Townsville Tips June 3

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The Steve Massingham-trained DELUXE ROCKER (Best Odds $2.70 with Ladbrokes) has a hat-trick of minor placings from his three starts this time in and looks ready now to break that run with a win today. Last start, the Delago Deluxe gelding had Lacey Morrison aboard for the first time and the young apprentice pushed the six-year-old home where he beat all but one to the line that day in Open company at Cairns. He covered his final 600m, 8 lengths faster than benchmark, 6 lengths better than any of his rivals here. He drops in grade today and has drawn the fence which gives him the gun-run of the race. Chris Whiteley returns for the ride and after riding the galloper to three previous wins, he will take control early and prove hard to hold out.

 

Local trainer Jeffrey Caught has had plenty of success with UP THE RIVER (Best Odds $2.70 with Sportsbet) since taking over from Brisbane trainer Steven O’Dea with the four-year-old racking up all nine top-three finishes on the Townsville track. Last start, the Mahisara gelding gave a BM65 field a start and a beating as he finished 1.5 lengths ahead of them in the 1609m event. He ran that trip, 3.3 lengths above benchmark, the best in this field and scoring himself a new personal best in the process. Today, he does no early work from gate five and should be storming home out wide yet again.

 

Another Steve Massingham representative here is DUNATUN (Best Odds $3.10 with Unibet) who is yet to miss a podium finish in five starts at the Cluden Park track. Last start, the Snitzel gelding ran around his home track in Cairns where he finished third in Open company. He ran that trip, 2.5 lengths above benchmark, the last 600m, 7.9 lengths quicker than benchmark. Both achievements are the best in this line up. Drawn the fence today, he gets the gun-run from there and after four runs this preparation, he will be rock-hard fit and ready to rumble.

 

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