Mackay Preview & Best Bets – Friday July 1

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Mackay Tips 01/07/2022

Our form expert provides Mackay tips for Friday’s meeting at Mackay Racecourse and gives his best bets



Race 3:  No.1  NORTH AFRIKA  ($2.35 with Ladbrokes

Jared Wehlow saddles-up NORTH AFRIKA here and second-up today, looks the pick of the crop. Last start, the Starcraft gelding was fresh off a six-month absence when his condition gave out which saw him finish second to Barachiel, beaten a long neck on the line in an Open Hcp over 1400m at Rockhampton. He ran his last 600m, 2.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Regular rider, Ryan Wiggins,(who has ridden the seven-year-old to six of his ten career wins), was aboard that day and has the reins again here. Already a track and distance winner, the step up in trip looks ideal today and they could have their hands full trying to catch him here.



Race 5:  No. 7  SUPER VOGUE  ($2.35 with Palmerbet

Locally-trained by Olivia Cairns, SUPER VOGUE is in sensational form this time in and although taking on the older horses here, she still looks the one to beat today. Last start, the Press Statement filly came off two runner-up finishes and finally broke through for her Maiden win, here over 1300m. With Justin Stanley aboard, she carried 59kgs that day but punters were confident as they sent her out a white-hot $1.30 favourite for the event. Ideally drawn here in gate three, Stanley sticks with her as she maps to settle better than mid-field with a lot of early speed here. Carrying less weight today, its her home track and with a clear crack at them on straightening, she will prove mighty hard to hold out again.



Race 8:  No. 2  BRAD  ($11 with Palmerbet

The Tim Cook-trained BRAD won his first race for the new stable last start, and looks an each-way in this contest today. Having just his third run for the new stable, the Medaglia D’oro gelding was well supported when he finished best to grab victory in Open company, here over the 1050m trip. He recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals that day, his ninth win at the track. Ash Butler has his first ride on the six-year-old today who is well drawn in gate five for the event. Yet to miss a podium finish in six starts at the track and distance, he could give these a real fright at good odds today.