I’m Thunderstruck is an exciting four year old gelding trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr. He was sensationally backed in the Sir Rupert Clarke last start and despite getting a long way back and copping a huge bump on the turn was still able to unleash a powerful turn of foot to finish third. Huge run. Fitter for that and meets some key rivals better off at the weights here.
We made this four year old gelding a black booker after a good first up performance here on September 18. He was badly held up in the straight on that occasion but once the gap came quickened nicely through it. If there are any holes in the short price favourite Lombardo’s armor I think he’s the one that can take advantage.
Shihonka is rated a $4.40 chance in early markets. She made a mess of her rivals first up in a Wyong maiden over 1100m where she won by six lengths. However she didn’t beat much there and the time out of the race was solid with out being outstanding. She looks short enough here against some classy fillies.
Best bet – Race 9 # 1 Cristal Breeze Keen on this 6yo who is third-up in a much easier race. He was entered for a race up here last week, but from memory they scratched because of a sticky draw. They haven’t fared any better here as they’ve come out with the widest barrier this time. However, the map reads ok as he can come across with likely leader Barney’s Law drawn just inside him. He could sit outside the lead or one-out, one-back. His form in Sydney just looks
Best Bets Our Ascot Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Western Empire (Ascot Race 8 No. 4) This four-year-old Iffraaj gelding trained by Grant & Alana Williams has five wins and four place from 10 starts. He was a 0.7 length winner of the Listed Melvista Stakes over 2200m at Ascot on 27 March, then a 0.8 length winner of the Group 2 WATC Derby over 2400m at Ascot on 10 April. Resumes from a 27 week spell and has won both trials. Looks well placed here
Best Bets Our Morphettville Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Squizzy Mizzy (Morphettville Race 7 No. 6) This four-year-old Squamosa mare trained by Phillip Stokes has one win and two places from five starts. At the end of last campaign she battled away evenly for 2.3 lengths 4th over 1000m at Morphettville on 8 May before a 21 week spell. She resumed for a good 1.7 length win over 1000m at Morphettville Parks and looks ready to go on with the job. $4.00
Best Bets Our Eagle Farm Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Irish Sequel (Eagle Farm Race 3 No. 2) This six-year-old Invincible Spirit gelding trained by Chris Waller has three wins and four places from 16 starts. He fought on for 1.5 lengths 5th over 1800m at Gold Coast on 18 September, then took over at the 100m and won by 1.25 lengths over 2030m on a soft track at Doomben on 2 October. Jim Byrne sticks with him and he is the leading hope. $2.40