|Sapphire Coast Races
|Sapphire Coast Turf Club – 1695 Sapphire Coast Dr, Wallagoot NSW 2550
|Sunday, January 29, 2023
Country racing heads to the Sapphire Coast on Sunday afternoon for a competitive eight-race program. We’ve got two feature races with a combined total of $130,000 of prizemoney on offer in the Showcase Sprint and Showcase Cup. The rail is in the true position the entire circuit for race-day, and while the track is listed as a Good 4, predicted rain on Sunday could push the rating into the Soft range. The first race is scheduled to get underway from 1:15pm AEDT.
Showcase Sprint: Look Only
The double-figure price on offer for our top selection seems like massive overs. Look Only started as a $67 outsider last time out at Canterbury on January 20 and would’ve been the winner if she had any luck turning for home. Jockey Ellen Hennessy didn’t do anything wrong when looking to save ground with rails runs on that occasion; however, things never eventuated and she found nothing but backsides turning into the short straight at Canterbury. She did get clear with about 100m to go and proceeded to hit the line the best, just running out of time as Julian Rock held on to score by just under a length. She beat home short-priced favourite Latenighttoughguy, who would be a genuine even-money chance in a race like this, so the $10 here looks like a steal. Richard Bensley takes the reins, and with just an extra 4kg to carry from the Canterbury run, along with a positive speed map to boot, Look Only is a must each-way bet.
Race 6 – #7 Look Only (6)
6yo Mare | T: Fabian Azzopardi | J: Richard Bensley (55kg)
$10 with Bet365
Showcase Cup: Manderboss
Manderboss looks to have found his best winning chance this preparation in the Showcase Cup over the 1600m. His form reads so strongly for a race like this, with runs at Randwick and Rosehill behind gallopers – such as Banju, Colour Sergeant, Danish Prince and Tamerlane – that would all be extremely short in the market in a race of this quality. This gelding by Vadamos has been within two lengths of all those horses and finally should be finding the winner’s enclosure on Sunday afternoon. He gets in with just the 54kg in open company and has been perfectly placed by the stable, which has three runners accepted for the race. From barrier five, jockey Quayde Krogh can find a spot better than midfield before producing this six-year-old late to win with some dominance.
Race 7 – #12 Manderboss (5)
4yo Gelding | T: Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones | J: Quayde Krogh (54kg)
$3.40 with Ladbrokes
Best Bet at Sapphire Coast: Too Sharp
We jump back to the opener to find our best of the day at the Sapphire Coast with Too Sharp looking to debut a winner. His one barrier trial isn’t usually what we like to see, as Quayde Krogh asked for a big effort from well back in the field at Canberra over 900m. He won the trial, though, under solid riding, and it was almost race-day conditions the way the Joseph and Jones team instructed Krogh to push the button on this son of Bull Point. It was impressive to the eye and gives us confidence he can take that effort into Sunday afternoon. He’s up against a small field in his debut run and we think it rates similarly to his trial effort with some lightly raced gallopers that don’t seem to have as much upside. Too Sharp may be back in the field early, but expect to see this three-year-old wind up down the outside late to secure victory.
Race 1 – #1 Too Sharp (1)
3yo Gelding | T: Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones | J: Quayde Krogh (58kg)
$3.10 with Unibet
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