Winning Form brings us their best bets and tips from Friday’s Australian Racing taking place at Bathurst.
Best Bet: ANG POW (Race 5)
Value Bet: ROMEO VELLA (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8).
The day’s best bet, ANG POW has only had the two runs, winning both of them over this six furlong sprint, the latest when putting two and a half lengths between himself and the opposition. He finished strongly that day and from a handy draw three, the trio of victories looks very much on the cards.
CHEVCONI showed marked improvement to win his last start over 1100M by 1.8L, despite overracing in the early stages and hanging in over the latter stages. He was returning from a 22 week break that day and from gate five, if he is able to confirm that last effort, he looks to be the obvious danger to the top choice.
WITNESS COLLECTOR has turned in two solid last efforts, the latest when trying to go from jump to wire before ending up in third place over five furlongs, one length behind the winner. The form of that race has been franked and he is sure to put his pole position to good use.
This looks to be a tricky race with plenty of runners in with a realistic chance of finding the winner’s box, so some caution is suggested. A 3yr old filly and a 6yr old mare could fight out the finish and complete the exacta, but SPELLZ is taken to lead the field home. She showed the expected improvement to finish third over six furlongs second time out, just a short-head behind the winner, finishing her race off well, suggesting that the extra ground on offer today will be to her liking. She has a wideish draw nine, but she is likely to be dropped out of it early and then start to pick off the frontrunners over the closing stages.
KRISSY KRYSTYNA on the other hand has cracked pole position and has consistent formlines to her name, finishing second in her latest outing over seven furlongs, just a short-head back from the victor. She was forced to race two wide in the early stages and was only nabbed in the shadow of the post. A repeat of that effort would make her a big runner in this line-up.
DOUBTLESS WONDER was bumped and clipped the heels of other runners before making good late progress to finish third on debut over 1500M, one and a half lengths behind the winner. He will have to overcome a wide draw eleven, but he would have learnt from that experience and with the natural improvement that can be expected, he should be included in all bets.
ROMEO VELLA is seldom far off the action and sat just off the pace before staying on well to end up in second spot last time out over six furlongs, just a half length behind the winner. He faces the widest draw of them all in gate ten, but nevertheless he is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
BLUE TATTOO is drawn at the complete opposite side of the gates in pole position and although recorded as finishing sixth last time out over seven furlongs, he was just 2.2L adrift of the victor. He was forced wide approaching the home turn that day, but battled all the way down to the wire and a repeat of that effort would see him right up there when they hit the line.
RISK AND REWARD showed good improvement to win his latest outing over seven furlongs by one and a half lengths. He likes to run from the front and from draw six, he could prove to be difficult to reel in over the latter stages of the race.
With the late scratching of one of her main rivals, the door may have opened for AIRSTRIKE to chalk up her maiden victory. She is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she has only had the two runs to date and showed solid improvement to finish second in her second outing over five furlongs, a short-head back from the winner. She was only collared late after looking like the winner close to home. She jumps from draw six and should be right up there in the firing line.
WINNING BUSINESS is a 4yr old filly who overraced in the early and middle stages before ending up in fifth place last time out over 1300M, 3.3L behind the winner and was immediately rested for 46 weeks. She returns here after having had four barrier trials and has her first run for her new trainer. She gets a wide draw ten, but the fact that her connections have brought her back into racing after such a lengthy absence would seem to suggest that they believe that she still has something more to offer them.
WIKID TED is drawn even wider in gate ten and did not get the clearest of passages in the home stretch last time out when finishing eight over five furlongs, 6.3L back from the winner, but the form of that race has stood up well with six runners out of that contest subsequently winning.