Albany Tips May 16
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QUINTUS (Best odds $6 with Sportsbet) can salute in the opener at Albany. The four-year-old is yet to win in eight career starts but has been edging closer at his last few and comes off a last start performance that saw him run 3rd behind Perfect Gem at Northam over the 1300m on May 2. The winner out of that has since placed 3rd in a Saturday race at Ascot, while the 4th placegetter won at its next start. He led them up that day before tiring late and went 5.7 lengths slower than standard, which is better than what any of his rivals in this race have produced in their careers. The son of Magnus drops in weight from that run, while he can lead or box seat from barrier 1.
This looks to be a suitable race for BLACKWATER BAY (Best odds $2.15 with bet365). The consistent galloper from the Adam Durrant stable has not won in a year but has only had three run since toying with them at maiden level that day, placing in all of those. He resumed over the 1800m on April 24 and led them up in the straight before only going down late to Friar’s Fantasia. After that, he stepped out on the Heavy ground at Ascot and settled back before running on strongly to again run 3rd, that time behind Street Fair. The four-year-old went three lengths slower than standard in his recent run, which are the second best last start figures of any runner, while he should be open to improvement at his third run back. His Maiden win came at the distance, while he has drawn perfectly in barrier 2 with Clint Johnston-Porter to ride.
Some handy types feature in a Rating 70+ in Race 5 of the afternoon at Albany and it is ONE SHORT (Best odds $6.50 with NEDS) that can chalk up an overdue win. The seven-year-old has not scored in over a year but has been competitive in a number of stronger races in town, while his last couple of efforts would indicate that he should be a force to be reckoned with here. The son of Snippetson was luckless when posted out very wide without cover throughout when 4th here two starts ago and at last start, he was bloused on the post by Senso over the 1100m here. He went 2.2 lengths slower than standard at his recent run, which are the second best last start figures of any runner, while he has drawn perfectly in barrier 5. A three-time winner at the track and trip, he can break the drought.
The Adam Durrant and Clint Johnston-Porter combination combine again with NURHACI (Best odds $2.60 with NEDS) in Race 6 of the day and the four-year-old can go one spot better than a last start effort that saw him finish runner-up over the 1100m at Albany on May 7. In that race, he settled handy to the speed on a Heavy track and only went down late behind Strathmore Rose, while there was a decent gap back to the 3rd placegetter. At his run prior to that he led all the way at Ascot over the 1000m. The son of Nicconi went two lengths slower than standard in his recent run, which are the best last start figures of any runner, while at his last campaign he improved four lengths on figures when third up to finish runner-up over the 1300m in a strong form race behind Bolshoi Gal at Belmont. He has the speed to overcome the wide gate and should be in it for a long way.
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