Dunn back on track as Neasham and Waterhouse/Bott runners return

Kai Shmukler
Dunn back on track as Neasham and Waterhouse/Bott runners return

We are set for some big weeks to come in horse racing betting across our prominent racecourses and we take a look at some Listed race horses that are set to make returns during these Winter Carnival races and I am keen to get stuck into things as you will definitely be seeing some of these runners in my Saturday racing tips when they come back to racing.

Dunn Returns to Northern NSW

Matty Dunn has returned to his 80 horse camp in Murwillumbah and set full course ahead for Brisbane racing as well as some Country NSW racing that we have been on in our horse racing tips lately quite often. 

Dunn says that in Sydney a lot of it came down to not being able to get boxes, ultimately giving most of his runners, when they did get placed, disadvantages in the race. He continued on to say:

It was hard, I was travelling up and back once a week. Everything is here, my staff, my offices are here and that's the way it was right through when I was down there too, it is good to go home.

Dunn admitted he had been bringing some of his better runners to Sydney that likely would have been winning in Brisbane but irrespective of that he has quickly brought his Brisbane form back to full steed and he is one the top couple powerhouses up North. 

His home track of Murwillumbah also looks to only aid his expansion as the course proper and training facilities have both been redone with some listed winners being trained at the course.

Dunn sends a solid group of runners to Doomben this Saturday and has a runner in a race I skipped over in my Saturday racing tips but I did like his horse in Crazy Train, racing in race 7.

Neasham’s Import Sibaaq Set for Big Return to Racing

Sibaaq looked to be a promising import for Annabel Neasham at the end of Summer when finishing just behind Think About It, who looks one of / if not the best sprinter in the country right now, in the Liverpool City Cup.

He never really continued to progress after that run as Neasham says:

He ran really well first-up then he was disappointing. He wasn't the same horse… We couldn't find anything wrong with him so we decided to put him out and start again.

One can imagine the stable would have put some good work in since sending him back to the paddock and Neasham has hinted that he looks good for his return this Saturday.

He should get a good run from the draw and I'm expecting him to run well.”, she says that whilst they have no concrete plans for Sibaaq this season they do think he will be in some Group 1 races. 

She continued to talk about his ride in Saturday’s race, “This looks like a nice lead-up into the Missile but I must say I've always wondered if 1200m is 50m too far for him,”.

His two lead up trials have been good in my opinion. I’m not sure he wins the Winter Stakes this weekend but I wouldn’t be underestimating him either. I go through this race in depth with three selections in my Saturday racing tips for Rosehill.

His future for the prep is likely The Epsom the stable says and I hope to see him there.

Goldman En Route to Melbourne Cup

The running Melbourne Cup favourite Goldman is readying to return to racing off the back of a listed and group barrier trial at Rosehill earlier today (21/07) where he sat behind the lead in the initial stages and trucked along to win nicely in the straight.

Waterhouse / Bott had a couple stable representatives with Major Beel running second in the same trial. 

I am a friend of someone with a stake in Goldman and remember watching him power through the grades earlier this year to eventually win the Roy Higgins Stakes to close out the prep. That race offers a Ballot exemption for the Melbourne Cup and he is the current favourite for that race.

Bott said, “There is quite a few options for them but they will have another trial or two and then ready to kick-off in the early part of the spring”.