THE NSW town of Ballina is hosting racing this Thursday and a tight seven race card is on the agenda.
We’ve gone through the meet to deliver tips for each and every event, so let’s take a look at which runners were backing in.
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Race 1 – Maiden Plate (1300m)
Star Stryker has finished in the placings across three of its seven career runs, and is peaking heading into its third start this preparation. The three-year-old filly gets a great race to breakthrough at the eight time of asking.
Race 1 tip: Star Stryker to win at Neds
Race 2 – Maiden Plate (1300m)
Vouch For Me will spear out and attempt to win from the front once again like it did on January 28 when it got run down in the final strides. The horse has finished inside the top-two on a previous second-up attempt and we’re backing it in to deliver a strong run here.
Race 2 tip: Vouch For Me to win at Neds
Race 3 – Class 1 Handicap (1600m)
Youngstown loves to fall out the back of the field and attempt to finish off late. In a race where the speed lacks it could be difficult to play to its strengths but if it gets the race to suit it can deliver a second win from 12 starts.
Race 3 tip: Youngstown to win at Sportsbet
Race 4 – Benchmark 55 (1000m)
A win at a much higher grading last time out boosts our confidence that Snuggle Pot can win once again, despite the significant jump in weight. The freshen up of over a month will help and we think it progresses past this field with ease.
Race 4 tip: Snuggle Pot to win at William Hill
Race 5 – Class 1 Handicap (1000m)
Falsified will love the early speed in this event. The go-back type will just look to stay with the back of the field and let those the head of affairs smash themselves out of contention so it can finish over the top of them.
Race 5 tip: Falsified to win at Neds
Race 6 – Benchmark 56 (1600m)
Call The Captain shouldn’t have any trouble finding the front here and we believe it can win from the front. At course and distance the horse rounded out the placings on January 19 and should be ready to peak after four runs back this campaign.
Race 6 tip: Call The Captain to win at William Hill
Race 7 – Benchmark 65 (1400m)
Mia’s Got Class is against the men on Thursday but its recent form is impossible to fault. The mare has won two straight and was half a length away from winning the resuming run back on December 8. This one feels within Mia’s Got Class’ grasp.
Race 7 tip: Mia’s Got Class to win at Crownbet