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Rockhampton Tips 20/04/2023

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

BEST BET 🏆

Race 4:  No.2  POLICE  ($3.80 with bet365)

Successful duo, Ricky Vale and Ryan Wiggins combine again here with track specialist POLICE looking for back-to-back wins today. Last start, the Tivaci gelding made it five podium finishes from his six starts this preparation when he finished best to take out a Class 3 Plate over 1300m at Mackay. He ran the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for that race as Wiggins drove every inch out of him to record his fourth career win. Wiggins has been in the saddle sharing the celebrations of all four of those victories and has the job again today. Already a track and distance winner and in career-best form, he will take a ton of beating here.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 3:  No.7  JETSKI  ($2.90 with Palmerbet)

Locally-trained by Jamie McConachy, JETSKI has his second start for the new stable today and at the weights, looks set to improve greatly on his first look at the track. Last start, the Lonhro gelding had his first start for the McConachy stable after transferring north from the Team Sears establishment and wasn’t disgraced when finishing just behind the placegetters in Open company over 1200m. He ran the trip out, 4.5 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best last-start effort here by more than 6 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. He steps-up in trip today after three starts back where he should be rock-hard fit and ready to take up the challenge. Jackson Murphy has the reins for the first time and mapping to settle back in the field, he has that little bit longer (in distance) to warm up and chase the leaders home. Taking him on trust today, he looks in the mix here.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 5:  No.2  SEISME  ($4 with Unibet)

It’s the Ricky Vale/Ryan Wiggins show on stage here again as they team-up with SEISME who impressed enough on debut to suggest he can break through today. Last start, the Medaglia D’oro gelding made his long-awaited racing debut and did well to finish third in the 1100m Maiden on the Corbould Park track. He settled mid-field on the fence (which is a risky practice on the Rocky track), where he paid the penalty and was held up for a run in the home straight and found clean air too late to threaten for victory. A learning experience for all concerned, Wiggins retains the ride today and drawn a little wider here, it may prove beneficial as he maps to settle mid-field with cover, but away from the rail today. A clearer run to the line here and fitter for that debut run, he looks poised to challenge for the major prize here.