Port Macquarie Tips October 8

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Port Macquarie Tips

Port Macquarie Tips Friday October 8

Looking for Port Macquarie Tips? Our NSW form expert previews each meeting from Port Macquarie Racecourse and gives his best bets for the meeting.

Here are our Port Macquarie Tips for today:


Third-up today, the Wyong-based galloper THUNDER ROSE (best odds $4.80 with bet365) is in good touch this preparation and looks in the mix here. Last start, the Hampton Court mare was having her second start off a 17-week absence where she lined-up in a fillies and mares Maiden, here over 1200m. She crossed from the outside gate (10) and put in a mighty effort to beat all but one home that day, running out of gas in the final stages. She ran that out, 5.5 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this line-up and set herself a new personal best in the process. Today, she draws wide again, but has the early gate speed to cross and she maps to settle in the first half-dozen here. Darryl McLellan has been with her for all four runs to date and sticks with her today. She will strip fitter for those two runs and is capable of making some noise here.


Locally-trained by Jenny Graham, NICCI TRIX (best odds $4.80 with BlueBet) is second-up today and ticks enough boxes to make strong claims for victory here. Last start, the Nicconi mare came off a big trial win, here over 1000m (where she put more than seven lengths on the rest of them) and lined-up in a Class 3 Highway over the 1000m sprint at Randwick. Gallant in defeat, she finished on the placegetter’s heels, beaten two lengths in the event. She ran her last 600m, 7.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. Ash Morgan returns here after steering her to victory twice previously (from his four rides on the mare) and today, the stable puts the tongue tie on for the first time. Unbeaten second-up, she returns to country class racing today and will take a ton of beating here.


Wyong-based galloper BIG SURPRISE (best odds $2.50 with Unibet) is in career-best form this time in and looks well placed here to take this out as he makes his track debut today. Last start, the American-bred gelding came off a big win over the Gosford mile when he lined-up in a strong BM72 contest over the same trip at Randwick. In his usual playmaker role, he led the field into the straight but couldn’t hold off the challengers, being run down in the final stages and left to collect fifth prize on the day, beaten just over a length on the line. He still managed to run a personal best, covering the 1600m, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Ash Morgan is back aboard today and his four previous rides result ed in two wins and two minor placings. Drawn the fence here, he will have little trouble setting the pace again and dictating terms up front, he is in a great position to set the speed and back from city class racing, should prove hard to run down today.



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