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The Punters Guide returns to form, nailing back-to-back quaddies last week. After a small break yesterday, we have a few competitive races at Gunnedah – lets pick the diamonds from the quartz. Backing up from a medium day yesterday at Morphettville.

Race 1 – ULTRA FLEET MAIDEN HANDICAP 1000m

One ture standout here in the first of the day at Gunnedah, that presents not a great deal of value to punters. Greg Ryan trialed strongly on Burning Crown, winning it by just over 3L. Debuts here against a very speed lacking field – something this horse has in abundance and will prove hard to beat here. Madam Yoko has yet to show its full potential, and, we haven’t seen what it showed in trials and jumpouts prior to hitting the race track. If it can find its best, it can come close here today, but, will need sharp improvement. Afterthelastone is the bbest of the rest here and has some appeal at double digit odds. Will struggle against this field, but, with some luck, can come home late.

Top Pick – Burning Crown
Next Best – Madam Yoko
Longshot – Afterthelastone

TOP PICK

Race 2 – M P C EARTHMOVING MAIDEN PLATE 1400m

Jacks Creek has drawn the carpark here, but, has shown enough to suggest it can overcome this obstacle, and presents Greg Ryan with a quick shot at a race-to-race double. Came on strongly last start over the six furlongs and made it look as if it needed more to win – gets the extra furlong here today and will go close. Irish Shotgun with Alan Chau in the saddle is the next best here. Greg Ryan trialed for a nice win, and, if Chau can replicate this form will come very close to a debut win here. Can go close. Volt Of Power is the best of the rest here, not really longshot value – but, is one of the top three chances here. Will be coming from a wide enough barrier, but, has good early speed to overcome this and Travis Wolfgram is enjoying a good run of form in country NSW at the moment, so, this duo can’t be discredited.

Top Pick – Jacks Creek
Next Best – Irish Shotgun
Longshot/Value – Volt Of Power

TOP PICK

Race 3 – TAB KOSCIUSZKO SWEEPSTAKES BM 58 2050m

The son of Helmet, who drops in class, and gets to a distance he has been a proven winner at is the one to be on today – Helstar. Travis Wolfgram and Helstar combined for a good win over the eleven furlong marker two starts back against a similar field, and, with a little less to run here today – there is nothing to suggest it can’t replicate that success again here today. Cuban Lass is the next best here, won two times from two attempts at this distance, enjoys the long trip and will be right there again at the end if it stays true to its consistency. Pretty Pine is the best of the rest here, gets Sky Bogenhuber in the saddle for this one and is coming in on the back of good last three attempts going no lower than third. Expect another bold run again today.

Top Pick – Helstar
Next Best – Cuban Lass
Longshot – Pretty Pine

TOP PICK

Race 4 – THE KOSCIUSZKO 13TH OCT CLASS 3 1300m

The big D, Darryl McLellan gets one of his top rides for the day here in Fussinado. Stepping up slightly in class here today, strong winner last race against a good horse in Billy Bent Here who won in the city in its last race. Fussinado only needs to run at that level to beat this field today. Next best here is Go The Gantry with Conwoman being scratched. Greg Ryan has a number of quality rides here today and this is just another. Barely missed the win last start and, that run looked like it wanted a little bit more room in order to win, it gets it here today and could be swooping late. Expect a bold run. Another Plan and Sky Bogenhuber are the best of the rest here. At decent odds today, Another Plan showed some promise last start when finishing off strongly for third against similar company. Drawn well on the gate here today and, can get over the top of these.

Top Pick – Fussinado
Next Best – Go The Gantry
Longshot – Another Plan

TOP PICK

Race 5 – MANNON DRILLING XMAS HAMS CLASS 1 1400m

Delete is one of the most underrated horses here at Gunnedah today. Going up in class today – but more than capable of winning. Strong win last start against a flying Acraman in the city, yet to be out of the money over this distance, and will use its early speed to get to or near the front of the pack. If Wolfgram can dictate the pace of this race, Delete will be hard to beat. Happens Nomore is another big chance on the day for the talented Sky Bogenhuber. Dropping from class 2 to class 1 here today, and, will be looking to go better over the longer distance than the eye catching fourth last start with Sky in the saddle. One to include here today. Morotai was an impressive winner last start, and, is capable of producing a similar effort with 300 metres more to run. Will sit back off the pace and look to flash home late, has drawn well and should get cover throughout, if Adams can get a seam, will go very close again today.

Top Pick – Delete
Next Best – Happens Nomore
Longshot – Morotai

TOP PICK

Race 6 – AGQUIP FIELD DAYS CUP HANDICAP 1300m

Turcotte is coming into this one in stellar form, when not including last run, as that seventh can be forgiven due to running into traffic and not getting a run. Before that, ran on strongly for an impressive win by almost 2L over the distance at this track, that race was against a better field of competitors, and, can very well double up on that performance. Gadfly is one that must be included as well, another of Wolfgram’s best rides for the day, and, at time of writing, currently trades as the favourite. Gadfly is a winner at class and distance multiple times, and, is a Smart Missile gelding. Be right in it. Rockatorio is the best of the rest here. Last race can be forgiven after jumping awkwardly and copping a bit of bumping just out of the gate and never recovering. Prior to that, had been right around the money over multiple attempts at the distance. Any effort similar to those here today, and Rockatorio will have every chance.

Top Pick – Turcotte
Next Best – Gadfly
Longshot – Rockatorio

TOP PICK

Race 7 – GUNNEDAH TAXIS AND CABS BM 62 1000m

Sky Bogenhuber has her best of the day in the last here in Don Franco. Don Franco is coming in off a spell of 155-days, prior to spell, kicked on well enough on the straight to go from gate-to-post for a win. Finds a similar field to that day, where today’s field lacks the top end speed that will put Don Franco out of place. Expected to roll forward and prove hard to catch. Next best here is Squared, who won well last start, but, has an awkward gate here today. Has the late speed to potentially catch the front runners if not too far back. Greg Ryan can bookend this meet here. Another first up runner here, and, Sepae could prove the winner here. Drawn well, dropping in class significantly, and has a good record against this class. Could win this.

Top Pick – Don Franco
Next Best – Squared
Longshot – Sepae

TOP PICK

QUADDIE FOR THE MEET
Race 4 – 1/6/10
Race 5 – 1/3/12
Race 6 – 4/8/10
Race 7 – 3/7/8
$50 gets 62.00% on BetEasy

Best Bet – Helstar Race 3 @ $4.00 on BetEasy
Next Best – Don Franco Race 7 @ $3.70 on BetEasy
Longshot – Another Plan Race 4 @ $7.00 on BetEasy

Bet Chimps Racing Double – Helstar to win in to Turcotte to place @ $6.80/+580 on BetEasy

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