Devonport Synthetic Tips January 5

Devonport tips


See today’s horse racing tips for Devonport Tapeta Park. Our Tasmanian form expert previews Devonport races and gives his best bets.

Here are today’s Devonport Tips:

First time on the synthetic today for CANDY CRUSHER (Best Odds Currently $12 with Sportsbet) whose had the three runs back. First-up over 1200 metres saw him run on quietly from a long way back at Launceston without troubling the place getters. Since relaxed well along the fence before coming out deep and running on resolutely from the turn over 1400 metres. Stayed to same again, this time in Hobart showing no early speed whatsoever. Hard ridden to tack on, Candy Crusher got to the tail as the pressure came on. Troy Baker kept at him, and Candy Crusher kept coming on strongly to fill a minor. Out to a trip now looks ideal and can hopefully find his feet a little closer from a middle draw.

Track specialist MICHBAR (Best Odds Currently $2.90 with BlueBet) looks the clear best on the program for us. Went oh so close under Siggy Carr in this class two back when Artuso claimed the photo as Michbar was left in front for a long way. Fitter third-up and the market didn’t miss as Erica Byrne Burke claimed her full 3kg with the horse coming back in class. Box-seated and could’ve been a tragedy beat if it weren’t for a typical EBB special. She picked the run she wanted and persisted with poking through the gap until Michbar showed the acceleration we know that he’s capable of. Drawn a treat again for EBB, and we’re very surprised to see the early market is letting us on.

Devonport Cup is a must for us to be looking at being a highlight race of the Tasmanian Carnival. We were on Sir Simon in the Sheffield Cup as the last lead-up race into this. This was his first go on the synthetic and at no stage did he look comfortable with that high bounding action of his. Being the natural leader who couldn’t quicken as the pressure came on, this led to a crawling pace for this class. As such, Mywordis gained the dream run throughout to hold off a bunching finish. He’ll get a similar run again, only this time with Queen La Diva in the field, we can expect a far more genuine tempo. Surely Tavirun will also attempt to settle forward to put some pressure on before they turn too.

The bunched finish in the Sheffield Cup doesn’t bother us as it usually would; because of that slow pace through the early and middle stages. Races like that don’t lend themselves to breaking fields open. We’ve got this race down to Mywordis, and SWOOP DOG (Best Odds Currently $4 with Ladbrokes). The latter became the clear black booker of the race after settling well back before circling them – giving many lengths to the former. The way he finished inside that final 100m would suggest that he’s crying out for the extra trip. Danger here is that Ganderton may have to come back again from the awkward alley, only to give Mywordis another considerable head-start. We’re confident the pressure should be on, and Swoop Dog has that upside we’re looking for.

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