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Mackay Tips for Friday, February 23

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



Race 6:  No.8  AIDENABET  🏆

The Josh Manzelmann-trained AIDENABET has become a punters pal of late and at the weights today, looks a solid chance of staying in their good books after this contest. Nine podium finishes from his past ten starts says it all for this Adelaide gelding who is clearly in career-best form. Last start, he collected his sixth silver medal when he beat all but one home in a Class 6 over 1300m at Rockhampton. Brooke Johnson hasn’t ridden the gelding since March last year but that day she steered him to a three-length victory carrying 59kgs over the 1470m trip, and she returns today for this assignment. He is yet to salute at the Mackay track but has managed three minor-money finishes from his five previous visits. He lines-up here on the limit and after Johnson’s claim, carries just 53kgs for this event. A trouble-free run here sees him up there at the finish today.



Race 8:  No.3  RUBUNKAR

Rockhampton galloper, RUBUNKAR has been in career-best form at his past few starts and he ticks all the big boxes here to suggest he will take beating in this contest. Last start, the Winning Rupert gelding did it tough, caught wide most of the way but still managed to beat all but one to the line in a Class 3 over 1200m at Rockhampton with Brooke Johnson on board. That made it four-straight podium finishes for the four-year-old. Johnson steers the ship again today and already a track and distance winner here, he can get the job done again.



Race 7:  No.7  WELL RESTED

Gold Coast trainer, Tom Button, has enjoyed instant success with WELL RESTED after just one start for the stable and looks well placed here for back-to-back victories today. Last start, the Better Than Ready filly transferred across from the Stuart Kendrick camp and wasted no time breaking through for his Maiden win at Bowen. Ridden a treat by Gabrielle Semmens, she box-seated to the turn, then eased off the fence, she set sail after the leader and in the final 100m, gained control and went on to win by a length on the line. Drawn to be box-seating again today (gate 3), Adrian Layt steers the ship in this contest and even fitter for two runs back, looks well in the mix here.