The Punters Guide returns after a break yesterday. We have a few competitive races in Townsville Punters Guide today – lets pick the diamonds from the quartz. Our last guide can be found HERE
Race 1 – HYGAIN RELEASE QTIS 3YO HANDICAP 1000m
Our Alicia’s Lane is the best of the day here at Townsville. Gets winning jockey Sam Sheargold back in the saddle and is running over favourable track and distance. At this distance, weight and class, Our Alicia’s Lane has run just over one second faster than the next best in the race You Know The One. One of the more progressive types at Townsville today, will be an uptempo race here which suits Our Alicia’s Lane. Should be under evens closer to the jump.
Top Pick – Our Alicia’s Lane
No next best – No third dividend
Race 2 – UBET MAIDEN HANDICAP 1400m
Lucky Connection could start the day well for favourite backers here, as Chris Whiteley returns for the mount and this horse ran an impressive second over this trip last attempt against a stronger field. Last start ran on gamely behind Fox Street and, with a bit more luck, can go better here. Strong contender here is in the Bel Danoro runner, Daesy Danoro. Ran a strong third in first up effort last up and, the aged maiden can finally break that here against a beatable field.
Top Pick – Lucky Connection
Next Best – Daesy Danoro
No third pick – No third dividend
Race 3 – LAZY YAK OPEN HANDICAP 1200m
First of the truly open races here today at Townsville, and, it maps as a two horse race with two standouts. Nathan Day has a great record at this track, and, he will be looking to complete the favourite hattrick at this rate. However, Adam Spinks and Blazing Steel have too good of a connection to look past. Impressive last start winning duo over distance and track. The Smart Missile gelding has been on the up and can string two wins together here. Septimo is the clear danger here, and, is progressing well with a flashy fourth last start. Would be happier to take Septimo is this was over seven and half furlongs, which maps a bit more suitable, shown good late speed but, will need to be at its best to top Blazing Steel.
Top Pick – Blazing Steel
Next Best – Septimo
No third pick – No third dividend
Race 4 – SKY RACING BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP 1609m
Chelsea Jokic has big upset potential here on Donavia, who steps up sharply in grade here, but, is every chance to win this. Winner at distance and placed last start, but, was impressive in doing so when carrying 61.5Kgs. Expected to run well again today and represents great value. Forgive Me can’t be overlooked here either, another one of the top rides of the day for Adam Spinks and, can find its best here today. Zumari may be 8-years-old, but, has been its most competitive over this distance, and recent form would suggest that it is due to hit the line hard if it stays true to its own form. Must be included.
Top Pick – Donavia
Next Best – Forgive Me
Longshot – Zumari
Race 5 – MATER HEALTH SERVICES BENCHMARK 70 1400m
Sonja Wiseman has her best chance of the day here on Party Pies. Impressive winner last start at big odds over track and distance and will be running light again with winning jockey from that ride. Hard to beat. Next best here is Better Future being ridden by Danny Edmonds. Last race can be forgiven when running out of hits depth and copping interference. Drops in class here today, and, will be better for it. Distance, class and track all suit here. Peter Cullen and Lokum could be the value in this race, currently at $6 at time of writing, has shown enough recently to suggest that it will be up to the task here. Drawn well, and, in this smaller field, will have every chance.
Top Pick – Party Pies
Next Best – Better Future
Longshot – Lokum
Race 6 – TOWNSVILLE JAGUAR LAND ROVER BM 65 1000m
Binaconi has produced some great sprinters, The Flash One is certainly not one of those, but, it has produced some great sprints over its last two runs. Getting an upgrade in the saddle today, over a favourable distance at track it has come close at previously brightens the prospects. One of the top chances here. Disappointed with the extra furlong last up, stepping back to the five furlongs here today, and, Sam Sheargold and Mongole Fire will have every chance to show sharp improvement here today. Beatbale field and can get back in the winners circle here. Freeze’N’Tease needs to be included here. Dropping in class slightly, disappointing at the six furlongs, so, being dropped back to the five furlongs here, won at this trip and track last effort with today’s jockey. Expect a bold run.
Top Pick – The Flash One
Next Best – Mongole Fire
Longshot/Value – Freeze’N’Tease
Race 7 – WEDDING VENUES TTC CLASS 2 1200m
Feringo has been placed in this race by connections with no other thought than, this horse will win this race. Dropping in class significantly, getting form jockey, Justin Stanley in the saddle and is second up today after a good run firstup over track and distance. Looks the one to beat here on form and class. Rising King is the next best here. Winner at track, winner at distance, but, yet to fire at class, today could be the day as it is in good order and is ready to peak here. David Simmons has the value runner here in Aztec Warrior. Strong performer over the track, and, has won at this distance previously. Last race win over the five furlongs, and, looked like it could have kept going. Definite chance here.
Top Pick – Feringo
Next Best – Rising King
Longshot – Aztec Warrior
Bet Chimps Racing Double – Our Alicia’s Lane to win in to Feringo to win @ $5.33/+433 on BetEasy
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