Gold Coast Preview & Best Bets – Saturday July 16

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Gold Coast Tips 16/07/2022

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



Race 5:  No. 3  THE RITZ  ($1.90  BlueBet)

Locally-trained by Michael Morrison, THE RITZ is second-up today and ticks all the right boxes to be declared our best on the card. Last start, the Mossman gelding was fresh off a lengthy six-month break when he finished just behind the placegetters in a BM78 Hcp over 1400m on a Heavy 10 at the Sunshine Coast. He ran the last 600m, 4.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by more than 4 lengths. Drawn the fence today, he gets the gun-run with Lani Allen in the saddle for the first time. Unbeaten second-up (three from three), unbeaten at the track (three from three) and he is two from two at the track at this distance, he looks the goods here.



Race 2:  No. 3  JETFOIL  ($4  Ladbrokes)

The Helen Page-trained JETFOIL is in great touch this preparation and yet to miss a podium finish this time in. Last start, the Snitzel made it three-straight minor placings when he finished third in a Class 1 Plate over the mile at Ipswich. He raced very greenly that day and pulled hard during the race. Brad Pengelley gets his first ride on the three-year-old today and placed previously at the track, he looks a genuine contender in this contest.



Race 7:  No. 7  TIERRA DEL FUEGO  ($19  Neds)

Neville Boyle saddles-up TIERRA DEL FUEGO here and second-up today, could give this contest a real fright at odds. Last start, the Rothesay gelding resumed off a lengthy 19-week break and jumping from the outside gate, wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth (of 12) in a BM68 Hcp over 1000m at Eagle Farm. He ran his last 600m, 7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. Jason Taylor has the reins today and with a soft track forecast, conditions should suit after recording two wins on soft tracks previously. Fitter for that first-up run, the extra distance looks ideal here and he is well worth an each-way ticket in this company.