Townsville Tips April 8

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Hoping it’s a case of third time lucky for CINNAMON MISSILE today as he drops back in class and should be just about at his peak. Last start, the Smart Missile gelding was second-up off a lengthy 22-week break where he faced a tough Class 4 field on his home track at Mackay. Trainer, John Manzelmann booked 4kg claiming apprentice Montana Philpot for the ride and having a poor second-up record, wasn’t disgraced when finishing just behind the placegetters, beaten just over two lengths on the line. He ran the trip 8.4 lengths slower than benchmark, the third best in this field. Today, the experienced Ryan Wiggins makes the trip from Brisbane to take the reins for the third time on the galloper. He maps to do no work early from gate three and the extra trip here will suit. Fitter for those first two runs, he looks a genuine contender here today.

 

A first-up specialist and unbeaten at the track, the Steve Massingham-trained DELUXE ROCKER is drawn well enough to do it again today. Last start, the Delago Deluxe gelding finished off his last campaign the best way possible. Taking on a BM70 field at Cairns, he was an easing favourite ($1.90-$2.20) but still finished best to get the job done. He ran the 970m, 1.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line up and ran the fastest overall race sectionals as well. (So much for writing off ‘drifters’ in the market). He’s been out of work for six months now but you can bet Massingham has been hard at it getting him ready for today. The lightly-raced six-year-old has won four of his 11 race starts, and is two from two at the track and trip at Cluden Park. Three of his four wins have come when first-up so taking him on trust today, he will take some beating.

 

Another hot chance from the Steve Massingham stable is topweight DUNATUN who is coming off a first-up win and has the resume to suggest he can go back-to-back today. Coming off a six-month absence, the Snitzel gelding was ridden a treat by Nathan Day as he settled in the one, one just behind the pace. Turning for home, Day peeled the six-year-old off the leader’s heels and he did best to win. He ran the 1250m trip, 4.7 lengths slower than benchmark but ran his last 600m 3.5 lengths quicker with both stats rating number one in this field. He also posted the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. He jumps from the same gate today (2) and has Day remaining in the saddle who’s strike rate with the horse is impressive, boasting two wins and two minor placings from his four rides on the galloper. The Roy Chillemi-trained Higher Realm will no doubt be out for revenge today (after finishing a close-up third behind him last start. He does meet Massingham’s galloper 2kgs better at the weights today but has a tricky gate in the small field and could easily get caught wide again. Day holds a 23% strike rate with the Massingham stable and I can see that improving here.

 

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