ULTRA FLEET F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Gunnedah Best Bet - Race 2 No. 9 Vista Girl
Although somewhat competitive in Victoria, this daughter of Zoustar is much better placed racing on the NSW country circuit and following a pair of good performances for the local Gavin Groth yard, she can breakthrough this Tuesday.
Vista Girl was well supported at good odds ($15-$10) prior to her stable debut at Quirindi, where she flashed from the rear over the five furlongs and improved off that when reeling in all bar Inducement at Gunnedah on December 5, who had run into a handy debutant the start prior.
With any improvement now third-up off that solid base and perhaps better suited getting to the outside of opposition in the run home, she has decent claims to being the best bet on the program.
VERDICT COFFEE MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Gunnedah Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 9 Fu Ni
Barring Divine Intavention who brings some reasonable Provincial form lines, albeit has had a few chances now, it does look a very thin race and following a pair of good trials, this four-year-old caught the eye late at Newcastle when getting home for fourth over the 1350m.
By Adelaide and out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Demerger (Adelaide Cup winner), Fui Ni is bred to get over a trip so the step up to a mile here is a plus and was given time to mature following a mostly flat second racing preparation, which she looks to have clearly improved off.
Birdonawinningpost franked the form from that Newcastle outing with a strong win at Dubbo last week and from a kinder gate where we're looking for Louise Day to be more positive from, Fui Ni should get her chance.
LIVERPOOL PLAINS F&M CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Gunnedah Value Bet - Race 8 No. 5 Bonnie Joy
It's an awkward gate, hence the price, but if the afternoon rain comes, out wider may not be too much of a disadvantage late in the day anyway and this Colt Prosser-trained mare has shown ability over six career runs to date.
Following a second placing on debut behind a useful Emilette (has won at Provincial level this spring), Bonnie Joy broke the Maiden two starts later at Tamworth when leading throughout to score comfortably over Danebrook (since won two races) and Entreat (now a three-time winner).
Spelled following a down the track finish in July, this daughter of Bon Hoffa has trialled up well with a Coffs Harbour 800m win on December 3, bettering the next fastest heat over that journey by around eight and a half lengths on the clock.