Dalby Tips August 24
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Below is our guide to the best chances at Dalby today:
In great touch of late, the Les Clarke-trained TEST OF WAR (best odds $2 with Palmerbet) steps in grade today but looks well placed to strike. Last start, the Tests Rossa gelding came off a close-up second in a BM55 at Warwick when he lined up in BM68 company over 1400m at Beaudesert. That day, he destroyed his rivals in a real galloping exhibition as he put five lengths on them, leading all the way. He ran that trip, 1.4 lengths slower than benchmark, the best here by 3 lengths. He also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the race. Drawn the fence today, he does no work early and maps to settle on speed and has Micheal Hellyer sticking with him. Already a two-time winner over the trip, he carries just half a kilo more than his big win last start and with the runs on the board, he should prove hared to run down today.
Ipswich galloper BETAJET (best odds $11 with Ladbrokes) is second-up today and looks well placed to remain unbeaten on the Dalby track. Last start, the Jet Spur gelding was fresh off a lengthy six-month spell when he tackled a BM62 over the 1000m sprint at Toowoomba. He settled back in the field and while never looking a winning chance, he ran home strongly to finish mid-field, beaten less than three lengths on the line. He ran his last 600m, 2.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. After the claim, he carries 2kgs less than his last start win and maps to settle just off the pace today. Now an eight-year-old, he still has plenty to offer and won his only start at the track five starts back. Currently at double-figure odds, he looks super value here.
The Michael Nolan-trained TERRAJOHNA (best odds $4.80 with Sportsbet) is second-up today and down in grade, looks a genuine winning chance here. Last start, the Nicconi gelding was fresh off a 21-week break when he lined up in a Class 3 contest over 1200m at Toowoomba. He settled near last in the run and made good steady ground in the run home to finish mid-field on the line. He ran the trip, 5.2 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this line-up. Les Tilley returns for his third ride on the three-year-old, seeking his first podium finish. Already a winner when second-up, he is ideally drawn in gate two today and maps to settle in the first half dozen. Fitter for that first-up effort, he will take beating here.
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