Rockhampton Preview & Best Bets – Tuesday August 30

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Rockhampton Tips 30/08/2022

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



Race 6:  No.1  SERGEANT HULKA  ($1.95 with Unibet)

Garnett Taylor saddles-up SERGEANT HULKA here and the Sunshine Coast galloper looks well placed for back-to-back victories today. Last start, the Real Saga gelding dished it out to a BM65 field in a 1400m contest on his home track. He ran a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 3.8 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this line-up by more than 3 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 400m sectional for the race. He finished runner-up here two starts back and has returned seeking revenge. Regular rider Ryan Wiggins is booked to ride Ricky Vale’s galloper (Knight’s Sword) giving Ash Butler the opportunity for a first-ride victory today. Ideally drawn in gate two, he maps to be box-seating on settling and with a clear sight of the line on straightening, he should prove hard to run down.



Race 4:  No.4  IN ORDER  ($2.30 with bet365)

The Clinton Taylor-trained IN ORDER has proven to be the ‘punter’s pal’ in recent times with 10-straight podium finishes and on her home track today looks the one to beat. Last start, the Better Than Ready mare stepped up sharply in grade when she took on a Class 6 field, here over 1300m. She wasn’t disgraced that day, beating all but one to the line. She ran her last 600m, half a length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Dropping back to Class 4 company today, she will find this challenge a lot easier and ideally drawn in gate two, gets the gun-run and looks the testing material today. Seven starts at Callaghan Park have resulted in three wins and four minor placings and she looks set to continue on that path here.



Race 3:  No.5  MATADOR  ($3.60 with bet365)

Locally-trained by Ricky Vale, MATADOR has finally found his mojo this time in and on his home track looks the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Sebring gelding came off a big win, here in a BM55 contest when he stepped up sharply in grade to take on a Class 3 field over the longer 1819m trip. With 59kgs on his back, he ran a strong race but found one better on the day, having to settle for second prize. He drops back to the mile trip here and is re-united with Ryan Wiggins who boasts a solid record with the six-year-old with two wins and as many minor placings from his six previous rides. Nicely drawn in gate four, he maps to settle just off the pace with cover and a trouble-free run to the line will see him a contender for victory today.