CESSNOCK is one of three meetings in Australia to start the working week and the punters’ attention should be on the NSW venue heading into Monday.
Cessnock is an extremely popular county venue and a surprisingly strong Monday card awaits, so let’s take a look at the tips.
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Race 1 – Maiden Handicap (900m)
D’last Za has been the best runner coming into this race and we’re backing it in for a huge run. In the last four runs the horse has placed second twice and rounded out the first four on the other occasions. We’re confident it can deliver on Monday.
Race 1 tip: D’last Za to win at Sportsbet
Race 2 – Class 2 Handicap (1570m)
Furore couldn’t have been more impressive in its debut run and looks well placed to follow up with a win at its very next start. In a smaller field it rates as good a chance as any and we are confident it delivers.
Race 2 tip: Furore to win at Neds
Race 3 – Maiden Plate (1570m)
Septango finished second on January 23 behind Retribution and we believe that has the ability to breakthrough here. In a race that doesn’t have a lot of early speed the horse can spear out and lead. It will take a world of beating from the front.
Race 3 tip: Septango to win at Ladbrokes
Race 4 – Benchmark 55 (1150m)
Miss Kyeema doesn’t have the greatest first-up form, but the lead-in trial will benefit the three-year-old greatly. Before being turned out the horse smashed a maiden field at Port Macquarie and we think it can repeat the dose.
Race 4 tip: Miss Kyeema to win at William Hill
Race 5 – Benchmark 57 (1150m)
Jack’s Image is second-up, and after a strong resuming run we think it can take this race out. The horse looms as the best horse in the field and after only narrowly missing out first-up at Wyong, it should be taking this out.
Race 5 tip: Jack’s Image to win at Neds
Race 6 – Maiden Handicap (1350m)
Ayeteem has been progressing with each run this preparation and we think its due for a win. The horse has the early speed to get across from barrier 11 and it will be the horse to beat if it gets there cheaply.
Race 6 tip: Ayeteem to win at William Hill
Race 7 – Maiden (1150m)
Eskhara was great first-up on January 26 and it has a live chance of getting the job done at the fifth time of asking. After an indifferent beginning to the career the penny seems to have dropped and we think it should win the final event.
Race 7 tip: Eskhara to win at Crownbet