Grafton Preview & Best Bets – Sunday January 22

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Grafton Tips 22/01/2023

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



Race 6:  No.8  DURNSTEIN  ($3.10 with Neds)

Local galloper DURNSTEIN boasts an impressive resume after just five starts and second-up today, he will take a ton of beating here. Last start, the Exosphere gelding was fresh off a 15-week spell and returned to the track with an impressive performance, beating all but one home in a BM68 Hcp over 1000m at Eagle Farm. He overraced early and jockey Ben Looker lost his whip in transit, but the three-year-old still managed to finish within half a length of victory. He ran his last 600m, 5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 3 lengths. This looks no harder and Ben Looker sticks with him for this contest. Both career wins have come on this track and with a trouble-free run today, he looks the testing material.



Race 3:  No.7  LADY GOODFELLOW  ($6.50 with Ladbrokes)

Port Macquarie galloper LADY GOODFELLOW has finally broken through for her maiden win and looks well placed here to go on with it today. Last start, the Dundeel mare was having just her second start for trainer Neil Godbolt and stepping out onto the Taree track for the first time. It all came out smelling like roses for all concerned as she clobbered he rivals in a Class 1/Maiden over the mile as she put more than two lengths on them over the line. She ran her last 600m, 2.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here, and recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Jon Grisedale was aboard that day and has the reins again for today’s contest. She meets similar company here and with a trouble-free run, she will take beating.



Race 5:  No.6  HAURAKI GULF  ($7.50 with Palmerbet

The Jim Jarvis-trained HAURAKI GULF is a track specialist here and fourth-up today looks ready to win. Last start, the Written Tycoon gelding was third-up when finishing a close-up fourth in a BM74 over 1000m at Ballina. He settled too far back that day and gave them too much start in the end. He did run his last 600m, 2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Drawn much better today in gate three, he maps to settle just behind the pace and nearing his peak now, he looks a big chance here at odds.