Cairns Preview & Best Bets – 08/09/2023
Cairns Tips for Friday, September 8
Our form expert provides Cairns tips for today’s horse racing at the Cannon Park Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 1: No.3 ARTIE’S LAD ($3 with Bet Right)
Locally-trained by Fred Wieland, ARTIE’S LAD ticks enough boxes here to suggest he is the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Flying Artie gelding gave nothing else a chance when he destroyed his opposition in a Class 4 Hcp, here over the 950m sprint. Even after travelling three-wide without cover, Nathan Day asked him for an effort in the run home and he obliged as he went on to win by more than three lengths on the line. In four career-starts he is yet to miss a podium finish and today he is third-up and should be near his peak. Unbeaten at the track and distance, he drops sharply in grade here and will take a ton of beating today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 5: No.10 GULF OF LION ($3.40 with Picklebet)
Team Rowe saddle-up local galloper GULF OF LION here who is in outstanding form this time in and ticks all the boxes to take this contest out today. Last start, the Thronum gelding returned to the Cannon Park track after racing away for a while and had instant success when he won a Four-Year-Old Quality Hcp with Jason Taylor in the saddle. Settling back in the field, he was trapped three-wide and took the turn as the widest runner. Hands and heels, Taylor got the best of him as he strode to the lead and went on to score an impressive win. Drawn well in gate six, Taylor sticks with him and now a track and distance winner, the Townsville Guineas third placegetter looks the testing material here.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 7: No.2 INVINCIBLE JET ($3.60 with Ladbrokes)
Mackay trainer, John Manzelmann makes the long 10-hour trek north to Cannon Park today and saddles-up INVINCIBLE JET here who is in great touch recently and looks set for another big effort here. Last start, the I Am Invincible gelding stepped onto this track for the first time in 27 race starts and impressed when beating all but one home in a Class 6 Plate over 1250m. That made it five podium finishes from his past seven starts. Ryan Wiggins has the job today and after early scratchings, the galloper comes in to jump from gate two today where he maps to settle on speed. He carries more weight today but is dropping sharply in grade. A clear run home in this contest should see him fight out the finish here.