PeTeBe shares his Gold Coast tips and picks for Saturday 8 May 2021.
Best Bet: TYCOON EVIE (Race 6)
Value Bet: ROCKETING BY (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 6 – 9)
Today’s best bet, TYCOON EVIE missed out on her quartet of victories when finishing second over a mile last time out, a half-length behind the winner. She overraced in the early stages that day and led into the home straight before being reeled in very late. She attracted plenty of betting support that day and although drawn wide in gate twelve, she should use her early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
ONLY WORDS followed up her penultimate run victory over 1500M with a ninth-place finish next time out over a mile, 10.7L back from the winner, but that was in a Listed event. She had to be restrained at the 1400m mark that day and then turned four wide into the straight and was hanging out over the closing stages. She has a far kinder gate two and should be right up there when they hit the line.
EASIFAR showed marked improvement to win her last start over a mile by half a length, this despite jumping awkwardly and being hampered at the 1300M mark. She faces a wide draw seventeen out of eighteen, but she is likely to be dropped out of it in the early stages and then start picking off the frontrunners over the latter stages of the contest.
ROCKETING BY missed his four-timer when ending up in fifth place last time out over six furlongs, 2.7L adrift of the victor in a Group 2 race when returning from a 10-week rest. He has pulled gate six and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways today. As such, he is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
SIMPLY FLY dropped his jockey last time out but had finished second in his previous outing over 1050M, just a head behind the winner. He had completed his hat-trick prior to that run and has also finished second in a subsequent barrier trial. He faces draw ten, but the cheekpieces are removed for today’s run and if this move has the desired effect, he should be competitive in this line-up.
IMMORTAL LOVE on the other hand has cracked pole position and has shown solid improvement in his last two starts, finishing fourth in the latest over seven furlongs, 1.7L back from the winner. He battled all the way down to the wire that day and should be included in all bets.
AVILIUS had finished third in his last two runs prior to ending up in fifth spot last time out over a mile, 3.2L off the winner. He only saw daylight at the 250M pole that day, but then finished off his race strongly. All three of those last events were in Group 1 races, so he is no stranger to this class of field. He does have to negotiate draw nine, but he nevertheless looks to be the one to side with here.
ZAAKI has hampered at the start and then overraced in the early stages, but still managed to find a powerful finish to end up in second place in his latest outing over ten furlongs, just a head behind the winner. That was in a Group 3 race and whilst he will have to overcome a wide draw fourteen, he should not be lightly dismissed.
MELODY BELLE is a 6yro old mare taking on the boys and has an even wider gate seventeen, but she won her penultimate outing over ten furlongs and then finished sixth in a Group 1 event over twelve furlongs last time out, just over four lengths back from the victor. She had to be steadied off the heels of other runners at the 500M mark and then also came the widest of them all into the straight. With a bit of luck in running, she should give the males a good run for their money.
EURO BELLE is seldom too far off the action and was beaten in the shadow of the post when a short-head back from the winner in her last start over six furlongs. She was making good late progress in that outing and from her handy draw two and with ex-SA jockey Robbie Fradd engaged, she will get all the necessary assistance from the saddle.
WONDERFUL RIRI has won two of her last three runs and finished second in the other. She finished strongly to win her latest start over 1300M by 0.8L and should not be trouble by having gate six. She looks to be the immediate danger to the top choice.
YAMAZAKI has improved in her last two starts and stayed on well to finish fifth last time out over a mile, just under a length and a half back from the winner. She has also finished fourth in a subsequent barrier trial. Her draw fourteen is a slight concern, but if she has continued along the same path of improvement, she should be involved in the finish here.