After what can only be described as a dogs breakfast in racing over the weekend. The Punters Guide is back and looking to go big here at Quirindi. Let’s get stuck into this punters guide.
Race 1 – LIVERPOOL PLAINS CLASS 3 HANDICAP 1450m
The opener here is a small, but ultra competitive field. The short priced favourite here is Chicoltin, who is about ready to win, but, we are going to go with Skye Bogenhuber and Red Braids here. Last up, Red Braids over worked a little which opened the door for Lady Chaflont to burst through and take the race, this time around, the field should make her press as much as that one did, and, Red Braids will have every chance to go one better than a second last start here.
Top Pick – Red Braids
No next best – No Third Dividend
Race 2 – COFFEE POT CATERING MAIDEN PLATE 1600m
Kristenesen is the obvious pick here on form – but, looking for a bit more value than what Kristensen offers – the Greg Ryan ride, Laranta maps well for this race at value. Has run well at this trip previously gets a top Sydney jockey in the saddle and will be comfortable here. Laranta is the value pick of this race if Kristensen should fail to fire today. Myriads with Josh Oliver riding is another to look out for. Again, if Kristensen fails to find its best here, Myriads wil be given every chance as it enjoys the distance and the conditions suit.
Top Pick – Kristensen
Next Best – Laranta
Longshot – Myriads
Race 3 – BROWNING MOTORS BENCHMARK 56 1600m
Gibbons has been hit and miss for the Lees stable at the moment – but, he has the chance to hit here on familiar ride, La Bieri Choisie, who comes in with solid form, history of winning at distance and has won with Gibbons in the saddle previously. Maps well here and if Gibbons is in form – will prove hard to beat. The Outcast ridden by Travis Wolfgram has drawn perfectly to upset the favourite here, getting the gun run on the rail, that it will use to push forward early from. Front runners tend to have an easier trip at the Quirindi track, which only increases The Outcast’s prospects. Another ride from Josh Oliver here that shouldn’t be overlooked is the 9-year-old gelding, Apache Lad. Dropping in class steeply, winner at distance and class previously. Conditions favour here and a win certainly wouldn’t surprise.
Top Pick – La Bieri Choisie
Next Best – The Outcast
Longshot – Apache Lad
Race 4 – QPP MEDIA MAIDEN HANDICAP 1200m
Another race here that doesn’t really show much value for punters – One Invincible Cat is another under evens shorty here that looks hard to beat. Another of the Gibbons/Lees combinations again here today – and this one could arguably be the best one. Coming in with sound form and being right on the cusp of a win. Second up today and ready to win. For something with a bit more value and the potential for the upset, Sunday Special has been in equally as good form as the short priced favourite some could argue. Ran in second on last two, strips fitter third up here and looks ready to go. A definite chance here. Something at much longer odds, that wouldn’t surprise if it won, is the Graham ridden, Sticks’N’Stones. Drawn terribly, but, has the ability to overcome this and push forward. The Bernardini filly has a lot of potential that it hasn’t yet shown. Big run wouldn’t shock.
Top Pick – One Invincible Cat
Next Best – Sunday Special
Longshot – Sticks’N’Stones
Race 5 – QUIRINDI AUTO BENCHMARK 59 1000m
Comingle pulled up lame at the end of its last race, so, last placing can be wiped from the memory, been given time to rest and recover and, if can find its second-up form here, is better than this field. Won by a neck over a similar distance on a strong run, if healthy, is the top chance this race. Sister Joy is another to watch out for here. Unimpressive last start, despite finishing third, and time before that was even worse. However, if we track back three races, the jockey last rode this horse, they won impressively. Expected to track on speed here today, and, if Sister Joy can hit the lead, will be hard to beat. The best of the rest here is Mac’s Reward. Dropping in class here, and, has winning jockey return to the saddle. Back to poeak distance and, looks ready to strike.
Top Pick – Comingle
Next Best – Sister Joy
Longshot/Value – Mac’s Reward
Race 6 – TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 67 HANDICAP 1200m
Mr.Bonjove is the ride you want to be on here. Rachel Murray is riding well at the moment, and the favourite Kettering, has been underwhelming since resuming every start. Mr.Bonjove is coming into this one with a strong form line, and the Hinchinbrook sprinter should be competitive again like it was last up. Expecting it to go one better than last start. Abberation drops significantly in class today for this race, and should go well. Yet to win first up – but has hit the minors on two of three occasions and a first-up win could be on the cards here today. De La Hoya is the value horse here. Another of the first-up runners here today, dropping in class, and you can never discredit a Lonhro horse. One of the chances here today.
Top Pick – Mr.Bonjove
Next Best – Abberation
Longshot – De La Hoya
Race 7 – TAB WE LOVE A BET CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1200m
Best ride of the day here for the young Jake Hall in Mystic Splendour, yet to be out of the podium on first three starts, has a tougher assignment here today, but, more than capable of taking it up. Was odds on favourite when winning last start, and, eyeing off the double here is achievable. Winner at distance previously, drawn a tricky barrier and will do well to not get caught wide, will look to push up early to counter this. Finne Realta is the next best here, however, it another of the top hopes with a dreadful barrier draw, well wide to start. Another of the horses here that will look to start fast and get to or near the lead, will do well to not over race early. Expect a bold run. Value horse here is Seize Them All. First up today and yet to win or place in this scenario, but, drawn the rail and should get a gun run throughout the race. Will look to ride midfield in cover, and, has every chance to push on late.
Top Pick – Mystic Splendour
Next Best – Finne Realta
Longshot – Seize Them All
Bet Chimps Racing Double – One Invincible Cat to win into Mystic Splendour to win @ $7.00/+600 on BetEasy
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