Preview & Best Bets – Bordertown 16 July
Our form expert provides Bordertown tips for today’s horse racing at Bordertown Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 2 No. 1 HELLO LADIES – ($2.55)
Caitlin Tootell gets the chance to win again while piloting track specialist HELLO LADIES at Bordertown Racecourse on Sunday. The horse has won three from three starts over this track and distance with Caitlin being on board for his past couple. Latest of which came three starts ago when Tootell allowed Hello Ladies to find his feet early. She then worked her horse through his gears down the side before cutting the corner into the straight. Hello Ladies let down to race past some handy sprinters in a strong BM68 field. Trainer Shayne Cahill has since kept Hello Ladies ticking over with two run-on placings in the metro area.
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Race 1 No. 4 HASTA LA PRINCE – ($6.75)
Rider tactics will play its part in a small field for the opener at Bordertown Racecourse on Sunday.We’ll be happy to have something on HASTA LA PRINCE who is showing good form as he comes through the grades. Hasta La Prince has won two of his three starts at the track, including his latest run which was over 1550m here. Jacob Opperman had him settled around midfield off the back of a solid tempo. He let him slip into a striking position prior to straightening with his horse running strongly through the line. The query we have is being six-weeks between runs as he steps out to 2000 metres. Naracoorte trainer Sue Murphy wouldn’t be bringing Hasta La Prince unless she was confident that she had the gelding fit enough to run the trip.
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Race 6 No. 12 EXCELSA – ($8.50)
The John Hickmott & Carrina Riggs trained EXCELSA would be promoted well up the order had he drawn a gate. Excelsa has shown improvement with both of his runs this prep. Settled towards the back of midfield when finishing third to Tupoleu on a heavy track over 1200 metres at Gawler. Excelsa found plenty to keep coming under apprentice Alana Livesey as she peeled him to the outer part of the track. Tracked deep the entire when again drawn out last start over 1200 metres at Mount Gambier on another heavy track. All of the action was back towards the inside as four horses finished across the line together. Excelsa held ground to the line without bridging the gap. Fitter for those two runs and may be looking for the extra trip now.