Taree Preview & Best Bets – Friday October 14

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Taree Tips 14/10/2022

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



Race 1:  No.2  INTO THE BLUE  ($2.90 with bet365)

Port Macquarie galloper INTO THE BLUE is in career-best form this preparation and will take beating here today. The Dundeel gelding came off a good win on his home track (on a Heavy 8) two starts back, then backed-up there last start where he took home thirds prize against Class 3 company over 1500m. He ran his last 600m, 5.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. Aaron Bullock was aboard that day and sticks with the five-year-old for this assignment. All nine of his podium finishes have come on wet tracks so conditions today are ideal. He carries 1kg less today and should gobble-up the 1600m. Already a winner here, and a winner in two of his past three starts, he looks the testing material in this event.



Race 3:  No.1  GREEK HERO  ($2.90 with Palmerbet)

The Jason Deamer-trained GREEK HERO sees the Taree track for the first time today and third-up here, looks a genuine contender for the main prize. Last start, the Champs Elysees gelding made a one-off trip to Brisbane where he beat all but one home in a BM90 over the mile at Eagle Farm. Coming from well back in the field (of 12), he arrived too late, beaten a neck on the line. He ran his last 600m, 6.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by 3 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the 1600m race. He is a two-time winner when third-up and three of his four career wins have come on wet tracks so the scene looks all set for a big effort from him today.



Race 4:  No.5  XTRA APPROVAL  ($5 with Unibet)

The locally-trained XTRA APPROVAL is a three-time winner here and coming off a city win, looks right in the mix for victory again today. Last start, the Xtravagant gelding drew the car park (13 of 14) and crossed to lead on settling, then hung on for a game win in a Highway Class 3 Hcp over 1400m at Rosehill. That made it three wins from his past four starts. He won’t know himself today as he gets the gun-run from gate one with Grant Buckley returning for the ride after having previous success with the four-year-old. Plenty going for him here and he looks a good investment in this easier event.