IT'S not all about the Fashions on the Field when it comes to the time honoured Parkes Picnic Races - there will also be plenty of talented horses on the other side of the fence, with the highlight of the day, as always, the $9000 Parkes Services Club Coradgery Cup.
For those who love a flutter, the key for deciphering form ahead of the meeting will be looking for horses with flippers instead of hooves - and with no Jungle Edge on deck, it'll all be about figuring out which runners like it wet.
Parkes trainer Sharon Jeffries has four runners engaged in the meeting, which is set to feature five races, with the barriers flying back for the first race at 1.35pm.
Sharon's husband and former jockey Dale Jeffries, who is also the track manager, declared on Thursday morning that the track would be a Heavy 10, after at least 35mm of rain fell on Parkes this week.
When it came to runners from the stable, he was pretty quick to nominate a four-year-old mare who will be out to break her maiden in Race 2.
"Miss Monte is probably our best chance for the day, she likes it wet," he said.
"Most of her placings at TAB meetings have been on the wet, but never a Heavy 10 so I guess we wait and see."
When it came to the three other runners, Jeffries was a little more wary given the probable tough conditions.
"Thee Jenner probably doesn't get through it, he's got giant feet on him, so you'd think he would love a wet track, but he'll find it tough.
"Euro Flash isn't real fast on the dry, so maybe she'll love the wet!
"Superior Power is a real little goer, but you just don't know he's gonna handle the ground," Jeffries said.
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1.35pm: Broadway Hotel Maiden (800m)
A Maiden sprint to kick off the afternoon, and it really is anyone's race. Two year old JETZ was previously in Tasmania with Siggy Carr and might have the most upside here. Dartboard job.
Tips:1- Jetz; 2- Texan Beauty; 3- Superior Power; 4- Krissy Krystyna
2.15pm Agriwest Maiden (1200m)
You heard Jeffries, MISS MONTE is built for this! With Andrew Banks aboard, the mare can bolt to the front from barrier 1 and give them something to chase. She's shown promise in 21 career starts. J'ADOUBE was fourth on a Heavy 8 track at Dubbo last start, and will claim four very helpful kilograms thanks to apprentice Zara Lewis.
Tips: 1- Miss Monte; 2- J'Adoube; 3- Our Johnnie ; 4- A Girl With Sass
2.50pm: Power Tools Plus BM50 (1200m)
Really like the look of the Garry Kirkup-trained GAMETIME in this one. The Rubick mare broke her maiden in December and hasn't done a lot wrong since. She should be able to handle 57.5kg. CITY JET has been racking up the placings since moving to the Darren Egan stable in Scone while ROSESAY had a monster finish in Quirindi last Saturday.
Tips:1- Gametime; 2- City Jet; 3- Rosesay; 4- A Girl With Sass
3.35pm: Telescope Tyres & Batteries CL1 (1000m)
OUT NOW caused a bit of an upset in Parkes last month when he upset the well-backed favourite. He's got the big weight and drawn the carpark though so the gelding will need a bit of luck. ANY LOOSE CHANGE at least has a little bit of wet track experience.
Tips: 1- Out Now; 2- Ready Set Go; 3- Any Loose Change; 4- Lishades
4.15pm: Parkes Services Club Coradgery Cup BM50 (1400m)
The Cup! The surface will be extremely choppy by this stage, and that'll rule a line through a lot of horses. You'll need to be tough to win this one. Maybe WATERBOM can win this for Egan? The four kilograms from Lewis' claim will be helpful again. Liked the run of MR MAHARAJ in Wagga last start. If SATURN handles the going and the 60kg on her back, she could win this from barrier 1.
Tips:1- Waterbom; 2- Mr Maharaj; 3- Saturn; 4- Axion.
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