Gatton Preview & Best Bets – 05/10/2023
Gatton Tips for Thursday, October 05
Our form expert provides Gatton tips for today’s horse racing at Gatton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 8: No.7 GRANNY’S REWARD ($5 with Unibet)
Jack Bruce saddles-up GRANNY’S REWARD here who is in good touch this time in and has strong claims for victory in this contest. Last start, the Reward For Effort mare came off her maiden win (at this track) when she took on a BM58 field and had no luck, finishing fifth in the event. Slowly away, from gate 10, she was trapped three-deep without cover before being eased to find the fence, settling last of the 11 runners. Damien Thornton kept her glued to the fence as he weaved his way to be on the leader’s heels but by the time he found a gap, the damage was done, leaving the mare an unlucky fifth across the line. Also accepting in race nine, the stable has chosen to run her here. Drawn much better today in gate four, Thornton sticks with the five-year-old and a trouble-free run here can see her stake a solid claim for victory today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 9: No.2 RUSSIAN DIVA ($6.50 with Bet Right)
The Angela Plumb-trained is third-up today and is capable of bouncing back here and taking home the major prize. Last start, the Russian Revolution mare came off a good win (on this track) when she faced a BM0-58 at Ipswich. Slowly away, she settled back with the tailenders and left herself too much work to do in the 800m contest, finishing unplaced, two lengths from the winner. Josh Adams has the reins for the first time here and provided she jumps with them today, she maps to settle better than mid-field with cover. The extra ground here can only enhance her winning chances. Fitter for two runs back, she saluted here two starts back and a clear run to the line today should see her fighting out the finish.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 5: No.5 OUTLAW JOSIE WALES ($8 with Picklebet)
The Kieran Kirwin-trained OUTLAW JOSIE WALES is a track specialist and with all boxes ticked here, he looks a good chance at back-to-back victories for the second time. Last start, the Jimmy Creed gelding made it two wins from his past three starts when he proved too good in a Class 2 Hcp over 1400m at Dalby. Ridden a treat by Micheal Hellyer, he settled him fifth on the fence and on straightening, peeled off the leader’s heels, took over and went on to win by a length on the line. He returns to Gatton today where his six previous visits have resulted in two wins and as many minor placings. Hellyer sticks with him for this assignment and from gate five, he maps to settle mid-field with cover. A trouble-free run could see him chalk up another win today at odds.