Friday Racing Tips - 17th August
We look to close the week off with a few gallopers that look ready to fire and should prove hard to beat.
Expecting trainer Kris Lees to have a big day at Tamworth, as we have identified a few of his gallopers that will be very competitive. Our top pick looks well-placed and will prove hard to beat going on her narrow last start defeat at Canterbury.
Taree is racing on a Good 3 with the rail True.
Bathurst is a Good 4 with the rail +2m 1200m to 350m, where cutaway applies.
Taree Race 1 - 12:35PM Hicks Business Services F&M Maiden Handicap (1250 Metres)
Debutant THINK FREE is out of the astute Kris Lees stable and looks well-placed to take out the opening event of the program at Taree today. Has had two trials leading into this and has drawn to settle near the speed and will be there when the whips are cracking. Looks primed for a big showing. Rates well.
1st: No8 THINK FREE 2nd: No3 Vintage Luxe; 3rd: No5 Tartufo Bianco; 4th: No2 Little Ebony Vega
Taree Race 3 - 1:45PM Eddies Fresh Chickens Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1600 Metres)
GRAND SOLEIL has been narrowly beaten at her past two starts and looks well-placed to atone for those narrow defeats here today. Will strip fitter third-up and despite the wide draw, should be very competitive here today. Is due for a change of luck.
1st: No7 GRAND SOLEIL 2nd: No4 Shadow Prince; 3rd: No10 Our Esposito; 4th: No2 Little Al (Scratched)
Bathurst Race 4 - 2:40PM Oak Tree Retirement Village Maiden Plate (1408 Metres)
Looks a perfect race for John Sergeant-trained MARIA VICTORIA (BEST BET) to breakthrough for her much deserved maiden victory here today. Beaten by half a length behind Smart Ain’t He at Canterbury last start and will be hard to beat back in this grade today. Has drawn to get the run of the race and is the one to beat. Serious chance.
1st: No6 MARIA VICTORIA 2nd: No1 Aguias; 3rd: No4 One Eye Watching; 4th: No3 Kind Reward
Bathurst Race 6 - 3:50PM Bathurst Carpet Court Class 2 Handicap (Scaled -1.5kg) (1208 Metres)
Sticking with top weight DEAL MASTER to atone for his narrow defeat to Bel’s Boy on this track last start. Chased hard to just miss in a tight finish, beaten by a neck and has found a winnable race here today. Will strip fitter second-up and look for him to be flashing at them late. Key player.
1st: No1 DEAL MASTER 2nd: No5 Privily; 3rd: No6 Bounty Belle; 4th: No3 Panuara
Taree Race 8 - 4:45PM Taree Truck Centre Class 2 Handicap (Scaled -1.0kg) (1400 Metres)
Sticking with the consistent AFRICAN GUY (NEXT BEST BET) who was a touch unlucky at Newcastle last start and will be looking to atone that narrow defeat here today. Chased hard, but found Port Gold to good on the day when beaten by half a length a fortnight ago. Did win well defeating James Richard by a length at Scone prior. Looks perfectly placed to take out the final event at Taree.
1st: No6 AFRICAN GUY 2nd: No2 Lethal Dream; 3rd: No4 Sniponet; 4th: No8 Caper