MGM BULK HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Bunbury Value Bet - Race 5 No. 3 Gifted Warrior
While his overall form at seven furlongs is poor, this gelding has placed over 1500m and 1600m along with producing good efforts over further trips, so there's no doubting he runs this trip despite all wins coming over shorter journeys.
With two wins and two placing's, Gifted Warrior has a strong first-up record with excuses in his last fresh attempt, racing three-wide throughout when runner-up to Oxbridge (also won his next start) before bouncing back second-up at Bunbury, defeating That's Funny Az in the process, a galloper that won his next three attempts at Metropolitan level.
Off the back of three March trials leading into this return including a 1450m hit out at Lark Hill via his latest, a heat he won, it does look as though they're searching for another positive fresh showing and from barrier four, draws for a suck run just off the leaders.
MGM GROUP HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Bunbury Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Come Right Back
Adam Durrant prepares Come Right Back, a gelding that recorded three wins and a runner-up via a second preparation which culminated with a brave ten-furlong triumph when lumping 60.5kg before taking on stronger company in his last campaign.
By boom sire Toronado and out of the dam Sense of Purpose, a staying mare, Come Right Back has shown good versatility over his short career to date albeit 1600m-2200m does look the right distance range for this four-year-old who resumes over the 1690m on Wednesday, which suits given the good return over seven furlongs last time in.
Looking the most progressive and about the only city class galloper in a modest field. this four-year-old has the services of champion hoop William Pike for this fresh assignment who was aboard for his most recent trial and with even luck, class can get him home in a race of this strength.
GIACCI FAMILY HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Bunbury Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 4 Apple Schnapps
Brad Rawiller and Lindsey Smith have combined for seven winners at a strike rate of 25.9% this season and in the last from Bunbury on Wednesday, they get a great chance to build further on that record with this three-year-old who plummets in grade now second-up.
While he was never in winning calculations when contesting a Saturday Handicap on resumption, Apple Schnapps did catch the eye late with an eventual fifth-place finish and finally getting out to 1200m for this first time here, does now rise in the weights but comes all the way back to a Provincial Class 1.
The son of Alfred Noble was a second-up winner last preparation with the campaign then going downhill in two runs before being tipped out but off that solid return and as a more mature gelding now, he looks more than capable of putting a few together this time in, starting on Wednesday.