Gold Coast Preview & Best Bets – Saturday September 17

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Gold Coast Tips 17/09/2022

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



Race 1:  No.1  YISKA  ($2.70 with Palmerbet)

The Lee Freedman-trained YISKA is undefeated in three starts and first-up here looks the goods again. Last start, the Smart Missile gelding made it a hat-trick when he destroyed a field of two-year-olds in a 1200m Hcp at Doomben. He crossed the line 3.5 lengths ahead of them and ran his last 600m, 3.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by more than 2 lengths. He also ran the fastest final 800m and 600m sectionals that day. He resumes here off a lengthy 21-week break but has trialled twice since, winning his most recent effort. Tegan Harrison remains on board after three successful rides to date. He looks the one to beat.



Race 8:  No.7  MATOWATAKPE  ($2.90 with Unibet)

Second-up today, the former Bjorn Baker-trained MATOWATAKPE has his second start for the new stable here and looks ideally placed to give this contest a real shake. Last start, the Dream Ahead gelding was fresh off a 21-week absence and really impressed, beating all but one home in a BM85 Hcp over 1200m at Eagle Farm. He covered the last 600m, 6.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. He also clocked the fastest final 600m sectional for the race. Drawn the fence, he gets the gun-run and maps to be box-seating on settling. Ben Thompson has the reins and with everything in his favour, he sure looks the one to beat.



Race 4:  No.3  NEVER PAID  ($11 with Palmerbet)

The Kelly Schweida-trained NEVER PAID is in career-best form this time in and shapes up here as a serious contender. Last start, the Better Than Ready gelding ploughed through the heavy conditions to grab victory in a BM85 Hcp over 1050m at Doomben. He ran the trip, 5.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best and the fastest in this field by more than 3 lengths. He is a track specialist here, boasting three wins from five visits and ideally drawn in gate three, gets a gun-run from there as he maps to settle in the first half dozen, with cover. Scratched from race five to run in this contest, he looks a genuine winning chance at odds.