Grafton Preview & Best Bets – Sunday, April 30
Our form expert provides Grafton tips for today’s horse racing at Grafton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Grafton Tips 30/04/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 6 No. 1 MAXIMUM VORTEX – ($2.90)
Punters left the Ethan Ensby trained MAXIMUM VORTEX alone in the market on debut a fortnight ago. This was despite running out a winner in his only public trial experience a month earlier. Maximum Vortex jumped and led under Cejay Graham who held her horse together as the pair were challenged into the straight. Maximum Vortex pinged the lids again come race day to lead by a clear length. Cejay again held her mount together as the big field began to pack rounding for home. She shook him up towards the 300m and the result was instantaneous. Maximum Vortex put 5L on his rivals to score over this track and trip. That was on a Good surface with the unknown if he can transfer that onto the affected track.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 1 No. 1 INTROVERT – ($5.50)
Punters would be hard pressed to find a better front-running ride than that of Teagan Harrison’s aboard INTROVERT two starts ago. Teagan controlled the race and managed to drop the tempo every time she and Introvert were attacked for the lead. Introvert came away into the straight to win his maiden over 1910 metres here. Trainer matt Dunn called upon Ashley Morgan who had a torrid time trying to get in on the horse through the early stages. Found some peace on Introvert down the back before taking a lot of riding to come into the bridle prior to straightening. The horse looked very dour as he dug deep to come away with his second victory over the 1910 metre trip. Dunn sticks with the strong senior instead of claiming off the top weight, and Introvert looks well-placed out to 2200 metres.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 8 No. 15 BLEND – ($13)
The lightly raced local galloper BLEND brings plenty of upside into the get out stakes at Grafton Racecourse on Sunday. Trainer Greg Howles has him out to the mile for the first time while racing third-up from a spell. Blend was slowly away on resumption over 1012m at Coffs Harbour before hunting for runs out wider on straightening. Blend finished his race like a sharp sprinter under Bailey Wheeler with Howles racing him at home next over seven furlongs. The winner led from start to finish as Blend made ground back to the inside as Weir took her first ride on the horse. He’s up in class and is first time out to a mile; however, Blend loves the affected tracks and is racing like a coming winner.