Grafton Tips April 12
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Race 4 - 1:20PM BOOK A JULY MARQUEE BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
Next Best 🥈No. 1 KID GALAHAD $3.80 Bet Now!
The locally-trained KID GALAHAD is second-up today and dropping back in grade here, looks a big chance of making it back-to-back wins. Last start, the Elvstroem gelding was resuming off a 10-month absence when he took on Class 3 company, here over 1006m. Settling right behind the speed, he took over at the 200m mark, and left them to fight over the minors, putting close to two lengths on them. He covered the journey, 1.4 lengths slower than benchmark but that still rates the best here, by more than 3 lengths and he set himself a new personal best as well. He also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the event. Not bad for a first-up run after so long in the paddock. Today, he drops sharply in grade and after the claim, isn’t badly weighted with 60.5kgs. Drawn the fence here, he maps to sit on pace or possibly right behind it, should Zac Lloyd choose to push forward on Eskimo Commander. Either way, he ticks all the boxes here, boasting two soft track victories, winning two of three on his home track and an ideal draw, he looks overs to me in this and is definitely the one to beat.
Race 6 - 2:35PM GRAFTON CUP DAY 8 JULY BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP (2200 METRES)
Best Value 💰No. 2 PRESSING MATTERS $4.40 Bet Now!
In great touch of late, Armidale galloper PRESSING MATTERS has won two of his past three and is certainly in the mix here today. Last start, the High Chaparral gelding got the job done, here in a BM66 over 2235m at amazingly good odds ($13). He ran his last 600m, 1.7 lengths slower than benchmark, second-best to Itsa Fait Accompli, who bettered that by just 0.2 of a length. Trainer Bob Knight has slowly brought the galloper up to his preferred distance and after four starts this time in, looks to be at his peak now. Drawn the fence today, he does no work early as he will settle back in the field. Up in weight, but down in grade, he should be there again at the finish.
Race 8 - 3:50PM GDSC CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Best Bet 🏆No. 4 ZOUKINA $2.80 Bet Now!
Assuming Ballina trainer Stephen Lee runs ZOUKINA in this event (also an emergency in Race 9 today), the talented mare looks the best of the day here. Last start, the Zoustar mare couldn’t go the early pace and settled last, 10 lengths off the pace. The widest runner turning for home, Jim Byrne wound her up and she took lengths off them in the run home, finishing fifth (beaten just 1.5 lengths) in the Class 3 Plate over 1110m at Doomben. She ran that trip, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best and 10 lengths faster than any of her rivals in this event. Today, she drops back to Class 2 company and from gate three, will do no early work as she will probably take a sit back in the field. The real bonus here is the step up in distance with the 1400m looking ideal for her now. She may have only one victory to her name to date, but has seven podium finishes (from her eight starts) to show she is as consistent as they come. Jake Bayliss takes the reins today and with a trouble free run, she will take a power of beating.
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