GOSFORD IT CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Gosford Best Bet - Race 4 No. 6 Madam Charm
Aiming for a winning hat-trick on Thursday at Gosford is this filly from the powerful Maher & Eustace stable and with the form being franked from her May 25 victory, there's no reason why she can't win again.
A second-up Maiden winner at Hawkesbury in what wasn't a strong field, Madam Charm progressed from that to safely hold off Wild Chap at Kembla Grange, who bolted in via a Benchmark 72 at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Remaining on a wet track is a tick and as the only runner with early toe in this small line-up, gun front-running hoop Tim Clark should be able to dictate aboard this three-year-old who is bred to relish the rise in distance.
SIGNARAMA ERINA / GOSFORD CG&E BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Gosford Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 6 Finally Realise
While it did take this gelding until start 11 to break the Maiden, he has competed in some handy races with multiple placings last campaign against genuine city and stakes class opposition.
Swap the runs with Imposing Beau and the result is arguably different first-up at Hawkesbury where the winner benefited from inside draw whereas Finally Realise was three-wide throughout, but still managed to find the line for third.
Imposing Beau was only narrowly denied last Saturday at Newcastle in a fast run race and via the Nowra victory from this gelding second-up, Zariya has been produced from that, a Canterbury Maiden winner on Wednesday.
TAPERELL RUTLEDGE SOLICITORS F&M BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Gosford Value Bet - Race 7 No. 9 Makana
Although it is somewhat of speculative selection given the rise in grade, these Provincial Fillies & Mares contests can throw up a rough result and this four-year-old did place behind Miss Fox and Snitzari last year, both city class gallopers.
The winkers have now been applied to Makana who arrives to the last Gosford hard fit with three runs under belt this preparation and had no luck at her latest, racing three-wide throughout at Port Macquarie but she still stuck on well.
Dropping all the way down to 54kg compared to the 59kg she had to lump on May 31, the daughter of Rubick draws for a soft run just in behind a good speed from gate four, so the map does look kind for a mare that handles all conditions.