Sir Rocket (Gold Coast Race 2 No. 2)
With five wins and four places from 11 starts. this five-year-old Smart Missile gelding trained by Michael Costa always runs well. He hung in and did plenty wrong but still hit the front late to win by 0.3 length over 1200m at the Gold Coast on soft going on 13 November, then raced wide with no cover before running on strongly for 0.8 length 2nd over 1000m at Sunshine Coast on 19 December. Has won two from two at this track and is the one they have to beat.
Tamilaide (Gold Coast Race 7 No. 5):
This four-year-old Adelaide gelding trained by Les Kelly has three wins and six places from nine starts. On resuming from an 18 week spell he ran on from well back for 1.2 lengths 3rd over 1200m at Ipswich on 3 December, then ran on from well back at the home turn but couldn’t reel in the winner and finished 0.7 length 2nd over 1400m at Eagle Farm on 18 December. Won at his only start at this track and looks a great each-way chance.
Swiss Exile (Gold Coast Race 3 No. 3):
This Annabel Neasham trained colt is the early favourite in the 1100m Gold Nugget for 2YO Colts & Geldings. He debuted with 0.5 length 3rd in the Listed Phelan Ready Plate over 1000m at Eagle Farm on 11 December, then was caught wide before finishing 2.6 lengths 3rd in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate over 1200m at Doomben on 26 December. Should run well again but offers no value.
Best Bets Our Ascot Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. Spin The Knife (Ascot Race 1 No. 1) Spin The Knife resumes in this 3YO Plate after a 15 week spell. In the Spring he won by 3.2 lengths over 1000m at Belmont on 25 September, then was picked off in the final stride for 0.1 length 2nd in the 3YO Classic over 1000m at Ascot on 9 October. Has won both his previous first-up starts and has a class edge. Rates very well and will be
Best Bets Our Gawler Racing Tips for the weekend. Victory Bandit (Gawler Race 5 No. 5) Sue & Jason Jaensch train this four-year old mare. She winded to the line when 3.2 lengths 6th over 2040m at Morphettville on 26 December, then battled away to gain the upper hand in the final 50m for a 0.7 length win on a soft track over 2106m at Gawler on 8 January.She seems to like this track and looks the leading hope. $3.20 Each Way
Best Bets Our Moonee Valley Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. In The Boat (Moonee Valley Race 8 No. 11) Lightly raced Lindsey Smith galloper with four wins and three placings from his seven career runs. He lead around Caulfield at a fast speed last start and offered a strong kick on the turn to fend off the smart Marine One with a good gap back to third. Maps to find the lead again here with just 55kg on his back after the claim. Think the Valley
Best Bets Our Randwick Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. The feature event is the Carrington Stakes (race 8). Toomuchtobear (Randwick Race 6 No. 4) Chris Waller has four runners in this BM 88 Handicap over 2000m and our top pick is this four-year-old Press Statement gelding with four wins and four places from nine starts. When resuming from a 14 week spell he won by 0.3 length over 1400m at Randwick on 18 December, then kept chasing for 0.7 length 2nd over 1550m at Kensington after