Grafton Tips July 11

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Looking for Grafton Tips today? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Grafton Racecourse and gives his best bets for each meeting.

Here are our Grafton Tips for today:


This should resemble the charge of the light brigade with many winning chances in the big field. I’m running with a ‘roughy’ here as the Coffs Harbour galloper THIWLIG (best odds $26 with Sportsbet) lines up looking a solid each-way chance today. Two starts back, the Akeed Mofeed mare was having her first start for Joanne Hardy after transferring over from the Matt Laurie stables at Mornington. It turned out to be a very successful debut for her new stable as she destroyed her Maiden rivals, putting more than four lengths on them over the 810m trip. She ran a personal best that day, running the trip 6.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line up by 3 lengths. Last start, she found herself trapped four-deep without cover and had nothing left for the run home, finishing unplaced in the BM58 contest. Jon Grisedale sticks with her today and from an ideal draw in gate three, she gets the gun-run in a race with plenty of early speed. She should settle nicely near the fence, behind the battle up front, and will get last the last crack at them. Third-up and fitter today, she looks way over the odds here and is surely worth an each-way ticket.


The locally-trained DARK EURO (best odds $12 with Ladbrokes) lines up here looking a solid each-way chance, despite the rise in class. Last start, the Eurozone gelding put on a big display where he defied the odds to end up a very impressive winner in a BM66 contest over 1300m at Coffs Harbour. Jumping from gate 13 (of 14), Alannah Fancourt pushed forward early and tried to cross but had no luck and was trapped three and four deep to the turn. She then asked the five-year-old for another effort, to which he obliged, and he ran them off their legs in the run home, winning by more than two lengths on the line. He posted the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the event. This is a little tougher, however he draws much better today in gate six and maps to settle just behind the pace near the fence. Now four starts into this preparation, he should bt at his peak for this and with Fancourt sticking with him today, he looks an outstanding each-way chance in the Cup.


Gold Coast galloper THE CATCH (best odds $2.35 with Neds) makes the trip south here and has done enough at his two starts this preparation to suggest he will take beating today. Last start, the Medaglia D’Oro gelding was coming off a solid maiden victory on his home track when he made his way here for his first look at the Grafton track. Drawn wide that day, he took his place in the Guineas Prelude where he couldn’t cross or go the early speed, leaving Jag Guthmann-Chester no choice but to drop back, where he settled with the tail-enders. He turned the widest runner (some eight horses off the fence) and spotting them an impossible start, did well to finish fifth, beaten just three lengths on the line, doing his best work in the final stages. He ran the trip, 3.9 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best effort in this field. He also posted the fastest final 800m and 400m sectionals for the race. The step up in distance here looks ideal, based on his closing efforts last start. The excuses were there for missing a podium finish last start. Andrew Mallyon takes the reins here for his first ride on the three-year-old and if he can settle near mid-field today and land a clear run to the line, he will take a power of beating.



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