|Taree Cup Day
|Manning Valley Race Club – Racecourse Dr, Taree NSW 2430
|Sunday, November 19, 2023
Country racing heads to the Manning Valley Race Club on Sunday afternoon for a competitive eight-race program headlined by the $100,000 Taree Gold Cup (2000m). The rail is in the true position the entire circuit for the meeting, and with only a minor chance of rain forecast to hit the course in the lead-up, we’re expecting a surface in the Good range. The opening race is scheduled for 1:25pm AEDT.
Taree Gold Cup: Rogue Bear
The leading chances in the market for the Taree Gold Cup are all dual accepted for races at Newcastle on Saturday, so we’ll take a risk and lock in the early price for the Kris Lees-trained Rogue Bear. He’s fourth-up into his second Australian campaign since arriving from the UK and the son of Kodiac is finally starting to find his best. He won at this course first-up before heading to metropolitan grade at Randwick his last two starts and wasn’t disgraced behind the likes of Loch Eagle and Deficit. Rogue Bear’s well-weighted in this Country Cup, and with some key contenders likely to scratch, the +500 seems a fair price.
Taree Gold Cup
Race 7 –
5yo Gelding | T: Kris Lees | J: Dylan Gibbons (56kg)
Best Bet at Taree: Solutionist
We were taken with the first-up victory of Solutionist in maiden company, and she looks perfectly placed in this Class 1 affair. The daughter of Written By was a dominant winner by 2.6 lengths at Newcastle on resumption and seemingly had plenty left in the tank. The extra 100m on Sunday shouldn’t hinder her chances, and with a soft run from barrier six, we’d be shocked if Solutionist wasn’t fighting out the finish here.
Race 5 –
3yo Filly | T: Kris Lees | J: Dylan Gibbons (56.5kg)
Next Best at Taree: Cluster’s General
After only one barrier trial, the Brett Bellemy barn is happy to send Cluster’s General to the races, and we’re happy to follow their lead. This recently gelded galloper was impressive in his jump-out at Coffs Harbour on November 4, with Matthew McGillvray sitting quietly on the four-year-old before asking for a short sprint. The son of Cluster responded kindly to being urged along, and with this big field likely to have a genuine tempo, Cluster’s General should get the last crack at his rivals.
Race 6 –
4yo Gelding | T: Brett Bellamy | J: Matthew McGillivray (59kg)
Best Value at Taree: Innervoice
We’re keen on the chances of Innervoice in the final race of the card as the Lyle Chandler-trained mare heads to Taree second-up. Her profile suggests she’ll only run well here, with a second-up record of four starts for a win and three minor placings to her name. Her first-up effort at Dubbo on November 4 was a promising start to the campaign, and if she can hold that form heading to this BM66 contest, Innervoice will give a bold sight at each-way odds with online bookmakers.
Race 8 –
6yo Mare | T: Lyle Chandler | J: Ben Looker (58kg)
Sunday quaddie for Taree Gold Cup Day 2023
Taree quadrella selections
Sunday, November 19, 2023