THANK YOU GEOFF MILLER BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Albury Best Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Mnementh
He's admittedly starting to get a little costly for punters with a hat-trick of seconds before a midfield finish in the Benalla Cup, but meeting the equal favourite Bautista 3.5kg better off from his defeat two starts back, this does look the chance to strike.
The son of Eurozone is more effective on top of the ground which are the conditions he'll face on Friday and the form from his Canberra attempt on September 20 is continually stacking up with Express Courier winning easily with a big weight at his most recent outing whilst Mookarena (third in that race) has since recorded back-to-back victories.
Mnementh may head back anyway, so not overly worried by the gate and for what shouldn't be a brutally run contest, his turn of foot can see him home late for a much-deserved win as the best bet at Albury.
DLG ALUMINIUM & GLAZING BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Albury Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 4 Matsumoto
Although the 1000 metres appears a little on the short side for this returning four-year-old, he'd be the most talented galloper that big local trainer Mitch Beer saddles up this Friday and he is represented in every event on the seven-race program.
The 60/1 starting price proved well of the mark for his Wangaratta debut where he prevailed very comfortably via a long and sweeping run from the rear to defeat American Whisky (and six more subsequent winners) who broke through at Bendigo following that and was last seen running second in Sydney when bettering a group performer in Acrophobic.
Matsumoto was tipped out following his second run at Caulfield where he certainly wasn't disgraced and looking to get back and hit the line strongly in his Friday return, he may just have the class to overcome the short journey first-up at country level.
MARTINS TRAVEL ALBURY BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Albury Value Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Flying Cyril
He's been an honest country sprinter over the journey has this gelding from the Peter Maher stable in Wodonga and he put two brave wins together back in July and August before being outclassed at BM70 level in Victoria.
The seven-year-old had excuses in in his September 15 flop after making contact with the barriers on jumping and raced four-wide throughout but via his most recent effort here on October 24 where he was clearly the pick of the on-speed brigade after again covering ground, had merit.
There was good support at a price for Flying Cyril that day ($31-$18) and back from a Benchmark 66 to a 58 here, isn't without an each-way chance in the last from Albury this Friday.