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Toowoomba Tips December 29 – Expert racing tips for Saturday races

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 28 Dec 2018
  • 3 best bets for Toowoomba races each week.
  • Previous results included.

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Our form analysts give you the expert previews for a profitable day of punting at Toowoomba Racecourse,home to Australia’s only regular twilight racing with thoroughbred action taking place every Saturday night as well as some feature meetings during the day.

In 2009, the turf club added an artificial surface to compliment the traditional grass track.

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Toowoomba Tips - December 29


Race 1 - 5:10PM HELLO HARRY Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1210 METRES) 
Locally-trained from the strong Ben Currie stable, DIARIST looks well-placed here and will be looking to make amends for her last start failure. Second-up, she broke her maiden with a strong performance, winning by almost two lengths. Then last start, she stepped up to a BM60 and sitting outside the leader (and eventual winner) Rock Beat, she began to race ungenerously on the turn for jockey Skye Bogenhuber and drifted back to finish near the tail of the field. She passed a vet’s exam and both jockey and trainer had no explanations to offer. Back to fillies and mares here at class 1 level, watch for a big improvement.


*Odds correct at 7.00pm AEST on 28/12/18

Race 2 - 5:45PM PRO-CLEAR Class 3 Plate (1640 METRES)
Coming off two impressive victories, DINISTY shapes up as a big chance to make it a hat-trick here. Coming off a three-week let-up, the lightly-raced five-year-old gave nothing else a chance as she put 2.5 lengths on a class 1 field over 1625m on this track. Then last start, she had to work a little harder, but still wore down Li’l Rodge to grab another win while stepping up sharply in grade over the 1640m trip. That win made it three from three at the track and trip. This class 3 field looks no harder and jumping from the one gate, she should enjoy a perfect sit and prove hard to hold out.


*Odds correct at 7.00pm AEST on 28/12/18

Race 6 - 8:00PM FURNEYS Maiden Plate (1210 METRES)
Knocking on the door for a win, CHAMPAGNE PARTY has been racing well of late without much luck. Resuming from a five-month spell, the Jet Spur mare sat back in the field and spotted the leaders too much start to reel them in. She did finish well however and was clearly looking for more ground. She steps up to the 1200m here which will suit her much better. The six-year-old has had just the six starts but looks better each time she hits the track. Drawn ideally in gate two, she should be box-seating here and with the extra trip, looks hard to hold out.

Previous Toowoomba tips and results:


December 22

Race 2 - 6:05PM THE BAVARIAN Class 1 Handicap (1110 METRES) 
Locally-trained from the Ben Currie stable, SIZZLING SUN has returned from a six-month break a different horse after her debut performance. The now three-year-old filly was well beaten at her first race start, finishing more than 10 lengths behind the winner Unconditional, (who is currently favourite for race four at Eagle Farm on Saturday). But first-up this preparation and a more matured filly broke her maiden with a two-length victory here over the 1050m trip. She led from go to whoa and based on that performance, rates highly here.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 3 - 6:45PM FURNEYS BenchMark 62 Handicap (1875 METRES)
Another from the Currie stable, OCCHILUPO is third-up here and ready to win. Last start he was second-up and battled hard to grab third prize in a BM70 over 1625m. He goes up to the 1875m journey where he is already a track and trip winner. More importantly, he comes down in class and takes on BM62 company here and after the claim, comes in well treated at the weights as well. All five career wins have been on this track and he will at peak fitness here to make it six.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 4 - 7:22PM NEIL MANSELL TRANSPORT BenchMark 70 Handicap (1300 METRES)
It could be a big night for Ben Currie should MISHANI WRANGLER take out this event as well. The four-year-old looked a little flat coming off a three-week break when third-up. That was after a solid second-up win over 1200m against his own sex. Last start, he reproduced that winning form and smashed a BM60 field over the 1210m, clocking 1:12.5 in the 3.5 length victory. Up slightly in class here but is in great form and stands out as the one to beat.
Result (Won - $1.90)

December 15

Race 1 - 4:46PM SUE EDWARDS BenchMark 60 Handicap (1050 METRES)
The lightly-raced DIARIST sparks plenty of interest with the three-year-old having just her fifth career start here. After two runner-up prizes, she finally broke through for her maiden win at the Gold Coast last start recording a comfortable 1.5 length win with the Currie stable jockey Skye Bogenhuber aboard. Up in class here but on her home track, the Star Witness filly can match it with this field.
Result (unplaced)

Race 2 - 5:22PM MARCEL VAN DE VELDE BenchMark 75 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Another from the Ben Currie stable is PIERIDAE who has hit the scene in a big way with top three finishes at all seven career starts. The lightly-raced Hinchinbrook mare won her maiden three starts back by more than two lengths, eased near the line by Jeff Lloyd. She was spelled for nine months then resumed last month, winning a class 2 first-up. Last start she found Love And Lies a little too strong in the run home, finishing two lengths back in second place. Up slightly in class here but after the claim, drops 5kgs from her last start. She looks right in the mix here.
Result (2nd)

Race 5 - 7:15PM QCTS MATERIAL TESTING Class 5 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Lindsay Hatch and Ben Currie both saddle-up a pair of runners here and look to dominate proceedings. Topweight LAST ARMAGEDDON was set to run on Tuesday when a track upgrade (to a firm 2) saw him become a late withdrawal. Rain is expected here which will suit the Northern Meteor gelding as he lines-up here second-up and a three-time track winner. First-up, he finished hard to fall just short (beaten a neck) behind Ahwahneechee here over 1100m. Fitter for that, he will prove very competitive over the 1300m here.
Result (3rd)


December 8


Race 1 - 4:44PM VANDERFIELD JOHN DEERE BenchMark 60 Handicap (1210 METRES)
Track and distance reveller MISHANI WRANGLER looks ideally placed here and clearly the one to beat. Two starts back he proved too good for them here in a BM0-65 beating home Just Favulous. Then last start was a little disappointing after looming up on the turn, found nothing in the run home while Ryan Maloney appeared to stop riding him over the last 100 metres. Three starts into this preparation and being a two-time winner at the track and the distance, he should bounce back here.
Result (Won - $2.60)

Race 2 - 5:20PM NORTHBUILD CONSTRUCTION Class 3 Plate (1300 METRES)
After a string of no less than six-straight third place finishes, Tony Gollan’s four-year-old SPLITZ finally broke through for his third career win. He finished on top of his class 2 rivals here last week and is on a short back-up to try again. He has performed well under Skye Bogenhuber and looks well placed here to go back-to-back. 
Result (4th)

Race 3 - 5:50PM HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY BALKE BenchMark 70 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Only a small field but still looks an open affair with CLIVEDEN getting the nod from me. His resume is glowing with track and distance stats far better than most of these. After winning a class 3 here over 1050m four stats back, he mixed his form in his four starts since then. His two runs on this track since then both ended in minor place finishes including last start where he put up a solid effort to grab third prize behind the Ben Currie-trained Snitch (who has now won five on the trot). The Street Cry gelding has won two of three at the track and trip (finishing second at his other run), and from a favourable draw here will be hard to beat.
Result (3rd)

December 1


Race 1 - 5:11PM CHARLTON TYRE SERVICE Class 1 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Hoping to kick the meeting off with a winner and the leading choice is ARDOYNE ROAD who will be having her second race in a row for the first time. The Top Echelon filly has had a disruptive to career to say the least with three career starts spaced over a 12-month period. She won her maiden in classic style on debut at Doomben, putting more than three lengths on her opposition that day. Then spelled for six months, she resumed a different horse and finished seven lengths last in a two-year-old hcp at the Gold Coast where she box-seated and simply went backwards in the run home. Another six months off and she returned to the track two weeks ago and finished a gallant second behind Real Cute in a BM65 over the 800m sprint. Fitter for that run, she’s drawn ideally in gate two and if she can produce her early form, she should take this out comfortably.
Result (unplaced)

Race 3 - 6:20PM SUPERSPROUT BenchMark 65 Handicap (1100 METRES)
In outstanding form since resuming, the Ben Currie-trained MISHANI RAINMAN would have to do a lot wrong to lose this. The Real Saga four-year-old has missed a top three finish just three times in nine starts and all three of his victories have been here on his home track. Two starts back, he registered one of those wins here in a BM60 over 1200m. He carried 60kgs to a half-length victory in 1:12.4 on a wet track which isn’t loafing. Last start, he missed the jump and never really recovered. Sitting second-last to the turn, he was pratted four and five wide cornering and took too long to steady over the 1100m journey. He still hit the line hard to grab third prize. Jumping from gate two here, if he jumps with them and settles better than mid-field, he will prove hard to hold out, back on his home track.
Result (2nd)

Race 4 - 7:00PM FALKEN TYRES QTIS Three-Years-Old BenchMark 65 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Second-up here, SPIRIT’S CHOICE looks well placed in this field and is sure to give this a shake. This Spirit Of Boom filly won a two-year-old Hcp at her third appearance on a race track by more than five lengths over 1000m at Dalby. Franking that effort, she repeated the dose next start at Rockhampton where she put all but six lengths on her rivals that day over 1100m. Resuming, last start, she was far from disgraced when finishing fifth, beaten three lengths behind the undefeated Zoustyle (who is a $1.30 chance at Doomben on Saturday). Fitter for that run back, this filly can match it with any of these and with Rebecca Goldsbury remaining in the saddle she has the opportunity to turn two victories into three.
Result (1st - $2.70)

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Toowoomba Tips December 29 – Expert racing tips for Saturday races

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