Winning Form brings us all of their best bets and tips from Grafton, Australia.
Best Bet: GALAXY BELLE (Race 6)
Value Bet: GETYOURGREYON (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8)
MORETHANNUMBERONE is seldom far off the action and jumped awkwardly and then overraced in the early and middle stages before still finishing second last time out over seven furlongs, 0.8L behind the winner. In addition, he had to be switched at the 350M mark to get a clear run and the form of that race has been franked. He returns from a 26-week break, but he has had the benefit of two barrier trials, finishing second in both of them to showcase his well-being.
Although DORSET COAST is recorded as finishing fifth in his last start over 1100M, he was just 1.7L behind the winner, despite being bumped at the start and hanging in over the closing stages of the contest. He jumps from gate seven and will have 4kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice to aid his cause.
IN FIORE has consistent form lines to his name and hit the front as the field entered the home straight before being run out of it late to end up in fourth place last time out over 1115M, one length back from the winner. The gelding faces a wide draw thirteen, but nevertheless should be included in all bets.
With the late scratching of one of her main rivals, the door may have opened for today’s best bet, GALAXY BELLE to chalk up her maiden victory. She is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but her record of three seconds, one third and one fourth-place finish in her last five runs speaks for itself. She was closing rapidly to be denied victory last time out over 1500M by just a short-head. Whilst facing a wide draw fifteen, she looks to be too strong for this line-up.
LOOKONCHINA tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in fourth spot last time out over 1720M, four lengths adrift of the winner. He is drawn one inside the top choice and will have 2kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice. he is likely to adopt similar tactics today.
KAWUNEECHE was fractious in the gates before jumped awkwardly when fifth last time out over 1660M, 3.2L behind the winner. The gelding gets a kinder draw seven and should be involved in the finish.
GETYOURGREYON missed out on his hat-trick when finishing eighth last time out over 1666M, 5.2L back from the winner. He raced up with the leaders that day, suggesting that the drop in distance will be to his liking. From his draw seven, he will be looking to bounce back to winning ways today.
TEXAS STORM had his consistency rewarded with a victory in his last outing over 1608M by one and a half lengths. He struck the front at the 300M pole that day and then fought off all the late challengers in the dash down to the wire. He is stuck out wide in gate twelve, but should not be lightly dismissed in this field.
READY TO HUMBLE followed up his penultimate run victory over 1300M with a ninth-place finish next time out over six furlongs, 4.3L off the winner. He did however race wide that day and should have finished closer to the winner as a result. He faces an even wider draw fifteen but nevertheless should give a good account of himself here.
THE CATCH won his penultimate start over seven furlongs and then finished fifth in his next outing over 1420M, just over three lengths adrift of the winner, but three runners out of that race have subsequently won, so that form is solid. He gets a wideish gate eight but looks to be the one to side with here.
Two 4yr old fillies could chase him home, with the slight preference going to ZAVY’S HOPE, who also won her penultimate start, but in her case over 1550M and then finished second next time out over 1526M, just a head behind the winner. She came five wide into the straight that day but still made good late progress over the latter stages. She faces draw eleven but should be right up there in the mix.
ALLARES stayed on well when finishing sixth in her latest outing over 1730M, just over a length back from the winner. She has a kinder draw seven and should acquit herself well.