A HUGE ten race card is in the offing for Grafton on Thursday.
There’s a jam-packed day of racing to get through in the northern NSW area so let’s get stuck into the action and find some winners.
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Race 1 – Handicap (1006m)
She’s Choosie is hunting a hat-trick and is well placed to get it. Only one other runner has had a race start, and that horse did not finish inside the placings.
Race 1 tip: She’s Choosie to win ($1.30 at Neds)
Race 2 – Benchmark 60 (2210m)
In its last five races Exilia Miss has won twice, placed a further two times and rounded out the first four just once. That red-hot form looks to continue in a race where the horse is drawn ideally.
Race 2 tip: Exilia Miss to win ($3.60 at William Hill)
Race 3 – Maiden Handicap (1106m)
Longtga has placed second-up in the past and after a great resumption at Grafton on January 28. The horse rocketed home late to round out the placings first-up and we think it improves greatly on that run.
Race 3 tip: Longtga to win ($3.90 at Ladbrokes)
Race 4 – Maiden (1106m)
Leiladane gets a great gate here and will be looking to continue the great progression it has made this preparation. The horse missed out by a nose on January 9 at Kempsey and has since trialed, finishing second and first. Leiladane’s time is now.
Race 4 tip: Leiladane to win ($7 at William Hill)
Race 5 – Benchmark 55 (1106m)
Mathieson Lane has placed in both return runs this preparation and will benefit from a drop in class here. We expect the horse to hand up to the early speed and finish over the top of them late.
Race 5 tip: Mathieson Lane to win ($12 at Neds)
Race 6 – Class 1 Plate (1610m)
Polemic has been making progression with each run this preparation, culminating in a last-start third at Doomben on January 26. This is a drop in class and obviously returning from the city will help too. A great record of a win and two placings from three attempts at this distance will be another factor for Polemic.
Race 6 tip: Polemic to win ($2.40 at William Hill)
Race 7 – Open Handicap (1610m)
Image Of Love is a last-start winner at Grafton that has a terrific record at the NSW track. From seven runs the horse has recorded two wins and three placings. In a tricky field and from barrier seven we think the place is the right play here.
Race 7 tip: Image Of Love to place ($4.40 at Crownbet)
Race 8 – Class 1 (1206m)
Tapa has won first-up in the past and presents as a great chance to repeat the dose. Prior to being turned out the horse had recorded back-to-back second placings and comes into this after a Class 2 trial at Deagon. Look for a bold showing fresh for Tapa.
Race 8 tip: Tapa to win ($7 at Crownbet)
Race 9 – Class 1 Handicap (1206m)
Makes You Think confronts the starter for the second time ever following a brilliant debut at the Sunshine Coast. The son of So You Think gets the perfect draw and should show some natural improvement across the additional 100m.
Race 9 tip: Makes You Think to win ($3.40 at Crownbet)
Race 10 – Benchmark 55 (1410m)
Our Boy Ben has been great over its last three runs and comes into this race on the back of a winning trial at Grafton. Prior to the trial the horse had delivered back-to-back placings. Our Boy Ben should make a successful return on Thursday
Race 10 tip: Our Boy Ben to win ($7.50 at Crownbet)