Ballina Tips January 14

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Ballina Tips Friday January 14

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The Michael Costa-trained BRAVE NICK (best odds $3 with Sportsbet) is no stranger to the Ballina track and looks a genuine chance of racking-up another victory her today. Last start, the Nicconi gelding was third-up when he took on a Class 1 field, here over the mile and on a Heavy 10, he gave them a galloping lesson. He crossed and led on settling, where he dictated terms to the turn and had them all off the bit. Railing like a greyhound, he straightened up three in front and that’s all she wrote as he went on unchallenged to win by that margin. He covered the trip, 4.8 lengths slower than benchmark, setting a new personal best and the second-best in this field. He also recorded the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. This is his biggest test today as he goes up in class and distance as he tackles the 1900m for the first time. But rock-hard fit after three runs this time in, he will still take beating here.


This year’s Cup looks an open affair and among the chances is the Kris Lees-trained KEDAH (best odds $4.20 with Sportsbet) who makes her track debut today. Last start, the Per Incanto mare was second-up off a lengthy 30-week absence when she beat all but one home in a BM78 over 1350m at Doomben. Sitting three-wide most of the way, she finished well in the 14-strong field with Nash Rawiller aboard that day. She ran her last 600m, 5.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field and recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race as well. Already a winner when third-up, she is ideally drawn in gate four here and maps to settle near mid-field on the fence. Rawiller sticks with her today and if he can find clean air in the run home, she looks the one to beat.


Murwillumbah galloper BEAN FOGGY (best odds $2.80 with Sportsbet) is in great touch this time in and looks the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Spill The Beans gelding came off a Maiden win at Grafton when he made it back-to-back victories, taking out the Tweed Coast Classic Final, here over 1260m. He ran the last 600m, half a length quicker than benchmark, the second-best in this line-up. Ideally drawn in gate three, he maps to settle in the first half-dozen and has Ben Looker back aboard (after steering him to that Maiden victory). Three starts in now, he will be at his peak and is more than capable of bringing up the hat-trick today.



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