Looking for Toowoomba Tips? Our form expert previews each Toowoomba race meeting and provides his best bets.
Our form analysts give you the expert previews for a profitable day of punting at Toowoomba Racecourse, home to Australia’s only regular twilight racing with thoroughbred action taking place every Saturday night as well as some feature meetings during the day.
In 2009, the Toowoomba Turf Club added an artificial surface to compliment the traditional grass track.
Race 1 – 5:00PM HYGAIN Class 2 Plate (1300 METRES) Michael Nolan’s three-year-old COMMANDER SARA (No.4) has made an impression after just five race starts and looks a big chance here with a major gear change. Two starts back, he was second-up here and sent out a warm favourite in a BM62 over 1210m. He took a while to warm up but finished strongly to grab victory on the line. Then last start, he was trapped three-wide without cover to the turn and was out of gas by then, but still battled home to finish fourth in the end. Nolan has fitted a tongue tie for the first time which could make a difference here as the galloper has to contend with a wide draw today. Both career wins have been on the Clifford Park track and if new rider Les Tilley can cross without using up too much gas, he looks a solid winning chance here.
Race 3 – 6:00PM TOOWOOMBA TRUCK SPARES BENCHMARK 60 Handicap (1880 METRES) Back on top of the ground today, the Mark Currie-trained OPEN ROAD is well placed to bounce back here. Three starts back, the Animal Kingdom gelding drew wide (gate 10 of 12) and carried top weight of 60kgs in a BM0-55 over the 1625m journey. Defying the odds, he still proved too good on the day, taking home the winner’s cheque. Last start, he was faced with a Heavy 10 at the Gold Coast and after failing badly at his first run on heavy ground, it turned out to be a similar result. He finished more than 16 lengths behind the winner that day, sending the message that wet tracks aren’t his forte. With a Good 4 forecast for Clifford Park tonight, he should be in his element after both career wins have come on good tracks. After the claim, he carries 56.5kgs and from an ideal draw in gate 3, he will be running on late and looks the one to beat.