Winning Form bring you all of their best bets and tips from Sunday’s Australian racing taking place at Port Macquarie.
Best Bet: GREEN PROTECTOR (Race 5)
Value Bet: JAZZLES (Race 6)
Jackpot (race 4 – 7)
LORD JAYSEA followed up his penultimate run victory over 1500M with a second-place finish next time out over six furlongs at this track, just a short-head behind the winner. He finished strongly despite being friendless in the betting markets. The gelding faces the widest draw of them all in gate nine, but given his style of racing, he should be doing his best work late.
GOT UNDERS has finished closer to the winner in each of his last three starts, the latest when third over seven furlongs, one and a half lengths back from the winner. He jumped awkwardly that day and then lost an off-hind shoe during the running of the race, but still stayed on well over the business end of affairs. He is drawn one inside the top choice and will get 3kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice.
MISS SCALINI is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys. She tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in third place last time out over 1500M, just over a length back from the victor. She has her peak run since returning from a 25-week break and has a handy draw two.
GREEN PROTECTOR had his consistency rewarded with his maiden win last time out over 1550M when putting nearly three lengths between himself and the opposition. He hit the front approaching the home turn and then held off all the late challengers over the closing stages. He has cracked pole position and if showing the same determination here, he could prove good enough to chalk up a quick double. As such, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
BLADNOCH also won his maiden contest last time out, but in his case over 1500M by 2.3L. That victory was made even more encouraging by the fact that he overraced in the early stages and then came five wide into the home stretch. From draw five he looks to be the immediate danger to the top choice.
MUSCADELLE is drawn one inside the latter as is a 4yr old filly taking on males, but although recorded as finishing seventh in his latest outing over six furlongs, she was just two and a half lengths behind the winner. She was making good late progress that day and has her peak run since returning from a 17-week absence. She should be involved in the finish today.
A 5yr old and a 7yr old mare can fight out the finish to this race and secure the exacta, but the day’s value bet, JAZZLES is taken to lead the pack home. She won her penultimate run over five furlongs and then finished seventh next time out when stepping up to six furlongs, just over two and a half lengths adrift of the victor. She will have to negotiate draw eleven, but she returns to what appears to be a more suitable trip and should do better as a result.
MISS DEVINCI is seldom far off the action and ended up in third spot last time out over five furlongs, 0.7L back from the winner. She surged to the front at the 250M pole that day and was only run out of it very late. She jumps from a kinder gate four and should be right up there when they hit the line.
ZAPLUCK has won two of his last three starts, the latest over five furlongs by a head and has finished third in a subsequent barrier trial. He finished well that day and is sure to put his pole position to good use.
OBLIVION won his maiden race in his penultimate start over five furlongs and then went on to finish seventh last time out over the same distance, two and a half lengths behind the winner. He has a handy gate four and is a speedy sort who may prove difficult to reel in over the latter stages.
DUCHESS NICCI is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she has consistent formlines to her name, finishing third in her last start over 1100M, 1.7L behind the winner and the form of that race has been franked. She raced up with the pace that day and was only collared late. She does return from a 20 rest and will have to deal with draw ten, but she has put in an encouraging barrier trial to prove her well-being.
ADMIRAL ASH finished fourth in his latest start over six furlongs, 2.3L behind the winner, but he had nothing go his way that day, being slow away and over racing in the early stages, before not getting the clearest of passages in the home straight. He finished well when the gap eventually presented itself. The gelding will have to overcome a wide gate thirteen out of fourteen, but he should be doing his best work late and is a must for all bets.