A two-day carnival winds up with the running of the time-honoured Wagga Wagga Cup. Here are Friday’s racing tips.


Splendiferous has come back a different horse this prep, winning a maiden first up and then saluting once again in Benchmark 64 company by a length last start out. She looks set to go through her grades nicely this prep and only bad luck should be beating her here.

Recommended Price: $2.00
Confidence Level: 5/5


After a disappointing effort here on April 5, Delightful Dreams atoned for his poor display by getting the job done at Nowra last start, winning by half a length. He drops 3kg on that run and with gun jockey Blaike McDougall in the saddle, he can win again.

Recommended Price: $3.80
Confidence Level: 4/5

Despite being allocated 62kg, Black Duke will greatly benefit from the drop back in class after running in Group 3 races at his last two starts. He put in a massive run when 3rd in the Hawkesbury Guineas last start behind Exoboom (at odds of $61) and with the right run today, could bring up his much deserved 2nd career win.

Recommended Price: $6.00
Confidence Level: 3/5

Spirit Ridge is a lightly raced 6yo gelding from the Mark Newnham stables who looks to have found his perfect race here after putting in big efforts against some of the best horses in Australia this prep. He narrowly missed when resuming in the Sky High behind Toffee Tongue and then ran an admirable 5th in the Group 1 Tancred before likely finding the 3200m of the Sydney Cup a bridge too far. Back to 2000m should suit him perfectly and at the price, he is well worth an investment. 

Recommended Price: $6.00
Confidence Level: 3/5


Wagga 4/5 Splendiferous & 2/4 Delightful Dreams


Wagga: 2,3,11/1,10/2,4,6/4,8,9,13