ZOUSAIN @ WIDDEN STUD CLASS 2 HCP Tips (Race 3)
Muswellbrook Best Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Freckle Rock
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have been patient with this returning four-year-old who is by Fastnet Rock and out of the mare Freckle Face, a half-sister to Group winners Face Value and Bring Me Roses, the latter a very talented runner that didn't quite fulfill her promise.
Well backed to win a Scone Maiden in December last year, Freckle Rock looked a lovely long striding middle distance/staying type when powering away late to record a soft three-length victory and although didn't beat much, the time stacked up well for that card.
He's trialled up twice leading into this resumption, the first of those on July 23 when under a hold before a solid hit out when working home with Soldier Of Love, a multiple city winner (85-rater) in what was easily the fastest 1200m heat on August 3 at Warwick Farm.
MAGIC MILLIONS QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MATCHMAKER F&M BM66 HCP Tips (Race 7)
Muswellbrook Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 3 Patrina
Following a first racing preparation which culminated in a Maiden win at start four, this daughter of Pierro just didn't quite come up in a short winter campaign last year, but returned in much better order last summer, albeit no favours early in that prep.
She clearly had problems early days (originally trained by the Snowden's) in not making her debut until she was a five-year-old, but has some ability which was reflective in short starting prices throughout those first half a dozen outings.
Swap the runs with Awesome Lad (a galloper that would be making light work of this field) and she arguably wins first-up last campaign at Hawkesbury, while off two trials, Patrina does look very well placed resuming in a country BM66 against her own sex.
TIME TO REIGN @ KINGSTAR FARM CLASS 1 HCP Tips (Race 8)
Muswellbrook Value Bet - Race 8 No. 11 Time For Don
He's limited as his rating suggests, but hard fit now and finding a Class 1 field with very little quality, this gelding can be more competitve on the seven-day turnaround, backing up from a Class 2 at Tamworth last Friday which was a stronger race.
In a slow run affair that just turned into a dash home for Ashra Jahre and I'm A Cracker, Time For Don was about the only runner making any other impression from off the speed, sustaining a wide run without anything taking him into the race.
The five-year-old was only narrowly beaten over a similar trip by Moyassar at the same stage of his last preparation, which is good enough for this and ideally pushing forward over this extra journey with less speed, he can give a sight.