The Tumut Turf Club will offer punters a very strong six-race-program for their Tumut Mile meeting on Saturday.
In a rarity for the small club, there are 63 acceptors for the meeting and each way betting is available in each event.
Race 1 – Tips 1, 2, 4, 6
The first event on the card is the Sturt Thoroughbreds 1000m Maiden Plate, which has 10 runners engaged.
There will be a lot of interest around the first starters from the Gratz Vella, Neil Osborne and Mitchell Beer stables; with these trainers not afraid to punt hard if they think they are a winning hope.
Of the first starters, Cesam for Vella is the top pick, having run second in a trial at Cowra over the 950m back in November 2018, before finishing fourth, beaten 2.44 lengths in a trial at Queanbeyan behind the very impressive Flora Bel on January 11.
Damon Budler jumps on for the three-kilogram claim and at 56kg; the Canberra runner should be well in the market.
Of the tried runners, Beau Dazzle for trainer Dean Boal will pique the interest of punters after some very nice seconds at Moulamein and Albury.
Graterra was well in the market here last start but finished last; the Peter Korn runner will have to be respected though and will improve after his first run on the tight Tumut track.
Star For Effort has been getting closer for Robert Anderson and finished a nice second last time out at Tumut and could be one to add to your exotics.
Race 2 – Tips 3, 10, 6, 1
The KD Stoneworks 1400m Maiden Handicap is the second event on the card and again punters are spoilt for choice with 10 acceptances.
Tumut trainer Kerry Weir looks to hold all the aces with the locally owned White Emperor.
Simon Miller will hop aboard the three-year-old that looked good finishing fourth at Wagga last start.
The Roman Emperor gelding has been learning his craft in recent outings and from gate six; Weir is confident he will get a nice sit and give this event a real nudge.
Zenyasa is dropping back in class for this maiden after recently finishing down the track at Gundagai and Wagga.
The Rodger Waters runner is the likely leader in this event, which can be a massive advantage at Tumut.
After a tough 1600m run last start, the four-year-old will be primed for the 1400m here tomorrow.
Punters can’t leave out Fie’s Resort for Mitchell Beer, with the border trainer generally leaving Tumut with a winner when he visits.
The same can be said for the Kurt Goldman trained Clogs, with the astute Canberra trainer only making the trip to Tumut with one horse; watch markets.
Race 3 – Tips 6, 1, 2, 4
Without Revenge is a very interesting runner in the Club Tumut 1400m Class Two Handicap.
The Russell Green runner had previously raced with Matthew Dunn and had five starts in Queensland and Northern NSW for two wins at Ipswich.
The five-year-old then found his way to the Wangaratta stables of Green and has had one start in NSW, finishing last at Corowa on December 29.
Tiffany Jeffries jumps aboard and it will be very interesting to see how this runner handles Tumut and the significant class drop.
The top weight Bezos for Mitchell Beer is your likely favourite after wins at Seymour and Bendigo in 2018.
Now with Beer, the four-year-old has had one start after a six-month spell, finishing last at Echuca.
Ellen Hennessy is in the saddle with a three-kilogram claim, meaning the Written Tycoon gelding will only carry 59.5kg.
Emeclew is the value runner in the field and my on top selection, having been thereabouts in recent starts without any luck at all.
Josh Richards in the saddle and punters should see an improved effort in this event.
Tickinover and Chyseing Ivy also needs to be respected after winning at Tumut on Boxing Day.
Race 4 – Tips 2,3,1,8
The fourth on the card is the feature event and the inaugural running of the $15,000 Ray White Tumut Mile.
Nine high quality runners are engaged and Canberra trainer Nick Olive looks to have two very good chances.
Contaminated is a winner of four from nine and is coming off a very nice first up third in a Benchmark 75 at Bathurst on December 16.
The five-year-old I Am Invincible gelding is unbeaten second up and the trip won’t be an issue at this stage of his preparation.
The only thing going against the Canberra runner is the outside draw (gate nine), meaning Brendan Ward will have to ride for luck early and hope there isn’t an early speed battle.
The second Nick Olive runner in Let It Roll, who is another potential leader that is a down and out miler.
The five-year-old has won four from 17 and is proven third up with a win and a minor placing from two starts.
The Not a Single Doubt gelding is stepping down from much tougher races and should go well in this event.
Great Glen for Todd Smart could be the smoky in the field, with the top weight drawing much better in gate five.
The former English galloper has won much harder races in the past and three starts back won the Cooma Cup over 1600m.
Smart has freshened the eight-year-old up and with Damon Budler utilising a three-kilogram claim, the old stager will only carry 58kg.
The Tumbarumba owned Southern Gamble could be the value runner in this field after running a good second to Great Glen in the Cooma Cup and will be the bottom weight, carrying only 51.5kg.
Race 5 – Tips 6, 5, 8, 2
The fifth on the program is the Garry Gillespie Constructions 1200m Class One Handicap.
This looks an open race at first glance but after following some form lines, the best bet of the program could pop up with the Craig Weeding trained Good Verdict.
Jake Duffy takes the ride and from gate four; the Hawkesbury runner looks in too good of form to lose this race.
The six-year-old Star Witness gelding is coming of a good third at Wangaratta on December 14 before running a game second at Albury on Boxing Day.
Stardux for Todd Smart will have plenty of admirers, especially with Simon Miller in the saddle.
The five-year-old is first up from a six-month spell and has some decent fresh form, so it might pay to follow the markets.
Truth Be Written could be value but draws terribly with gate 10, although he did hit the line nicely in a much tougher race at Wagga last time out.
Lots of Dots, who doesn’t win often, has been thereabouts in recent starts and Min Min Light is a last start winner here at Tumut and both should be included in the exotics.
Race 6 – Tips 2, 1, 8, 9
The last on the program is the Tumut Toyota 1000m Benchmark 50, which has 10 acceptors and four reserves.
Sestina for Doug Gorrel is the class and in-form runner in the field, after a very good last start win at Queanbeyan.
The five-year-old has won four from 21 and will carry 58.5kg after apprentice hoop Heni Ede claims her four-kilograms.
Connections draw well in gate three and the Poet’s Voice mare is your likely leader.
The top weight Dangerous Breeding is nearing a win and with Damon Budler in the saddle for the three-kilogram claim, the seven-year-old will carry 60kg.
Gate five won’t be an issue and the Wanted mare could get a nice sit in behind the early leaders.
The interesting runner in this field is Framework for Gosford trainer Tony Newing.
The four-year-old, who was originally trained by Gai Waterhouse, is a winner at Tamworth and Glen Innes and he will be having his fourth start for Newing.
Last preparation left a little to be desired but the All Too Hard gelding is coming off a 14-week spell and is unbeaten first up, boasting two wins from two starts.
If punters are looking to fill out the exotics in the final race, it could also be worth adding local runners Benno’s Boy and Foxlike.