Grafton Preview & Best Bets – Monday April 3

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Grafton Tips 03/04/2023

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



RAce 6:  No.8  IAMRUSTYPARKER  ($3 with Palmerbet)

Coffs Harbour galloper IAMRUSTYPARKER has hit the ground running this time in and making her track debut today, she looks the testing material in this contest. Last start it was third time lucky as she shook off the Maiden label and broke through for an impressive win over 800m on her home track. She ran out the final 600m, 2.2. lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort in this line-up. Cejay Graham has been aboard for her last two runs and has the job again today. She is stepping-up in distance here but rock-hard fit after three runs back, she should be up to it today. She has plenty of early gate speed and maps to settle in the first two or three pairs from gate nine. If the pace is on up front, the three-year-old should prove hard to hold out.



Race 4:  No.4  COSTA DE ORO  ($2.30 with Ladbrokes)

The Matt Dunn-trained COSTA DE ORO has come back in great touch and looks well placed here break through today. Last start, the Pierro mare came off successive minor placings when she did it again, finishing third in a 1000m Maiden Plate at Ballina. Her last two runs have been on heavy tracks so she can handle the wet conditions. She draws gate six today and has Ash Morgan on board for the first time. She maps to settle in the first half-dozen and with a trouble-free run here, she beating today.



Race 7:   No.7  DAEDALUS  ($15 with bet365)

The Matt Dunn-trained DAEDALUS is third-up today and should improve on his last start failure. The Rothesay gelding came off a solid effort when finishing third at Lismore when he lined-up in a BM58 at the Sunshine Coast over 1300m. He was slowly away and settled last of the ten runners, a dozen lengths off the pace. Whilst never a winning chance, he finished just 4.5 lengths off the winner, holding his ground in the run home. Ash Morgan has the reins here for the second time as the five-year-old drops 2.5kgs for this assignment. Both career wins have come on wet tracks so the Soft 7 looks ideal for him today. Already a winner when third-up and has tasted success at the track as well, he looks well worth an each-way ticket here.