Gatton Tips January 12

Steve Bennett in Bets of the Day 12 Jan 2021
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Looking for Gatton horse racing tips and best bets today? Our form expert previews each meeting from Gatton Racecourse and gives his top selections for the card.

Here are our Gatton tips for today.

 

Racing against city class gallopers of late, the Michael Nolan-trained ROKE returns to the country scene today and looks ideally placed to bring up career win number three. Last start, he tackled a three-year-old Plate over 1600m at Eagle Farm, where not disgraced, he finished fifth after travelling three-wide, without cover most of the way. Despite finishing out of the money, he ran out his final 600m 1.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, better than any of his opposition here. Two starts back, he ran a personal best at Eagle Farm in a Three-year-old Quality Hcp. Although finishing unplaced again, he ran the 1820m out 6.6 lengths quicker than benchmark which is more than nine lengths better than the next best in this field. Today he drops significantly in grade and maps to get the gun-run just behind the pace. Although unplaced in three starts over the mile, the Mahisara colt did win a Class 1 Hcp at the Sunshine Coast four starts back over the 1800m journey so the distance itself isn’t an issue. I am expecting to see a different horse out there today.

 

Shooting for the hat-trick today, the Jason Edwards-trained HALLSIDEHANKYPANKY ticks enough boxes here to be labelled the best of the day. Nicely bred, by Zebedee out of a Snitzel mare, the filly gave a Class 3 field a real lesson two starts back at Kilcoy, putting two lengths on them over the 800m sprint, leading all the way. Then last start, she lobbed in front again against similar company at Ipswich and dictated the pace. She hung out slightly in the run home but still held off the challenges to win the 800m contest. The three-year-old takes on the older horses here but has a competitive personal best, set at Dalby four starts back. That day she ran the 860m trip 1.6 lengths quicker than benchmark when finishing second, beaten a long head on the line. Drawn ideally in gate three today, she should land in front again and prove very hard to run down.

 

Track specialist, FIVE OXFORD looks ideally placed here to keep his record intact. The Michael Nolan-trained galloper has made an impact since hitting the track with seven top-three finishes from his nine starts to date. Two starts back, he took on a Class 3 over 1000m at Eagle Farm. Drawn the fence, he settled in front and set a solid pace. Headed in the home straight, the Golden Archer gelding fought back strongly to cross the line in a three-way battle, taking home third prize in the end, finishing half a length short of victory. Then last start, he lined up against his own age group over the same trip at the Sunshine Coast. Beaten for early speed, Les Tilley decided to let the two leaders go and settle in behind them. Travelling three-deep (no cover) to the turn, the three-year-old went via the cape and ended up in the middle of the track. Once settled again, he hit the line well, finishing fourth behind odds-on favourite, Zingalong. He should find this contest a little easier and from gate three, maps to be in the first four again. Tilley sticks with him today and together they should prove hard to beat.

 

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