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More Shots has forgotten what losing feels like.

And her trainer Rob Potter thinks she can make it four-straight wins in the South Coast Cup (1607m) on the Sapphire Coast on Sunday.

Her past three wins came after 15 runs for no victories and six placings so she’s the definition of a mare in form.

“I wanted to keep her to that grade but I think there’s a lot more to come,” Potter said.

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“We gave her a work out with another horse and let her go past it and she just clicked into gear. She’s not one dimensional and she can go back or forward.

“She’s got a bit of weight which will test her but I think she’ll get to a midweek race or a country cup at least so we’re pretty excited about her.”

More Shots doesn’t mind having a nip at her human friends and has strong personality but Potter has her worked out and Brandan Ward rides her again.

“She’s flying at the moment and her work has been sensational but she’s a very quirky mare,” Potter said.

“I told the owner that she’s a very nice horse going by the way she works but we just had to work her out a bit and her runs for us have been huge.”

Potter thinks White Liar can get his day off to a winning start in the opening race.

She’s having start two after a fourth placing at Wagga and a close second at Orange last start which was a better run than it looked.

Racing is at Sapphire Coast on Sunday.Source:Supplied

“She’s a really nice horse who is highly talented but is very green,” Potter said.

“She probably should’ve won last time after getting on the worst part of the track and she stopped and had a look when she hit the front so I put a set of winkers on her.

“She’ll probably roll along in front and be very hard to beat so hopefully she can win this one.

“I’d have to say she’s my best chance on the day.”

Scalded was scratched from the third race to run in the fourth and despite liking wet tracks, she showed Potter last start that she is ready to win on a dry one for the first time.

“She’s a tremendous wet track horse but she was huge up in grade at Canberra the other day,” he said.

“They went slow and sprinted and that’s not her go but she got within a length of them on a firm track.

“She’s won over 1200m and she can go forward or back. She’s going to be highly competitive and she backs up well so I’m confident.”

Kirkton takes on Shecago in the last race and on paper Kirkton is the stable’s leading contender.

“He could be a really nice miler and he’s got a good gate. It’s a good starting point for him and he could power over the top of them,” Potter said.

“He’s probably my leading hope but there’s not much between them.

“The other mare will go forward after having no joy in Canberra last start. She’s a nice mare.”

MATT JONES’ TOP SELECTIONS

BEST BET

Race 1 No.7: WHITE LIAR

We can kick off the day with a winner here. This filly has shown much promise in two runs and was unlucky not to win last time and this is her best hope third-up.

NEXT BEST

Race 2 No.1: MADDISON’S MISSILE

She broke her maiden at the provincials three runs back and is in Theresa Bateup’s stable now and she’ll look to jump, lead and hold on.

VALUE BET

Race 7 No.14: DENSAUR

This two-year-old trialled up in nice looking fashion when they ran time. He get barrier one and is built more like an older horse than a juvenile and he doesn’t do much wrong at home according to his trainer.

QUADDIE

Leg 4: 2, 4, 7, 8

Leg 5: 1, 2, 4

Leg 6: 2, 4, 6

Leg 7: 4, 7, 8, 14

TRAINER TO WATCH

Keith Dryden’s Fangela, Emma’s Gift, Hallies Comet and Brennaman racing and looks like he could walk away with two or more winners.

JOCKEY TO WATCH

Ellen Hennessy may have a day out with Mickeyrats, Maddison’s Missile, Scalded and Densaur.

INSIDE MAIL: SAPPHIRE COAST

RACE 1

White Liar has run two nice races to kick off her career and they weren’t the worst maiden races she was in. She’s drawn to get every chance and is third-up so there’s not much against her. Mickeyrats was pushed along to win her lead-up trial but didn’t beat much home in it. She should still run a race though. Hey Dugee is the most experienced horse in the field and this isn’t the hardest race he’s been in and he takes on younger horses. Pluck Sans Ma put in a career best run last time but he might want 1200m instead of 1007m.

Bet: White Liar to win

RACE 2

Fangela will be coming home late over the short trip and showed more than enough ability in a short first preparation with a third and a win, but we haven’t seen him for 38 weeks so watch the market. Stackable took all of the 1000m to win on debut but didn’t beat much so improvement, which should come, will be needed. Blaazay can be handier in the run now and has run well here in the past while Are Zhu Ready also likes to sit off the speed and has a habit of rattling home late. There’s a few here that will be hoping Maddison’s Missile can inject plenty of speed into this which is likely and she could pinch it.

Bet: Quinella 1, 5

RACE 3

Emma’s Gift hasn’t been far off winning all four races to date such is her consistency. She’s first-up and hasn’t been seen at the trials but she’s obviously a young horse to be trusted. Endymion has won two races out of nowhere but that has a lot to do with the stable chances and he’s thriving under Joe Cleary and will look to take up the running again. The veteran Byblos Boy has won two of his past four while Loose Wire generally saves her best for this track. Heavenly Thunder is going well but without a great strike rate.

Bet: Emma’s Gift to win

Byblos Boy has two wins from his past four starts. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Martin OllmanSource:NCA NewsWire

RACE 4

Scalded has only won on wet tracks which will frighten punters but her last run on a Good 4 surface won’t. She ran a length third at Canberra and is down in class here. Hallie’s Comet won well a fortnight ago at Queanbeyan and gets a chance to build on that with the perfect gate here. Dancin’ Til Dawn was no match for them in the Wagga Guineas Prelude but this is obviously much, much easier and she’s shown this time in that she has the turn off foot to win this standard of race. Grazie came from near last on the turn two weeks ago but he did get a suck run up the fence and was entitled to finish at least where he did in fourth, if not better.

Bet: Scalded to win

RACE 5

Ronny Rock Art has put in two better results of late after running in a couple of decent races to kick off his preparation and he proves last time that he could run a mile and he’s cherry ripe for it now with the winkers on for the first time. Lambardi has drawn out but does like to sit off the speed anyway so he can relax near the rear of the field and run on late as long as there’s enough speed in the race which isn’t of great quality. Aye Darby drops back from provincial grade so is obviously a better chance here with the right gate to sit one off the fence.

Bet: Ronny Rock Art to win

RACE 6

More Shots shoots for four-straight after winning his past two in this grade. She will try and lead all the way again and considering the way she’s been winning, the little extra weight won’t be an excuse. Mr Aloysius will follow More Shots across to perhaps wit outside her and he too has winning form over a mile last start. Delude is only carrying 56kg thanks to a 4kg claim and he would’ve won in another stride last time. He will love getting out to a mile now and the two leaders should put enough speed on for him to finish over the top of them late but his apprentice rider will need to weave through them to win.

Bet: Quinella 2, 6

RACE 7

Evanora had to get back from a wide gate first-up but made up ground in the straight. She gets more favours now over 1200m from a better barrier and more fitness after running fresh off no trial. Yorker was previously raced by Team Hawkes and he’s placed twice from three career runs so he’s come to Natalie Jarvis in good order. Densaur is on debut against older horses but gets 4kg off most of them and showed in his only trial that he could be above average. He did it comfortably when third as they ran home in slick enough time. He could start off in the best possible fashion and win on natural ability alone.

Bet: Densaur to win

Originally published asSapphire Coast tips: In-form mare back for More

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