We searched through the fields for today’s three thoroughbred programs and have come up with three horses to follow. We get things underway at Mackay before switching to Sale before finally heading to Tamworth for what will hopefully be the last leg of a great day on the punt!
Tamworth is racing on a Good 4 with the rail in the true position the entire circumference.
Sale is a Soft 7 with the rail being out 5m the entire circuit.Mackay is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.
HESSION ROAD (BEST BET) should be rock hard fit for this assignment. The gelding has had two runs back from a spell and looks suited to today’s assignment. He comes into this off a second to at Rockhampton on May 5 when he was wide early before slotting in and then issuing a challenge wide turning for home. Lumping 59kgs, he was brave in giving the winner 5kgs in the weights. Military Prince flashed home for fourth that same day, however, he meets Hession Road on level weights and 4kgs worse off. Hession Road is the way to go.
We like ROYAL PARADE at eachway odds. The filly has had three runs back from a spell and has been stepped up in distance each time. Last start at Kilmore, she jumped straight to the lead and gave them something to chase over 1600m before being nabbed right on the line. Trainer Mitchell Beer applied the tongue tie to her on that occasion which saw her improve off her fifth the start before at Ballarat. On that occasion she did all the work outside the leader and was overhauled late. Out to 1736m now looks right up her alley and expect her to jump out and be racing either in or near the lead.
LATITAT is our on top selection here. In two runs back he has found the line nicely on both occasions and appears ready to peak third-up. Last start he flopped out of the barriers and raced near the rear for most of the race before following the fence all the way home and finishing just three lengths from the winner. Importantly he did it under own steam without being persuaded by the jockey. Two starts back Latitat finished a good fifth to the handy Central Witness who has gone on to frank that form by finishing third in a TAB Highway behind smart types Valree and Volpe. Although he is nine-years-old he is racing with great heart – get on!