Coonabarabran Preview & Best Bets – Friday December 23

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Coonabarabran Tips 23/12/2022

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



Race 8:  No.9  TICKET TO ANYWHERE  ($3.50 with Palmerbet)

The Dubbo-based TICKET TO ANYWHERE returns from a city class run today and looks a strong chance here. Last start, the Hinchinbrook gelding came off a second-up win in a Class 2 on his home track, when he tackled a BM64 Hcp over 1300m at Randwick. Settling mid-field that day, he found the competition just a little too rich, finishing mid-field in the end, beaten just over two lengths on the line. He did run his last 600m, 4.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last start effort in this line-up. Ideally drawn in gate four, he maps to settle near mid-field again and is joined by Brooke Stower as she has her first ride on the four-year-old. Rock-hard fit after three starts this time in, he looks a real player here today.



Race 4:  No.9  SO EXTRA  ($4.40 with Palmerbet)

The Clint Lundholm-trained SO EXTRA has come back in great form and down in the weights here, looks a genuine player in this contest. Last start, the Xtravagant mare came off a big maiden win at Narromine when she beat all but one to the line in a Class 1 over 1000m at Queanbeyan. She covered the trip, 7.9 lengths slower than benchmark, but still the best last-start effort here, and a new personal best as well. The experienced Grant Buckley has the reins today as the four-year-old gets the gun-run from gate one where she maps to settle in the first four or five. Even fitter for two runs back, she looks in the mix today.



Race 7:  No.3  BECKFORD  ($5 with bet365)

Tamworth galloper, BECKFORD, sees this track for the first time today but looks poised to make his debut here a winning one and take home the Cup. Last start, the Not A Single Doubt gelding showed further improvement when fourth-up he beat all but one home in the Armidale Cup. With Serg Lisnyy aboard, he took over on the turn and looked likely to go on with it, but was run down by Pepper’s Ghost right on the line. That was a big effort carrying 60kgs and caught wide most of the way. He lines up here, rock-hard fit now and drawn much better in gate four. Lisnyy sticks with him and already a four-time winner over the mile, a trouble-free run here could see him collecting this Cup.