Cairns Tips February 23
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Race 4 - 4:10PM CURRENCY SERVICES FOREIGN EXCHANGE BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Best Bet 🏆No. 1 HELMAZ $1.75 Bet Now!
Locally-trained by Rod Miller, HELMAZ lines up here in search of his first hat-trick and rates high enough to suggest he will pull it off. Two starts back, the Helmet gelding made it look easy at Townsville as he led from barrier to box in a Class 6 over 1400m. Then last start, he franked that win by going back-to-back in BM70 company over the 1560m trip at Mackay. That day, he ran his last 600m, 2.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best finish in this field. Today, he is ideally drawn in gate two and should have no trouble settling in front. The five-year-old has resumed in top class form and looks set to make it three in a row today.
Race 5 - 4:45PM TAB VENUE MODE QTIS JEWEL QUALIFIER 3-Y-O Plate (1250 METRES)
Next Best 🥈No. 2 HIGHER REALM $1.85 Bet Now!
Here we have the Jewel Qualifier Plate but you could be forgiven for thinking it was the Roy Chillemi Stakes, as the Atherton trainer saddles-up five of the six runners. The most prominent of those is HIGHER REALM who is yet to miss a top-two finish and looks the best of the bunch today. Two starts back, the Wandjina gelding was resuming from a lengthy 30-week absence when he took on a BM60 over the 1000m sprint at Townsville. He finished off strongly to beat home stablemate Robig by more than three lengths on the line. Last start, he franked that effort by repeating the dose at the same track. He stepped up to the 1200m that day and put almost three lengths on that field, running the trip in 1:09.8, which is a fair gallop on a Soft 7 surface. He ran the last 600m, just 2 lengths slower than benchmark but that rates better than his rivals here. He has a personal best of 2.4 lengths below benchmark which is 4 lengths quicker than this field. Today, he sees the Cannon Park track for the first time and from gate six, should get the run of the race, just behind the leaders. Stephen Wilson has been aboard for all seven career starts to date and remains in the saddle today. Already a winner third-up, he will take some beating here.
Race 7 - 5:55PM COOPER RACING BENCHMARK 58 Handicap (1250 METRES)
Best Value 💰No. 3 GOLDEN CHARLES $5.50 Bet Now!
Atherton trainer Sharlee D’Avila saddles-up two here and could very well quinella the race with Nice Retort and GOLDEN CHARLES, who comes off a good last start win and looks good value here. Last start, the Myboycharlie gelding was second-up as he stretched out in a Class 1 at Mareeba, (his first look at the neighbouring track). Carrying 59.5kgs, he destroyed his competition that day, putting almost three lengths on them in the 1210m event. Today, he is ideally drawn in gate four and should get the gun-run from there, settling just behind the pace. Frank Edwards returns for the ride today and ‘Captain Reliable’ (as he is known around the traps) has had prior success on the five-year-old, enjoying a win and a minor money finish from his five previous rides. The gelding loves it here, boasting six top-three finishes from his 10 visits to Cannon Park. It will be a race of tactics but I believe he can get the better of his stablemate today and bring home the chocolates.
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