Shayne O’Cass gives his Best Bets and Inside Mail for Bathurst and Lismore Monday

Seven races at both Bathurst and Lismore on Monday with Jess Taylor the hoop to follow out west where the races will be run on a soft track.



Race 3 No. 8: Hope Uno

Finished powerfully to place third in two runs for Theresa Bateup. Up to 1400m is the key to victory.


Race 1 No. 2: Victory At Omaha

Runner-up in a trial behind a potentially very good Godolphin horse and is surely one to beat in this line-up.


Race 7 No. 10: Fiery Belle

Went 27 starts without a win then won two on the trot. Hardly disgraced last time when third at Gunnedah.


Race 4: 3

Race 5: 4,5,6

Race 6: 7,8,11

Race 7: 10,11


Jess Taylor will take some beating in today’s TAB Jockeys Challenge at Bathurst with a handful of top rides.

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Race 3 No. 5: Exhibitor

Locally trained mare who has placed at three of her six runs and is building up – big time.


Race 7 No. 10: Astrophysics

Another Lismore local who is one her to the winner’s stall on her last run at Casino.


Race 5 No. 4: King Farouk

Been hitting the line with purpose for a while now; gets his chance again in an ideal race.

INSIDE MAIL – Bathurst


Flying Scotsman won with considerable authority at Tamworth 17-days ago in a 1400m maiden. This is a 1400m class one and while it is not a slam dunk for the gelding, he is the only last start winner in the line-up which lost it two ‘big guns’ to scratchings. Loose Buttons is a well bred mare; she is out of Bart Cummings’ 2009 Silver Slipper runner-up Sunday Rose. As for Loose Buttons herself, she is in the right race to medal again. Alan is a better horse than what we saw from him at Moruya.

Bet: Flying Scotsman win, exacta 3 to beat 9


It’s not exactly Bonecrusher/Our Waverley Star proportions, but this race looks a two-horse war between the Warwick Farm trained pair of Lady Kirkham and Dance Too Hard. They last met at Goulburn two weeks ago in the Dom Tycoon race. Lady Kirkham was four and a half lengths second, Dance Too Hard was a neck away in third. Lady Kirkham doesn’t exactly excite at the 2000m, Dance Too hard has to run it for a first time today so it levels up.

Bet: Quinella 4,6


Palazzi Signroili has raced six times for Marc Conners posting three seconds and her maiden win (at Hawkesbury). She came to Bathurst at her first run for Conners and bumped into You Rang. Fast forward to the present and the Gerry Harvey owned mare was terrific in her trial behind Marc’s dad, Clarry’s, Stolen Jade. Eleazar, an original member of the Hawkes team is getting on a wee-bit and may potentially need this one but it wouldn’t surprise either if he ambushed them all late. Honeysuckle Choice and Rebukes are in the mix.

Bet: Palazzi Signorili win, Eleazar place


Speaking of Gerry Harvey, he bred (our) top pick Fiery Belle who was foaled at his New Zealand stud/nursery – Westbury Farm. This Connie Greg trained great grand-daughter of Travel Light went 27 races without winning but then strung two very impressive wins together prior to her honourable third at Gunnedah 13-days ago. Clearly in great nick. Luke Pepper would no doubt be pleased with the draw for Boho Chick who did a good job under her big weight on a bog track last start. Clarry Conners trained Distinctive Glory has a big finish!

Bet: Fiery Belle win



Lasting Kiss has a C.V that speaks for itself but for the record, she has raced six times for three wins and three placings. The Stephen Lee trained grand-daughter of Deep Impact handed in a P.B at her most recent outing when winning at Doomben. Getting up in the weights but that is to be expected. Rose Bouquet has some real depth to her form, notably her last start third, albeit a distant one, to Tara Jasmine. Likes it here at home. Shanjomi is a major player.

Bet: Lasting Kiss win, quinella 2,7


King Farouk has only won once in his 20 starts but it is worth bearing in mind that the win was here at his home-track at Lismore. On top of that, the chestnut has been hitting the line with plenty of desire for a fair while now and this could be the day for him. That said, Beef Week Princess is a considerable obstacle. She hasn’t had a whole lot of luck at times but she has a big finish when she gets wound-up. Lebanna is on an upward trajectory.

Bet: King Farouk win, quinella 2,4, Daily Double 1st leg (4), 2nd leg (10)


Magic Charlee was bought at the online Inglis Digital site for $9,000 and immediately set about paying for himself when he collected $7,605 courtesy and easy win at Casino at his first run under new management. This half-brother to Artlee has form around much better horses than what he meets today and has a great alley and 2kg claim. Holbrook was a genuine eye-catcher at Murwillumbah last Friday. Sinepari has drawn to get a nice run just off them.

Bet: Magic Charlee win


Astrophysics is showing all the hallmarks of a horse that is building up to a peak performance. Trained here at Lismore by Owen Glue, each one of Astrophysics’ runs this preparation has been that bit better than the last, culminating – for now – with a grouse second at Casino. Don’t Cry Mama is trained at Grafton but seems to save her best for Lismore given her record of two wins and a second from her three visits. Sugar Zone was third to Don’t Cry Mama on July 17 but then beat Astrophysics on August 7. Goes in.

Bet: Astrophysics win, box trifecta 2,4,7,10

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