Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt is testing Typhoon Bonny at an unknown trip for the first time on Monday at Kempsey and she’s trying to ends a run of close losses for the stable.
She lines up in a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1450m) having only won up to 1250m so far in her 41-start career.
“She should run a decent race. In saying that, it is he first go at 1450m,” Godbolt said.
“If she’s going to run 1400m she’s going to run it at Kempsey because it’s probably the easiest 1400m around.”
The seven-year-old mare is coming into Monday’s race off a third placing behind the promising Gold Bracelet at Taree over 1250m.
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She did come from 11th at the 800m to run within three lengths of the winner and her previous form suggest she’s got the class to test them.
“They’ve got a bit of an opinion of it (Gold Bracelet). Typhoon Bonny another one of those horses who is no superstar but is racing very honest for me,” Godbolt said.
“She should race the best of mine. Looking at the past form around Gold Bracelet and she was good behind Two Big Fari a few runs back then had no luck in the Daniel Baker (when 10th).”
Condover Hall joins Typhoon Bonny in the same race and he drops back from a 2000m second placing last start when going down by the narrowest of margins.
Today’s trip is short of his best but he’ll be running on after running five-straight placings.
“He’s a staying horse so he needs to have a run. He’s been racing well and is an honest old trier,” Godbolt said.
“It gets very frustrating at times (placings). At Taree the other day I had three horses run second and they all got beaten by a short half head.
“He deserves a bit of luck but I think they’ll be too nippy for him in that race.”
Sensei Jackie is Godbolt’s leading contender in a Maiden Handicap (1250m) earlier in the day.
The Scissor Kick three-year-old is third-up after running a surprising second last start at Taree, also in a tight finish.
He was sent out as a $51 chance that day.
“He improved a fair bit last start. It was only his third run and you’d expect him to be able to race well again, hoping he keeps on taking that little bit of improvement out of each run,” Godbolt said.
“Stepping up to the 1200m helped him a bit. He got up there and got going and I had increased his workload as well.
“I went from being a bit easy on him as a two-year-old then started to get a bit more series with him and he did respond to it. He’s done very well since that run.”
Sippin Season is the stablemate joining him and despite running many lengths back in the fields in his three runs he’s not hopeless.
“He’s a horse that I was confident would race well here but the barrier (13) changed that,” Godbolt said.
“He’s a horse that I’ve got a bit of an opinion of but that will be down the track a bit. He’s just immature.”
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BEST BET: PELGRAVE (Race 2, No. 11)
Kris Lees filly who sent out positive signs on debut at Tamworth then went to Taree and was unlucky not to win the 1250 maiden. Cherry ripe for the 1450m.
NEXT BEST: SHAKTI (Race 3, No. 11)
Belied her $26 quote when she hit the line with gusto to clock in a length third at Scone in an 1100m race last start. Suited here at the 1250m.
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Matthew Dunn mare who has a tidy C.V as it stands but she will be very hard to beat if she brings her recent trial to race-day.this afternoon.
BEST EXOTIC: QUADDIE
Race 4: 4,6
Race 5: 6
Race 6: 1
Race 7: 5
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Ben Looker is destined to be a short priced favourite in the TAB Jockeys Challenge before scratchings.
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BEST BET: LARYNX (Race 4, No. 4)
Open to forgiving the Highway failure on the Heavy 9; was back to his old self when third at Mudgee last Sunday and has Greg Ryan here.
NEXT BEST: PETAIN (Race 5, No. 3)
Former Godolphin galloper who has raced 22 times for Bob Howe for a win and 10 placings. Go close.
VALUE BET: MISS MAYFIELD (Race 1, No. 8)
Trialled three times for Team Hawkes without racing; debuts for Kody Nestor here — market watch essential.
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Dylan Gibbons takes 4kgs off the 59kg that Sylvia’s Memory would have carried so she is obviously very well weighted given that she was an easy winner at Grafton last start with 58kg. Drawn ideally as well. Odds Or Evens has raced at this track/distance three times for a win and a third. Look for her to be hitting the line strongly. Boom Queen was $21 into $13 last start at Wyong and ran a huge race to finish second to the clearly handy Miss Fox. Rambler Rebel is a quirky type to say the least but has talent.
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Unearthed is trained by Kris Lees who also has this filly’s dam, Fritz’s Princess, who won the Shorts and was twice placed at Group 1 level. Unearthed had trailled five times dating back to December 2019 but the debut was worth the wait – she was super impressive winning at Muswellbrook! Sister Ellie is a Choisir from the Paul Perry camp. Made up many lengths in the straight when third to the handy Star Raider at Taree last start. Peachie’s Dream and Bear The Crown are in contention in a high quality Class 1.
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Divine Diva was with David Hayes but is now part of the Matthew Dunn string. A winner at Benalla and Sale for her previous trainer (s), this well bred daughter of Sebring was outstanding beating her new stablemate Verbal Assault in a trial at Lismore. Campari Soda has more natural talent than her ‘2 wins from 17’ would suggest. Worth noting that one of those wins was here at her home track. New York Nick was going great guns prior to his disappointing run at Taree. Can bounce back here perhaps.
BET: DIVINE DIVA WIN, EXACTA 1 TO BEAT 5
Neil Godbolt trained mare Typhoon Bonny ran a big race at Taree last start when she came from well off the speed to get within 2.3-lengths of the handy Gold Bracelet. Typhoon Bonny has been to Kempsey twice for a win and a third. Ben Looker has ridden her four times for a win and two placings. The ‘best’ Editors would be the one to beat here. One thing is his favour is that he is ‘1 for 1’ at this track/distance. Discombe gives himself every chance is a hard horse to get past. Dr Demon is the value.
BET: TYPHOON BONNY WIN
INSIDE MAIL FOR SHAYNE O’CASS: WELLINGTON
Larynx was out of sorts when he ran last in a TAB Highway at Randwick on a Heavy 8 at Randwick on August 1. He had an easy trail at Scone 18-days later then was more like we know him to be when he ran third at Mudgee on August 30. Greg Ryan on today and he makes appeal despite the draw. Stablemate Denace doesn’t win out of turn but she is never far away where she goes. Has placed at one of two runs at the track and distance. Griffin’s Gaze is a last start winner and has claims.
BET: LARYNX WIN, EXACTA 4 TO BEAT 6
Petain was bred at Darley and is by Commands out of the stakes-placed Segolene who was from Lonhro’s first crop. Petain has been at Mudgee for a while now and has been a great pick-up for Bob Howe and the other owners. Drawn wide here but the step up to 1400m and down from a Bm66 to a Bm58 are both in his favour. Sue’s Girlfriend was rewarded for her consistency with a narrow on-pace win at Narromine last start. Bid To Fame is close to a win.
BET: PETAIN WIN
Smart Ain’t He has only won once in his 20 starts but he gives himself a chance in races and was quite good at Scone two runs ago. Very fit and has an acceptable draw in a suitable race. Brunela is another ‘rare’ winner but she can occasionally put in a decent effort and has been around some handy enough Class 1 types of late. Soldier Poy took 19 starts to get his first win on the board but he should get every chance again from the draw. Hibern is a player.
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Emilette is a lightly-raced mare who ran a huge race in a TAB Highway last start. She led until the last 150m then was ambushed by It’s Me no less. Emilette has only missed a place once in her six starts and that was at Wyong at the end of her first campaign. King’s Champ creates a great deal of interest here first-up off a good trial. The former Gerald Ryan trained gelding has run some good races against better opposition than most of these. Market watch advised. Paris In May is a speedy mare drawn to advantage. Just A Flash likewise is quick.
BET: EMILETTE WIN