Balaklava Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday, April 19
Our form expert provides Balaklava tips for today’s horse racing at Balaklava Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Balaklava Tips 19/04/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 8 No. 3 PRINCE JOFRA – ($11.20)
We were happy to be on PRINCE JOFRA as Garret Lynch sent him out over 1400 metres at Oakbank following after resuming in town. We held slight concerns of the tight turns, plus felt that whatever he did, Prince Jofra would improve on. Prince Jofra had come through a good form reference behind Pontedera over the unsuitable 1250 metre distance. The skills of former SA apprentice Lachie Overall were telling in keeping a keen Prince Jofra from over racing second-up. The horse seemed to handle the downhill run okay, though was inclined to hang on the turns. Overall switched through to the left into the straight as the pair balanced for the run home. Prince Jofra found plenty inside the furlong to go home best and will appreciate the bigger track.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 1 No. 10 PRANCING IBIS – ($5.80)
The Searle and Callanan team stepped PRANCING IBIS out to this trip for the first time last start. Ellis Wong sent the mare straight to the front and ran them along at a good tempo. Prancing Ibis had yet to run a place in her previous eleven race starts, yet she nearly stole the show. She just had one peel off with the kind run in transit which raced on by inside the last 100m. Prancing Ibis accounted for the rest while she now stays to the track and distance.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6 No. 1 HELLO LADIES – ($8.60)
The compression of the weights plus a tonne of pressure up front may offset the low-percentage barrier drawn by HELLO LADIES. The Shayne Cahill stable have been in good form which has been pushed along by their gun apprentice Caitlin Tootell. She gave Hello Ladies a peach of a ride to score in a BM68 race at Bordertown two starts ago. The runner-up there was Ranger Frank who continues to race well and caught the eye again on Saturday. Todd Pannell since rode Hello Ladies for luck as the pair drove home for third along the fence at Morphettville in BM70 grade. This is a fair step-back in grade and we’ll look for Hello Ladies to be finishing over the top of them late.