Mackay Preview & Best Bets – Friday July 15

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Mackay Tips 15/07/2022

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



Race 9:  No. 14  MILL ROSSA  ($3.90  Ladbrokes)

A big field faces the starter for this year’s Newmarket with the Mark Currie-trained MILL ROSSA looking a real chance on his track debut today. Last start, the Testa Rossa gelding made it three wins from his past four starts when he destroyed his rivals in a Class 6 Hcp over 1200m at Rockhampton. He put 2.5 lengths on them over the line, running the trip out in a slick 1:09.7secs. Well drawn in gate seven today, he maps to settle in the first half-dozen and has Robbie Fradd on board for his first ride on the four-year-old. Yet to miss a podium finish in 13 career starts, that suggests he right in this contest and with a trouble-free run, could very well be taking the trophy home to Toowoomba today.



Race 1:  No. 1  BIG JAKE  ($3.60  bet365)

The Clinton Taylor-trained BIG JAKE is first-up today but one look at his resume has me convinced he can get the job done here. Last start, the Bel Esprit gelding ended a very successful campaign by winning an Open Hcp over 1000m at Bowen. Living up to his starting price ($1.20), he put almost four lengths on them that day. Since then, he spent the best part of six months in the paddock before returning to work where he finished second in a Rockhampton trial three weeks ago. He lines up here with Justin Stanley aboard who has two wins and as many minor placings with the five-year-old from his five previous rides. Unbeaten when first-up and already a winner at the track, he will take beating today.



Race 6:  No. 8  QUALITY ASSET  ($3.20  Palmerbet)

Down in the weights here, the Jared Wehlow-trained QUALITY ASSET is in great form this time in and looks well placed here to take this one out today. Last start, the Excelebration gelding came off a good win here when he dropped back to the mile trip and finished fourth in an Open Hcp at Rockhampton. He still ran his last 600m, half a length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Drawn the fence today, he gets the gun-run as he maps to settle in the first half-dozen. Robbie Fradd has the ride as the four-year-old returns to the 1800m trip. Already a winner here over the distance at his only visit to the track, he looks a genuine threat to this field today.