Emerald Tips September 6
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Emerald Tips Monday September 6
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Coming off a short back-up today, the Tim Cook-trained SIRFINA (best odds $1.65 with Bet365) is in outstanding form and looks too good for this field. Last start, the Choisir gelding was shooting for his first win on his home track at Rockhampton and with a 10/10 ride from Ash Butler, got the job done. Landing in front at barrier rise, he led them to the turn, then on straightening, found another gear and went on to a comfortable win in the BM70 event. He ran the trip, 3 lengths slower than benchmark, the best here by 7 lengths. This field isn’t as strong as the one he beat just six days ago and after the claim, he carries 3kgs less here. He runs the white-hot favourite here but looks the best of the day.
Nicely weighted today, the Tracy Simmons-trained FRATELINO (best odds $6.50 with Sportsbet) looks in the mix in this company. Last start, the Dylan Thomas gelding returned to the winner’s circle with an all-the-way win in Open company at Bowen. While no benchmarking stats are available for that meeting, the eight-year-old carried 60kgs for the event which he won in a tight finish with David Simmons (husband of trainer Tracy) aboard. Today, he drops 2kgs and has Simmons sticking with him. The Mackay galloper has seen the Emerald track once before which resulted in a win over 1200m in similar company. He maps to lead again from gate five and will take catching here.
The Damien Rideout-trained TOM’S STAR (best odds $2.50 with Sportsbet) is shooting for the hat-trick today and ticks enough boxes to suggest he is a genuine chance of pulling it off. Last start, the Hussonet gelding was coming off a win on his home track at Thangool when he lined up in a BM0-55 over 1300m at Mackay. Seeing that track for the first time in 12 months, he gave them a galloping lesson as he put three lengths on the field to record a solid win that day. He ran the trip, 6.9 lengths slower than benchmark, the second-best here, just half a length slower than topweight Cliff’s Choice here. The seven-year-old drops in grade today and accordingly will carry more weight but a 2kg claim here eases that burden. Ideally drawn in gate three here, he maps to settle right behind the pace and with a clear run to the line, should prove hard to hold out.
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