Taree Preview & Best Bets – 20/10/2023
Taree Tips for Friday, October 20
Our form expert provides Taree tips for today’s horse racing at Taree Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 4: No.3 ECHOES OF MY MIND ($3.10 with Bet Right)
The Paul Shailer-trained ECHOES OF MY MIND is fresh off an eight-week let-up and ticks most of the boxes here that suggest he will be hard to beat today. Last preparation, the Echoes Of Heaven gelding had just the one start where he came off a 23-week break and finished best to take out a Class 2 Hcp, here over 1400m. He has trialled once since then, finishing second over 800m at Coffs Harbour. Aaron Bullock has the reins for the first time today and from gate five, the five-year-old maps to settle in the first half-dozen. Already a two-time winner first-up and has two victories and two minor money finishes from four starts at Taree, he looks a sound investment today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 7: No.3 AUSTEJA ($7.50 with Bet Right)
Local galloper AUSTEJA is four starts into this campaign and on home soil today looks a genuine chance of taking this one out. Last start, the Poet’s Voice mare came off a disappointing last at Scone in Open company when she bounced back and made the podium by finishing third against a similar field, here over the 1000m sprint. Travelling three-wide most of the way, she ran home strongly, beaten a length on the line. Andrew Gibbons has had seven rides on the galloper to date, steering her to victory twice, and is back for today’s assignment. Her resume clearly shows she is a track specialist boasting five wins and two minor placings from eight starts here and with a trouble-free run today, she can get the job done at odds.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 8: No.3 GOLD COUNTER ($9.10 with BoomBet)
The Stephen Jones-trained GOLD COUNTER is second-up today and fitter for one run back, looks a serious contender here for the major prize. Last start, the Counterattack gelding resumed off a lengthy 21-week absence and did well to finish third in a Class 2 Hcp here over 1000m with Darryl McLellan in the saddle. On fresh legs, he was beaten just half a length that day and here he drops in grade, making his task even easier. He maps to settle just off the speed today and has McLellan backing up for the ride again. A clear run to the line should see him there at finish and well worth an each-way ticket here.