Rockhampton betting tips & form for Thursday, February 1

ROCKHAMPTON races this Thursday and the Queensland venue has an intriguing seven race card in the offing.

There are a number of in-form gallopers here we’re expecting to continue on with the job as well as some course specialists which seem to lift a cog when they run around at Rocky.

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Race 1 – Open Handicap (1400m)

Sheer Persistence is hunting a fourth-straight win and looks poised to do exactly that. In the smaller field the red-hot form counts for a lot and we’re backing it in to get the job done.

Race 1 tip: Sheer Persistence to win at Sportsbet

Race 2 – Maiden Handicap (1050m)

Wicked Grimshaw is the top elect here for us. On debut at Rocky the horse finished third in a small field, but showed enough to suggest it will not be racing in maiden grade for very long. That race was a Class 1 race, meaning this is a drop back in grade. Back it in.

Race 2 tip: Wicked Grimshaw to win at Ladbrokes

Race 3 – Maiden (1200m)

An ordinary maiden event awaits punters in the third, but we’re favouring the racing experience of Scutari to come to the fore here. Nothing else stands out, and unless a debut runner delivers a cheeky run at the first-time of asking Scutari should be breaking through.

Race 3 tip: Road To Heaven to win at Sportsbet

Race 4 – Benchmark 65 (1600m)

Winning form is good form and Aloof’s Turf has plenty of that. The hat-trick seeking won well as a short-priced favourite to break the maiden before stepping straight into Class 3 company with a win on January 9. Aloof’s Turf looms as the winner here.

Race 4 tip: Aloof’s Turf to win at William Hill

Race 5 – Class 1 Handicap (1300m)

Mason’s Chance has been in great form recently and is overdue for a win. Anyone who saw the horse charge home last-time out from a mile back will have added galloper to their black books and the horse should relish the additional 100m.

Race 5 tip: Mason’s Chance to win at Ladbrokes

Race 6 – Class 1 Handicap (1050m)

Ten Goal Polo put together a brilliant debut run back on January 9 and despite the tough barrier to jump from, we are backing it to remain undefeated. The horse will likely go forward and attempt to win it from the front again and we’re confident it can do exactly that.

Race 6 tip: Ten Goal Polo to win at William Hill

Race 7 – Class 4 Handicap (1400m)

Mishnah is third-up on Thursday, where it has previously placed before. The son of Kingston Rule was handy upon on resumption before winning second-up on January 25. From the perfect gate we expect Mishnah to get the job done.

Race 7 tip: Mishnah to win at Crownbet