2019 The Kosciuszko Preview

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The Kosciuszko gives NSW country and ACT trained horses the opportunity to race for huge prizemoney and this year a full field of fourteen sprinters will line up with four emergencies listed as well for the $1.3m sprint over 1200m at Randwick on Saturday.

Last year’s winner Belflyer will be trying to make it back to back victories in The Kosciuszko but the John Shelton trained sprinter will have plenty of tough opposition which will include his stablemate Tarbert while the 2018 runner up Suncraze is also lining up again.

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete The Kosciuszko tips are now available!

Victorem

Victorem goes into The Kosciuszko first up and his record shows that he has won twice first up in the past. The Port Macquarie trained Victorem was a winner during the 2019 Brisbane Racing Carnival in the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm and the Jenny Graham trained sprinter is a recent Rosehill barrier trial winner. Victorem finished fifth in last year’s The Kosciuszko and has been installed as the favourite this year.

Belflyer

Belflyer was the winner of The Kosciuszko last year at the huge odds of $71 but the John Shelton trained eight year old won’t be sent out at those long odds this year but is still at double figure odds. The Grafton sprinter had one run during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for a seventh in a 1000m Eagle Farm Handicap and will be going into this year’s The Kosciuszko first up. Belflyer has won a recent Grafton barrier trial and has a handy first up record.

Noble Boy

Noble Boy is another New South Wales country trained sprinter who will be first up in The Kosciuszko and the Todd Blowes trained five year old boasts a two from two first up record. Noble Boy is the winner of a recent 800m Goulburn barrier trial and Hugh Bowman will give the gelding every chance from barrier four.

Don’t Give A Damn

Don’t Give A Damn finished fourth to Belflyer in last year’s running of The Kosciuszko and has been primed for this year’s version with a recent Goulburn barrier trial win. Kerrin McEvoy takes the mount on Don’t Give A Damn and the Danny Williams trained six year old will get a cosy run from the inside gate.

Bobbing

Bobbing is another chasing a first up win in The Kosciuszko and has raced well in the city in the past, including a win in April at Randwick over 1400m. The Bernie Kelly trained Bobbing has had two barrier trials at Cessnock and Gosford in preparation for his return to the track but gets back in his races and will need plenty of luck in the run home.  

Tarbert

Tarbert is racing in great form in the Country with recent wins at Taree and Grafton and sandwiched in between is a second over 1200m at Randwick in a BenchMark 78 Handicap. Has drawn a bit awkwardly at gate thirteen but has Glen Boss holding the reins and is at nice each way odds.

Suncraze

The Tamworth trained Suncraze was runner up to Belflyer in last year’s The Kosciuszko and will go into this year’s version with one run under his belt, a ninth in a BenchMark 88 Handicap at Randwick on September 21. Suncraze has been installed as a $34 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au to go one better this year

Handle The Truth

Canberra sprinter Handle The Truth has handy city form with a Rosehill win at his last start before a break plus a first up fifth over 1200m in a Randwick BenchMark88 Handicap on October 5. The Keith Dryden trained Handle The Truth has a good second up record, has drawn okay at gate seven and has the in-form Nash Rawiller in the saddle. One of the top chances.

Star Boy

The Brett Cavanough trained Star Boy has had two recent runs in the city for a second in a 1100m BenchMark 88 Handicap at Rosehill followed by a close up sixth in a 1200m BenchMark 88 Handicap at Randwick after setting the pace. Star Boy has been set a tough task after drawing the outside gate in the fourteen horse The Kosciuszko field and his jockey Keagan Latham will have to make an early decision if he is to go forward again or try to find some cover in the middle of the pack.

Up Trumpz

Queanbeyan galloper Up Trumpz has handy mid-week city form and has only missed a place once from his last five starts, all on the city tracks, and includes a win two starts back in a Benchmark 79 Handicap at Warwick Farm. Is out to a $41 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing barrier twelve.

Awesome Pluck

The Jenny Graham trained Awesome Pluck is a stablemate of the topweight Victorem and was in winning form during the Queensland Summer carnival with wins at Doomben and Eagle Farm before a third on his home track at Port Macquarie. Awesome Pluck has had two barrier trials in preparation for his return and hasn’t missed a place at three first up runs in the past. Josh Parr rides from barrier eight.

Notation

The Matthew Dale trained Notation has a pretty handy overall record with five wins and four placings from twelve starts and is a winner over the same course and distance as The Koscioszko. Notation heads back to Randwick on the back of a second in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes over 1400m at Newcastle with James McDonald in the saddle. Notation will have the blinkers back on and shapes as one of the top chances.   

Press Box

Press Box ran a handy race two starts back when third in a 1200m Randwick Highway before winning over 1300m at Bathurst. Robbie Dolan is certain to take advantage of an inside gate and Press Box is at some juicy each way odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Luna Mia

Luna Mia has some good recent winning country form with wins at Muswellbrook and Scone before a last start fourth in an 1100m Canterbury BenchMark 70 Handicap. Tim Clark will give her every chance from gate two.

El Mo

El Mo is the first of the four emergencies and has been competitive at the city mid-week meetings which includes a last start win in a 1400m Warwick Farm Benchmark 78 Handicap.  

Attila

Attila has solid New South Wales country form with wins at Scone, Coonamble and Grafton before a last start third at Tamworth.

Inquiry

The Tamworth trained Inquiry was a last start winner on his home track over 1000m on September 30.

Lucciola Belle

Lucciola Belle was always well back at her first run back for an eighth in an 1100m BenchMark 70 Handicap.

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