Ballina Preview June 29 – Thursday Best Bets & Tips

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Ballina Tips 29/06/2023

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



Race 6:  No.5  TRIPLE MONEY  ($1.85 with bet365)

Port Macquarie visitor TRIPLE MONEY is in top-shelf form and third-up today looks the one to beat here. Last start, the Pins gelding was fitter for one run back when he destroyed his opposition in a Tamworth Maiden over 1600m. Having the run of the race (one out, one back), Aaron Bullock made his move on the corner and the four-year-old went on with it from there, putting more than three lengths on them over the line. Andrew Mallyon has the reins today and from gate four, maps to settle in a similar position, having first crack at the leaders when they turn. Making his track debut here and even fitter with two runs under his belt now, he should prove hard to hold out today.



Race 4:  No.3  BOODUA ROMANCE  ($3.40 with bet365)

The Lindsay Gough-trained BOODUA ROMANCE resumes here off a lengthy 22-week absence and after a successful trial, looks ready to win on fresh legs today. Last start, the Love Conquers All gelding drew wide and did too much early work when pushing forward to settle outside the leader. Halfway home, he simply ran out of gas and finished down the track in a Class 1 Hcp over 1050m at Doomben. He returned to work two weeks ago and finished second in a barrier trial. Michael Murphy rode him to victory on debut at the Sunshine Coast and has the reins again today. Plenty of early speed here sees him mapping to settle behind the pace from gate six and he should find his first run in country company a little easier.



Race 7:  No.11  FIRE UP BRUCE  ($8.50 with bet365)

Trained at Grafton by John Shelton, FIRE UP BRUCE has been in consistent form this time in and looks all set for his third career win to happen today. Last start, the Furnaces gelding came off four-straight podium finishes when the run came to an end, seeing him finish fourth in a BM58 Hcp over 1200m at Port Macquarie. Drawn gate 11 (of 14), he had no luck in running, trapped three-deep without cover most of the way, while carrying 61kgs for the journey. Up in grade here, he drops 4kgs for this contest and Cejay Graham sticks with him (having steered him to three podium finishes from four previous rides to date). A true model of consistency, he can give this contest a real shake at odds today.