This Weekend in Racing: The Countdown to Christmas

Dec 17, 2021

By Terry Kennedy

Looking forward to filling up the Christmas stockings with some winners from our TRL trainers this Saturday. No TRL horses in action this weekend but don’t forget about Penso a Lei for the NSW Tycoons on Boxing Day at Randwick. While the Vic Husslers have a great chance to jump to the lead or at least narrow it on TRL Ladder with Bellinger on January 5 at Sandown.

Let’s take a closer look and find a winner from our TRL trainers.

 

HEATWAVE – LAVISH GIRL A HOT TIP

 With heatwave conditions predicted across the Eastern Seaboard the big wet now seems like ancient history. The rail is out 3metres at Flemington with the track a Good 4. The Maher-Eustace stable should get off to a flying start with Lavish Girl (Race 1) well supported at $4.20 on Sportsbet. This is a drop in class for Lavish Girl and now back against her own sex will be strong. High Emocean (Race 3) has been freshened for this after a nine week break and looks the one. The Gauch (Race 7) seems well in at the weights here, is super consistent and will give you an almighty sight. At Randwick, the Vic Husslers training pair also have Easy Single (Race 10) in the last race. It’s already been picked off in the early Sportsbet markets at $7 and will be worth the wait.

BET: Lavish Girl – Each Way  (Flemington Race 1)

BET: High Emocean – Each Way (Flemington Race 3)

BET: The Gauch – Each Way (Flemington Race 7)

BET: Easy Single – Each Way (Randwick Race 10)

 

MICK PRICE TO LEAD A MERRY “DANCE”

Vic Husslers owners will be hoping for Mick Price to bring the best out of Tavidance (Race 6) at Flemington. Tavidance hasn’t had a lot of luck in his two runs this preparation but has more than enough talent to win this and at $5 on Sportsbet looks a secure each way play.

BET: Tavidance – Each Way (Flemington Race 6)

 

HAYES BROTHERS TO CONTINUE THE RAGE

 Vic Husslers training duo Ben and JD Hayes are enjoying a strong end to the year and long may it continue. Don’t let Gentleman Roy (Race 6) sneak under your radar, he’s already been hammered on Sportsbet firming from $11 into $8.50. He’s coming off a great win first-up and rarely runs a bad race. Get on.

BET: Gentleman Roy – Each Way (Flemington Race 6)

 

GAI WATERHOUSE TO POP THE CORK

Like most in racing NSW Tycoons trainer Gai Waterhouse doesn’t mind a quiet drink to celebrate a win and the first lady of racing could be popping the cork early with Uncorked (Race 1) at Randwick. Uncorked has already been smashed into a $1.90 at Sportsbet with the big prize a place in the Magic Millions finale.

BET: Uncorked  – Win (Randwick Race 1)

 

 

JOE PRIDE ON FIRE

 We seem to say this a lot but “how good is Joe Pride going” he won the Villiers last week and don’t forget he will be starting Penso a Lei on Boxing Day at Randwick for the NSW Tycoons. You’ll have to be patient tomorrow at Randwick, Joe has De Grawin (Race 10) in the last race, she’s first up has a bad barrier but plenty of talent and is a knock-out hope.

BET: De Grawin – Each Way  (Randwick Race 10)

 

MUNCE ON THE CHARGE

 Little bit disappointed that Chris Munce has been forced to spell Hot Spring Gold for the Queensland Rogues but rest assured he’s a very nice horse for next year. Muncie has three great chances at Eagle Farm. Race 3 – Jetty – $6.50 gets back in his races but charges home and repeats his last start win from the Sunshine Coast. Race 7 – Rhapsody Rose $3.60 has won her two starts this campaign, sits up on the pace and proves extremely hard to get past. Race 8 -Stampe $6 is now rock hard fit, will make his own luck and give a big kick.

BET: Jetty – Each Way (Race 3 Eagle Farm)

BET: Rhapsody Rose – Win (Race 7 Eagle Farm)

BET: Stampe – Each Way (Race 8 Eagle Farm)

 

GOLLAN HANDS OUT A WARNING

Good news for Qld Rogue’s owners that the Tony Gollan trained Greylander has commenced pre-training after a good spell up north. Tony has made Purroni (race 2) his best bet from the stable although it’s a horse that has never won at Eagle Farm maybe that’s why she is at $5.50 with Sportsbet. While another horse that has never won at the farm, is Tony’s best each way chance in Tiger Heart (Race 7).

BET: Purroni – Win (Race 2 Eagle Farm)