Montelena (Bunbury Race 9 No. 7)
This four-year-old Rubick mare trained by Darren McAuliffe has five wins and four places from 14 starts. She resumed after a 22 week spell for 3.32 lengths 4th over 1600m at Pinjarra Park on 6 February, then was just outmuscled for 0.82 length 2nd in the Listed Detonator Stakes over 1800m at Ascot on 20 February where she suffered from heat stress. She goes well on a soft track, goes well third-up and has won her only other start at this distance. Looks the main chance.
What About Moses (Bunbury Race 7 No. 7):
This five-year-old Playing God gelding has been the model of consistency this campaign with three wins and four places from seven starts this season. He found the lead at the 150m but was overhauled late to finish 0.42 lengths 2nd over 1400m at Pinjarra Park on 6 February, then he took over at the 200m and won by 0.17 length over 1600m at Ascot on 20 February. He looks a good each-way bet again.
Gemma’s Son (Bunbury Race 4 No. 1):
This three-year-old Snippetson colt is the early favourite in this 78+ handicap over 1000m. He won by 3.2 lengths in the Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy over 1200m at Pinjarra Park on 6 February, then tired in the final 100m for 1.6 lengths 7th in the Listed Pinjarra Classic on 21 February. He has a 3kg claim but still carries 3kg more than last start and doesn’t represent value.
The rail is in the true position. Bullock has been riding in terrific form and comes up with a strong card again. He looks the jockey to follow on a card full of favourites that are hard to beat. Best Bet Sardonyx (Scone Race 2 No.3 ) A key scratching comes out and leaves Sardonyx very hard to beat. Maps well, Bullock steers and gets the right race here. Hard to beat at goods still. $2.90 Best Each Way
Our Newcastle tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The rail is in 5 metres. Heavy conditions expected so looking towards runners that are proven on wet tracks. Best Bet Dale (Newcastle Race 6 No. 2) No prizes for finding this runner but put in a solid effort on debut and drops miles in grade. In smartly at the weights here and with no jockey booked yet does look very hard to hold out in this thin maiden. $1.40 l
Our Nowra Tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The track is in the heavy range. The rail is true. Best Bet Deni Gal (Nowra Race 7 No. 4) None of these win out of turn but Deni Gal has good claims with a superb record at the track and a good record with Guymer steering. He has won twice from 6 goes aboard which is a very good sign given the horse is 3 wins from 22 starts. Hard to beat and maps
Our Sha Tin Horse Racing Tips for Sunday's meeting. Key Comments There is a 10-race program and the rail is in the A+3 position. The feature is the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (race 7). The track should be Good with good weather forecast, and the first race is at 1 pm Hong Kong time which is 4 pm AEDT. Best Bet Gorgeous Win (Sha Tin Race 9 No. 3) Gorgeous Win has 2 wins and 2 places from his 4