Bathurst Preview & Best Bets – 27/10/2023

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Bathurst Tips for Friday, October 27

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



Race 5:  No.5  XEIBY  ($4.40 with Ladbrokes)

The Cameron Crockett-trained XEIBY is three starts into this preparation and dropping sharply in grade today, she can bounce back into the winner’s circle here. Two starts back, she made her Bathurst debut and did it in style, putting four lengths on a Class 1 field over 1100m. Then last start, Crockett put her up against Class 2 company at Coonamble which turned out to be a bridge too far where she finished mid-field in the 1100m event. She maps to go forward from her wide gate and could even lead on settling. Nick Heywood is the pilot today and dropping back to BM58 competition here, the for-year-old looks a prime contender for the major prize.



Race 8:  No.4  FERRARI GIRL  ($5 with Palmerbet)

Third-up from the Gary Portelli stable, FERRARI GIRL ticks enough boxes here to make things interesting in this contest today. Last start, the Menari mare was second-up off a 10-week break when she made it to the podium by finishing third in a Class 1 Hcp at Orange. Julia Presits was aboard for the sixth time that day and did well to steer the mare home as a $21 chance. Fitter for two runs back, she gets the gun-run form gate one today and maps to settle near the speed. If she can be close enough to them on the turn, the four-year-old should have every chance to get the upper hand and then give them something to chase home.



Race 2:  No.8  WORLD REIGN  ($6.30 with BoomBet)

Parkes galloper, WORLD REIGN, sees the Bathurst track for the first time today and on current form, looks a solid winning chance in this contest. Last start, the Manhattan Rain gelding weaved his way through traffic to arrive in time for second prize in a 1600m Maiden at Wagga. That was his third start for new trainer Sharon Jeffries. Michael Heagney has been in the saddle for the four-year-old’s last two starts and sticks with him here. Although still a maiden, he takes on Class 1 company here and steps-up in distance today. Now four starts into this campaign he should be at his peak as he drops 2.5kgs for the journey. With a clear run to the line, he looks in the mix today.