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Gold Coast Tips May 25 – Best bets for Saturday Gold Coast racing

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 24 May 2019
  • 3 to 4 best bets for Gold Coast this week.

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Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Gold Coast Racecourse, one of Queensland’s premier race tracks and home of the rich Magic Millions meeting in late January each year.

Based in Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast Racecourse boast a grass track that accommodates various distances up to 2100m. The ground has a large members stand, and grassed areas to view the track from. 

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Gold Coast Tips - May 25

Race 4 - 1:57PM MOUNT FRANKLIN Fillies and Mares Maiden Handicap (1400 METRES)
On song this preparation, DUVESSA gets her chance to break the maiden shackles here. Beautifully bred, by Street Cry out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, her last two starts suggest she go one better in this. Two starts back she finished second, here on a heavy 10, in atrocious conditions. Barely visible  to the caller, she took the lead inside the final 100 metres, but was grabbed on the line by Peppino who scored a dream rails run to take the honours. Then last start, she missed the jump badly and was spotting the field three lengths. She finished brilliantly to beat all but In Two Minds home, beaten a neck in the end. If she jumps with them here, she should be sitting somewhere near mid-field with cover and will be charging home again. 

Winning three of his four starts this preparation, COMIC STORY looks ideally placed to continue the winning form. Three starts back, he was coming off a win at the Sunshine Coast where he took care of a BM70 field here over 1200m. Shooting for the hat-trick, he stepped up to class 6 company at Eagle Farm but found that a little too rich, finishing unplaced behind the smart Chapter And Verse. Last start, he dropped back to class 4 company and finished best, running 1:10 for the 1200m on a soft 5 that day. Up to class 5 here but has the runs on the board to suggest he can take this out.

Race 7 - 3:53PM MAKERS MARK Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Already a Gold Coast specialist, SMART AS ATTACK will strip even fitter here and should prove hard to hold out on his home track. First-up from a 22-week break, he finished best to win a BM0-70 here over the 1300m trip, beating home Lyrical Prince and Cruz de Vega who has since won a class 3 here. That’s good form coming into this and an unbeaten record on wet tracks (3 from 3) makes the resume even stronger. The So You Think gelding’s three victories have all been at Aquis Park and with a clear run here, he shapes up as a big chance again.

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May 18

Race 4 - 2:02PM MATT DEVITT ELECTRICAL Class 2 Handicap (900 METRES)
Promising gelding RAMTASTIC is resuming from a 17-week break and if he brings his best game with him, he will be mighty hard to beat here. The well-bred three-year-old (by Sepoy out of a More Than Ready mare) won his maiden on debut at Doomben in fine style. He set the pace early and then left the rest to fight out the minors, putting more than two lengths on them in the run home. He then stepped up to class 2 company and beat all but Connoisseur home over 1110m. Next start, he turned it around and convincingly beat home a BM65 field at Beaudesert, winning that 1100m event by 2.5 lengths. If he brings that form into this, he will be the one they have to catch.
Result (2nd)

Race 7 - 3:58PM ZION ENERGY MANAGEMENT Fillies and Mares Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Handy filly AXELLA is more than capable of bouncing back here and giving this a big shake. The Stratum three-year-old finished fourth (of 10) when resuming at Ipswich, beaten just over a length in class 1 company on a heavy track. Then next start, returned to a dry Ipswich track and finished best to beat home a BM65 field over 1350m. She was then asked to step up (more like leap) to Group 3 company in the Gunsynd Classic and was totally outclassed, finishing last of 13 in the 1600m event. She drops significantly in class here and the blinkers go back on. I think we will see a different horse running in this one.
Result (scratched)

Coming in nicely at the weights here is the Toby Edmonds-trained TARDIS who has a good third-up record and looks well placed in this. Formerly with the Geelong based trainer Heath Conners, the Nicconi mare’s last win was at Geelong where she put two lengths on a BM70 field, leading all the way in the 1425m event. Since arriving at the Edmonds stable, she’s had two starts. First-up after 20 weeks off the scene, she finished well back at Eagle Farm in a class 3 over 1200m where she was caught wide and forced to push forward. Then second-up at the same track, she  showed plenty of improvement to beat all but Sofie’s Gold Class home over a similar trip. From a good draw (gate 3), I am expecting even more improvement here and she does look a winning chance in this field.
Result (1st - $4)

May 11

Just three career starts but ALL STARS has been impressive at each run and looks settled since transferring from Mick Price and arriving at the Bill Healy stables on the Sunshine Coast. The All Too Hard gelding trialled twice (winning his last trial) before winning his maiden at Beaudesert when resuming from a 28-week spell. Gelded and wearing winkers for the first time, he had to work hard in the run home to collar the race leader (Lucky Fix) but he got there in the end. Big effort, first-up. Fitter for that run, he will prove hard to beat here.

Race 5 - 2:12PM BOSTIK SMART ADHESIVE QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1400 METRES)
Locally-trained by Les Kelly, SIR HUSSON lines up here having finished top three at all five starts since resuming from a five-month spell. Three consecutive minor placings on this track was followed by a close-up second at Murwillumbah before he finally cracked his maiden status at Ipswich last start over 1500m. He is at peak fitness here and while drawing wide he should manage to cross and find cover in the small field. He is coming off a five-week let-up so he should be fresh and fit for this. Against his own age, he looks a solid each-way chance.
Result: Unplaced

Lindsay Hatch has BELLA OCCHI lining up here and after her last start performance, will surely give this a shake. The High Chaparral mare is lightly-raced but is a promising type with four wins and three minor placings from her nine career starts already on the resume. Second-up from a six-month break, she gave her rivals a lesson in a class 3 over 1050m at Toowoomba where she led all the way. Up in class here, she does drop in weight and maps ideally to repeat her last performance. Dual accepted at Toowoomba (Race 2), if Hatch decides to run her here, she will prove hard to run down, third-up and much fitter.
Result: Unplaced

Race 8 - 4:12PM TAB Class 2 Handicap (1400 METRES)
A last-start winner on this track, HACKSAW RIDGE only has to overcome the wide draw to be a force in this field. Coming off a 10-week break, he finished mid-field in a class 1 here over 1200m behind Racecourse Road (one of our selections at Doomben). Then last start, the Animal Kingdom gelding found the 1400m much more to his liking and leading from the turn, he gapped the field, putting 2.5 lengths on them in the run home. He will be even fitter here and with his good early gate speed, he should manage to cross and find a sit better than mid-field with cover. If the pace isn’t too hot, he can take control straightening for home and give this a real shake.
Result: Won ($3.00)

May 4

A winner of his last four starts, THE CANDY MAN looks well-placed again to continue his success here. The first of those four victories was a maiden at Doomben over 1660mand then he backed that up with an incredible win in a class 1 at the Sunshine Coast where missed the start by eight lengths and still won the 1800m event. His last two wins were at Doomben and both were on heavy tracks. With rain forecast for the Gold Coast on Saturday, wet track form will be an advantage. Hard to go past him here. 
Result: (Won - $4.80)

David Vandyke’s promising filly BACCARAT BABY is fourth-up here and will be at her peak after her last start win at the Sunshine Coast. The Casino Prince three-year-old has won six of her 10 race starts to date and her last start win was impressive. From a wide gate she was caught three-deep for the first 600m and had to push forward to find a sit. She then had to hold off the challenges in the run home which she did and on a heavy track as well. She ticks a lot of boxes here including an unbeaten record on wet tracks. The filly draws better this time and looks to do very little work early. Fitter for those past three runs, she can give this a real shake.
Result: 4th

The Group One winning mare KENEDNA has strong claims in this and is drawn to give these a real fright. Two starts back she was second-up in the Group Two Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley where she finished third behind Consensus, beaten less than a length. Then last start, she was sent out at double-figure odds in the Group One Coolmore Legacy at Randwick where she stormed home late to beat Dixie Blossoms and Unforgotten. A repeat of that performance would see her hard to beat here. Drawn nicely in gate three, she should enjoy a gun-run from there and is a two-time winner on wet tracks. The one to beat.
Result: Unplaced

The Tony Gollan-trained Outback Barbie makes her return after finishing third in the MM Guineas here in January and while sporting an impressive first-up record, she will have to be at her best to hold out a very talented SEXY EYES who has won four of her past five starts. The Chris Waller-trained mare flew home to win the Group Three Belle Of The Turf Stakes at Gosford then after a 14-week spell, returned to racing by winning the Listed Weetwood Hcp at Toowoomba. Robbie Fradd remains aboard and from gate four should find a sit mid-field and have plenty of cover. With a touch of luck in the run home, she will prove hard to hold out. 
Result: 4th

Race 8 - 4:58PM TRADELINK & OLIVERI Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Co-owned and trained locally by Grant Laming, BILL THE CONQUEROR is a track and trip winner and second-up here looks in the mix. Resuming from a five-month break, the Doomsday gelding looked the winner at the Sunshine Coast before his condition gave out where he finished second behind Bounty Hunter in a class 1 over 1200m. He has finished top three at four of his past six starts and second-up here jumping from gate 2, he can give this a real shake.
Result (4th)

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