The three-year-old was Group 2 placed in the Champagne Classic in Queensland last season but is yet to breakthrough for his first victory. He gets a golden chance to do that in the 3YO Maiden Plate (1600m) where he will face just seven rivals.
ANALYSIS: WHO TO BACK IN THE EVEREST
“He will be hard to beat and he looks well,” Moore said. “He was too far back in running in the Dulcify off the bad draw and he just couldn’t make up the ground (last start). This is a big drop in grade and I think he will win.”
BRAD DAVIDSON’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: SMOOTH WHISKEY (Race 1, No. 4)
Has had a few chances but he just paid the price for giving Groundbreak a start last start in a sit and sprint race. This is easier and he should breakthrough.
NEXT BEST: SIAM (Race 3, No. 3)
His two trials leading into this have been eye-catching. He should be up on speed and hard to get past fresh.
BEST VALUE: BRIGHT FUTURE (Race 7, No. 1)
He has a good record at this track and has the best form lines for this race. The last 100m is the query but the $5.50 seems OK all the same. I just can’t get Groundbreak as short as $2.10 off a maiden win last start where he had all the favours.
QUADDIE: 1st leg: 2, 4, 6, 7. 2nd leg: 3. 3rd leg: 1, 2, 4, 9. 4th leg: 1, 3, 4.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
BRENTON AVDULLA has the four rides and could easily leave with multiple winners. His rides include La Chatte in race six and Groundbreak in race seven.
TRAINER TO FOLLOW
Godolphin only has two runners but both Siam and La Chatte should go close to winning.
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All Too Huiying went back from the wide draw last start but Moore is eager to press forward from barrier seven.
“I think he is a lot better horse ridden closer to the lead and he has given me the impression that he could be a little one paced, so he will be ridden right on the speed,” he said. “I do think he will get further and we will probably take the blinkers off him at a later stage. He is a very laid-back horse but the intention is to step him up in trip after (Thursday’s race).”
Trainer Gary Moore says All Too Huiying will appreciate the drop in grade and be hard to beat at Wyong on Thursday.Source:AAP
Meanwhile, stablemate Dashing Special is rated a $5 chance for the Class 1 And Maiden Plate (2100m). He will face stiff opposition from $1.40 favourite La Chatte, a dominant last-start maiden winner at Kembla Grange over the mile, but Moore expects his horse to run well nonetheless. “He looks well and he has trained on well,” he said. “He just ran too free the other day and was found wanting (late) but I expect him to run well.”
Triumph Star makes his return in the Maiden Plate (1350m) after winning two recent trials at Rosehill. The three-year-old battled in two runs last preparation but Moore feels he has made good progress this time in.
“He has gone on from two to three and his trials have been very good,” he said. “I think the addition of blinkers will make a big difference to him and he is by a great sire (Hinchinbrook), has a great alley and I expect him to run well. We will probably ride him like we did in his last trial where he led and battled.”
Moore rated All Too Huiying the pick of his runners and could barely hide his excitement as Takedown prepares to contest Saturday’s $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m). Takedown is also an emergency for The Everest and could still yet find himself in the $10 million race on Saturday.
“I think he has a great chance in the Sydney Stakes and the horse is well,” he said. “The Everest might be a tough race but it would still be nice to have a runner in it if we are lucky enough to get in. I’ve said all along he will peak on Saturday being his third run back from a spell.”
Gary Moore believes Takedown is ready to peak in the Sydney Stakes on Saturday. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia
INSIDE MAIL with BRAD DAVIDSON
RACE 1 (1.20pm)
I like the look of 4. Smooth Whiskey here and he just paid the price for giving Groundbreak a start last start in a sit and sprint race. This is easier and he should breakthrough. 3. Noble Truth could be the danger at 1350m first-up, while 2. Hinchman just knocked up late first-up, although that race wasn’t run in strong time. 6. Triumph Star has trialled OK and looks next best.
BETTING STRATEGY: SMOOTH WHISKEY to win.
RACE 2 (1.55pm)
Tough race. 3. Delos improved out of sight when he was given an aggressive ride last start at Canterbury and he beat all bar the talented Kaonic. 1. All Too Huiying drops a fair bit in class and the only concern is where he gets to from barrier seven. 2. Aruba just found one better last start but should be able to sit a bit closer from the good draw.
BETTING STRATEGY: DELOS to win.
RACE 3 (2.35pm)
Hard to go past 3. Siam. His two trials leading into this have been eye-catching. He should be up on speed and hard to get past. 6. So Bizarre put in a good effort for third in town first-up and looks the danger. He only needs to improve slightly off that to be right in the finish. 8. Red Zephyr next best.
BETTING STRATEGY: SIAM to win.
RACE 4 (3.10pm)
Tough race and one where I would suggest the market might be the best guide. 9. Sebring Bay has been well backed for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in early markets and the recent trials were fine. I like the way 1. Staraday has trialled and she could represent a bit of overs at $16. 12. Iowa and 3. Missybeel next best but this race has a host of chances.
BETTING STRATEGY: Happy to watch these.
RACE 5 (3.45pm)
4. Red Hearts was a bit disappointing behind Regimen in Sydney first-up but she did start $3.50 that day and could be worth another chance. She would be hard to beat in this if she produces her best. 6. Prince Dylan won well off a freshen and he is the type of horse that makes his own luck on speed. 2. Oxford Magic and 7. Leap Of Legend can both improve second-up.
BETTING STRATEGY: RED HEARTS on top but she is short enough at $2.50.
RACE 6 (4.20pm)
Hard to go past 3. La Chatte and she is the horse with upside in this race. Do I want to be taking $1.40 in one of these staying races though? My answer is no. 1. Tokyo King looks the danger if there is one, while 6. Dashing Special is a place chance. The race doesn’t have a heap of depth outside of that.
BETTING STRATEGY: Stand out LA CHATTE in your quaddies and multiples.
RACE 7 (4.55pm)
The last 100m could be a query for 1. Bright Future but he seems overpriced all the same at $5.50. He has a good record at this track and has the best form lines for this race. 9. Groundbreak is a short-priced favourite and I just can’t get him as short as $2.10. He is coming off a maiden win where he had all the favours in front and just outsprinted his rivals late. He has upside all the same. 4. So Spirited next best.
BETTING STRATEGY: Small play BRIGHT FUTURE at $5.50.
RACE 8 (5.30pm)
4. Laszlo was scratched from a race in Sydney on Wednesday to be kept for this and it could be the right call. He should be able to sit midfield and should go close providing he settles. 1. Victime De L’amour and 3. Chavo were only beaten three lengths each first-up and can improve, while 5. Lifeline Princess just needs a bit of luck from the wide draw to run well.
BETTING STRATEGY: LASZLO to win.