SOUTHERN ASSET SERVICES MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Albury Value Bet - Race 4 No. 7 Our Baez
Among at least the raced brigade in this line-up, it's not a strong race and making her debut off the back of a pair of nice trials in November and December is this three-year-old from the Wagga stable of Chris Heywood.
She was given time after finishing down the track via a heat at Canberra in August, 2020 and although well held into third behind subsequent debut winner Manners Honey on November 28, this filly wasn't knocked around and improved off that to take out a Wagga trial in mid-December, again cruising to the line under a hold.
Our Baez is drawn out under jockey Mathew Cahill and is likely to get back over this 1175m trip, but looks forward enough to figure straight away in what isn't a vintage Maiden.
DARO GROUP MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Albury Best Bet - Race 5 No. 10 Beau Belle
With six places from 10 starts, this daughter of Brazen Beau is getting costly but, in a mile, Maiden contest at Albury on Tuesday with next to no depth, she won't get a better chance to breakthrough.
Local trainer Mitch Beer has had this four-year-old since the start of December and she has steadily improved as the distances have increased with eye-catching displays at her last two outings and after making a meal of the start on January 7, was hard to miss late when rattling home at Wagga.
The wider draw should suit Beau Belle with her racing pattern and with the confidence on the short turnaround from last Thursday, she looks very well placed to get that Maiden win, especially with a little more luck in the early stages.
ONWAY PRINTING BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Albury Each-Way Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Mountain Ibis
In two campaigns for Patrick Payne, Mountain Ibis showed some ability but will be better placed, especially at New South Wales country level, where he should be able compete well for new trainer Russell Osborne whilst the rating is quite low.
The winkers now go on the son of Bon Hoffa who was sound first-up at Echuca with 61kg when on heels late prior to a forgivable December 31 attempt, where after a slow start, found nothing but trouble throughout the run when buried to the inside and finding traffic for most of that journey.
Third-up last campaign, this gelding was beaten just over three and a half lengths in a midweek Benchmark 70 at Sandown where although held-up initially in the straight, didn't let down on that Soft 7 surface but that form, with improvement on top of the ground, is certainly good enough for this.