Winning Form share all of their best bets and tips for Tuesday’s racing coming your way from Port Macquarie on 17 May 2022.
Best Bet: BLACK JACAMAR (Race 6)
Value Bet: WHATEVER I SAY (Race 7)
Jackpot (race 4 – 7).
LISZTOMANIA had his consistency rewarded with a one and a half length jump to wire maiden victory last time out over 1300M. He held off the chasing pack in the drive down to the wire that day and returns here after a 15 week rest. He has not had the benefit of a barrier trial, so his fitness will have to be taken on trust, but he has cracked pole position and should be right up there when they hit the line.
ICING ON THE CAKE is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys and made solid improvement to win her maiden race last time out over five furlongs by just under half a length, this despite racing wide throughout. She gets draw six and whilst taking on stronger here, she does have her peak run after returning from an eleven week break and could well be up to the task at hand.
ZOOM OUTCOME followed up his penultimate run victory over five furlongs with a fourth place finish next time out over the same sprint trip, 1.7L behind the winner. He showed plenty of toe that day and was only run out of it late. The gelding faces a wide gate eleven, but he should use his early gate speed to work his way across without using up too much energy and, as such, should be included in all bets.
This looks to be a tricky race with plenty of runners in with a realistic chance of finding the winner’s box, so some caution is suggested. CANTRELL won his penultimate start over seven furlongs and then went on to finish third next time out over 1500M, just one length back from the winner, notwithstanding racing wide and coming three wide into the home straight. He attracted plenty of betting support that day and the form of the race has been franked. From a wideish gate nine, he will be looking to make amends today.
THE MISTRAL is seldom far off the action, finishing second last time out over seven furlongs, two lengths off the winner. He battled all the way down to the wire that day and if showing the same determination here and from a handy draw four, he should keep the top choice honest.
MCNAIR has finished fourth in his last two outings, the latest over a mile, 2.3L behind the winner. He came four wide into the home stretch that day and then hung in all the way down to the finishing post, so that effort was encouraging. He is sure to put his pole position to good use.
Three 4yr old fillies could fight out the finish of this race and complete the trifecta, but the day’s best bet, BLACK JACAMAR is taken to lead the field home. She won her last start over five furlongs by half a length when returning from a 29 week break, which was clearly just what she needed. The win was full of merit as she was hampered in the early stages and then had to be eased at the 200M mark. She faces a wide gate twelve, but on the plus side, she will have 4kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice to aid her cause.
DARCI DIVA’S last three runs have all been over six furlongs, yielding a win, a third and a second-place finish last time out, beaten a head. She was well fancied in the betting that day and from a much kinder draw three and with having 2kgs removed from her allocated weight courtesy of her claiming apprentice, she could emerge as the biggest danger to the top pick.
CIAO UNO has consistent formlines to her name, and jumped awkwardly and overraced in the middle stages before ending up in third place last time out over 1100M, 2.2L adrift of the winner. She has pulled gate seven and will get the services of a 3kg claiming apprentice. She should be involved in the finish.
With the late scratching of one of his main rivals, the door may have opened for today’s value bet, WHATEVER I SAY to chalk up his third career victory. He missed out on his hat-trick after two victories over six furlongs when finishing sixth last time out over six furlongs, just over three lengths behind the winner. The form of that race has stood up well with three runners out of that contest subsequently winning and his jockey also put up 0.5kgs overweight. From his useful gate four he should be considered a big runner here. Two 4yr old fillies could chase him home with the slight preference going to GOLDEN FANTASY who put five lengths between herself and the opposition when winning last time out over five furlongs. She went from gun to tape that day kicking clear at the top of the straight to effectively put the result to bed at that point. She gets a wideish gate eight, but nevertheless must be considered a big runner in this line-up.
MUSSENPHERE has consistent formlines to her credit, finishing third last time out over six furlongs, just over a length behind the winner when returning from a 27 week absence and despite being crowed at the 50M pole. She will have to negotiate draw twelve, but she will have 2kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice.