|What||Rockhampton Newmarket Day 2021|
|Where||Callaghan Park – Reaney St, Rockhampton QLD 4701|
|When||Friday, July 9, 2021|
|First Race||12:27pm AEST|
HorseBetting’s Queensland form analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie picks for one of his favourite dates on the Australian racing calendar: Rockhampton Newmarket Day. The track is rated a Soft 5 and the rail is out 3m for the entire course. The first of eight races is set to jump at 12:27pm, with the Newmarket scheduled for 4:12pm.
Rockhampton Newmarket Best Bet: Stampe
Chris Munce and Justin Huxtable combine in the feature sprint, the $100,000 Rockhampton Newmarket over 1300m under Quality conditions. Stampe, a four-year-old by Whittington, comes off a fifth in the Group 2 Moreton Cup at Eagle Farm last time out over 1200m with 55kg on his back behind Baller, which looks great form for this. While the gelding does rise 2.5kg to 57.5kg, he drops significantly in grade to Open Quality, so it is fair to say he is in this up to his eyeballs. The big-striding horse has drawn perfectly in barrier four, which will put him in an ideal position in what will be a high-pressure race. Likely to settle just off the speed, Huxtable will be able to utilise the 400m straight to find plenty of galloping room and finish over the top of the likes of Master Jamie, defending champ Doctor Zous, and race favourite Really Discreet. Last Chance was terrific when winning the Tattersall’s Sprint a fortnight ago at this track with 63kg on his back, so the 5kg drop should give that consistent gelding a great chance in this too.
Best Bet of the Day: Bustedup
Admittedly, we aren’t too sure that we are over Bustedup’s loss at Eagle Farm in January, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, so a 2.75-length defeat to Georgie’s Pride is enough to put the gelding in the ‘forgive’ file. Clinton Taylor’s four-year-old won three of his four races last campaign at Mackay and Rockhampton by a cumulative margin of over 13 lengths and now returns to a track where he is undefeated in two starts. Drawn in barrier six for Ashley Butler, he should show enough gate speed to be handy in the run before pulling away late over the 1050m in Benchmark 65 company. While the son of Dusty Moon has only won three races to date, the talented racehorse could progress to be a lightweight hope in a nice feature race towards the back end of the North Queensland Winter Carnival. He is short odds, but the 50% profit appeals leading into a very big weekend of racing.
Best Value at Rockhampton: Tabman
Young-gun trainer Thomas Smith recently brought Tabman to his stable, and while his trial form prior was not all that appealing, he comes from quite the family of winners. A son of Tycoon Ruler out of a dam called Danni Sharleen may not mean much to a lot of punters, but this gelding is a full brother to ‘The next Harrovian’, Paniagua – the winner of last year’s Townsville Guineas, Cairns Cup and Country Cups Championship Final at Doomben as part of an eight-race win streak. Tabman debuted over 1100m at this track on June 30th and could not have been more pleasing, albeit running third, coming from the second half of the field in the straight to finish 1.25 lengths off Manifica and Kasinova Kid. Up 100m to the 1200m with Matt McGillivray retaining the ride from the inside alley, the three-year-old will be able to settle a touch closer in the run and should take some serious beating. If he is half as good as his brother, he should win his maiden here.
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