Ballina Tips February 15

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Ballina trained ABOVE THE LOT, yet to have a start on her home track and can break her maiden tomorrow. Stephen Lee has travelled her back and forth the border with Queensland without much luck this time in. She was always going to find them too sharp over 1200m at Doomben when well beaten by Gdansk. Settled back of midfield as she stepped to 1400m at Grafton where she ground out okay to the line. The signs were there that day that she may be looking for further. Wearing blinkers for the first time did seem to sharpen her up as she held a position over 1350m at Ipswich. Becoming buffeted and tightened for room at the top of the straight, she again ground away okay to the line. Drawn to lob handy over the mile, Andrew Mallyon can no doubt cut the corner to boot this one home.

Luke Dittman got right up on the mouth of BEST EVER as the horse had his first public trial for Matt Dunn. They were just tipped out in the end by three-time winner Rumberella, who has since placed at Coffs Harbour. Best Ever did show his ability once Dittman let him have some leather, giving us a glimps of there being plenty under the hood. Previously prepared by Peter Moody, he won his maiden on the Pakenham synthetic before beaten 5L at Mooney Valley. Cops some weight with the 62kg, Dunn could have claimed should he wished too. The son of More Joyous is ready to roll and should prove hard to beat in the class one here.

Home track specialist LUCAP is one for the fans of fast-finishing horses. Daniel Bowen’s charge is generally slow to find his feet and needs things to go his way as he finishes over them. He did manage to settle a bit closer than usual when racing here three starts back over 1000m. The winner Jet One found the breaks, as Lucap tried his luck between runners without finding much of it. Ran into a smart one in Jack Sprat over 1400m at Lismore in his next start before making ground 1200m at Muswellbrook. This was while running through his preferred heavy track conditions as he matched-up against some handy BM66 horses. Lucap does race well with the bigger straight here at Ballina, where Noriyuki Masuda can help him find the line.


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