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MARK CROSS RACING 2&3YO PROV & CTRY MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Wyong Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Delexo
Local trainer Kristen Buchanan prepares this three-year-old that is arriving to this Wednesday's debut assignment off the back of three trial wins, with the last two of those hit-out's coming in good time for the respective mornings.
After leading throughout for a soft victory in his first public showing over the 800m at Newcastle, they elected to take a sit on the son of Exosphere at Scone when bolting in by more than three lengths (fastest heat on December 14) before working early at his latest to take up the running at Wyong on January 7 and winning again (again the fastest 1000m heat for the morning).
Wary of both Press Ahead and First Legend from their work, but with the benefit of multiple trials along with barrier one at his disposal, Delexo should get more favours and certainly looks forward enough to produce straight away.
HAPPY RETIREMENT WYONG TRAINER STAN THOMAS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Wyong Value Bet - Race 6 No. 4 Siesta Key
Although she is coming off back-to-back heavy track runs, which is always a slight query, this daughter of So You Think has been in decent touch this entire campaign and her overall form on good surfaces is very consistent.
Following a string of six very competitive performances, Siesta Key brought up a much-deserved victory on December 20 when safely accounting for Take To Heart (won his next start) prior to her January 4 attempt where she was three-wide throughout with 59kg and was only just denied by a stable mate, a three-year-old she was spotting 3kg to.
This is admittedly a little tougher now coming to a Provincial contest but hard fit and dropping to 55.5kg courtesy of the 3kg Dylan Gibbons claim, she should get every chance at each-way odds from a good gate.
JEFF ENGLEBRECHT RACING BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP - HEAT OF THE RISING STAR Tips (Race 7)
Wyong Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Never Never River
If we forgive the second-up performance on the Kensington circuit and instead go off the fresh win at Canterbury, then this three-year-old does look superbly placed to bounce back on Wednesday in what is quite a weak event to end the Wyong card.
By the champion sire Written Tycoon and out of a Listed winning miler in Best Yet To Come, Never Never River was gelded following his first preparation and returned in style on December 11 with a big win, bettering the overall time and last 600m of a handy Benchmark 72 on that Canterbury program, a race that's produced three subsequent winners.
This three-year-old was well held behind the handy Private Eye in that last attempt, where the combination of a negative steer and the heavy surface attributing to that defeat, but back on top of the ground here and down in grade, he gets a chance to bounce back third-up.