Ballina Preview & Best Bets – Monday October 31

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Ballina Tips 31/10/2022

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

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 2:  No.5  SAVAROSA  ($2.25 with Palmerbet)

Sunshine Coast galloper SAVAROSA makes the trip south of the border today and third-up here looks a strong chance to break her maiden duck. Last start, the well-bred Foxwedge mare improved sharply from her first-up effort when she beat all but one home in a Gold Coast Maiden over 1300m. On a Heavy 8 that day, she set a new personal best, running the trip out, 3.8 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best here by more than 6 lengths. The wet conditions today shouldn’t bother her as she maps to settle mid-field from gate six. Matty McGuren has the reins and a with a trouble-free run, she should prove hard to hold out here.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 1:  No.3  PROOST  ($3 with Unibet)

Port Macquarie galloper PROOST has finally found her feet and with an ounce of luck in running, she can go back-to-back today. Last start, the Iffraaj mare broke through for her long-awaited maiden victory over 1700m at Grafton. With Ben Looker aboard, she was sent out a hot $2.20 favourite and gave backers no cause for alarm as she clobbered her rivals, putting almost four lengths on them over the line. She ran her last 600m, 2.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here to Feudalist (who has endured a long campaign, being up since April this year). The mare also ran the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for that maiden win. Today, she draws the outside gate in the nine-strong field but maps to settle worse than mid-field so the wide gate shouldn’t affect her chances here. Looker sticks with her today and rock-hard fit after five runs this campaign, she should prove hard to beat here.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 6:  No.1  ALL’S FAIR  ($5.50 with BlueBet)

Gold Coast visitor ALL’S FAIR is three starts into this preparation and should be at her peak for this assignment today. Last start, the Warhorse mare looked the winner but was grabbed late by a swooper in a BM58 Hcp over 1310m at Lismore. She ran that out, 6.9 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best last-start effort in this line-up. Tegan Harrison sticks with her today as she drops 2kgs from her last start. Rock-hard fit after those three starts, she draws gate two and maps to settle on-speed. With a trouble-free run today, she should give them something to chase.