Gatton Preview & Best Bets – Thursday February 23

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Gatton Tips 23/02/2023

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

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 5:  No.8  GREEK STAR  ($4 with Neds)

Beaudesert galloper GREEK STAR is second-up today and boasting four-straight top-three finishes, he looks set to bring up career win number three here. Last start, the Zoustar gelding was fresh off an 18-week spell when he impressed by beating all but the race-favourite home in a Class 2 Hcp over 1200m at Ipswich. He ran that out, 1.8 lengths slower than benchmark, second-best only to Suilven who carries top weight here today. Taylor Marshall sticks with the five-year-old here and after four runner-up cheques from his five previous rides on the gelding, he will be out to break the drought today. Already a second-up winner and ideally drawn in gate three, a trouble-free run here should see him hard to beat.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 9:  No.4  ZATTASTAR  ($3.80 with BlueBet)

The Jack Bruce-trained ZATTASTAR is three starts into this preparation and should now be ready to produce her best today. Last start, the Zoustar mare wasn’t disgraced when taking on harder company and finishing just behind the placegetters in a Class 3 Hcp over 1350m at Warwick. Beaten less than a length on the line, she ran her last 600m, 5.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 6 lengths, while posting the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race as well. Dropping sharply in grade here, Corey Bayliss sticks with her and her only concern is the wide gate. She maps to settle near mid-field and if Bayliss can have her close enough on straightening, she can still take this contest out.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 1:  No.7  RADIANT QUEEN  ($7 with Ladbrokes)

The Michael Nolan-trained RADIANT QUEEN is third-up today and looks ready to win. Last start, the Defcon filly had no luck when finishing out of the money in a Class 1 Plate over 1200m at Ipswich. Slowly away that day, she settled last of the nine runners and sticking to the fence, had nowhere to go in the run home, crowded all the way to the line. Not disgraced, she was beaten just two lengths on the line. She ran her last 600m, 1.2 lengths slower than benchmark, second-best behind Haveanothergo (who is first-up today and carries 3.5kgs more). Ideally drawn here in gate two, she maps to settle mid-field with cover and has placed when third-up previously. With a clear crack at them this time, she can take home the chocolates today.