Townsville Tips February 20
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Track rating for Townsville Turf Club @TsvTurfClub today is a Soft 5.
Irrigation: Nil last 24hrs, 29mm last 7 days
Rainfall: Nil last 24hrs, 14.5mm last 7 days
Rail: +3.5m Entire Circuit
— Racing Queensland (@racing_qld) February 19, 2020
It could be ‘ladies day’ at Cluden Park as the girls share top rides right across the meeting and we are running with one of those chances today.
Race 6 – 4:45PM CALTEX YABULU BENCHMARK 72 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Coming off a totally luck-less run last start, EL SHADAY lines up here as topweight but is dropping in grade and looks a mighty chance to bounce back today. Two starts back, the Pins gelding drew the fence in Open company and landing in front and unchallenged, he left them standing to go on and bring up his first Townsville win, putting almost three lengths on the field in the process. Last start, it looked like it could have been déjà vu as again he drew barrier one, only this time, he dwelt at the start and had to settle mid-field behind the leaders. The run home was nothing short of a horror movie for Chelsea Jokic. Stuck behind a tiring leader (Arrarac) El Shaday was left to hop up and down on the one spot and simply had no chance from there, finishing second last that day. That race is best forgotten and speaking with trainer Andrew Cameron, he totally agrees. With a spell of wet tracks in the north recently, the only concern Cameron has is a lack of racing for his six-year-old. He is coming off (an enforced) four-week let-up, after being scratched from the Bowen meeting on 31 January due to the conditions (Heavy 10). Dropping in grade comes at a cost, and today he is asked to carry 63kgs. However, returning to the track today from a race fall back in November is young apprentice Rachel Shred who picks up the ride and with her 3kg claim, the gelding will carry a more respectable 60kgs which is a fair weight in this field. For the fourth start in a row, he has drawn the fence again and a clean getaway here could see him give this lot something to chase. Sonja Wiseman’s mount, Absolute Bonza could challenge for the lead to make things interesting but it’s Ryan Wiggins on Sweet Surprise who could be the one to be wary of in the run home. The seven-year-old mare is a last start winner at Rockhampton and will be running home strongly at the finish. There has been a lot of interest in El Shaday overnight with the gelding firming from $8.50 into his current quote of $5 with Sportsbet and I expect that to shorten further come post time.
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