LIGHTNING NIC - The Jason Coyle-trained Lightning Nic is racing in career best form and looks a great chance to record her third win in the Barlens Hire Fred Cooper Cup – Benchmark 68 Cup (1600m). A three-year-old daughter of Nicconi, Lightning Nic was a Kembla winner over the 1600m three runs back before being competitive in city class races at her latest two outings including a Canterbury third on November 22 over 1550m. Lightning Nic battled on well at Canterbury last start at her first 1900m start but does look better placed back to 1600m in this race and with Kathy O’Hara in the saddle rates as the day’s best bet.
MOUNT HEIDI - The Amy Usher-trained Mount Heidi is ready to win at her third career start when she lines up in the Slipway Hotel Maiden Handicap (1000m). A four-year-old daughter of Monashee Mountain, Mount Heidi has finished in the placings at two career starts to date and was run down late after leading over 1106m at Grafton last start. Mount Heidi will appreciate the slightly shorter journey on Thursday and finds herself in a weak maiden. Reckon it will be a case of first out first home for the mare.
SOLAR CRAFT - Solar Craft hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his seven career starts including a maiden victory at the Gold Coast two runs back and looks well placed to record win number two in the Kel Campbell Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1900m). Solar Craft had his first middle distance start when a close third at the Gold Coast last start and was arguably unlucky not to get the money after suffering interference from the winner in the straight. The Solar Craft connections took their case to the stewards' room but were unsuccessful in their attempt to have officials change the placings.Confident this Les Kelly-trained son of Starcraft will make amends on Thursday.
THRILLED - The Godolphin three-year-old Thrilled just needs even luck in running to win the Wyong Equine Clinic Maiden Plate (1350m). A son of Exceed And Excel, Thrilled has been placed in four of his six starts to date and comes out of some strong form races finishing a close second in a Newcastle maiden on October 21 behind Pretty Fast who has subsequently stretched her winning sequence to three including a Stakes win at Doomben last start before chasing home Echo Jet at Newcastle on November 4 with that galloper adding further merit to the form with a Sandown victory. Trainer James Cummings took Thrilled to Goulburn last start and the gelding was expected to win firming from $2.40 to $2.10 but the three-year-old was set an impossible task by the rider settling well back in the field before making up plenty of ground in the run home. Thrilled won’t be as far away in the run on Wednesday and is ready to win stepping up to 1350m.
CAJETAN - Cajetan from the in-form Waterhouse and Bott stable looks well placed back to provincial grade in the MDA Built/Diverse Building Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m). A three-year-old son of Pierro, Cajetan looked the goods winning his maiden at Gosford resuming on November 2 before running into the promising Unforgotten in a Saturday three-year-old benchmark 72 handicap carrying 56kg. Cajetan takes on the older horses on Wednesday but doesn’t look badly treated with 58kg coming back to a benchmark 65. Cajetan has tactical speed which is always an advantage at Wyong and with Tim Clark in the saddle who was the victorious jockey at Gosford, Cajetan is expected to take plenty of running down.