PeTeBe shares his Taree tips and picks for Monday 3 May 2021.
Best Bet: TEXAS STORM (Race 4)
Value Bet: SOPHIE’S LASS (Race 6)
Jackpot (race 4 – 7)
TEXAS STORM followed up his penultimate run victory over 1250M at this venue with a seventh-place finish next time out over seven furlongs, 3.4L behind the winner, but he did not get the clearest of passages in the home straight that day and did well to get as close to the winner as he did. He has cracked pole position and is taken to be the best bet on the program.
EDITORS has finished second twice in his last three starts, the latest when beaten a head over seven furlongs and the form of that race has been franked. He came three wide into the turn that day, but was making good late progress over the closing stages. He will have to negotiate draw eight, but he should be doing his best work late and could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice.
SIAN finished well to grab fifth place in his latest outing over six furlongs, just over three lengths back from the victor. The form of that race has stood up well with two runners subsequently winning. From gate five, he should be involved in the finish.
Three 3yr old fillies could dominate the finish to this race and complete the trifecta. BLACK JACAMAR is however taken to lead them home. She has only had the two runs to date, finishing second on debut over five furlongs and then showing the expected improvement to win over the same trip at the second time of asking. She was immediately rested for 25 weeks and returns here after having had two barrier trials, finishing second in the latest. She gets a handy draw two and will get 1.5kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice.
OH SAY was held up turning into the home straight and then only saw daylight at the 200M mark before finishing powerfully to win her last start over five furlongs by 0.7L. That victory was full of merit and from gate five, she should be right up there when they hit the line.
SUPEREL showed marked improvement to finish third in her last outing over 810M, 3.3L adrift of the winner. She jumped awkwardly that day and was also reported to have spread a shoe. She has to deal with a wideish draw nine, but should not be lightly dismissed in this field.
As with the previous race, the finish to this contest could be fought out by three fillies and SOPHIE’S LASS could prove to be the best of them. She won her penultimate start over 900M and was then hampered entering the straight when finishing tenth last time out over the same trip, but only just under three lengths back from the winner. She has her peak run here after returning from a 29-week break and whilst being drawn in gate nine, on the plus side, she will have 1.5kgs removed from her allocated weight courtesy of her claiming apprentice.
BEAUTY BETTY returns from a 13-week rest, but has finished second in her only barrier trial to showcase her well-being. She was hanging out over the closing stages before ending up in seventh place last time out over 1100M, nearly six lengths adrift of the victor. She has gate eleven to beat, but she is not without a chance in this field.
OUTREACH BELLE is drawn one inside the latter and had her consistency rewarded with a victory last time out over 1012M, finishing a head in front of the second placed runner. She was bumped at the start that day which makes the win that much more encouraging.
KID GALAHAD is a speedy sort who tried to go from jump to wire before eventually being snared in the shadow of the post to finish a short-head second last time out over 1100M. The gelding looked all over a winning that day, but started to hang out in the closing stages. But for that, he may well have ended up in the winner’s box.
SPIRITUAL POWER has won two of his last three starts, the latest over seven furlongs by just over half a length. He came wide entering the home straight that day, but battled all the way down to the line. He faces a wide gate twelve, but on the up side, will have 1.5kgs taken off his back for the services of his claiming apprentice.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRU has also won two of his last three outings, the latest over six furlongs when returning from an 11-week rest. He was carried wide approaching the turn, but finished well to win going away. From draw eight, he should be doing his best work late and be right up there in the mix.