Bet Chimps Punters Guide – Rockhampton
The Punters Guide returns after a little break. We have a few competitive races at Rockhampton today – lets pick the diamonds from the quartz. Our last guide can be found HERE
Race 1 – GARRARD’S HORSE AND HOUND HANDICAP 1800m
Very difficult race to gauge first up. Barbados Storm was absolutely abysmal last start as odds on favourite, and, with the extra weight, even dropping significantly in class, doesn’t map well for this race. Aloof’s Turf is also dropping in class, comes in at a better weight, and, has lost to Barbados Storm before, but, is ready for revenge here today. Wiggins has been riding well and gets a good chance to kick start his Rockhampton campaign with a win here.
Top Pick – Aloof’s Turf
No next best – No third dividend
Race 2 – HARDCORE SANDS CLASS 4 HANDICAP 1050m
This race was Beraht’s to win, that was, until the galloper was scratched this morning. This opens the door for Lota Creek Gold who enjoys a good run in small field and has an impressive first up record (4 3-0). Lota Creek Gold will look to sit on the heels of the lead horses and run on with it on the final turn. Maps well here. Biggest danger here is Mystic Forces, but, Lota Creek Gold should be too strong here.
Top Pick – Lota Creek Gold
No next best – No third dividend
Race 3 – CENTRAL QLD PLASTERERS CLASS 2 1200m
Margo Maree ran on gamely in defeat last start, pushing through the middle late but, getting swooped on by the eventual winner from out wide. Comes in at the weights lighter than the main player in the race here, and, a run similar to last should be enough to get the job done here. Blazeray can’t be discredited here. One of the top chances in the race and is going to be a competitor throughout, only knock here is it is carrying a bit more than you would want and didn’t trial all too well in the lead up to this race. Value runner here could be Bound To Me who won impressively last start against a similar field and has won at this distance before. Win wouldn’t surprise.
Top Pick – Margo Maree
Next Best – Blazeray
Longshot – Bound To Me
Race 4 – RAY WHITE ROCKHAMPTON CITY MAIDEN 1300m
Probably one of the most competitive maiden races you will see for a while, and, it is hard to take the nod away from Colorado River, big red flag is drawing the car park, and will need to put in a lot of work in order to get across. Has the ability to get to the front from the wide gate with good early speed, and if Wiggins can lead here, Colorado River will be hard to track down. Starbeats has drawn well here and is right in this one. Placing at this distance previously, only just missing on the chance to break its maiden. Spinks has ridden Starbeats for a place previously and will be looking for better here today. Massive value runner here in current $81 chance Hezagigolo. Trialed well, tested distance and ran well, but, didn’t handle the softer track, gets firmer ground today and is a definite chance.
Top Pick – Colorado River
Next Best – Starbeats
Longshot – Hezagigolo
Race 5 – THE MORNING BULLETIN 3YO MAIDEN 1100m
The Tax Accountant is one that went into my blackbook after its last run before a spell. Impressive to say the least and figures prominently here against a weaker field of runners then was presented that day. Drawn the gun run on the rail and will look to push for the lead early. If The Tax Accountant can get to the lead, it could be too hard to track down. Based on last run, Hot Chocolate has every chance again here today. Lachlan Dodds rides again here today and will be more comfortable on Hot Chocolate, expect a bold run. Value in this race could come in the form of Painter’s Reward, drawn wide, but, has shown good early speed previously and is fresh today, placing last first-up effort. One to watch.
Top Pick – The Tax Accountant
Next Best – Hot Chocolate
Longshot/Value – Painter’s Reward
Race 6 – XXXX GOLD OPEN HANDICAP 1050m
Ekklestone chases the four-peat here today, and, rates as the one to be on in this one. Does receive a jockey change, but, Stanley is certainly no downgrade. Drawn a bit wide, but, has won from the wide barrier already. Shows a great turn of foot, and despite a slight jump in grade, will be up to the task here today. Rates highly. Paradis Imperial is a real danger horse in this one. Should Ekklestone fail to fire, Paradis Imperial will make the most of it. Dropping in class today, drawn awkwardly but, has the early speed to counter this. Win won’t surprise. Value runner is definitely the Exceed and Excel runner, that has struck at this range and class previously in Four Excel. Four Excel however, continues the Rockhampton trend of highly rated runners copping wide gates, main knock is the #10 stall, but, another with good early speed that will challenge for the lead.
Top Pick – Ekklestone
Next Best – Paradis Imperial
Longshot – Four Excel
Race 7 – CALLAGHAN PARK FUNCTIONS & EVENTS 1400m
Little Hunter can’t be overlooked here. Strong runner up last start against a similar field over this distance, and, with a little more luck can get the win here today. Running light, drawn well and has shown good sectional speed at this trip. Pulled across the track last start, which cost the run on the straight, but, still finished strongly for second. Will be hard to beat today. Nasty Gal is running well at the moment and is a clear danger to the top pick. Drawn well enough, and will look to run near the front of the race, has the closing speed to hold swoopers at bay. Fondue has won first up previously and is first up again here today after a short spell, residual fitness should still be there. Drawn a good gate here and should be competitive throughout.
Top Pick – Little Hunter
Next Best – Nasty Gal
Longshot – Fondue
Bet Chimps Racing Double – Ekklestone to win in to The Tax Accountant to win @ $7.20/+620 on BetEasy
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