Anzac Day racing tips: Gawler Best Bets

Our expert has come up with three horses that are sure to take catching at the Gawler program on Anzac Day.

Tue, 23 Apr, 12:00 AM

Tricky fields at Gawler this afternoon but we are confident that our top three selections will run absolute bottlers! A talented filly is our last selection of the day but she could easily be the best of the bunch, having won a trial by five lengths in preparation for her return to racing.

Gawler is racing on a Good 4 with the rail out 2m 800m-400m, true the remainder.

Gawler Race 1 - 1:11PM (AEDT) Peace Declared 1919 Class Two Handicap (1106 Metres)

Liked the way MASIPAG hit the line first-up from a break and she should be better for that outing. Worked to the line nicely at Morphettville when fourth, beaten less than a length, behind the talented Alaskan Jade. Has placed two of three second-up in the past, loves Gawler and this distance. Will get back but can motor home.

1st: No1 MASIPAG 2nd: No2 Captain California; 3rd: No4 Pivotal Force; 4th: No3 Maori Magic

Gawler Race 6 - 4:11PM (AEDT) ANZAC Appeal – Holdfast Insurance Benchmark 60 Handicap (1506 Metres)

ZAGATO STAR (*SCRATCHED*) drops in grade from her previous outing and shapes as a leading contender in this. The Ryan Balfour-trained mare finished third to Set To Sparkle in Saturday company last time out after coming from near last over 1300m. The extra distance suits as does an easier class but she does have to lump 59kgs. Her form is pretty solid though and she absolutely loves Gawler, winning twice and placing once from four career runs on the circuit.

1st: No3 ZAGATO STAR (*SCRATCHED*)  2nd: No1 Bohemian Forest(*SCRATCHED*) ; 3rd: No2 Red Dazzle; 4th: No5 Time Rogue

Gawler Race 7 - 4:46PM (AEDT) Operation K9 – Goldin Farms / SABOIS Fillies & Mares Benchmark 64 Handicap (1206 Metres)

Putting our faith in the Tony McEvoy-trained AL NAIFA to win first-up off the back of a brilliant trial win recently. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice won a 1000m trial by just over five lengths with the in-form Barend Forster in the saddle and he takes the ride in this. Last prep she ran My Pendant to 1.25l when second at Moonee Valley before handy enough performances in Group Three company behind Crack The Code and Embrace Me. Is easily the class runner in this field.

1st: No5 AL NAIFA 2nd: No7 Lakhani Rose(*SCRATCHED*) ; 3rd: No6 Ambidazzle; 4th: No9 Orbost

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