Ita (Randwick Race 4 No. 6)
This four-year-old All Too Hard mare trained by Bjorn Baker has three wins and four places from her nine starts. She took over in the last 200m and burst away for a soft 5.6 length win over 1400m at Bathurst on 23 August, then took over straightening and kept going for a 1.85 length win over 1600m at Wyong on 3 September. Is flying at the moment and will be hard to beat.
A Very Fine Red (Randwick Race 6 No. 9):
This three-year-old Deep Field filly from the Mark Newnham stable has one win and one place from three starts. At the end of last campaign she was run down late for 0.9 length 4th in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on 17 April, before an 18 week spell. She resumed for 3.3 lengths 3rd on a heavy track over 1100m at Kensington on 25 August. Blinkers come off for the first time and she looks a nice each-way chance.
Khaalis (Randwick Race 3 No. 6):
This four-year-old Muhaarar gelding trained by Chris Waller is the early favourite in this BM 72 Handicap over 1800m. He battled away in the straight for 4.8 lengths 7th over 1550m at Kensington on 18 August, then kept chasing when clear at the 200m for 1.3 lengths 4th over 1900m at Gosford on 8 September, with the best overall race sectionals. In a very open race he doesn’t offer value.
Best Bets Our Kalgoorlie Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Staralign (Kalgoorlie Race 6 No. 4) This six-year-old Universal Ruler gelding trained by Peter Fernie has seven wins and 12 places from 28 starts. He led early but faded in the run to the line and finished 12.9 lengths 13th over 2200m at Belmont on 26 June then had a 10 week let-up. On resuming he was held-up badly from the 400m to 100m and finished 1.9 lengths 2nd. Is a track specialist with five wins and five
Best Bet | Race 8 #2 Morethannumberone Must be with this progressive 5yo trained at the Gold Coast track by the shrewd Michael Costa. He was electric winning last start at this track and really should be unbeaten from three starts this campaign. Instead, he’s won two from three, with the blemish coming when caught wide two starts back at Doomben. The form out of that race looks good now with Lasting Kiss continuing to win. He has a wide gate here but there’s not a lot of speed and Andrew Mallyon
Best Bets Our Belmont Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Kaptain Kaos (Belmont Race 2 No. 2) This four-year-old Demerit gelding trained by Michael Grantham has five wins and three places from nine starts. When resuming after 15 weeks he charged ahead late for a 0.3 length win over 1200m at Belmont on 7 August, then arrived late for a 0.2 length win over 1200m at Belmont on 28 August. The extra 200m should suit and he should be hard to beat. $1.90
Best Bets Our Morphettville Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. The feature race is the Listed W H Wylie Handicap (race 8). Melody Man (Morphettville Race 6 No. 6) This five-year-old Fiorente gelding trained by Jake Stephens at Victor Harbor has three wins and four places from nine starts. He came clear in the final 100m to win by 2.8 lengths over 1600m at Morphettville on 21 August, then won by a solid 3.2 length margin over 1950m at Morphettviille Parks on 4 September. Should be hard