Time ripe for BenTRAINER Ben Smith hopes his purple patch of form at the start of the new racing season will carry him through to Everest day when In Her Time lines up in the greatest show on turf.Smith followers collected close to $800 for their dollar investment on the stable’s running double at Newcastle on Saturday and have an opportunity to parlay their winnings into any or all of the camp’s five chances on Monday.“They are all in good nick and we’re happy with them going to the races,’’ Smith said.“Just the first starter (Whitestone) drew a bit awkward but the rest of them drew really well.’’******SHAYNE O’CASS’S BEST BETSGOULBURN
BEST BET: SONG AND A PRAYER (Race 4, No.1)John Thompson-trained mare who is yet to run a bad race. Gives away a start but has a powerful finishing burst. Third-up, 1500m now, big track – the one to beat.NEXT BEST: DON’T DOUBT ARTHUR (Race 3, No.6)Was backed from $3.50 into $2.60 last start here and gave his backers no cause for concern at any stage striding away for a 5.5-lens win. Has 10 of 10 but drew 9 of 9 that day.BEST VALUE: RAPTURE MISS (Race 7, No.3)Matthew Dale trained mare who has barely put of a hoof wrong in all nine starts and probably should have won a couple more save for some ill-luck. Will be steaming home at the end of this.JOCKEY TO FOLLOWJason Collett has a good book of rides at Goulburn, none of them better than the John Thompson pair of Song And A Prayer and Kissing Game, both bursting to win a race.QUADDIERace 4: 1Race 5: 2, 4, 9Race 6: 2, 3, 8Race 7: 2, 3SCROLL DOWN FOR SHAYNE’S EXTENDED PREVIEW & TIPSQUIRINDIBEST BET: KRISTENSEN (Race 2, No.3)Ben Smith trained galloper who was once third to Trapeze Artist in a race at Newcastle when stabled at Tulloch Lodge. Going really well for Smith in those last four runs. Placed to win.NEXT BEST: ONE INVINCIBLE CAT (Race 4 No.1)Last chance stuff today for this one. She has placed 7 of 8 which on one hand is good, but then again, she’s gone under at odds-on three times now.******The others are Chilcotin, Kristensen and Aberration, along with the lightly-raced Testa Rossa five-year-old Mister Rossa.Kristensen has form around the TAB’s Everest favourite Trapeze Artist, having finished 2¼ lengths away in third when he made a winning debut at Newcastle.A son of Sebring, Kristensen has been with Smith for his past four runs, notching three placings and a fourth.“The key with him is that we are in a maiden plate,’’ Smith said.“His last start at Scone was a handicap and we gave away a little bit of weight to the winner (Our Winnie).“It took the length of the straight for Our Winnie to get Kristensen, so the shorter straight at Quirindi will really help us.’’Josh Adams will partner all five of Smith’s runners.First to go will be Chilcotin, who has drawn barrier two in the Liverpool Plains Class 3 Handicap over 1450m.“Last preparation we tried to stretch him out of a trip but it didn’t work,’’ Smith said. “It was my first prep with him but now we are starting to work him out. He is better kept fresh and to the shorter trips, and he’s in great nick.“Quirindi will really suit him. He will just bounce and roll forward and from that barrier he should be able to get the run of the race.’’Aberration will take plenty of holding out in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) after two very good trials at home in recent weeks. In a July 27 heat he finished a nose second to dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon.“We were really impressed with his last trial because they walked early and dashed home the last 600m in a tick over 33,’’ Smith said. “They cleared out from the rest of the trial, so it was good to see.’’Stable star In Her Time is on target to resume in the Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on September 29, then two weeks later run in the The Everest (1200m).“She had a nice easy gallop on the course proper here at Newcastle on Saturday morning,’’ Smith said. “She’s heading in the right direction and I couldn’t be happier with her.”GOULBURNCrack at championships appears to be Safe and sound KURT Goldman is a big chance to win the inaugural $1 million ATC Kosciuszko (1200m) with bonny mare Eckstein ($8) but is making plans well beyond into next autumn with potential Country Championships contender Safe Landing.The imposing son of Magic Albert is a short-priced favourite to break his maiden status at home on Monday in the opener after kicking off his career with consecutive seconds at Warwick Farm and Canterbury last month.“He is a nice progressive horse, but he’s still got a lot to learn,’’ Goldman said.“He is a horse who I think could probably win the Country Championship (heat) come February because he is only going to get better as he goes on.”Safe Landing, whose seventh dam Rainbird won the 1945 Melbourne Cup, has drawn barrier nine of 10 in today’s somewhat appropriately named The Kosciuszko Buy Tickets Now! Maiden Plate (1300m) but Goldman is unfazed.“I am not too concerned about the gate because I would rather be out there and have options to go forward or slot in somewhere as opposed to being stuck on the fence behind slow horses,’’ he said.Goldman is a red-hot chance to claim an early double today because Shadow Vision has a superb set of numbers to grab a win in the Anns Weddings A Function Decorating Handicap (1600m).The gelding has placed at five of his six runs at home and is most effective over the Goulburn mile.“He’s slowly getting better as his preparation goes on,’’ Goldman said. “He was just a little bit keen in his races early on but he’s starting to settle and do things right now.“He will run (today) then be nominated for a Highway at Randwick on Saturday as well, so we might back up into that.’’Goldman’s third and final runner on the card is Clearly Now, who rises sharply in distance from an 1180m placing on August 5 to today’s 1500m Become A GDRC Member Maiden.“I would have preferred a 1400m but there wasn’t anything around,’’ Goldman said.“He has had the two trials and the two runs over 1200m this prep, so he has done plenty of work.’’INSIDE MAIL WITH SHAYNE O’CASSGOULBURNRACE 4Song And A Prayer is a handy mare from the John Thompson camp who probably should have won a race or two by now. Just her pattern and a bit of bad luck are all that have stopped her. She has a huge finish on her, we saw that at Kembla last time over 1400m. Hard to hold out today. Clearly Now steps up from 1180m to 1500m but us fit and capable enough to carry it off. Trained locally and in good hands. Ultraviolet is one at odds.Bet: Song And A Prayer (best bet) win.RACE 5Kissing Game is another of the John Thompson camp headed south. This mare has run some terrific races in better company than she strikes here. Is midweek city class at her top. Cliff is racing in career-best form and deserves a win. No knock. Charming Lad is always doing his best work late, so expect the same here.Bet: Kissing Game win. Quinella 2, 4. Exacta 4 to beat 2.RACE 6 Team Hawkes-trained Legendofoz is the best-bred horse in action today, being a Fastnet Rock son of multiple Group 1-winning mare Princess Coup. Lightly-raced type whose record is OK against better horses and the trials were both very good. Seeblume was a hugely impressive first-up winner at Nowra last campaign. Haunting Spirit is a progressive type. Readabeel had no luck first-up.Bet: Legendofoz win. Box trifecta 2, 3, 8, 11.RACE 7 Rapture Miss is a handy mare from the Matthew Dale camp. She has run nine times for a win, four seconds and two thirds. The thing about her is that she gets back and rattles off a huge finish, which means she will require a good tempo and a clear crack late. If she gets both, she should win. Eugene’s Pick will be up leading or close and was very good here winning his maiden. Whanau Force is the best of the rest.Bet: Rapture Miss win.QUIRINDIRACE 4 One Invincible Cat has placed at seven of her eight runs, five of them seconds. On face value she seems like a ripper mare but she has been extraordinarily costly, having gone under at odds-on three times. That said, it’s hard to go past her (again). Maybe her Kris Lees stablemate Sunday Special might test her. This one has been runner-up at her only two runs this campaign.Bet: One Invincible Cat. Exacta 1 to beat 6.RACE 5 Foxy Queen was always going to win the maiden at Coonabarabran on July 28. Led and held a length-and-a-bit margin on the others at the finish. Harder here but the race has fallen away quite considerably. Drawn to advantage. Sister Joy has been racing well this whole campaign and rates 10 points above Foxy Queen on the benchmarks.Bet: Foxy Queen win. Quinella 1, 8.RACE 6 Aberration is one of five genuine winning chances on this card today for Ben Smith. This will be the first run for Smith. The horse’s previous form last campaign included a four-length seventh of 14 in a Provincial Championships heat. Ran a nose second to Prized Icon in Beaumont heat on July 27. De La Hoya goes quite well fresh and has two wins from three starts at this trip. Mr Bonjove has a win and a second from two runs this preparation.Bet: Aberration win. Box trifecta 2, 3, 4, 6.RACE 7 Leaven Of Malice is a grey daughter of Sebring out of the former handy mare Tempest Tost. This Paul Perry-trained mare was runner-up at Scone on July 13 before her closing fifth at Muswellbrook eight days ago. Only won one from 14 but can make it two today. I Wear Prada has Greg Ryan up but a wide gate. Otherwise her credentials are solid. Mystic Splendour’s past three starts are a third, second and win. That’s progression for you.Bet: Leaven Of Malice.