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Townsville Tips for Friday, September 29

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



Race 4:  No.4  WICKLOW LASS  ($3.20 with Ladbrokes)

The Bill Kenning-trained WICKLOW LASS has her second start for the new stable today and sporting a gear change, she looks set to lay down a serious challenge in this contest. Formerly with the Tom Dabernig stables at Warrnambool, the Irish-sired mare made her North Queensland debut last start at Bowen (two hours south of Townsville) where she did well to run third in a Class 2 Hcp over 1000m, beaten less than a length on the line. Kenning puts the blinkers back on today and well drawn in gate four, she maps to settle better than mid-field with cover. The in-form Isabella Teh has the job in the saddle today and after her claim, the mare carries 3.5kgs less than last start. All looks good for her first start on her new home track and with a trouble-free run, she can get the job done today.



Race 6:  No.3  GAME THEORY  ($4.40 with Picklebet)

The Gareth Smith-trained GAME THEORY is another recent arrival to the tropical north (arriving in June this year) and after just one start with Georgie Holt, is now a resident in the Smith stables. Last start, the So You Think gelding had his third consecutive start at the Cannon Park track in Cairns where he came off a Class 6 win there, then finished unplaced against similar company when dropping back in distance. The 950m sprint clearly didn’t suit after winning over the 1250m trip two weeks earlier. Ryan Wiggins steered him to victory on this track at his only start under Holt and he returns to pilot the six-year-old for this assignment. Already a two-time winner over the 1300m journey, he looks right in the mix here.



Race 7:  No.9  CROWNING MOMENT  ($8.50 with Unibet)

Roy Chillemi saddles-up CROWNING MOMENT here who ticks enough boxes to make things interesting in this contest. Last start, the Pariah gelding made it to the podium for the third time in his past five starts when he collected third prize in a BM0-60 over 1200m at the Atherton track on the tablelands. Since arriving from Victoria in January this year, the (now) four-year-old has raced here on six occasions for two wins and as many minor placings which is a 75% success rate at Cluden Park. He has had five different riders for his past five races and that delivered five different results. Today, its Jackson Murphy’s turn in the saddle and from gate seven, he maps to settle better than mid-field with cover. If he can get a clear crack at them in the run home, he can upset the apple-cart for the few more-fancied runners here and salute at (currently) each-way odds.