Grafton Preview & Best Bets – Monday August 29

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Grafton Tips 29/08/2022

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



Race 1:  No.3  PUERTO RICO  ($2.25 with Unibet)

The Brett Cavanough-trained PUERTO RICO is a promising type in great touch this time in and will take beating here today. Last start, the Dream Ahead gelding brought up win number two when he clobbered a Class 1 field, here over 1005m. From his wide gate (10), he travelled three-wide (no cover) most of the way but once he took over (inside the final 300m), that was all she wrote as he went on to win by more than two lengths in the end. He recorded the fastest final 800m that day. He has drawn again but showed last start that wide gates don’t bother him. Six podium finishes from seven career starts speaks for itself. Jaspar Franklin rode him to his Maiden victory at Lismore and is back for today’s assignment. He looks the goods in this contest.



Race 4:  No.3  HEIR APPARENT  ($4.60 with Palmerbet)

Port Macquarie galloper HEIR APPARENT sees the Grafton track for the first time today and fitter for two runs back, looks in the mix here. Last start, the Cable Bay gelding didn’t handle the heavy track too well when his finished just behind the placegetters in a Maiden Plate over 1206m on his home track. He still managed to run the last 600m, half a length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. His two podium finishes to date both came on top of the ground so conditions today looks ideal. Ray Spokes sticks with him here and with a trouble-free run, he lines-up here a genuine winning chance.



Race 6:  No.2  BYAKKO  ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)

The Donna Grisedale-trained BYAKKO is a winner at the track and he looks set to put his hand up here for another winner’s cheque today. Last start, the Kitten’s Joy gelding was second-up when he finished fourth BM58 Hcp over 1812m at Port Macquarie. In a slowly-run affair, he covered the last 600m, 8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by 5 lengths. Jaspar Franklin steered him to his Maiden win, here two starts back and has the job in the saddle again today. He draws to do no early work in gate two and maps to settle back in the field. With a clear run to line, he is more than capable of running them down and making two from two at the track.