Today's Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz: 8th January 2022

Chris Scholtz previews the Gold Coast and Rosehill meetings on January 8 with best bets and selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

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GOLD COAST January 8

Best Bet

RACE 2: (2) Sir Rocket

For Value

RACE 4: (2) Perfect Mission

RACE 7: (3) Love Tap

RACE 8: (4) Neidorp

RACE 9: (15) Cracker Essgee


RACE 1: 3-9-1-2

RACE 2: 2-3-1-5

RACE 3: 3-8-1-9

RACE 4: 2-4-1-6

RACE 5: 2-6-3-4

RACE 6: 5-6-3-10

RACE 7: 3-4-1-12

RACE 8: 4-3-10-6

RACE 9: 15-14-7-6

TYCOONIST Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

ROSEHILL January 8

Best Bets

RACE 9: (2) ZEGALO: Good wet tracker gets his chance after luckless placings at his last two starts at Randwick. Meets his fancied stablemate Niffler on the same weight terms after the claim for Tyler Schiller who should take plenty from his las start ride on the gelding.

RACE 10 (5) TYCOONIST: J Mac sticks with the right horse to end what shapes as a big day for the Waller stable. This talented gelding continues to build a remarkably consistent record, resuming with an unlucky nose second over 1100m at this course before recording a strong 1200m win in this class at Randwick where he had no problems overcoming a tough run from a wide draw. He's now been placed in eight of his last nine starts, he's good in the wet and while he rises 2.5kg off his last win I'm sure he holds more scope for improvement.

For Value

RACE 1: (12) DANZADEL: Good Highway class performer with strong soft and heavy form. Expect bold showing first-up

RACE 6 (6) ASTERO: Set to improve sharply second up after resuming with a solid fourth over 1100m at Warwick Farm behind the topweight Rule Of Law. Meets that horse 4kg better after the claim for Tyler Schiller with the barrier draw also favouring him in a race where the speed will make it tough for those drawn wide. He's excellent value in this field as he boasts strong form on affected tracks – he's 3:2-1 in the heavy - and should be ridden to have the last run at them.

RACE 8 (4) ORDER AGAIN: Just one of many confusing races on this card due to multiple runners from the Waller stable. Despite the Waller conundrum I am reading plenty into the return of James McDonald as the rider of this headstrong gelding as he is one of the best wet track runners at this meeting (8:3-2) and is sure to appreciate the return to his home course after his recent luckless starts in the Villiers Stakes (1600m) and Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick. He's had the right prep for this race and will be hard to beat in the favourable soft conditions.

ORDER AGAIN Picture: Martin King / Sportpix


RACE 1: 12-7-4-11

RACE 2: 3-7-5-2

RACE 3: 3-9-2-7

RACE 4: 11-5-1-3

RACE 5: 4-6-8-5

RACE 6: 6-1-3-13

RACE 7: 6-3-2-8

RACE 8: 4-3-2-14

RACE 9: 2-6-12-5

RACE 10: 5-1-4-11




ROSEHILL SATURDAY: And We Danced (R3); Wairere Falls (R5); Yiyi (R5); Opacity (R5)

WYONG SATURDAY: Fielding (R3); Kung Fu Muchu (R7); Lucilight (R7)

NOWRA SUNDAY: Art Of Excellence (R5)


RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Broken Arrows; Stick To Your Guns; Moonshine Lady; Nikohli Beagle; Flucuate; Divine Future; Shadow Devil; Roheryn; Coolangatta; Russian Conquest; Sherringford; Don't Doubt Katie; The Bopper; Elzamee; Written Doubt; Embeller; Starboreta; Nasturtium; Rise Of The Masses.


WYONG December 20: FIELDING, an unraced Deep Field 3YO, looks to have a future after a strong maiden heat win over 845m (49.35; 34.54).

ROSEHILL December 14: AND WE DANCED, a new addition to the Waller stable from NZ, was never put under pressure but there was a lot of quality in the way she closed late for an impressive third in a strong 900m heat (55.07; 34.49). Keen to follow her progress although she didn't make the same impression in her second trial at Warwick Farm on December 30.

SAIGON Picture: Steve Hart


Eligible Blackbook Runners – January 7/8

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Saigon (R3); Attorney (R8); Zegalo (R9); Casino Kid (R9); Sacred Command (R9)


CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Sig Positano (R7); Vespertine (R9)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Mass Destruction; Dzsenifer; Coventina Bay; Five Kingdom; El Padrino; Totally Charmed; Brookspire; Bacchanalia; Our Heidi; Born A King; Mr Cancun; Ligulate; Spirit Of Gaylard; Superstorm; Vianello; Minhaaj; I'm Thunderstruck; Elusive Express.

Blackbookers – Selected January 1

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DESERT ICON: Import ready to show his best.

KEY LARGO: No luck. Ready to win.

NUDGE: Good mare back in form.

SOXAGON: Strong efforts since resuming.

SQUID GAME: Prefer over 1200m-1400m.   

TOOMUCHTOBEAR: Stay with him. Needs 2000m.

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Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.