Rockhampton Preview & Best Bets – Tuesday March 7

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Rockhampton Tips 07/03/2023

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



Race 7:  No.8  REAL STATEMENT  ($1.50 with Ladbrokes

Local galloper REAL STATEMENT is new on the scene and second-up today looks the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Real Impact filly made a bold statement of her intentions as she gave her Maiden rivals a galloping lesson, putting more than three lengths on them in the 1050m event. First-up after a lengthy eight months off the scene, the three-year-old was slowly away but Ryan Wiggins soon had her on the bit as she found the front after 200m and from there, it was just a procession. Eased over the final 100m, she won with a leg in the air, running less than a second over the track record. Jason Taylor takes the reins today (with Wiggins unavailable due to a recent race fall) and coming off such an impressive first-up win, she looks set for back-to-wins here.



Race 6:  No.2  SIZZLING SAMURAI  ($3.60 with Palmerbet)

In good touch this time in, local galloper SIZZLING SAMURAI is third-up today and should be ready to give his all in this contest. Last start, the Sizzling gelding got too far out of his ground, settling near the tail, eight lengths off the pace. Nearing the turn, he was never a winning chance from there on the tight Mackay track, but stormed home to grab third prize in the 1300m Maiden. Les Tilley takes over today and on the bigger Rocky track, he will have a better opportunity to strut his stuff down the long 600m home straight. The stable fit the blinkers again and fitter for two runs back, he can give this contest a real shake today.



Race 5:  No.4  CANNY IMPACT  ($3.30 with Palmerbet)

The Stuart Kendrick-trained CANNY IMPACT is in good touch this time in and looks a solid chance here for back-to-back victories today. Last start, the Real Impact gelding ended a run of unplaced finishes when he came to Rockhampton for the first time and had an immediate impact, clobbering his Maiden rivals here over the 1400m trip. With Justin Stanley in the saddle, he rode the gelding a treat that day, settling outside the leader (at his girth). Passing the 400m mark, he cruised alongside the front runner and soon after took over, going on to win by more than two lengths under a good hold. This is a little stronger today and he is joined by apprentice, Melea Castle (as Justin Stanley can’t make the weight). After her claim here, the four-year-old will carry just 52kgs, which is 5.5kgs less than last start and 2kgs under the limit for this contest. At his peak now, and at the weights, he looks right in the mix for back-to-back wins today.