Grafton Preview & Best Bets – Monday March 27
Grafton Tips 27/03/2023
Our form expert provides Grafton tips for today’s horse racing at Grafton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 5: No.2 POWDER MAN ($3.10 with Ladbrokes)
The Donna Grisedale-trained POWDER MAN is in great touch of late and ticks all the boxes here that point to a second career victory today. Last start, the Smart Missile gelding came off his Maiden win (on this track) when he took on Class 1 company and beat all but one home in the 1181m contest, also on this track. Mid-field on straightening, he finished strongly but crossed the line less than a length behind the winner. He ran the last 600m, 1.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here behind Grandellie who is third-up here and hasn’t made the podium beyond 1000m to date. Grisedale’s husband Jon is yet again in the saddle today as he gets all the favours from gate one and from there, looks mighty hard to beat in this event.
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Race 4: No.3 BOWDARCIE ($4.80 with bet365)
The Pat Randall-trained BOWDARCIE has had three career-starts (all on this track) and with the experience now on his resume, he looks a real threat to this field today. Last start, the Eurozone gelding finished just behind the placegetters in a Maiden Plate, here over 1106m. He ran the fastest final 200m sectionals for the race, beaten less than two lengths that day. Danny Peisley steered him to a podium finish two starts back and returns for the job again today. He gets the gun-run from gate one here and fitter for those three starts to date, he looks the one to beat in this contest.
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Race 7: No.10 MISS LAQUETTA ($6.50 with Palmerbet)
The Brett Cavanough-trained MISS LAQUETTA has found her mojo this preparation and looks poised to continue the good work here. Last start, the Star Turn mare found the podium for the first time this preparation when she beat them home in a BM58 Hcp over 1400m at Coffs Harbour. Drawn wide that day in gate 10 (of 12), she settled last in the field (after missing the jump by 2 lengths), then went to prove that isn’t always the end of the world as she reeled them in to take the honours by almost a length on the line. While she is expected to adopt similar tactics here, she has come up with gate one today, so she does no early work at least. Rock-hard fit after four starts this time in, we’re counting on a winning double for Jon Grisedale as he has his first ride on the mare. If she can weave her way through this field today, she looks a winning chance at odds.