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Port Macquarie Tips 17/03/2023

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



Race 6:  No.5  POITA  ($6 with Palmerbet)

The Wauchope-based galloper POITA is no stranger to this track and third-up today can give this contest a real shake. Last start, the Headwater gelding beat all but one home in a BM58 Hcp over 800m at Coffs Harbour. He carried 62kgs after a claim that day to be beaten less than half a length, conceding 7kgs to the winner. He covered the last 600m, 7.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by 3 lengths. He also recorded the fastest final 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. He steps-up to a more suitable distance today where he is a three-time winner and has Ash Morgan in the saddle for his second ride on the five-year-old. Placed three times from seven previous starts at the track, he looks set to break the shackles here and bring up his first Port Macquarie victory today.



Race 8:  No.8  ROCKBARTON ROMAN  ($6.50 with TAB)

The David Atkins-trained ROCKBARTON ROMAN is a track specialist and second-up today will take a ton of beating in this contest., Last start, the Rubick gelding was fresh off a 10-month absence when he finished fourth in a BM64 Hcp over 1400m at Newcastle. He box-seated most of the way that day but his condition gave out and he weakened out of it, still beaten just two lengths on the line. He steps-up to the 1500m today where he is a two-time winner and is a track and distance winner here as well. Christian Reith sticks with him after his four previous rides have ended with a win (here) and two runner-up prizes as well. He maps to settle in the first half-dozen from gate seven and with a trouble-free run, he looks a prime contender for the top prize today.



Race 3:  No.6  JUST ONE LOOK  ($12 with bet365)

The Paul Perry-trained JUST ONE LOOK has been performing well this time in and looks a genuine winning chance in this contest. Last start, the Dawn Approach gelding finished just behind the placegetters in a BM58 Hcp, here over 1200m. Coming from the back of the field, he ran home strongly, finishing 1.5 lengths away from the winner that day. He ran out his last 600m, 4.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here and posted the fastest final 600m and 200m sectionals for the race. Drawn well in gate five today, he maps to settle better than mid-field with cover and is joined by Ash Morgan for his first ride on the four-year-old. Ridden a little more forward here, he is a great chance of taking home the chocolates and is well worth an each-way ticket in this contest.