Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for Monday’s Australian racing taking place at Gundagai.
Best Bet: TAP ‘N’ RUN (Race 6)
Value Bet: PUSHKAR (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8).
FOLK HERO has finished second in his last two starts the latest when 1.3L behind the winner over a mile. He hit the front at the 200M mark that day and then battled all the way down to the wire. He will have to negotiate draw ten, but he should put in another honest performance today.
MULOFDUBAI tried to go from jump to wire last time out before ending up in second place over a mile, just under a half length back from the winner. He was only run out of it very late and from his draw five here, he is likely to attempt similar tactics.
PONTMAIN put his disappointing penultimate effort over nine furlongs firmly behind him with a third place finish in his last outing over 2100M, just under two lengths adrift of the victor. He stayed on well that day despite coming four wide into the home stretch and should be included in all bets, notwithstanding having a wide draw eleven.
The day’s best bet, TAP ‘N’ RUN has only had the three runs to date, but has chalked up a second, third and then his maiden win by a head last time out over six furlongs, so he clearly has some ability. He returns from a 20 week rest, but has had the benefit of two barrier trials, winning both of them. He jumps from gate six and could prove too good for this line-up.
BLEUE’S CHOICE followed up his maiden victory in his penultimate start over five furlongs with a second spot finish next time out over 900M, beaten just a short-head in the shadow of the post. He was trapped three wide in running that day and so must be considered an unlucky loser. He will have to overcome a wide gate fourteen, but he should use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
LITTLE HELA is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys, but she is only lightly race having had just the six runs, but posting one win, two seconds and two third place finishes so far, the latest when second over 1100M, a head back from the winner. She made good late progress that day and whilst draw wide in gate thirteen, she should be doing her best work late to give the males a good run for their money.
PUSHKAR has cracked pole position and is seldom far off the action, finishing third in his latest outing over seven furlongs, three and a half lengths behind the winner. He had to weave his way through traffic that day and should have finished closer to the winner as a result. With better luck in running today, he is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
CRIMSON HOFFA on the other hand is drawn on the opposite end of the starting pens in gate fifteen out of fifteen, but he raced up with the pace before ending up in second spot last time out over five furlongs just a head behind the winner and the form of that race has been franked. He is likely to use that early gate speed to move across as quickly as he can.
MY SOLAKI won his penultimate start over 1300M, but then disappointed to finish eighth last time out over a mile, 16.4L adrift of the victor. It must however be pointed out that he pulled hard and refused to settle that day and understandably had nothing to offer over the closing stages. He is drawn wide in gate thirteen, but if he settles in his race today, he is not without a chance in this contest.
RED KANZI overraced in the early stages before staying on well to finish fourth in her latest outing over six furlongs, 3.8L behind the winner. She has pulled pole position and if her jockey can get her to settle in the early stages, she could be the one that they all have to beat.
FOX SPIRIT has won two of her last four starts, the latest when dead-heating over an 800M dash. She has a wide draw eleven, but give her early speed, she is likely to be right up there with the pace shortly after the gates crash open.
SNOWBELLA has an even worse draw, being stuck out the widest in gate eighteen, but she is another speedball who likes to blitz up with the leaders. She has won two of her last three outings, the latest over 1300M by just over a half a lengths and seems likely to enjoy the drop in distance of today’s contest.