Carlisle Bay on the quick back-up looking for breakthrough

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Carlisle Bay on the quick back-up looking for breakthrough

By Ray Hickson

If there’s a horse that deserves a change of luck at the moment it’s Carlisle Bay, and that change may well happen for him in the Ryan’s Metal Roofing Handicap (1600m) at Wyong today.

The three-year-old has been placed in five of his nine starts and had the misfortune of being trapped three wide on the speed at his past three, but he’s been able to withstand a tough run and figure in the finish on each occasion.

Jean Van Overmeire has the mount on Carlisle Bay.

Jean Van Overmeire has the mount on Carlisle Bay.Credit:Getty

Trainers Mitchell and Desiree Kearney have elected to back the gelding up seven days after he sat wide and was beaten just over a length in second place by Kennedy Choice in a 1300m maiden at Kembla Grange.

From barrier four in the 10-horse field, jockey Jean Van Overmeire should have the opportunity to give Carlisle Bay a more economical run than he’s experienced of late from outside barriers.

And while the race appears well within his reach, a softer run in transit will be critical as he steps up to the mile, although it’s worth noting he ran third at Hawkesbury over 1500m two starts ago on July 1.

Arguably the most interesting runner on the Wyong meeting is former Kiwi galloper Rockamo, who makes his local debut for Muswellbrook trainer Aleacia Bennett in the Tab.com.au Plate (1100m).

He has raced twice for a close fifth on debut at Taupo in December and a third at Otaki in March but showed a maiden win was certainly within reach by winning a barrier trial on his new home track earlier in the month.

How that transfers to race day remains to be seen, but Bennett has found a race that will give the four-year-old, to be partnered by Grant Buckley, his best chance to make a positive first impression.

Trainer Matthew Smith has placed up and coming filly Lake Kastoria very well to date for two wins at Hawkesbury on wet tracks and she chases the hat-trick in the Wyong’s Next Meeting August 29 Handicap (1350m).

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The three-year-old won on protest at her first outing, and the runner-up has since won. Then led all the way in a class 1 over 1300m when a well-supported favourite on July 11.

If she is as effective on dry ground as in the wet, she will be hard to beat.

Best bets: Race 1: (2) Rockamo; Race 7: (4) Silent Agenda
Best value: Race 3: (2) Carlisle Bay

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