Mackay Preview & Best Bets – Thursday June 08
Our form expert provides Mackay tips for today’s horse racing at Mackay Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Mackay Tips 08/06/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 2 No. 3 JAWGO – ($1.80)
Small fields plague the races at Mackay Racecourse on Thursday with the market zeroing in on the main chances. From what we can see, we’re going to be pushing uphill in trying to find value against. We might as well start with the two-year-olds where racing is kept at its simplest and back JAWGO who has run the fastest relative time of the lot. Adam Lyat gave him a confident ride out of the gates over 1000 metres at Townsville for Jawgo to lead at a good clip. Came back underneath his rider when asked before giving a good kick on straightening. Did plenty of things right in the run, including running time. The others would need to improve sharply to beat him.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 5 No. 3 MONEY MUNCHER – ($2.30)
Take the top weight out and this race rates no higher to benchmark than the field that MONEY MUNCHER beat last start. It is also a downgrade in class on the previous couple of race that Money Muncher competed in. Recondite was beaten a long way at his Mackay debut, so is hard to recommend despite showing form in harder races over the border. The market did tap into Money Muncher coming back in grade last start, sending him out at $1.70 official start price. Punters would have had their hearts in their mouths early as their elect copped a check coming out of the gates. Warwick Satherley kept his cool in allowing Money Muncher to find his feet before building into the race. Their task was made that much easier with some pressure going on in front, and Money Muncher had them covered from a long way out. The lightly raced Money Muncher showed maturity to get the job done against his usual pattern over this track and trip last start. Should find himself in a better position on Thursday and will be hard to hold out.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 4 No. 1 SCHAPPOSE – ($13)
We’ll have a crack at knocking off a favourite by going with the Mackay Racecourse experience of SCHAPPOSE. It’s probably the only knock we can have on Fighting Commando being that he’s never raced here. The other, perhaps, is the high strike rate of his jockey and trainer combination meaning the market will keep Fighting Commando at slight under’s. Schappose should find the front again as he did when running them ragged over this track and trip under Erin Molloy two starts ago. The pair gained a soft lead to kick off little tempo and score. They may do so again, with Schappose proving hard to run down.