We look to head into a massive weekend on the punt with a few selections at Townsville and Cessnock. Our top pick is racing in red hot form of late and will be out to rack up another victory and add to his impressive race record.
Townsville is racing on a Good 4 with the rail 0.5 metres entire circuit.
Cessnock is racing on a Heavy 9 with the rail True.
CASTA is racing in a purple patch of form, winning his past three starts and ready to make it four on the trot here today. Proved too smart for his rivals when defeating Option by 2 lengths at Mackay a fortnight ago. Drops back to the 1400m but looks well placed to rack up his first victory on this track after two failed attempts. Ready to win again.
1st: No1 Casta 2nd: No4 Go By Rio; 3rd: No6 Best Hoffa; 4th: No7 Bold Kingston
Ultra-consistent gelding SIR VAN DYKE won well last start and will be looking to make it consecutive victories here today. Settled in a midfield position before coming home hard to defeat Ragnar Lodbrok by two lengths a fortnight back. Has drawn to get the run of the race and will be the one flashing at them late with his good turn of foot. Big danger.
1st: No2 SIR VAN DYKE 2nd: No3 Polar Blast; 3rd: No7 Feringo; 4th: No5 Hyper Drive
Sticking with MERCURY BULLET that’s racing in fine form since resuming from a spell. Stormed home to defeat Vehement by a neck in a tight finish at Townsville a fortnight back. Drawn a tad wide but that won’t be an issue as he likes to settle near the rear and be saved for one big run at them in the straight. Win won’t shock.
1st: No2 MERCURY BULLET 2nd: No1 Tezca; 3rd: No6 Park Hussler; 4th: No9 My Boy Tickets
MEGA D’ORO (BEST BET) hasn’t missed a place at his past six starts, winning three on the way, and he looks the main danger to his rivals to close the program. Finished a length behind Space Time on this track last start but go on his three length victory here back in September. Will lead and be hard to run down. Has the form.
1st: No5 MEGA D’ORO 2nd: No6 Four Excel; 3rd: No7 Old Smokey; 4th: No2 Rivariva