Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for Friday’s Australian racing taking place at Muswellbrook.
Best Bet: ONE STAR SHINING (Race 6)
Value Bet: MOSHT UP (Race 8)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8)
This looks to be a tricky race to open today’s Jackpot, so some caution is suggested. SHE’LL BE APPLES is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she showed marked improvement when putting 5.3L between herself and the opposition to win her last start over six furlongs. She took the lead from the jump and then kicked clear of the chasing pack at the entrance to the home straight and was never sighted from that point. She has a handy draw two and looks to be the one to side with here.
JET PACK is drawn one outside the top choice and is a 2yr old colt taking on older horses, but he also showed solid improvement to win his maiden race last time out over six furlongs by one length when returning from a 17-week rest. He has finished second in a subsequent barrier trial.
HELLO SUNSHINE is a 4yr old filly who is seldom far off the action and although recorded as finishing fifth last time out over seven furlongs, she was just under two lengths adrift of the victor. She was crowded jumping that day and despite having a wide gate ten out of thirteen, she should be right up there when they hit the line.
ONE STAR SHINING has his hat-trick run after wins over 1300M and the latest over seven furlongs by a head. He was carried the widest into the home straight that day and was bumped over the closing stages, which makes the victory that much more encouraging. The form of that race has been franked and notwithstanding the fact that he is drawn the widest of them all in gate eleven, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
SALSA MAN has finished closer to the winner in each of his last three runs, the latest when third over a mile, one length back from the winner. He was bumped at the start that day and found himself at the back of the field as a result, but he made good late progress over the latter stages of the contest. He has a far kinder gate four and could emerge as the biggest threat to the top pick.
OAKFIELD TARGET had his consistency rewarded with a half-length victory last time out over seven furlongs. He battled all the way down to the wire that day and despite draw seven, he should be involved in the finish here.
DOMINANT LADY is a 3yr old filly taking on males, but she has posted two encouraging last efforts, the latest when just under two lengths off the winner over five furlongs, this despite being hampered at the jump. She has a cosy draw five and will have 1.5kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice to aid her cause.
ELUSIVE BABBZ won his maiden race last time out over 900M at this track by one length. He faces a wideish draw eight and takes on stronger here, but he has only had the four runs to date and should have more improvement to come.
BAIYKA is another 3yr old filly in the race and is drawn one inside the latter. She has consistent formlines to her name and although hanging in over the latter stages of her latest outing over five furlongs, she ended up just 1.8L off the winner. She should be included in all bets.
MOSHT UP is a 5yr old mare taking on boys, but she has made steady improvement in her last three runs, the latest when finishing second over the c&d, beaten a short-head in the shadow of the post. She was friendless in the betting markets that day and from draw four, she is made the value bet on the day’s program.
SUPERIOR WITNESS was disappointing last time out when finishing thirteenth over five furlongs, 15.2L adrift of the winner, but that was in a Class 2 Handicap and he came four-wide into the home straight that day. It should also be noted that no less than six runners out of that contest have subsequently come out and won. He will have to overcome a wide draw twelve, but he should not be lightly dismissed in this line-up.
BEAUTY BETTY is a 4yr old filly who was heavily bumped at the top of the straight and never recovered from that incident to eventually end up in tenth place last time out over five furlongs, eight and a half lengths behind the winner. As such, that effort should be totally ignored. She has subsequently won a barrier trial and although facing gate nine, on some of her better form, she should be right up there in the firing line.