Gatton Preview & Best Bets – 20/10/2023
Gatton Tips for Friday, October 20
Our form expert provides Gatton tips for today’s horse racing at Gatton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 8: No.2 BETTER EXPLAIN ($3.60 with Ladbrokes)
Annabel Neasham comes to Gatton today with just one stable representative on the float as she saddles-up BETTER EXPLAIN here who has returned in good touch and looks a strong chance at making this career-win number four. Last start, the Better Than Ready gelding was second-up and found the podium again when finishing third in a Class 3 Hcp over 1350m at Ipswich. Jag Guthmann-Chester has ridden the four-year-old to victory twice from his three rides on him to date and returns for this assignment. Nicely drawn in gate five (after early scratchings). He maps to settle better than mid-field with cover and already a winner when third-up, a clear run to the line puts him in the picture today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 6: No.8 HEROIC MISS ($2.80 with bet365)
Chris Munce saddles-up HEROIC MISS here who is third-up and looks ready to rock today. Last start, the Heroic Valour mare was second-up and beaten at the gates when she drew 12 of 14 in the event. She settled back in field and was never closer than three horses off the fence at any stage. Justin Huxtable did a mighty job considering all that was against her and sent out a $51 chance, she rattled home late to grab third prize, taking ground off the first two in closing 50m. Tahlia Fenlon rode her into second place in a Class 2 at Ipswich two starts back and returns here for her second ride on the mare. Last start’s $51 is nowhere to be seen today and placed twice in two third-up appearances to date, she looks a serious contender today.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 5: No.3 INSTANT KARMA ($6.50 with bet365)
Toowoomba-based galloper INSTANT KARMA has been thereabouts in his three starts this time in and nearing his peak now, looks a solid winning chance in this contest. Last start, the Mahisara gelding finished gamely to take home fourth prize in a BM62 over 1300m on his home track. Today he will be in his comfort zone as he runs over the mile where he is already a winner. Les Tilley sticks with him and will be looking for his first win on the six-year-old after four previous rides have resulted in just one minor placing. He gets all the favours here from gate one and with a clear run home, he should prove hard to hold out here.