculations at huge odds.
The-ex William Haggas stable mate for Addeybb, Young Rascal created an impression in his Australian debut in March, 2020, spotting 5kg to Mugatoo but still outgunned that talented rival in the Manion Cup although nothing has gone right since then.
Now prepared by Archie Alexander who wisely avoided the Wagga Cup on a good track in preference for this, the six-year-old is obviously capable of beating this line-up if right as a proven weight carrier.
THE COAST Tips (Race 8)
Gosford Value Bet - Race 8 No. 9 Nudge
On a tough April 3 meeting from Rosehill to be making ground on, she was enormous, recording a slick 34.08 for her last 600m (easily the race fastest) for an eventual third in a leader dominated affair over 1400m.
The query third-up was her remaining at 1400m, however, after being held-up before letting down on the worst part of that track whereas Rocha Clock was building momentum in better ground, the result would easily have been the other way around if you swapped the runs.
Now up to a mile and carrying 52kg again, this time with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, Nudge is certainly knocking on the door as about the most overdue runner going around in NSW currently.
BROOK GROUP F&M BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Gosford Best Bet - Race 9 No. 1 April Rain
By Pierro and out of a Group Two winning miler Faith Hill, this four-year-old was given plenty of time and resumed in January, recording a hat-trick of victories, the first two at Canterbury and last of those when stepping up to BM78 grade.
The last two of those wins had plenty of merit given how slow they went up front on both occasions and as a likely stakes-class runner soon, Chris Waller backed off her with the Queensland Winter Carnival in mind.
Off two trials and being under the tightest of holds at her most recent hit out on April 27 when working strongly past the line, April Rain will improve off whatever she does here but on ability alone, can put this lot away in the last from Gosford.