Wyong will play host to eight races on Thursday afternoon. The track is rated a Soft 6, the rail is in the true position for the entire course, and the first race will jump at 1:15pm local time.
Best Bet: Lady Of Luxury
Lady Of Luxury was given absolutely none as a well-supported favourite just eight days ago at Kensington. The three-year-old filly by Criterion has finished second in three of her seven races, including a good runner-up to Skedaddle two starts ago. She ran into a wall of horses last time out and finished the race untested, so the quick backup and the drop to 1350m should suit her perfectly. Jason Collett replaces Rachel King and will need to produce a good steer from barrier eight. Lady Of Luxury finished second to Newsreader in the Magic Millions Maiden, which reads very well for this.
Tommy Berry and the Maher & Eustace team combine in a two-year-old maiden with Wilson’s Prom. The son of Xtravagant has had five starts for three placings, with those coming behind the likes of Rocket Tiger and Head Of State – both handy two-year-old colts. Staying at the 1300m will suit given he ran second at this trip last start off a 33-day freshen up, so he will be fit and ready to go. Gate four will have him handy throughout and should put him in a forward-enough position to be well and truly within striking distance late.
The regally bred Nordicus (Dundeel x Miss Finland) hasn’t quite lived up to his parents’ race records, with just the one win and two minor placings from 12 starts, but he does find himself in a big class drop for what looks to be an attempt at an easy kill. He has only beaten six runners home in his last four starts, but they have been at BM72 and BM78, so he should find this much easier at Class 1 level. Drawn one from the outside in barrier seven, he is likely to be snagged back towards the rear so he can rattle home over the top of them late.