TWIN CITY TRUCK CENTRE SHOWCASE MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 1)
Albury Best Bet - Race 1 No. 4 Mix
While he has had some chances now, this is a decent step back in grade to Country level at start eight after contesting City and Provincial events, where he's been mostly competitive.
Hawkesbury to Albury (over a seven-hour drive) is long way to go for trainer Brad Widdup with Mix, who led throughout first-up at Kembla Grange and was only beaten in the last stride by Canadian Spice, a filly that was narrowly defeated first-up in a handy Maiden at Warwick Farm.
With also a close defeat last preparation to El Buena, who franked the form in her very next start by saluting in a midweek 72, it just reads a lot better than the main threats here in Romero and Karlaina, who placed behind Miss Elsie May on February 26, a mare that hadn't won in 10 prior Country attempts.
COMMERCIAL CLUB ALBURY GOLD CUP Tips [LISTED RACE] (Race 7)
Albury Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 6 Entente
A lightly raced son of Dundeel that went straight from a Provincial Maiden to win a Group Three last autumn, he progressed further last spring as a four-year-old from a Benchmark 88 to a Port Macquarie Cup and was tipped out after a Geelong Cup tilt.
Entente has done most of it on ability to date and although the Waterhouse & Bott stable clearly haven't gotten to the bottom of him yet. his fresh performance in the Canberra Mile when spotting 7kg to winner was strong before a tough effort in the Canberra Cup as favourite.
Being only second-up in that last attempt, he was ultimately a run short but did a stack of work and being just half a kilo over the minimum for the Listed Albury Cup, this four-year-old finds the perfect third-up assignment where he will have the tactical advantage over Mahamedeis, who is clearly the key threat.
LEXUS OF WODONGA COUNTRY MAGIC CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Wagga Value Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Gottaluvtrucks
Has admittedly been much longer odds in his last two outings following a freshen-up, but both performances have had merit and back to Class 3 company on Friday, this five-year-old is well placed albeit in an open race.
The son of Camelot found his third home in December via the local Albury yard of Donna Scott and has clearly improved off the back of two ordinary campaigns, recording a soft kill at a Non-Tab meeting on Boxing Day before three more decent showings including the Corowa Cup last start, where he had no luck.
From a wide gate, there was little that jockey Brendan Ward could do aboard Gottaluvtrucks on March 6, attempting to sustain a long and wide run where he still kept finding to grab third while here from a better draw, he can camp just off the speed and with any further improvement, is a chance at a double figure quote.