Warwick Tips August 3
- Last start winning gelding is looking for his first win at Warwick today
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Race 5 - 3:34PM TAB Class 3 Handicap (1100 METRES)
Michael Nolan’s four-year-old COUP lines up here a white-hot favourite, but while they offer better than bank interest (and they look a sound investment on paper), it’s hard to go past them. Resuming from a four-month break, the Mahisara gelding looked impressive when finishing a close-up second behind Spinning Spirit at Toowoomba. Then after a three-week let-up, he stepped up sharply in grade where he took on Class 4 company at Doomben and while finishing unplaced behind Foxpack that day, he was beaten only 1.5 lengths on the line. Last start, it was back to Toowoomba where third-up he again looked a winning chance but couldn’t hold off the challenge from Jochberg, taking home second prize again. Today, Nolan has put the blinkers back in him and from gate two, he maps to lead here. With those three runs behind him, he should strip as fit as ever and looks the winner, on paper at least. Only the brave would tip against him here.
Race 7 - 4:52PM TAB Class 2 Handicap (1350 METRES)
If ever there was a serious contender to challenge Tom Melbourne’s ‘bridesmaid’ record, surely Besters would be a prime candidate, Tom had 51 starts for 14 runner-up finishes, while Besters (here) has had just 17 starts to date but has racked up no less than nine second place finishes already. I tipped him at his last Warwick start, and, well, no prizes for guessing where he finished that day. So, I am over his inability to win a race this preparation and I am running with the Tony Gollan-trained SINGLE AGAIN to take the chocolates home today. Coming off an 18-week spell, the four-year-old made a successful return to racing, finishing third on this track in a BM58 over 1100m. Fitter from that hit-out, the mare stepped up to 1200m against Class 1 opposition at Dalby. She box-seated that day and after taking the lead inside the final 200m, she fought off the challenges to take out the event. Alex Patis jumps aboard for her first ride on the mare and after her claim, the galloper with carry just 56.5kgs today. It is her first crack at Class 2 company but with those two runs behind her now, she will strip even fitter and looks right in the mix in this field.
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