The son of Shamus Award heads into this contest second-up on the back of a two-length fifth placing to Queman at Morphettville. You could see late in the piece he got a bit tired being first-up and he shifted in a touch in the straight, which is why the addition of blinkers here is going to be ideal for him. The speed is moderate, so he should be able to lead or box-seat from the barrier and the blinkers should get him to settle nicely, which will work nicely if he is able to control the race. Up to 1500m is the query but again, this is where the blinkers come into it and with even luck, he should be strong in the finish.
This daughter of Rebel Raider had a couple of issues in her 2.8 length defeat back in sixth. She was checked around the 1000m mark and began to over-race as well which didn’t play into her hands late in the race. This is a highly winnable maiden race with the pace being moderate to fast and she is drawn nicely in barrier five, so hopefully, she can sit a touch closer in the run. She should show nice improvement here second-up and I think she will be fighting out the finish.
Happy to take on this son of Castledale due to the price. He is coming into this race first up with a solid weight over 1200m, and I truly think he is more suited to a touch further. The benefit for him is his early pace but he may be wanting here first-up after 221 days off.
Our Geelong Horse Racing Tips for Friday's meeting. Best Bets Martha Lavinia (Geelong Race 4 No. 11) Building up to a win and strikes the perfect opportunity to get one on the board. Scratched from a race today and saved for this. Maps well and should take some holding out in this race. $5.50 Each Way Aquila Volare (Geelong Race 6 No. 1) Unlucky last start and can atone here with John Allen in the saddle. Has always shown good promise to date
Our Cranbourne Horse Racing Tips for Thursday's meeting. Best Bets Tycoon Beau (Cranbourne Race 6 No. 8) Hard to not like the run of Tycoon Beau last start who circled the field and couldn't quite run don Chardon Burj who goes around at Doomben on Saturday in a stakes race so the form looks excellent. With even luck it will be very hard to hold out from the tricky draw and looks nicely weighted despite the rise in grade. $6.00 Each Way
Best Bets Our Rosehill Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. The feature event is the Lord Mayors Cup (Race 7). Quintello (Rosehill Race 9 No. 13) With four wins and three places from eight starts, this mare from the Maher/Eustace stable has above average ability. She resumed from a spell with a 4 length win over 1200m at Mornington on 26 March, then chased hard to find the front and raced clear for a 2.9 length win on heavy going over 1400m at Randwick on 23 April.
Best Bets Our Flemington Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. The feature event is the Straight Six (race 7). Tuvalu (Flemington Race 8 No. 13) Tuvalu is a talented four year old gelding who was far too good first up on his home track at Warrnambool. His I’m Thunderstruck form from last prep reads very well for a race like this and I love that he rolls forward and makes his own luck up on speed. $2.70 Each Way Coolth (Flemington