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Racing Bet of the Day June 26 - Gibbon something to cheer about

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 26 Jun 2019
  • Confidence rating: 92%
  • Suggested stake: 3 units to Win

With our original selection, Haut Brion Her, scratched in Sydney, we head to Sandown where I had another top selection up my sleeve.

Racing Bet of the Day Results

Last 12 resultsOutlay on all 2019 SelectionsReturn (based on $10 Win bets2018 Results
LWLWLWLWLLLL$3470$3887+36% ROI

The Wendy Kelly-trained GIBBON lines up in Race 6, the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1000m) and track conditions along with his eye-catching first-up run at Flemington make him a standout. 

The six-year-old son of Bon Hoffa settled at the rear of the field in the 1000m sprint and was a length off Prezado who is equal favourite with Gibbon in Wednesday’s event.

Gibbon had to switch around two sets of heels and get to the outside where he started to let rip and ran the quickest 400m to 200m (10.64) split of the entire meeting.

Being first-up, he appeared to peak in the final 100m and ran 11.32 for his final 200m which was sixth fastest behind Gytrash, Halvorsen, Des Moines, Leiter and Miss Norway.

Gytrash followed that form up with a dominant 2.2-length win in the Creswick Stakes (1200m), while Halvorsen was 2.7 lengths away in 5th.

Des Moines was runner-up to the flying Not Enough Effort who had just won four in a row, and Leiter was runner-up at Caulfield at his previous start and also finished 1.6 lengths in front of Halvorsen in that effort.

Miss Norway has won three races this preparation, so all the form out of that Flemington meeting looks extremely strong, and considering Gibbon ran the slickest 400m to 200m split and just peaked late, I think his effort deserved the most merit. 

He now goes up 2kg on that run and has to carry 54kg, while Prezado will have to carry 5kg more than last time and meets Gibbon 3kg worse at the weights – which doesn’t mean a great deal over 1000m, however, with the track being a Heavy 8, it will account for slightly more. 

And as far as Heavy track form goes, Gibbon clearly has the best form with a win and a 3rd from two goes on the Heavy.

He came from last at Pakenham over 1000m on a Heavy 9 and defeated Strykinglee and Parwan Prince, and it was Parwan Prince who defeated Gibbon at Flemington last start – so it appears Gibbon is the better wet-tracker of that pair.

In his only other effort on a Heavy track, he again came from last and missed out by a head, but they went 19 lengths below benchmark (BM) to the 600m which made it impossible for a horse to come from the rear and win – yet Gibbon nearly did. 

He’s a previous winner at Sandown Hillside, and with three weeks between runs, he should be fresh enough, yet fitter, and I’m expecting him to finish over the top of them out wide on the Heavy surface.

None of his rivals have strong Heavy form but there are a few unknowns. 

Our Luca, Lagerfeld and Non Paear are the three that worry me, but with Our Luca, Fill The Flute and Non Paear likely to ensure a solid tempo, it should suit backmarkers and Gibbon looks the best of these. 


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