THE VERDICT COFFEE BENCHMARK 58 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Gunnedah Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Charvet
Is now well up in the weights following a tough second-up victory, but the ex-Victorian can hold her form, especially given the long spell she was resuming off when joining Paul Messara yard.
Catching the eye at big odds in her stable debut Muswellbrook when getting the better off a subsequent Highway winner in Last Chance Dance, Charvet was able build into that Class 1 on Scone Cup Day which was effectively a Provincial race.
She's facing rivals on Sunday with inferior form lines and without a great spread in the weight scale, is very well placed to win again here, drawing for soft run under jockey Grant Buckley.
KELAHER INSTRUMENTATION & ELECTRICAL CLASS 1 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Gunnedah Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 6 Danza In The Dark
As is to be expected on a feature country program, this is quite a strong Class 1, but building towards a peak performance over 1400m is this four-year-old that has been ticking over well this campaign.
Danza In The Dark was well supported ($10 - $7) ahead of his return at Gunnedah on May 3 and he did run home strongly on that occasion, however, found the 1000m a little sharp before racing at Tamworth second-up over six furlongs.
While the gelding was well held into second behind Levi's Storm via that latest effort, that runner had won in very slick time when prevailing in a Maiden prior to that by more than six lengths and run fast time again in that May 17 event.
MANNION DRILLING PTY LTD GUNNEDAH SHOWCASE CUP Tips (Race 7)
Gunnedah Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 7 Highly Desired
The main form reference for the 2021 Gunnedah Cup does appear to be the Arrowfield Country Cup that was run at Scone and this gelding comfortably produced the best run in that contest.
Off a solid return with 61kg in a Benchmark 64 at Newcastle, Highly Desired was a month between runs going into that May 14 event and against the pattern, was very brave in sticking on for third as clearly the pick of the on-pace runners.
Coming out of such a fast run race second-up should top the son of Wanted off perfectly for this 1600m assignment, a trip that he's won twice over and from barrier five, will settle close to the speed once again, but won't do the early work this time.