Wet track an unknown for Got the Goss

A heavy track appears the only danger to stopping promising galloper Got The Goss from remaining unbeaten when he lines up in the third race at Wagga on Friday.

Arriving on the scene earlier last month with an emphatic eight length trial win, the Trevor McIlrick trained galloper created a big impression on debut when spacing his rivals by four lengths at Thoroughbred Park.

While it is rare to see two-year-olds line up against the older horses, McIlrick's decision proved a master stroke with his talented juvenile defeating his rivals with considerable ease.

A King for Scone

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will make the six hour drive to Scone for only the third time in his career with progressive galloper Nat King Cu set to line up in the final race of the card on Friday.

Having resumed with two solid performances this time in Olive was forced to scratch Nat King Cu out of last week's meeting at Rosehill after he felt he was not quite up to his best.

"Just coming into the race last week I didn't quite think he was over his previous run," Olive said.

McIlrick not reading into the Goss

Canberra based trained Trevor McIlrick is keeping his feet firmly on the ground when it comes to the future prospects of two-year-old Got The Goss after it proved ultra impressive on debut.

Arriving on the scene earlier last month with an emphatic eight length trial win, Got The Goss would prove successful in living up to the hype when spacing  his rivals by four lengths at Thoroughbred Park.

Olive keen on King

Progressive galloper Nat King Cu will face his toughest test to date this weekend but Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is confident he can make the step up.

While he proved to be over the top last time he failed in Saturday company, Olive is confident he has Nat King Cu heading in the right direction for this Saturday's affair.

"The step up in trip should definitely suit, he's drawn a nice barrier and I expect him to run a decent race," Olive said.

Unanimously dominates in Wagga Town Plate

Talented sprinter Unanimously proved a class above in this afternoon's Wagga Town plate when leading all the way to score with considerable ease.

Having proven a grave disappointed in the Listed Weetwood Handicap last start, Unanimously was back to his best and proved successful in notching up his first victory in over year.

"His run in the Oakleigh Plate put the writing on the wall, I suppose his last start was a blimp on his record but he had excuses there when he didn't handle the cushion track at Toowoomba," Schofield said.

Jolly Joker in hot form

A recent return to his career best form leaves Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella confident Jolly Joker can return to the winner's stall at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Having finished a close second behind the in-form Virtuoso when resuming the now eight-year-old would go on to notch up a convincing victory at Canberra two back before a game third placing at Orange last start.

"I've been very pleased with him he's done everything right this time in and is racing in great form," Vella said.

Coliseo in the running for the Sydney Cup

Despite being installed the ranked outsider in the Sydney Cup this weekend Canberra based trainer Norm Gardner is confident his stable star Coliseo can make his presence felt.

Although unable to feature in the finish in the Group 2 Chairman's Handicap last start Gardner believed his performance had plenty of merit.

"I thought he ran a very good race last start, he covered a lot of ground and managed to still work home well," Gardner said.

"He had quite a tough run from about the 800m and I was very pleased with his effort in the run home.

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 26 April 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 26 April 2013.  Race 1 - 12:43pm

Race 1:  5 – 1 - 3

Race 2:  7 – 8 - 12

Race 3: 3 – 2 - 5

Race 4:  6 – 8 - 9

Race 5:  9 – 7 - 6

Race 6:  5 – 7 - 3

Race 7:   1 – 6 – 7

Race 8:   5 – 2 - 1

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Put another nickle on Macknuckle

Dual Listed Canberra Cup victor Macknuckle will make his long awaited return from injury this weekend when he lines up in the last race on the card at Randwick.

Unseen since finishing a narrow second at Flemington in the Byron Moore Handicap on New Year's Day over two years ago the now eight-year-old will make his return from a serious tendon injury that at one stage was going to bring about his premature retirement.

Caprossa impresses in return

Canberra based trained Paul Jones will head to Wagga quietly confident  next week after his talented mare Caprossa made a winning return at Canterbury on Wednesday.

In what Jones had planned to only be a lead up run towards next week's Wagga Town Plate, Caprossa proved successful in keeping her unbeaten fresh record intact when working home strongly to tackle race leader Master Gaze right in the shadows of the post.

"She's one of my best and I went there with a little bit of improvement left in her and I told Nathan [Berry] that," Jones said.

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