Port Macquarie betting tips & form for Friday, May 18

PORT Macquarie is racing this Friday and the punters have a strong eight race card for punters to wager upon.

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Race 1 – Class 1 Handicap (1000m)

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The resuming win of Ginger Island was sensational and should be a good thing to go back-to-back. The horse won by just two lengths on that day and comes into this race as the top elect.

Race 1 tip: Ginger Island to win at Neds

Race 2 – Class 1 Handicap (1000m)

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Outsmartem won well in its last-start and should go back-to-back. The horse won by just shy of three lengths on that day and we’re backing it to go well once again.

Race 2 tip: Outsmartem to win at Sportsbet

Race 3 – Open Handicap (1200m)

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The hat-trick seeking Star Of Theharbour is going to be hard to beat. The horse has on by an average of two lengths across those starts and will be difficult to defeat despite the topweight.

Race 3 tip: Star Of Theharbour to win at Sportsbet

Race 4 – Open Handicap (1200m)

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The in-form Dad’s Army is the horse to beat. The gelding has placed in five-straight events and only narrowly missed out at Taree on April 23.

Race 4 tip: Dad’s Army to win at Neds

Race 5 – Maiden Plate (1500m)

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Mokin has placed in two-straight events and will be looking to go one better here. The horse should be reaching peak fitness here and we’re backing it in.

Race 5 tip: Mokin to win at William Hill

Race 6 – Class 2 (1200m)

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I’ll Take Money has only missed the placings once across five runs this preparation and the horse should be hard to hold out once again. The mare has placed twice from three runs at the distance. This appears winnable.

Race 6 tip: I’ll Take Money to win at Neds

Race 7 – Benchmark 65 (1100m)

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The Wasp should be fit and firing after two return runs. The horse improved dramatically from the resuming run, making up four lengths. The four-year-old mare finished within a length of Time Out Of Mind on May 4 and this looms as a a race she can win.

Race 7 tip: The Wasp to win at William Hill

Race 8 – Benchmark 55 (1500m)

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Tilbury Lodge has finished second in back-to-back events and we’re backing it in to finish off the event in style. With a lower weight the gelding will be close to winning.

Race 8 tip: Tilbury Lodge to win at Neds