POSEIDON’S POOL - Having a small bet at the double figures as he has been slightly disappointing but the two runs prior to taking on the Bendigo Guineas were ok. The key to getting a spike in form could be getting back onto a wet track. He won his first two career starts on soft tracks and then took on the G3 Vain Stakes and was only beaten 1-1/2 lengths into third behind Jukebox, again on soft going. This will be the first time he’s got back onto a track with any give since those three starts and he draws to do no work in the run, so long as the inside is playing fair he can take a huge step. The stable mate Du Sumpent could be a knockout hope at $14 in early betting.
ZAFOX - Ryan rides Zafox for Bjorn Baker in the Quains Liquor Wellington Maiden Plate with the three-year-old son of Foxwedge rating as the day’s best bet. Resuming over 1400m at Canberra May 9, Zafox looked a half-run short kicking clear with what looked a winning break at the 200m only to be run down on the line. With the run under his belt in what on paper looks an easier maiden and barrier four, Zafox should be winning on Tuesday.
DOOSEY - Ryan will be chasing back-to-back wins on the Rick Worthington-trained Doosey which looks suited stepping up in distance in the Barnson Surveyors Benchmark 65 Handicap (1700m). A class two winner over 1450m at Muswellbrook last start, Doosey will be having his third run back from a 430-day spell so it would be reasonable to assume there is still scope for improvement in the son of Not A Single Doubt. Doosey has won up to 1600m and contested races up to 2000m so the step up in distance looks advantageous. Launching from barrier one, Doosey won’t spend a penny in transit and if the anticipated improvement is there, Ryan will be back in the winner’s stall again.
MANDALONG NICKO - Adrian Layt will ride Mandalong Nicko for Gary Nickson in the Doylo Maiden Plate (1000m) with the three-year-old son of Great Hall ready to win after finishing in the placings at his first two career starts. A debut third at Newcastle in a field of six beaten 4-1/2 lengths doesn’t look flash on paper but it is worth noting the winner Rebel Cry won by over four-lengths and came out and won again at Newcastle on May 19, so the form is better than it looks. Nickson took Mandalong Nicko to Canberra last start with the colt fighting on tenaciously after taking up the running before being run down on the line in a race that produced some of the best speed ratings for the day. It looks a case of first out first home with Mandalong Nicko having the luxury of barrier two at Wyong on Tuesday.
WHITELY - Betting fluctuations of $18 to $41 for a Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott runner resuming would suggest there is plenty of improvement to come and if that’s the case Whitely will take plenty of beating in the Munmorah United Bowling Club 2YO Maiden Plate (1300m). Punters shied away from Whitely big time first-up at Warwick Farm however the son of Sebring performed well beyond the market expectations going down by the narrowest of margins in the midweek metropolitan maiden. With the anticipated improvement from the first-up run and back to a provincial set-weight maiden against his own age, Whitely will take a power of beating with Tim Clark in the saddle.