Winning Form share all of their best bets and tips for Tuesday’s racing coming your way from Bathurst on 25 January 2022
Best Bet: ROCK THE BELLS (Race 5)
Value Bet: PETAIN (Race 8)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8).
With the late scratching of one of his main rivals, the door may have opened for today’s best bet, ROCK THE BELLS to chalk up his second career victory. He has consistent formlines to his name, finishing third last time out over a mile, just under a length and a half behind the winner. He moved up three wide approaching the home turn that day and hit the front at the 200M mark, only to be run out of it very late. He faces a wideish draw nine, but has the services of ex-SA jockey Keagan Latham, so will get all the necessary assistance from the saddle. ROCKOVER is seldom far off the action and was making good late progress when finishing second in his latest outing over 1700M, one and a half lengths behind the winner. He gets gate seven and could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice. GARDA FORCE is drawn one inside the latter and was friendless in the betting markets when showing marked improvement to win his maiden race by 1.8L in his last start over a mile. He faces stronger here, but will have his peak run after returning from a 13 week rest and should be involved in the finish.
THE SCOTSMAN’S last five runs have yielded two firsts and three third place finishes. He followed up his penultimate run victory over seven furlongs with one of those third place finishes next time out over 1500M, 1.7L back from the winner and the form of that race has been franked. The gelding jumps from gate six and will have 4kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice to aid his cause. GENGHIS KHAN has a handy draw two and drops in distance after finishing fourth last time out over 2100M, just under five lengths adrift of the winner, but he overraced in the early stages of that contest and then battled all the way down to the winning post. On that effort, he should enjoy today’s shorter trip. LARMOUR is drawn one outside the latter and is a 6yr old mare taking on the boys, but she had to be held up entering the home straight before ending up in fourth place last time out over a mile, just under five lengths behind the winner and should be included in all bets.
SQUIGGLES is a 3yr old filly taking on males, but she goes for her hat-trick after two narrow wins over 1100M and the latest over six furlongs by a neck. She went from jump to wire that day and could be difficult to reel in over the closing stages, despite being drawn wide in gate twelve. She will also be having her peak outing after returning from a 24 week break. LOHNRAKI had solid form before disappointing to end up in sixth spot last time out over six furlongs, eighteen lengths adrift of the winner, but that was in really heavy going and he could be better suited to a firmer track. He has finished third in a subsequent barrier trial and from a kinder gate six, he will be hoping to bounce back to some of his better form today. SPEED CAMERA is a 7yr old mare who was slow away before finishing fifth in her latest outing over 1300M, just under two and a half lengths back from the winner. She stayed on well that day and from draw eight, she should be doing her best work late.
The day’s value bet, PETAIN won his penultimate start over this trip and then made good late progress to finish fourth over the same c&d next time out, 1.3L behind the winner. He will have to overcome a wide draw ten, but given his style of running, he is likely to be dropped out of it in the early stages and then start to pick off the front runners over the latter stages. ZACHARIAH jumps from gate five and finished sixth last time out over 1300M, two and a half lengths behind the winner when returning from a 31 week break. He would have come on with that run under his belt and will have 4kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice. NARUMI is a 3yr old filly taking on boys and drops in distance after finishing tenth last time out over a mile, just under six lengths behind the winner. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate fifteen, but should use her early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy. In addition, she will have 1.5kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice.