Port Augusta Preview & Best Bets – Sunday, April 23
Our form expert provides Port Augusta tips for today’s horse racing at Port Augusta Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Port Augusta Tips 23/04/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 4 No. 4 SAHARA SONG – ($6.50)
Bryan Holtham applied the blinkers to SAHARA SONG as the mare won third-up here last prep. She jumped from an awkward wide gate before travelling kindly under Stacey Metcalfe. That was in this class and over this track and distance with Metcalfe going to them on turning. The pair settled down to fight it out with War Cheval who was the early race leader. Those two came right away from the others with Sahara Song getting her nose down at the right time. Blinkers has since come off this prep and both of her last two runs at Port Lincoln have been good. Drops half a kilo from that recent win here and Rose Pearson can give Sahara Song a similar ride.
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Race 1 No. 12 PHAROAHS PRIDE – ($4)
Ryan Balfour was able to get PHAROAHS PRIDE out to the trip when racing second-up from a break last time. His lightly raced mare showed good speed to cross from a wide gate and take up the running. Alana Livesey soon found herself taken on by Awen and Sir Kingsford who were both keen to get some pressure on. Pharoahs Pride managed to shake these two shortly after straightening as she balanced up for the long run home. Pharoahs Pride did battle bravely up the big straight of Balaklava with fitness telling late. Drawn ideally for Livesey to put her on the speed again, and there would appear to be less pressure here.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 3 No. 1 SANDSATION – ($5.80)
Dirt track specialist SANDSATION can bounce back following two lackluster runs at Port Lincoln. She perhaps didn’t handle the tricky circuit and really played no part in those two races. Showed good speed to win a BM58 at Lock when resuming. Showed no concerns of the bar plates that went on as she and Celeritate Regem ran along in front in a three-horse field. Sandsaston pulled out plenty to the line while holding a margin over Classy Banner. Trainer Mick White gave her a let-up between those two wins and the runs at Port Lincoln. Should find a nice spot behind the leading two and can get over the top of those on her preferred surface.