CHRIS Waller is set to break his record for most metropolitan wins in a season on Wednesday at Canterbury Park and Tye Angland could be the man to deliver it to him.
The star jockey rides Task And Purpose in the first race of the day and if the Zoustar filly can get the job done it will be Waller’s 170th city winner for the season.
“It’s a big effort to break his own record,” Angland said.
“I’ve had a fair few winners for him and it’s good to be a part of his team so to be able to get the record for him would be a thrill. He’s the dominant stable so it’s good to be a part of it. He’s good at what he does and is good for racing.”
MATT JONES’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: OMBUDSMAN (Race 5, No. 5)
He drops in grade, has the world’s best jockey on and the form around him (Live And Free) means he should be too good for this field if he gets luck and puts his best foot forward.
NEXT BEST: SEASONS (Race 3, No. 3)
There’s a lot of in-form horses in this race but she looks to have a class edge on them and her turn of foot is very good.
VALUE BET: CARLUCA (Race 6, No. 4)
There’s no obvious standout in this race and he showed last start that he’s tough. If he gets cover this time he can finish off a lot better.
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Race 4: 1, 2, 6, 7
Race 5: 1, 2, 5, 11
Race 6: 3, 4, 9, 11
Race 7: 2, 4, 7, 12
TRAINER TO WATCH
The HAYES/DABERNIG team bring two horses up from Victoria and two of Sydney’s leading jockeys have taken rides on them so that’s a good sign.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
HUGH BOWMAN makes his return to Sydney racing after a stint overseas and his leading charge looks to be Ombudsman.
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Angland partnered Task And Purpose on debut when she finished third to Misteed after getting slightly held up just when she was about to let down at the top of the straight.
She’s set to start as one of the favourites with first-starter Jen Rules.
“She went really well on a heavy track that day,” Angland said.
“She came from back in the field and was a little professional. She didn’t have a whole lot of luck so it was good to see her attack the line.”
Angland rides Invincible Lad in the next race for Peter and Paul Snowden and he’s pretty keen on the I Am Invincible two-year-old after riding him in two lead up trials. He’s still looking for his first win at start five but he was racing in Listed company last preparation.
“I think he’s just developed that little bit more as a horse and his trials have been very good,” Angland said. “We’ve been trying to get him to relax a bit better because he was probably doing a bit too much early in his races. He’s been working with us and attacked the line in his trial so if he can bring it to race day he’ll be a strong chance.”
Angland has three more rides later in the day but thinks his best winning chances will come early on.
“I think my first two are my best,” he said. “I’m excited to see how Invincible Lad comes back after his very good trials and it will be good to see how much the filly improves off that first start.”
While Angland hasn’t had much to do with the Waller-trained Via Veneto, he rode He’s A Given to second place behind Barbeque last preparation and he’s coming off a seventh placing first-up. He’ll be an improver in his Benchmark 75 Handicap (1580m).
“He’s not a bad ride. He’s a six-year-old now so he knows what it’s all about and he’ll handle the track,” Angland said.
Star Of Monsoon is Angland’s final ride of the day but his chances will depend on how well he handles a wet track.
“I thought his last preparation was faultless really. When he got beaten last prep he was unlucky,” Angland said.
Meantime, trainer Paul Cave is confident Monsieur Sisu will handle racing over a trip for the first time when he contests a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1900m).
The Elvstroem three-year-old comes into the race off a 1550m win at the track a fortnight ago and Rachel Hunt’s 3kg claim will help once again.
Cave said he’s thriving in his stable at the moment and ready for another big run.
“He’ll handle the sting out of the ground and the win last start didn’t faze him at all, he pulled up very well,” Cave said. “He’s always had ability but the fact he races greenly was the only worry I had but he put it all together last start.
“I’m hoping he’ll get the trip. He certainly will on the sire’s side and the dam (Lady In Paris) has often thrown horses that can win over a mile so I’ve got no problems in taking him up to the trip.”
Save The Best is Cave’s other runner, in a Benchmark 76 Handicap (1900m), and the trainer says she’s going better than her form reads on paper.
“She’s an honest filly,” he said. “I’m hoping over a trip she’ll be a little more in touch and it’s only a small field so she won’t be too far off them. She’ll run a great race if things go her way and she’s a hope.”
INSIDE MAIL WITH MATT JONES
RACE 1 (12.50pm)
10. Task And Purpose was checked just as it was about to sprint when on debut. She handled the heavy track, so that won’t be a problem, and she’ll be a big improver. 2. Churning and 3. Jen Rules are first-starters and they both came from the rear of their lead-up trials to win and they look ready for big debuts with leading jockeys on board. 1. Age Of War has one run under her belt and it wasn’t a bad one so expect improvement. She looks to be a tough filly.
BETTING STRATEGY: TASK AND PURPOSE to win.
RACE 2 (1.25pm)
5. Invincible Lad hasn’t won from four starts but they were in much higher grade than this. He has trialled like a good thing and Tye Angland feels he is just about his best ride on the card. 8. Ljungberg was brave to run second last start after getting away slowly then working to get up to the lead. With a cushier run here he will be a handful for his rivals. 4. Horn was nice in a lead-up barrier trial win and Kerrin McEvoy sticks with him which is a good sign. 11. Thinkin’ Big is bred to stay and he’ll be strong to the line with Blake Shinn staying on him after he trialled him well.
BETTING STRATEGY: INVINCIBLE LAD to win.
RACE 3 (2pm)
3. Seasons is flying at the moment and will handle the wet but obviously has to step up here because seven of her rivals have won their last start, but she’s the only one to have won in town so she looks to have the edge on them. 4. Cinq Dames brings winning Melbourne form up to Sydney for a powerhouse stable and Hugh Bowman takes the ride. 5. Ballet Baby won last start by six lengths at the provincials, while stablemate Tryst produced a 2½ length win at Gosford when eased down over the final 50m. 7. Ready For Love is the only horse that didn’t win last start but don’t worry about that. She raced in higher grade than most of these.
BETTING STRATEGY: SEASONS to win.
RACE 4 (2.35pm)
1. Mutarakem may be coming off two unplaced runs but they were in higher grade and he wasn’t too far off the leading bunch. 2. Bringagem handles the wet and won at the track and distance last start and the Gary Portelli stable is flying at the moment but 4. Allcash does get a 2.5kg weight swing on him this time. Scott Singleton has been waiting for a wet track for 3. Concessions, while 6. Regine is fourth-up and has been working up to this distance nicely. He’s going to be more effective here. 7. Save The Best is going better than it looks on paper and is an each-way hope.
BETTING STRATEGY: REGINE to win.
RACE 5 (3.10pm)
1. Aruba beat Extreme Measure, who has Chalmers form, last start and the heavy going is a positive as it is for 2. Monsieur Sisu who should run out a strong 1900m. 5. Ombudsman ran behind a Group 1-bound horse last start in a much stronger race so this looks appealing for him with Hugh Bowman on board. 4. Cormac has a wide gate but is on a seven-day back-up which is a good sign and gets in well at the weights with a claim. Off 11. Via Veneto’s run last start in higher grade it’s easy to like his chances.
BETTING STRATEGY: OMBUDSMAN to win.
RACE 6 (3.45pm)
3. King Tomlola shoots for four-straight wins up in grade but his last-start win at Hawkesbury was soft enough to suggest he’ll handle the class rise. 9. Organza not only drops in class here but raced against in-form horses last start on a Saturday at Rosehill and if 11. Smart As gets a run she’ll carry just 51.5kg and has nice form behind Braces last start. 4. Carluca was just forced to work way too hard from a wide gate last start and can be forgiven for the seventh place finish. A better barrier here gives him his chance.
BETTING STRATEGY: CARLUCA to win.
RACE 7 (4.20pm)
4. Inquiry comes back 100m in distance and that’s not a bad thing for him. He’s third-up and peaking, fitness-wise and will get a good run from the gate. 7. Nic’s Vendetta is in career-best form and loves the trip. If he handles the heavy track, he’s right in it with just 54kg on his back. 2. Oriental Runner drops back from Listed racing and he’s just got better as he got further into his preparation last time so now that he’s third-up we can expect him to race well. 12. Sharpness wasn’t far off Princess Posh last start and that’s great form.
Bet: Boxed trifecta 2, 4, 7, 12