There has been a bit of rain about on the eastern seaboard so chances are that wherever you are betting, you will be playing on a soft or heavy surface. We have focused our attention on the Taree meeting tomorrow and think we have three good picks for you to have a punt on.
Taree is racing on a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position throughout.
CORDONED has to carry a bit of weight in the opener but we don’t think it will stop him. Out of the powerful Kris Lees barn, Cordoned is first-up and has won fresh previously. He hasn’t raced since winning at Canterbury on January 10 but did warm up for this with two trials, the latest of which he ran fourth of six close up to Epitomise and Hammond Lane with the latter going on to place against the talented Revenire at Warwick Farm during the week. Is the class runner and that will take a long way in this.
We are expecting BETTER NOT FLY to run a big race here. The three-year-old is giving away age to most of his rivals but following a recent trial win we are having a crack at him. Better Not Fly finished ninth of 12 on debut when wide throughout at Taree on a heavy surface. Trainer Tim McIntosh took him back to the trials where he won a 900m open trial by leading throughout to beat honest country performer, Schedule. The son of Snippetson gets barrier four here and could get a great run in transit while the appointment of Grant Buckley is a big positive.
We really liked the way SALAD DODGER (BEST BET) hit the line last time out and think he is ready for today’s assignment. The Colt Prosser-trained runner was third-up at Coffs Harbour on April 19 when he travelled nicely behind the speed before being slightly held up at the top of the straight. Once clear, he found the line nicely and the extra 185m of today’s race looks right up his alley. The son of Star Witness also has a win and placing from two starts on the soft and that is another tick in his favour.