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Quirindi Tips 17/02/2023

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



Race 7:  No.5  SEA OF FLAMES  ($3.80 with Ladbrokes)

Shooting for a hat-trick today, the Michael Mulholland-trained SEA OF FLAMES looks well placed here to make it happen today. Last start, the Pluck gelding came off a big win at Orange when he franked that effort by taking out the Cowra Cup over 1600m at Orange. Jake Barrett rode him a treat that day, taking the sit behind the pace and pouncing at the right time. He’s drawn to get a similar sit here as he leaves the machine from gate five, with Barrett remaining aboard for the contest. Nine previous starts over the mile have resulted in five wins and three minor placings and here the five-year-old looks set to bring up another mile success.



Race 2:  No.12  BIJARA  ($5 with Palmerbet)

Tamworth trainer, Cody Morgan, saddles-up the two most fancied runners here as we go with BIJARA who comes off a hat-trick of runner-up finishes here. Last start, the All Too Hard filly took home second prize (again) when she beat all but Cluny Road home in a 1200m Maiden Hcp at Tamworth. From the outside gate, she was caught three-wide without cover to the turn where she fanned even wider, ending up 10 horses off the fence. Covering more ground than Bourke & Wills, she did a mighty job to be beaten just a neck on the line, with plenty of excuses. She fares much better today with the barrier gods as she jumps from gate three here and with four starts behind her now, she should be at her peak for this contest.



Race 6:  No.9  MOETTA  ($4.20 with Neds)

Dubbo-based MOETTA has returned to the track in top-shelf form and third-up today, must be considered a winning chance here. Last start, the Uncle Mo mare was second-up when she went one better than her first-up effort and took out BM66 Hcp over 1100m at Scone. She ran that out, 4.8 lengths slower than benchmark, second-best only to Casino Lord (who draws the carpark here (gate 16) and is yet to win over 1100m after three previous attempts). Clayton Gallagher returns for the ride today, having steered her to victory in a BM66 last preparation. Already a three-time winner over the trip and placed third-up previously, she looks right in the mix to take home the Lightning Trophy today.