Sunshine Coast Preview & Best Bets – Friday October 21

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Sunshine Coast Tips 21/10/2022

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



Race 2:  No.6  HILLCREST AVENUE  ($3 with bet365)

The Stuart Kendrick-trained HILLCREST AVENUE is in great touch this time in and yet to miss a podium finish in four career starts, looks set to keep that trend going here. Last start, the Australia gelding came off a maiden win here then beat all but one home in a Class 1 contest over 1700m at the Gold Coast. He ran his last 600m, 1.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. He also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for that race. James Orman has enjoyed success with all three previous rides and is back here for this assignment. Ideally drawn in gate two, he gets all the favours from there and looks the one to beat tonight.



Race 6:  No.6  BIG SHORT  ($3.20 with bet365)

The Barry Lockwood-trained BIG SHORT is second-up tonight and looks well placed here for back-to-back victories. Last start, the well-bred Capitalist gelding resumed off a six-month absence when he destroyed his rivals here in a 1200m Maiden. With James Orman aboard, he drew the fence and allowed the early speed to settle in front of him. Turning for home, Orman had some work to do but then a dream split came his way and he was off for the prize, putting three lengths on them over the line. He recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race which was an effort on fresh legs. He steps up in distance tonight but his first-up effort indicated that shouldn’t be an issue here. Orman sticks with him tonight and fitter after that first-up win, he looks the testing material in this contest.



Race 5:  No.10  GRANDEUR ROSE  ($8 with BlueBet)

Local galloper GRANDEUR ROSE is yet to miss a podium finish in six starts this preparation and in a small tonight, looks set to add to that total here. Last start, the Domesday mare came off a Class 2 win at Kilcoy when she finished third against similar company, here over the 1000m trip. Unwanted in the market that day ($41), she sat just behind the speed, then in the run home, had to cross heels (which cost her a length or so), and she fought on gamely to the line, doing her best work in the final 100m. The stable have made a gear change and from gate three, she maps to settle just off the speed again. She has been ever-consistent this time in and with Luke Tarrant remaining aboard, she can give this contest a real shake tonight.