NAVIGATE ADVISORS BLAZEAID CHARITY LUNCHEON MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Wagga Best Bet - Race 2 No. 6 Pillar Of Strength
Although wary that the last improvement seemingly came from nowhere, this gelding only needs to hold that form from January 19 to breaking through here in what's a very weak Maiden.
With five winners at Wagga this season at an excellent strike rate of 38.5%, Blaike McDougall has also ridden the most winners in New South Wales this season (109) and he stays aboard the grey who was only reeled in late last start by Foxtrot Bravo with a huge space back to third.
That winner did go on to place in the Sapphire Coast Cup and of his opposition here, every runner in the field was beaten more than five lengths via their last outings barring the second favourite Queen Street Boss, who needs to make up more than five and a half lengths on Pillar Of Strength from that last clash.
NEWHAVEN PARK COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW- CLASS 4 HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Wagga Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Blitzar
One of the stronger races on the February 11 program Wagga is this Class 4 sprint over the 1200m, with city performers and some talented country sprinters making up the field which includes this four-year-old from the local Chris Heywood stable.
A savvy yearling purchase for just $16,000 back in 2018, Blitzar has a sharp turn of foot and the key is keeping him away from wet tracks as he hasn't quite let down in two Highway appearances which included a sixth-place finish back in October as favourite behind Art Cadeau, who is the early favourite for the $500,000 Country Championships final in April.
Although beaten fresh on the Australian Day program here, it was hard to miss the son of Deep Field working home late into third and with the rise 1200m now suiting, he is expected to improve on Thursday given two of his big wins have come second-up.
IRON JACK BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP- HEAT OF THE RISING STAR Tips (Race 8)
Wagga Value Bet - Race 8 No. 10 Sestina
This very honest mare has only missed a top three finish once from her last nine attempts and hasn't finished outside the quinella in her last seven outings, with most of those performances coming in this grade, so it's hard to knock her consistency.
The last of those second-place finishes came on the Bega Cup program in what was a see-saw battle late with the eventual winner Moix Choux, who did have to lump 65kg but as a lightly raced four-year-old who has been Benchmark 70 competitive in Victoria, he's clearly got far too much ability for Benchmark 58 grade.
With the wide draw and plenty of speed engaged in this 1000m dash, the map is the main query for Sestina who does like to push forward, but she's hard fit, brave and clearly going well enough to figure here at an each-way quote.