Taree Preview & Best Bets – Tuesday March 7

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Taree Tips 07/03/2023

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



Race 5:  No.8  KING KIKAU  ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)

Local galloper KING KIKAU is in career-best form this time in and with three starts behind him this preparation, he looks every chance to bring up the hat-trick today. Last start, the Scissor Kick gelding made it back-to-back wins when he clobbered his rivals in a BM58 Hcp, here over the mile. With Mikayla Weir on board, he drew the fence and settled in the box seat, then peeled out and finished best to cross the line 1.5 lengths ahead of them in the end. This contest is a little stronger, however, he has the runs on the board, drops 4kgs for the race and is joined by Andrew Gibbons again. Ideally drawn in gate two, he maps to be box-seating again and is already a three-time winner at the track and distance. At his peak after three runs back, he looks the one to beat today.



Race 8:  No.3  ZOFFANY’S GAZE  ($5.50 with BlueBet)

Second-up today, Tamworth galloper ZOFFANY’S GAZE will strip fitter here and looks well placed in this company. Last start, the Zoffany gelding came off a 17-week spell when he caught the eye in finishing third in a Class 4 over 1200m on his home track. Still last on the turn, he fanned six wide on straightening and did a mighty job to get up in time to claim the bronze medal that day. He steps up a little in trip here as he sees the Taree track for the first time with Darryl McLellan sticking with him for today’s assignment. From gate nine, he is expected to settle back in the field again but will have the last crack at them in the run home. Placed twice from two previous second-up runs, he looks good value here and is capable of saluting today.



Race 4:  No.1  BARCOO RIVER  ($6.50 with Palmerbet)

The Kris Lees-trained BARCOO RIVER is second-up today and looks a solid chance for back-to-back victories here. Last start, the Choisir gelding was fresh of a six-month break and having his first start for the Lees stable. He drew gate six of a 12-strong field in a 1200m Maiden at Newcastle and after tailing the two leaders most of the way, he finished best to grab victory near the line. Darryl McLellan was aboard that day and sticks with the three-year-old today. He maps well here from gate six and should settle in the first half-dozen. Fitter for that first-up win, he looks in the mix for a déjà vu performance today.