Port Macquarie Preview & Best Bets – Monday February 27

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Port Macquarie Tips 27/02/2023

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



Race 2:  No.12  MONOPOLY GIRL  ($2.90 with Unibet)

The Sam Kavanagh-trained MONOPOLY GIRL has been thereabouts at her two race-starts to date and fitter here, she looks a genuine chance at the weights today. Last start, the well-bred Capitalist filly settled mid-field on the fence where she overraced for the first half on the contest. On straightening, she was hampered slightly by a riderless horse and once Ash Morgan got her going again, her winning chances were gone. She did however finish on strongly, doing her best work over the final 100m. She has drawn the fence again today and has Morgan sticking with her for this assignment. The extra distance looks ideal today and with a little more luck in running, she can get the job done here.



Race 5:  No.6  MR EIGHTY EIGHT  ($3.70 with Neds)

Taree visitor MR EIGHTY EIGHT is two starts back from a 17-week break and now looks ready to produce his best today. Last start, the Tavistock gelding improved 100% from his first-up effort when he beat all but one home in a Class 1 Hcp over 1350m on Newcastle’s Beaumont track. He had the blinkers back on that day and ran much better for it. He took over inside the final 200m but was outgunned by a swooper, late on the scene. After the claim, he drops 5.5kgs from that last-start run and already a winner when third-up, he has strong claims for victory here today.



Race 4:  No.1  GOLDEN BREEZE  ($4.40 with Ladbrokes)

Local galloper GOLDEN BREEZE is yet to miss a podium finish in five race-starts to date and that doesn’t look like changing here today. Last start, the Smart Missile gelding was fresh off a 17-week absence when he beat all but one home in a Class 1 Hcp, here over 1006m. A big drifter in the market that day ($4.40 to $7.50), rider Jeff Kehoe had his hands full trying to keep the three-year-old straight as he continually laid-in on other runners. The winner (Absolute Legend) was too on the day just the same, putting 2.5 lengths on the field but he should have finished a lot closer. Put that down to first-up jitters. He gets the gun-run from gate one today as Kehoe sticks with him. He is a track specialist and looks ideally suited here for a second-up win today.