Eagle Farm Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday February 22

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Eagle Farm Tips 22/02/2023

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



Race 4:  No.3  MERIMEE  ($2.10 with Ladbrokes)

Chris Waller saddles-up MERIMEE here who is third-up and ready to win. Last start, the Winning Rupert mare was second-up when she showed enough improvement to finish on the podium when she grabbed third prize in a Class 5 Hcp over 1350m at Doomben. She ran the trip out, 4.1 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this field, while posting the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals in the race. Waller fits the tongue tie on her for the first time today as the mare welcomes back James Orman who has ridden her to a couple of runner-up finishes from his four rides to date. Ideally drawn in gate three and already a winner when third-up and a winner here, she looks the one to beat today.



Race 3:  No.8  MIGHTY WILLIE  ($3.60 with TAB)

The Chris Waller-trained MIGHTY WILLIE finally found his mojo after five starts this time in and looks set for back-to-back victories here today. Last start, the American Pharoah gelding had his first look beyond 2000m and it seemed to do the trick as he finished strongly to grab victory on the line in a BM65 Hcp over 2160m at Ipswich. He covered his final 600m, 4.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. He also posted the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. Ryan Maloney had his first ride on the four-year-old that day and sticks with him today. He draws well in gate four and faces similar company here. A repeat of his last-start efforts should see him challenging for victory again today.



Race 7:  No.9  RELIABLE RUBY  ($4.80 with Neds)

The Chris Munce-trained RELIABLE RUBY is second-up today and looks well placed here to make her presence felt in this company. Last start, the Reliable Man mare did well to come off a 19-week spell and beat all but one home in a BM68 Hcp, here over 1000m. Coming from back in the field, she took over inside the final 150m, only to be grabbed by a swooper right on the line. She ran her last 600m, 4.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. Justin Huxtable was aboard that day and has the job again today. From gate seven, she maps to settle mid-field with cover and will just need a touch of luck in the run home as she looks for clean air. Placed twice from two previous second-up runs, she will strip fitter here and looks a genuine threat to this field.