Townsville Preview June 15 – Thursday Best Bets & Tips
Townsville Tips 15/06/2023
Our form expert provides Townsville tips for today’s horse racing at Cluden Park Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 4: No.4 MOLONGLE SURPRISE ($4.80 with Bet Right)
Local favourite MOLONGLE SURPRISE is third-up today and ticks every box known to mankind here which sees him as the one to beat today. Last start, the Bel Esprit gelding made it back-to-back minor money finishes when he collected third prize in an Open Hcp, here over the 1000m sprint. With inside barriers a distinct advantage from the 1000m chute, he drew the short straw that day and jumped from gate nine (of 11), and although he found the front, he was still trapped three-deep to the turn. He did well to finish less than a length behind the winner that day. He draws much better today in gate two and has Graham Kliese sticking with him who has steered him to four previous wins. He has knocked-up five wins and three minor placings from his nine starts at the track and distance and is unbeaten in three third-up appearances. Whilst caution should be taken with newcomer and former Victorian He’s Xceptional (who is a winner in Listed company), the Townsville local has fitness and track experience on his side today and looks the goods here.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 5: No.9 BRING ME FLOWERS ($8.50 with Bet Right)
Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch saddles-up BRING ME FLOWERS here who is four starts into this campaign should find this contest a little easier than her past few down south. Last start, the Sebring mare managed to grab third prize in a Class 2 Hcp over 1300m on her home track. She has enjoyed a four-week freshen-up since then and sees the Cluden Park track for the first time today. Justin Stanley has a 27% success rate with the Hatch stable as he takes the reins here for this assignment. Already a winner over the 1400m journey, she looks a genuine contender at odds today.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6: No.7 HELL OF A BOY ($9 with Palmerbet)
Local galloper, HELL OF A BOY, is third-up today and is more than capable of upsetting the more fancied runners here today. Last start, the Eurozone gelding drew the outside gate and wasn’t far away when finishing mid-field in Open company, here over 1400m. He was ridden forward that day and did well to finish less than two lengths from the winner. Graham Kliese returns for today’s assignment having already ridden the five-year-old to five podium finishes, including two victories. Drawn better here in gate six, he maps to settle in the first half-dozen and already a winner when third-up, he looks great value in this field today.