Wheelhouse (Gold Coast Race 2 No. 2)
Wheelhouse is on a seven day back-up after a strong win in The Wave at this track and distance last week. He was wide throughout and arrived late to beat them all. The start before he went down in the final stages for 0.3 length 2nd over 1600m at Randwick on 26 December. This four-year-old Pierro gelding is from the Chris Waller stable and looks the testing material.
Sir Rocket (Gold Coast Race 6 No. 19e): With the scratching of Blondeau this five-year-old Smart Missile gelding trained by Michael Costa will get a run in the $1,000,000 Magic Millions Cup. He has six wins and four places from 12 starts. He finished 0.8 lengths 2nd over 1000m at Sunshine Coast on 19 December, then was a 1.8 length winner of the Magic Millions Country Cup over 1200m last week. That was his 3rd win from three starts at the track. Has drawn the inside barrier and looks a great each-way chance.
Away Game (Gold Coast Race 5 No. 6):
This four-year-old Snitzel mare trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace has five wins and eight places from 19 starts and is the early favourite in the 1200m Magic Millions Sprint. In the Spring she ran 5 lengths 6th in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley on 22 October, then returned from a 9 week break for 0.8 length 2nd in the Listed Christmas Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield on 26 December. Nicely drawn but prepared to risk her in this quality field.
Best Bets Our Launceston Racing Tips for Wednesdays meeting. Neutralize (Launceston Race 5 No. 9) It’s been seven races for a win and four places for this three-year-old Rubick filly trained by Scott Brunton. Resuming from an 18 week spell she finished 3 lengths 2nd over 1009m on the Devonport Tapeta Synthetic on 3 December, then got to the lead early and stayed there for a 2 length win over 1100m at Devonport on 19 December. Drawn perfectly in barrier 1 she has good early speed and
Best Bets Our Oakbank Racing Tips for Wednesday's meeting. Muffla (Oakbank Race 6 No. 5) With four minor placings from his last four starts this four-year-old Free Eagle gelding trained by Peter Blanch is ready for a win. He came from last to work home nicely for 1.6 lengths 3rd over 2050m at Strathalbyn on 29 December, then ran a similar race to finish 0.4 length 2nd over 2150m at Oakbank on 12 January. On a seven day back-up and down a little in distance. Serious player.
Best Bets Our Belmont Horse Racing Tips for Wednesday's meeting. Sketta (Belmont Race 7 No. 4) This four-year-old Thorn Dancer mare trained by Fred Kersley has two wins and a place from five starts. She kept coming gamely for 0.3 length 2nd over 1000m at Belmont on 17 July with a good final 400m sectional, then petered out for 2.6 lengths 4th over 1200m at Belmont on 31 July. Resumes from a 24 week spell and won first-up last campaign. Will take a power of beating. $2.70
Best Bets Our Sandown Lakeside Horse Racing Tips for Wednesday. Gate Crash (Sandown Lakeside Race 6 No. 2): Lightly raced Patrick Payne gelding in his second preparation. His two runs back on the Hillside Track have been excellent. He ran home strongly into second first up with a big gap back to the third horse, then shot through the gap once it appeared last time to win softly on the line. Set up to run a new peak here third up. Should be too good for these.