Armidale Preview April 11 – Tuesday Best Bets & Tips

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Armidale Tips 11/04/2023

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



Race 5:  No.4  LORD OF THE SUN  ($6.50 with bet365)

Tamworth galloper LORD OF THE SUN is third-up today and looks ready to fire. Last start, the American Pharoah gelding improved off his first-up effort when he beat all but one home in a Class 1 Hcp, here over 1100m. He stormed home to miss by a whisker on the line, running the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals in the process. Ben Looker takes the reins for the first time today and drawn nicely in gate 5, maps to settle mid-field with cover. Fitter for two runs back, he looks a genuine contender in this contest.



Race 7:  No.8  VAIN RICH  ($10 with Ladbrokes)

The Cessnock-based VAIN RICH is a track specialist here and third-up today, should be fit enough to keep his Armidale record intact. Last start, the Danerich gelding ploughed through a Heavy 8 at Port Macquarie and wasn’t disgraced when finishing just behind the placegetters in a Class 1 Hcp over an unsuitable 1008m journey. He still ran his last 600m, half a length slower than benchmark, the best last-start effort here, while also posting the quickest final 200m sectional as well. He hit the line strongly over the final 100m, taking ground of them near the line. Third-up and rising to a more suitable distance today, Brooke Stower returns for her fourth ride on the four-year-old (having placed twice previously) and he be ready to stand-up today. He gets the gun-run from gate one where he maps to settle better than mid-field with cover. With a clear run home, we should be seeing him at his best today.



Race 4:  No.6  YUPPIE  ($17 with Palmerbet

We have one at odds to kick off proceedings today with the Todd Payne-trained YUPPIE a worthy contender here. Last start, the Toorak Toff gelding resumed off a 19-week spell as he transferred from Neil Owen to the Payne stable and clearly in the need of the run, finished unplaced in a BM58 Hcp, here over 1100m. He settled too far back in the sprint race and was never able to make up the ground in time for a podium finish. He has won (and placed) in three previous second-up appearances as Brooke Stower take the reins today for the fist time. Fitter for that first-up run, he looks well worth an each-way ticket here.