Sunshine Coast Preview & Best Bets – Friday January 20

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Sunshine Coast Tips 20/01/2023

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



Race 2:  No.2  NORTHERN PRIDE  ($2.60 with bet365)

The Tony Gollan-trained NORTHERN PRIDE is three starts back and looks a real chance of back-to-back victories here tonight. Last start, the Better Than Ready gelding finally broke through for his maiden win, here over 1200m. With James Orman aboard, he was impressive in a slowly run affair (1:13.5), putting a length on the 11-strong field that night. He ran his last 600m, 4.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Orman sticks with him here and in the decimated field (after early scratchings) he looks to have the runs on the board to strike again. Scratched from tomorrow’s Doomben meeting to run in this easier event, he looks the best on the card tonight.



Race 8:  No.2  JOLLY RUPERT  ($7 with bet365)

Local galloper JOLLY RUPERT is now three starts into this campaign and on his home track tonight looks in the mix at odds. Last start, the Winning Rupert gelding came off a good win here in Class 2 company when he took on too big a challenge and finished out of the money in a BM72 Hcp over the mile at Doomben. He still ran his last 600m, 5.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best her by 3 lengths. That was his second shot against city class gallopers and the end result has been the same on both occasions. Back to his home track tonight, and a big drop in class as well, Taylor Marshall sticks with him, having ridden him to both career victories to date (which were on this track and distance). He does no early work from gate three and rock-hard fit tonight, watch for his big finish here.



Race 3:  No.5  KNOCKKNEE  ($9 with bet365)

Locally-trained by Stuart Kendrick, KNOCKKNEE has a solid track record here and looks a little ‘overs’ for tonight’s contest. Last start, the Nicconi mare had no luck and found the city company a little too slick when she finished down the track in a BM68 Hcp over 1000m at Eagle Farm. She did finish strongly however, running her last 600m, 4.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by 3 lengths. Justin Huxtable has the reins tonight and he boasts a 20% success rate with the Kendrick stable. The mare is a three-time winner at the track and distance and with a trouble-free run tonight is more than capable of upsetting this field.