CANBERRA is racing this Friday as the nation’s capital plays host to a solid eight race card
Not sure where you should bet in the ACT to close out the working week? Take a look at our expert’s best bets for the day.
Race 1 – Benchmark 63 (1280m)
Jar Of Hearts has been in good form recently and looks good to go coming into the opener. The horse won well in BM61 against the girls and while this is against the lads, the form reads well.
Race 1 tip: Jar Of Hearts to win at Sportsbet
Race 2 – Benchmark 90 (1900m)
First Courrier has been around the mark recently, placing second in a quality race at Goulburn on June 15. The horse was only two parts of a length away from winning that day and it drops significantly in weight for this one.
Race 2 tip: First Courrier to win at William Hill
Race 3 – Maiden Handicap (1080m)
Resuming local Portare should breakthrough here. The horse only narrowly missed out on winning behind smart type Snip The Mo on debut and subsequently placed thereafter. This is winnable for the Matty Dale runner.
Race 3 tip: Portare to win at Neds
Race 4 – Maiden Handicap (1750m)
Consoling has placed second in back-to-back events and is knocking on the door of a victory. The horse loves the track and is well drawn to be competitive.
Race 4 tip: Consoling to win at Sportsbet
Race 5 – Open Handicap (1206m)
The second-up Simply Striking should deliver a strong performance. The horse has placed twice from four second-up attempts and from a good draw the five-year-old will be hard to beat.
Race 5 tip: Simply Striking to win at William Hill
Race 6 – Maiden Handicap (1280m)
First starter Super Tickets rates well coming into this race. The Mark Newnham-trained three-year-old has trialed well coming into this event and we’re backing the son of Tickets to get the job done on debut.
Race 6 tip: Super Tickets to win at Neds
Race 7 – benchmark 60 (1080m)
Stephan has won two of its last three runs, and the one loss was a single length defeat at Albury at a high level. The horse should be right around the mark in this event despite carrying 62.5kg.
Race 7 tip: Stephan to win at Ladbrokes
Race 8 – Benchmark 55 (1280m)
The resuming Airport is drawn perfectly to deliver a win here. The horse has performed well above this level and we’re confident it can make an impact in the final event on the card.
Race 8 tip: Airport to win at Crownbet