Armidale Preview & Best Bets – Sunday September 18

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Armidale Tips 18/09/2022

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



Race 1:  No.3  THUNDER FOX  ($2.25 with Neds)

The locally-trained THUNDER FOX is in career-best form of late and looks poised to bring up the hat-trick today. Last start, the five-year-old came off his maiden win at Tamworth and repeated the dose in a Class 1 Hcp at Armidale where he showed plenty of fight to lead all the way in the 1400m event. Stepping-up to another level today, he gets a big weight relief from winning jockey Cassey Williams and from gate four, maps to be in pride of place again, showing the way on settling. He caned them at Tamworth on a Heavy 10 and looks set to do it again here today.



Race 2:  No.2  HOMBRE GRANDE  ($3.80 with Palmerbet)

The Taree-based HOMBRE GRANDE has come back in fine form and looks right in this contest today. Last start, the So You Think gelding came off his maiden win at Taree when he beat all but one home in a Class 1 Hcp over 1400m at Tuncurry. On a Heavy 10 that day, he ran home strongly but just found another one too good on the day. He has stayers’ blood in his veins so the step-up to the 1900m looks ideal for him now. In great touch this time in, he looks the testing material today.



Race 6.  No.11  SUSSU  ($7 with bet365)

In a big field here, the Scone-based galloper SUSSU looks a solid winning change at odds today. Last start, the Panzer Division mare went one better than her debut effort when she broke through for her Maiden win over 1000m at Tamworth. She ran that out, 4.5 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this line-up. Brooke Stower was the pilot that day and remains on board here. She maps to settle near the speed from gate seven and with a trouble-free run here, she can figure in the finish.