Benalla Preview & Best Bets – 30/10/2023

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Benalla Preview & Best Bets


Our form expert provides Benalla tips for today’s horse racing at Benalla Racecourse and gives his best bets.    

Benalla Tips 30/10/2030 


Race 6 No. 9 WINGS OF SONG- ($2.30) 

Best Bet comes up in Race 6 and WINGS OF SONG will find this much easier than a last start effort that saw her finish 9th behind Autumn Angel in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup day. She had a couple of excuses in that race but was ultimately outclassed. The Patrick Payne-trained galloper landed in the top three in her three runs prior, winning one. A firmer in the early betting, Billy Egan rides and the pair will be hard to hold out late in the piece. 




Race 5 No. 6 TOP HONOURS.- ($4) 

TOP HONOURS can go close in Race 5. The Ken & Kasey Keys-trained galloper comes into this with a winning drought of 18 months but has placed in three of four runs this preparation. He last stepped out at Kilmore on October 17 and settled in a midfield position before running home to fill the exacta behind Canterbury Prince. The son of Danerich went 1.5 lengths slower than standard benchmark last time, which is nearly seven lengths better than the next best last start figures of any runner. Teo Nugent rides and will land within striking distance from barrier 5. 




Race 7 No. 6 REAL GUN- ($3.60) 

REAL GUN can just about make it back to back wins when he steps out in Race 7. The seven-year-old has returned to form in recent times and placed in three in a row before leading and holding on at Kilmore over the 1100m on October 17. He went hard out in front that day to go 2.5 lengths faster than standard benchmark. Wouldn’t mind seeing him push up again and the son of Reward For Effort has raced well at Benalla in the past with two runner-up performances from two starts at the track. From barrier 2, he should be in it for a long way.