Rockhampton Preview & Best Bets – Sunday, April 30
Our form expert provides Rockhampton tips for today’s horse racing at Rockhampton Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Rockhampton Tips 30/04/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 1 No. 1 FINE SHOT – ($1.95)
Local trainer Nick Walsh sends FINE SHOT around on debut in the first. Walsh is one of the few trainers in Australia who boasts a lifetime positive ROI for punters. The Walsh stable strikes at an impressive 34.7% while his supporters have seen a 9% Return On Investment. He teams up with leading Rockhampton rider Ryan Wiggens who triples the Walsh stable ROI to 27.8%. Fine Shot jumped and led under little encouragement during his only public trial to date. The 2yo did it comfortably throughout despite being attacked all the way by Para Para Chance. These two out 7L on the others into the straight with Fine Shot seemingly having more to offer.
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Race 7 No. 3 EMERALD KINGDOM – ($6.50)
Last year’s Archer winner EMERALD KINGDOM is back to defend his title, this time under the tutelage of Desleigh Forster. Robert Heathcote brought the prolific winner over for a tilt with Ash Butler all dressed-up and nowhere to go inside the furlong. He managed to find a gap as the race appeared all but over. Winners win, and that’s exactly what Emerald Kingdom did as he pinged the ears back to nail Apache Chase on the line. He landed another two wins since joining the Forster stable last prep before doing his best work late on resumption. Emerald Kingdom generally improves second-up and is drawn to receive the run of the race under Damien Thornton.
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Race 3 No. 5 JET SKI – ($7.50)
There would appear to be some upside for new Rocky local JET SKI. He’s been sent to the Far North Queensland stables of Jamie McConachy after doing all of his racing in the South. Ran on from the back in his first start on his new track to miss a placing over 1200 metres. Showed his residual fitness when following the speed over 1500 metres here last start. Jackson Murphy worked Jet Ski into the clear to power to the front early. The pair did have to contend with the much bigger Bering sea laying on top of them inside the furlong. It mattered little as Jet Ski showed his strength to come away inside the last 50m. The strength of that win suggests the mile will be of no concern and Murphy may find a similar run in transit again.