Muswellbrook, Lismore tips: Luke out for more winners

Fresh from his double on Everest day at Wauchope, local trainer Luke Thomas can keep the tally of winners ticking over at his home track.

Thomas, a renowned rodeo rider, bucked the trend of what he says was a slow start to the season with a brace of winners at Wau­chope on Saturday as he prepares to saddle-up several chances across numerous races.

Chief among those is the consistent galloper Our Eppy, who will be aiming to maintain her remarkable consistency when she lines up in the Horsepower Maiden Plate (1500m) fourth-up and at the top of her game.





BRIGHT RUBICK (Race 5 No.4): Daughter of Yes Yes Yes’s sire Rubick, this Scone-trained filly was runner-up to Bellevue Hill on debut in the Black Opal Preview. Ran into a handy one first-up but bolted in here last start.


STEAMBOAT SALLY (Race 2 No.4): Snitzel mare out of Phar Lap Stakes winner Colorado Claire who has been very good in her two runs since joining the Cody Morgan stable. Led throughout to win here five weeks ago.


ELGIN (Race 3 No.1): Kris Lees-trained, New Zealand-bred gelding who is liable to peak here third-up over 1500m and back from the provincials.


Race 4: 1, 4, 13.

Race 5: 4.

Race 6: 2, 3, 9.

Race 7: 2, 3, 5, 7.


DARRLY MCLELLAN has some good rides but none better than Bright Rubick, who looks bound for better races than a country class 1.



MISS GEM (Race 4 No.12): Michael Costa-trained three-quarter-sister to Gem Song. Runner-up at the Gold Coast then only 2.8 lengths off winner at Doomben. Well placed here.


BEAT THAT (Race 6 No.3): Placed at three of his seven starts and rarely far away. Bang on for a reward today after a solid second 11 days ago.


“It maps as a pretty good race for her,’’ Thomas said.

“She has a nice turn of foot and is still learning the craft but the worse she has run is fourth. She is very consistent.

“She has drawn a little bit sticky but she has good tactical speed and should be able to slot into a good position.

“We have been looking for races at her home track because she does her work here and can be a bit of a hot mare, but she was very relaxed here at her last start.’’

Our Eppy was a distant third in her maiden on October 7 when she had the misfortune to bump into Bright Rubick, a rapidly progressive type who will himself be in action again at Muswellbrook in the Class 1 over 1280m.

Thomas has two runners in the last race in Mosrai, who will be ­ridden by Samantha Clenton, and stable favourite Dark Elixir, who was one of the first horses into his then fledging stable.

“I bought her for $600 and she is up $80,000,’’ Thomas said.

“She was supposed to be at the non TAB-er (Wauchope last Saturday) but she drew a bad barrier and I ended up winning the race with another horse. So I scratched her to run here at her home track.

Andrew Gibbons will ride the Luke Thomas-trained Our Eppy in the Horsepower Maiden Plate (1500m) at Muswellbrook. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“Dark Elixir hasn’t got the quality that Mosrai has but she is more genuine than him and she won’t let you down.

“If Mosrai does everything right, back to that grade (today), he should be winning. But it’s just whether he does everything right.

“You can trust him, whereas Dark Elixir will look the winner at the some stage, it will just be a ­matter of whether she can hang on being first-up.”

Thomas is eager for emergency Spanish Missile to get a run in the opener, which she probably will with the likely scratchings.

The son of Smart Missile has placed at two of his six runs, one of them a second at Muswellbrook in January when he took many lengths of the winner Sennacherib.

“He looked like being a really nice horse at his preparation,’’ Thomas said.

“He won a trial in pretty smart time the other day at Gosford on the bridle.

“If he gets a run, I think he is a massive chance.’’




German-bred galloper Arabolini pulled out plenty for his maiden win at Port Macquarie over 1512m under 59kg on a Heavy 8. Steps to 1750m but this is a Class 1 and Maiden Plate so it’s not an especially strong line-up. Just has to run out the trip. Oakfield Chaparral is fitter for an even first-up run over 1506m. Wants this trip (and more) now. Ellofarock is back in grade after finishing 0.8 of a length fourth in a Newcastle Class 1 over the mile.

Bet: Arabolini each-way; box trifecta 1, 4, 7, 13.


Bright Rubick was a distant runner-up to Bellevue Hill in the Black Opal Preview on debut. Was third at Newcastle to the handy Mirra Vision then came here and won easily. Controlthewitness is a Kris Lees-trained gelding resuming here. Raced handy and won on debut at Port Macquarie and could be a value runner. Mahogany Bay’s grand dam Acapulco Queen won the Wellington Boot in 1993, beating Angst.

Bet: Bright Rubick win; exacta 4 to beat 6.


Mill City is a Kris Lees-trained mare who is unplaced in two fresh runs. Bear in mind one of them was a debut fourth at Te Rapa, the other her Australian debut when the Beaumont track bias beat her. She ran fourth that day, too. Stablemate Ultimate Power has placed at both first-up runs and trialled twice for his return today. Has drawn the rails here, ensuring a good run off the speed. The Paul Perry-trained Dodecanese will be strong late.

Bet: Mill City win; box trifecta 2, 3, 9.


Ms Wicked Niki has been racing in great form with two wins in her past four runs and a second in between. The Gilgandra mare should get a good run on the speed or just behind from a favourable draw. All three wins have been over this trip. Go well. Mosrai will be finishing off. He is third-up at a his home track and was very good at Tamworth last time. Stablemate Dark Elixir is value.

Bet: Ms Wicked Niki win; exacta 2 to beat 3; Dark Elixir place.



Miss Gem is a half-sister to Kris Lees’ handy galloper Gem Song. This filly’s grand dam, Just Blooming, was runner-up to the great Bounding Away in the Golden Slipper. Miss Gem is a Michael Costa-trained three-year-old who is back in class from a recent solid run at Doomben. Maximalist has only placed twice in 14 starts but he can finish hard at times. Sharp Wit needs to lift but is a rough place chance.

Bet: Miss Gem.

The half-sister to Gem Song (pictured), Miss Gem, is a big chance at Lismore. Picture: AAPSource:AAP


Infinite Spirit is a Beaudesert resident with the handy record of one win and five placings from 13 starts. Has been very consistent this preparation, placing at her past five starts. Close to win now, just needs slice of luck from outside draw. Charlotte’s Girl finished second at her only visit to the Lismore 1300m. Should again be in the mix somewhere.

Bet: Infinite Spirit win.


Beat That is trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Bellamy, who has had plenty of winners. This gelding looks like he might break his maiden today after seven starts, three of them placings in this preparation. Drawn out wide but other than that, he’s hard to fault. Toots Is Tops was in the market when fourth of eight on debut in a Grafton 1020m maiden. Drawn favourably. Our Girl Wanda and Matt Dunn’s colt Ready To Party are in the mix.

Bet: Beat That win; box (flexi) trifecta 3, 7, 13, 14.


Matthew Dunn has a potential Highway horse in Royal Factor, who will carry the hopes of plenty of punters. Rightly so given he was a very easy winner at Grafton first-up. Wasn’t a bad run next time when fourth at the Gold Coast. Go well. Chiaki is trained on the track so has some very good numbers at home. Ignore last start. He is a massive threat.

Bet: Royal Factor win; exacta 3 to beat 6; quinella 3, 6.

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