Cairns Tips March 14

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Cairns Tips Monday March 14

Looking for Cairns race tips? Our form analyst has previewed the action and come up with his best bets for Cairns racecourse. (AKA: Cannon Park)

Our Cairns race tips and best bets for today:


Trained on the Atherton Tablelands by Michael Lee, SPARKLY STAR (best odds $6 with bet365) loves the Cannon Park circuit and second-up today, looks a super chance for victory here. Last start, the Star Witness gelding made his long-awaited return to racing (after 18 months off the scene) and up against a strong Open Class field, wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth, beaten less than two lengths behind the smart Desert Cowboy that day. On very fresh legs, he ran that trip, 5.4 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this field. Lacey Morrison was aboard that day and she sticks with him here. Drawn to do no early work here (from gate two), he maps to settle behind the speed and fitter for that first-up effort, he will be finishing strongly here and prove hard to hold out.


Lacey Morrison could be in for a big day in the saddle if she can drive ARISE MY SON (best odds $2 with bet365) to the line ahead of them here today. Last start, the Dawn Approach gelding collected his third-straight runner-up cheque when he beat all but Strike A Beau home in a Class 6 Plate over 1400m at Townsville. He ran his last 600m, 1.8 lengths quicker than benchmark that day, the best in this line-up. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Atherton trainer Sharlee Hoffman brings the five-year-old back to Cannon Park where his previous two visits both ended in top-two finishes. This is a big drop in class today and fitter for four starts back, he should prove mighty hard to hold out.


Locally-trained by Fred Wieland, EL OF A SAGA (best odds $3 with Sportsbet) is a track and distance specialist who will be rock-hard fit after two starts back and she looks right in the mix here. Last start, the Real Saga mare made light work of a BM65, here over the 1250m trip. With Ryan Wiggins aboard for the first time, the Brisbane-based jockey rode her an absolute treat, steering her over the line, more than a length clear in the end. She posted the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals that day. She takes on Open Class company today but has Wiggins making the trip north to partner her again and drops 3kgs from her last run. There is plenty of early speed here which sees the mare settling better than mid-field with plenty of cover (from gate two). Already a two-time winner when third-up, with a clear run to the line she should prove hard to keep out today.




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