Gunnedah Tips August 16
- Best bets for each Gunnedah race meeting.
Looking for Gunnedah racing tips for today? Our form expert previews each meeting at Gunnedah Racecourse and gives his best bets for the card.
Here are our Gunnedah horse racing tips for today.
Now four starts into this preparation, Moree galloper FINAL DECLARATION (best odds $8 with Ladbrokes) showed enough last start to suggest he is right in the mix today. Last start, the Exceed And Excel gelding led from the outset in a Class 4 over 1300m at Beaudesert. Facing his first heavy track, he beat all but one home that day, finishing more than four lengths ahead of the third placegetter. He ran that trip, 1 length quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best and is the best in this field. Both career wins to date have been on dry tracks so the Good 4 rating here will suit him even better. Trainer John Bourke removes the norton bit and replaces it with a lugging bit today. Drawn gate seven in the big field, he maps to settle near mid-field and only needs a touch of luck in running to be there at the finish. He looks great value today.
The Scott Singleton-trained REACH BEYOND (best odds $2.60 with Sportsbet) returns from a short city campaign and back in country class here looks the one to beat. In his past two starts, the Outreach gelding ran around in Class 3 company at Rosehill and Randwick, finishing unplaced in both Highway events. His latest effort saw him come from well back to finish fifth, beaten just over two lengths on the line. His last 200m was eye-catching as he was finishing better than all of them, so much so, he posted the fastest final 200m sectional for the race. Crossing the line, he wouldn’t have blown out a candle and could have gone around again. He ran the trip, 1 length quicker than benchmark, more than seven lengths better than this field. If he can reproduce that effort today, he should put this field away by a big space. Last start suggested he wants further, he gets it here. His first look at the Gunnedah track could be a winning one.
Glen Innes galloper TERRIUS (best odds $20 with Neds) is third-up today and unbeaten over the trip, looks a serious each-way chance today. Last start, the Red Dazzler gelding was second-up off a near six-month absence when he lined up in the Casino Cup over 1400m. Lack of race fitness took its toll that day as he finished mid-field beaten just over three lengths on the line. He ran the trip, 1 length slower than benchmark which rates second-best in this field. He comes up with gate 13 here, unlucky for some but the 400m home straight will come into play here. He maps top settle better than mid-field but will need to cross and find cover early if he is to achieve that. Jake Pracey-Holmes is aboard today for his second ride on the five-year-old and will only be fitter here after those first two runs back. With just a touch of luck from the wide gate, he could give this a real fright at great odds.
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