Mystic Hill not guaranteed a smooth run at Gosford

The early market says promising Newcastle filly Mystic Hill looks a near standout at todays Gosford meeting, but there may just be a weighted fly in the ointment.

Farewell to 2018: the Gosford Race Club hosts a seven-race card on Monday.

Farewell to 2018: the Gosford Race Club hosts a seven-race card on Monday.Credit:Aaron Brown

If the flying daughter of Savabeel reproduces her powerful and dominant maiden win by more than five lengths at Taree on just her second appearance, the others might be chasing thin air in race three, but the pattern might not be as straightforward around this track.

The 3kg claim and nice gate for Rosehill gelding Time Of Glory brings him right into the race, especially stepping up to the mile. He can push into a midfield position while Mystic Hill is likely to be forced back.

Two starts back Time Of Glory won his maiden under 59kg at Hawkesbury before closing off nicely in a class 2 behind the talented Lilith after being well-backed at a bigger price. He will leave the barrier carrying just 55.5kg after Mikayla Weirs claim, and fourth-up over the extra trip looks ideal.

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Certainly, the David Payne-trained galloper is over the odds.

Elsewhere at a meeting bringing some new and exciting gallopers to the races, a stack of well-bred three-year-old first starters line up in a 1000-metre maiden plate.

Among a lot of good performers at the trials, the Warwick Farm filly Vinci Lady has been given plenty of time since two smart trial efforts last month. She looks well-placed on debut at set weights with leading hoop Jason Collett aboard. Randwick-based Taking Charge lines up for the first time after a strong trial win at home, so too Rosehill colt Kings Order, who has been given two forward trials, and Expellable, who won a trial in good fashion at Hawkesbury and was scratched from yesterdays Orange meeting to be saved for this.

Punters can fly out of the blocks and set themselves up early in the opener – a class 1 over 1000m – aboard the flying three-year-old Newcastle filly Miss Powerbelle.

A daughter of the British speed sire Power, she repaid punters as a hot favourite at Tuncurry last start after going under as an odds-on fancy at Port Macquarie on debut. And with superior gate speed on the limit weight here, Miss Powerbelle can control things up front and give another little taste of what lays ahead.

Gosford Best Bets
Best R1: (6) Miss Powerbelle
Next best R7: (3) Alier
Best value
Race 3: (1) Time Of Glory

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