Armidale Tips April 13

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Looking for Armidale race tips? Our NSW form expert provides his best bets for key horse race meetings at Armidale Racecourse.

Here are our Armidale race tips:


Second-up today, the Paul Smith-trained MOONHAWK has shown a liking for this track previously and should be fit enough to give this a real shake. Last start, the Moonlark gelding showed plenty of fight coming off a 13-week spell to finish up third in a Class 2 over 800m at Coff’s Harbour. That was a strong performance on fresh legs considering the track was a Heavy 9 that day. The four-year-old posted a new personal best in the event, running it out, 1 length slower than benchmark, which is 6 lengths quicker than his opposition here. His last 600m was more impressive as he covered that, 2.5 lengths faster than benchmark, also 6 lengths better than this field. Today he has the experienced Jon Grisedale in the saddle who is currently enjoying a top season, riding 30 winners to date, surpassing his entire 2020/2021 season of 27 winners. From gate three, he maps to be on speed and already a second-up winner, should prove hard to keep out here.


The Stephen Jones-trained PHOTOGENIC has been in great touch this preparation and looks well placed here to bring up win number two. Last start, the More Than Ready gelding ran into bad luck in the run home where he was held up behind the eventual winner (Nitride) who kept drifting over the track. He finally got clear and ran home a strong runner-up. He set a new personal best that day, running the trip, 5.9 lengths over benchmark, still the best in this field. That was his fourth start this preparation where he is yet to finish worse than fourth this time in. Matt Palmer takes the reins here for the first time and from gate three, he maps to get the run of the race. Returning to 1400m today could be all he needs to get the job done here.


Gosford galloper ALPHA GO looks all the rage here and will line up as our best of the day. Last start, the Super One gelding beat all but one home as he took on a strong BM70 field over 1200m at Ipswich. Looking the winner inside the final 200m, he was eventually worn down and grabbed on the line. He ran that trip, half a length slower than benchmark which is 6.5 lengths better than this field. He drops sharply in grade here and is weighted accordingly but does have the services of Matty McGuren again who steered him to his maiden win at Grafton. He draws gate nine today (of 14) giving McGuren options from barrier rise. He can take the role as pace setter or take a sit so the first 200 metres will set his racing pattern today. Either way, he has really hit his straps since transferring from the Bjorn Baker stables last year and in this company he will prove hard to beat.




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