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Gold Coast Tips 26/08/2022

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



Race 7:  No.2  MANHOOD  ($2.05 with Palmerbet)

Already looked upon as a track specialist, the Annabel Neasham-trained MANHOOD is shooting for his third win (in four starts) at the track and with a few major gear changes today, looks the goods to get the job done. Last start, the son of Headwater came off a crushing (4.5 length) victory at Doomben when he lined-up against similar company on the same track and was nosed-out of another win, finishing second in a one Metro. Win over 1200m. He ran that out in personal best time, covering the trip, 2.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, also the best in this line-up. Today, the stable put the blinkers on for the first time and have fitted a tongue tie as well. In outstanding form this time in, he looks the goods again today.



Race 2:  No.7  LANDSBOROUGH LAD  ($2.40 with Palmerbet)

The David Vandyke-trained LANDSBOROUGH LAD already has a resume that resembles one like Tom Melbourne but surely today, he can break the shackles and pick up his first career victory. Last start, the Headwater gelding (yet again) beat all but one home in a 1350m Maiden at Doomben when arriving one length too late on the line. He ran that out, 5.7 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best against these by 3 lengths. Six-straight podium finishes from six attempts this preparation without winning must be frustrating the stable no end, and his connections as well. Maybe a chance of scenery will help as he makes his Aquis Park debut today. Jim Byrne remains aboard and hopefully today will be his day.



Race 5:  No.4  DERANI  ($2.20 with bet365)

The locally-trained DERANI has been knocking on the door for a win lately and gets his chance here in this contest. Last start, the Sebring gelding made it three straight podium finishes when he beat all but one to the line in a Class 3 Hcp over 1825m against city class company at Eagle Farm. He ran a new personal best that day, covering the journey, 6.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 10 lengths. He has had no success here in two previous runs at the track, however he hasn’t raced here in over a year and is now a more mature and experienced galloper. Karl Zechner sticks with him today after his last three rides all ended in podium finishes. Ideally drawn in gate two, he maps to box-seat on settling and with a trouble-free run here, he can claim his first win for this campaign.