Taree Cup 2017 day Tips – Taree races 20/8/2017

We take a look at today’s Taree cup meeting which looks a quality card of racing with eight races making up day. View our tips and selections for each of the races on the card as well as our best bet and value selection.

 

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Race One: 7 Lady I Am

Race Two: 2 Texas Tycoon

Race Three: 1 Majestic Pedrille

Race Four: 1 Rastafarian

Race Five: 11 Natural Predator

Race Six: 8 The Iron Maiden

Race Seven: 2 Admiral Jello

Race Eight: 3 Arise Augustus

 

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BEST BET: Race Seven Number 2 Admiral Jello

NEXT BEST: Race Three Number 1 Majestic Pedrille

VALUE: Race Five Number 11 Natural Predator

 

News:

Vega Magic has shown he will be a force in the first Group One race of the season after carrying a big weight to a first-up win in the Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield.

The former Perth sprinter won the Group One Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide in his first start for the Lindsay Park stable in May and resumed in Saturday’s Listed race over the same distance with 60.5kg, bringing up a winning treble at the meeting for the stable.

The gelding sat three-wide near the speed and strode to the lead early in the straight before Japanese import Brave Smash emerged with a big finish after getting through on the inside.

Brave Smash ($3.40) dashed at Vega Magic ($2.70) who responded to get home by a long neck, while third-placed Santa Ana Lane ($15) another 4-1/4 lengths away.

Vega Magic’s co-trainer David Hayes said the $1 million Group One Memsie Stakes (1400m) in two weeks is the immediate target for the gelding and believes he will run a huge race.

He then hopes to freshen Vega Magic with a view to the sprinter snaring a slot in the $10 million Everest in October at Randwick.

“I really think he’s come on. I reckon he’s a really, really classy horse,” Hayes said.

Jockey Damien Oliver said Vega Magic did a good job to carry the weight and then hold Brave Smash out at the finish.

Brave Smash’s jockey Damian Lane said the horse ended up in an awkward position after a slow beginning.

“He should have blown them away,” he said.

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