Mackay Tips May 11

  • Guide to the best chances at Mackay races
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Let’s kick-start the day here with another Bannon clan winner as father Mick Bannon saddles-up VERBALIZER who is a home-track specialist and is way overdue for another win. The seven-year-old has strung together six-straight minor placings this preparation as he races without luck. Last start, he looked ideally placed over the 1560m here and travelled well. But in the run home, he failed to pick Mason’s Chance (who went on to win just his second race in 18 months) and has to settle for second again, his ninth minor prize in his career. He ran that trip, 7 lengths above benchmark but it rates the best here by 3 lengths. He drops sharply in grade today, thus the big weight but he has won carrying more previously. He will settle back in the small field and be running on late. He is the top-rated runner here and only the weight (if anything) will beat him today.


Sunshine Coast galloper COOL INTELLIGENCE comes in here with a resume as good as any other and second-up today will give this a real shake. Last start, the Nicconi filly was fresh off an 18-week break when she faced her own age group in a 1200m contest on her home track. The lack of racing certainly wasn’t anywhere to be seen as she gave them a galloping lesson, putting more than a length on the field in the end. She ran that trip, 4.5 lengths above benchmark, the best in this line up and a new personal best for the filly. She also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the race. Race favourite and topweight, Gamboa was run down late by his stablemate here last start in what was a shock defeat after being sent out a $1.50 chance. He lines up here with 2.5kgs more to carry while our tip sheds 3kgs for the event. It’s that 5.5kgs difference I see playing a major role in the outcome of this event. Gamboa has the home track advantage (winning three of four here to date), but with a wide gate to deal with and almost 12 pounds more to carry, that puts Cool Intelligence in the driver’s seat and from gate one today, he does no work early and has the last crack at them in the run home. He is our best for the program.


The Ricky Vale-trained HILFLAGER is in career-best form of late and the wide gate is the only blemish on his chances today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner gelding broke a pair of runner-up finishes by clobbering a BM0-55 field over 1050m at Rockhampton. Leading all the way, he drew clear in the run home and went on to a comfortable 1.5 length victory with Ryan Wiggins at the helm. He ran the trip, 8 lengths above benchmark, which still rates the best in this field. Today, he has drawn wide in gate 13 but the three-year-old does have plenty of early gate speed, and with Wiggins retaining the ride, he has options open to him. Two previous starts at the track ended in second place finishes so the challenge is on today for Wiggins to try and make it third-time-lucky.




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