Ballina Tips November 23

Steve Bennett in Bets of the Day 23 Nov 2020
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The Michael Costa-trained DEFACTOR is three starts into this preparation and looks ready to win. Two starts back he had no luck at the Sunshine Coast finishing fifth, beaten less than a length that night. He drew gate 11 (of 11) and gave Jag Guthmann-Chester little choice but to drop to save ground, and on settling was last, 12 lengths off the pace. In the run home, he had to weave his way through traffic to find some running room and in the end, was a tragedy beaten. Then last start, he drew wide again at the Gold Coast, only this time Guthmann-Chester pushed forward at barrier rise and had him sitting in the one-one. He ran home strongly that day but just couldn’t reel in the leader, finishing a gallant second on the day. He comes up with gate six here, in a smaller field and should find this a little easier than the provincial events he has been racing in lately. Down in weight and James Orman aboard for the first time, he will take a ton of beating today.


Queensland galloper, FINAL DECLARATION is fourth-up today and will appreciate the big drop in class here. First-up of an 18-week break, the Exceed And Excel gelding gave a ton of cheek in an Eagle Farm Class 1 over 1200m. With Andrew Mallyon aboard, he tried to lead all the way on fresh legs and did well to finish second behind Pull Anchor, weakening over the final 100 metres. Last start, he stepped up to Class 2 company at Doomben and wasn’t disgraced, finishing fourth beaten just over a length in the 1050m contest. This is a big drop in class here but he has to deal with the extra 5kgs of weight on his back. Fitter for those three runs, despite the weight, with a decent pace n, he can finish in front of these today.


Impressive when first-up at Ipswich, SHE’S RUBICOOL should strip fitter and give this a real shake at good odds today. The Desleigh Forster-trained mare came off a four-month spell winning an Eagle Farm trial. She then returned to racing in a Class 1 over 1200m at Ipswich. She ran an impressive second in the event, unfortunately coming up against the Tony Sears-trained Dis Da Wun (a Racingbase selection that day), who won the race by nearly six lengths. She is up in class today but the Rubick mare is already a second-up winner and will only benefit from that first-up run. She is down in weight as well, and with a little luck in running, she could fight out the finish at each-way odds today.



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