Rockhampton Preview & Best Bets – Friday July 8

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Rockhampton Tips 08/07/2022

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



Race 5:  No. 2  THE LIONESS  ($3  Palmerbet

Resuming after five months in the paddock, the Team Edmonds-trained THE LIONESS is coming off a last-start city win today and looks the goods in this company. The Exosphere mare ended her last campaign by taking out a Fillies and Mares Hcp over 1350m at Doomben. She ran that out, 3.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 5 lengths. She has trialled twice since then, winning her most recent At the Gold Coast with Robbie Fradd on board. Today, she maps to settle just behind the pace from gate seven and Fradd makes the trip to partner her again. She is making her track debut today but brings a strong resume with her which puts her in the mix. She is a two-time winner on soft tracks so conditions here should be ideal. Five wins and three minor placings from ten career starts suggests she has a bit of potential and dropping to country class racing today, she should prove hard to hold out here.



Race 3:  No. 8  SNAPPY REPLY  ($2.70  bet365)

Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan makes the seven-hour trek north today and saddles-up SNAPPY REPLY here who brings strong claims for victory in this contest. Last start, the Snitzel mare resumed after more than a year off the scene when she finished a gallant third in a Class 1 Plate over 1050m at Doomben. Beaten just half a length on the line, she ran the trip out, 2.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by more than 7 lengths. Coming off that city-class effort, she takes on country competition here and fitter for that first-up effort, she will take some beating here. William Pike is in charge today and at the weights, with a clear crack at them in the run home, she can take this out.



Race 7:  No. 8  PLENTY  ($6  Ladbrokes)

The locally-trained PLENTY comes into this race off a hat-trick of wins and boasting a strong track record, is capable of figuring in the finish here. Last start, the Zoustar gelding made it three-straight when he easily accounted for an Open Class Hcp, here over 1200m. On a Soft 5 that day, he clocked the victory in 1:09.2 which is a fair effort considering the conditions. He ran his last 600m, 4.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. He also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the contest. Winning form is good form and he looks cherry-ripe for this challenge.