Rockhampton Preview & Best Bets – 08/10/2023
Rockhampton Tips for Sunday, October 08
Our form expert provides Rockhampton tips for today’s horse racing at Rockhampton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 5: No.8 CANNY IMPACT ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)
The Stuart Kendrick-trained CANNY IMPACT is third-up today and looks set for a return to form on this track. Last start, the Real Impact gelding was second-up off a six-month break when he took home third prize from a BM58 contest over 1200m on the synthetic track at the Gold Coast. He heads north again today where he is unbeaten in two starts at the Callaghan Park track and has Adrian Layt in the saddle for his first ride on the five-year-old. He finished off his last campaign with back-to-back victories here and fitter for two runs back, he should be up to this and prove hard to hold out today.
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Race 6: No.5 MURRAJONG ROAD ($5.25 with Bet Right)
Kerrod Smyth saddles-up MURRAJONG ROAD here who is having his fourth start for the stable (after transferring from the Jack Bruce camp) and after ringing-up a hat-trick of runner-up finishes, looks set for a change of luck here today. Last start, the Sweynesse gelding made it three-straight silver medals when he beat all but one home in a BM58 Hcp over 1300m at Mackay. He finished strongly that day, only to arrive a whisker too late, beaten a head on the line. Today, the five-year-old steps-out onto her new home soil for the first time and will benefit greatly from the 600m home straight, giving him plenty of time (and room) to stretch out and chase home the leading bunch. Dale Evans retains the ride and with a trouble-free run here, should prove hard to hold out.
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Race 8: No.3 FIGHTING MAD ($8.50 with Neds)
FIGHTING MAD resumes off a lengthy nine-month break and having his first start for local trainer Michael Evans, could surprise today. Last start, the Fighting Sun gelding never got hot at Ipswich, finishing unplaced in a Class 1 Hcp over 1710m, beaten eight lengths in the race. Stewards queried the run and stated he was interfered with at barrier rise and overraced (middle stages). Ideally drawn in gate two here, Adam Sewell takes the reins and already a winner when first-up, the new surroundings just might do the trick today.