BLAZEAID CHARITY LUNCHEON FEB 20 MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Wagga Value Bet - Race 4 No. 9 Queen Street Boss
Perhaps an unconventional placement from trainer Scott Spackman in going straight from 1175m to the mile, however, following a two-month break, this filly has given every indication in her last few attempts that she is looking for further than the sprint trips.
The daughter of Street Boss was doing her best work late for an eventual third-placed finish on December 17 prior to her effort at Albury last week where although she was well held, had some excuses in the run home and once again, was making late ground with the stable now electing to race her on the seven-day back-up.
Outside the first few in the market (who still have question marks), it does look to be field with quite a long tail to it and on an each-way basis, Queen Street Boss is in the calculations.
SDRA COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS FEB 20 MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 6)
Wagga Best Bet - Race 6 No. 6 Erwin
The training partnership of Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones have saddled up five winners at Wagga this season from just the nine starters and on Tuesday they bring this three-year-old for his second start following a promising debut at Moruya.
After leading throughout and winning an Open trial on December 20 when safely accounting for much more experienced opposition, Erwin faced a Soft 7 surface via that initial race day outing where he was only edged out narrowly late by the winner Bonhomie, who had the perfect sit on this gelding's back.
On firmer ground this Tuesday along with in-form hoop Blaike McDougall remaining in the saddle, a jockey who has ridden 16 winners at a strike rate of 32% so far in 2021, gives Erwin every chance to go one better here in what isn't a strong Maiden.
VALET PARK & FLY BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Wagga Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Tickler
Off the back of no public trials, this son of Deep Field was supported first-up on December 12 ($7.00-$5.50) and although the five-length defeat doesn't indicate it, it wasn't a bad effort considering he was given absolutely no chance with the very negative tactics that were adopted.
He competed in town via his entire first preparation which included a debut win at Warwick Farm and although safely held on both occasions, wasn't disgraced behind genuine city class gallopers that include Tailleur, Switched, Travest, Frosty Rocks and Dancing Gidget, which are all superb form lines for this Country Benchmark 66.
This four-year-old rattled home late last start over the 1200m as runner-up to Kattegat, a runner who was coming off a pair of Highway placing's and with the blinkers going on now, it's close to the D-day for Tickler who now gets up to 1400m, which looks ideal.