Bathurst Preview & Best Bets – Friday October 14

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Bathurst Tips 14/10/2022

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



Race 3:  No.3  OPITO BALLERINA  ($2 with bet365)

The Bjorn Baker-trained OPITO BALLERINA looks a promising type after such a big win at Nowra and looks a real chance at repeating that effort here today. First-up (two starts back), she clobbered her rivals in a Nowra Maiden, putting almost five lengths on them in the 1100m event (on a Heavy 8 that day). Then last start, the wide gate took its toll when she finished mid-field in a Class 1 over 1000m at Muswellbrook. Beaten just three lengths in the race, she covered her final 600m, 1.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here by 3 lengths. Today, she gets the gun-run from gate one where she maps to be parked right behind the early speed. Mitchell Bell has the reins today and if she can get clear at the right time, she should prove hard to hold out here.



Race 6:  No.1  SINALOA  ($2.30 with Palmerbet)

Bjorn Baker saddles-up SINALOA here who is yet to miss a podium finish (in six starts) and looks the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Redoute’s Choice mare came off a lengthy 21-week absence and on fresh legs proved too good for them in a Class 1 Hcp over 1000m on a Heavy 9 at Hawkesbury. She set a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 3.1 lengths slower than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 4 lengths). She carries extra weight today in this easier event but gets some relief after the claim by Bailey Wheeler. She has seen the Bathurst track once previously, finishing second three starts back. Conditions are ideal for her today and fitter for that first-up win, she can go back-to-back today.



Race 8:  No.10  KIMMYLEE  ($3.80 with Unibet)

Local galloper KIMMYLEE faces easier company today and drawn favourably, looks a genuine threat to victory. Last start, the Star Witness mare faced a tough assignment when she lined-up in The Panorama, here over 1300m. She settled back in the field (of 14) and after being held up at the 400m mark, never recovered, finishing mid-field. The six-year-old still managed to run her last 600m, 4.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 4 lengths. She carries less weight today after Bailey Wheeler’s claim and nicely drawn in gate four, she maps to settle better than mid-field, giving her a better opportunity today. If she can be within striking distance of the leaders on the turn, she is capable of running them down to bring up her second win this campaign.