ASP SECURITY MAIDEN Tips (Race 2)
Bunbury Value Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Tibetan Black
Showing some signs of potential over her first two racing preparations to date is this three-year-old, who was unlucky first-up last campaign when resuming over 1000m, where she lost ground after being bumped at the start and was in restricted room via the run home.
With an elevated heart rate along with a slow recovery detected after her November 22 flop, she was then spelled and the 1200m trial win on March 8 when working to the line under a hold was super, holding off Street Fair (competitive twice in town following that) and Baybizarre who bolted in to break her Maiden on March 21.
Admittedly the first two runs this campaign for Tibetsan Black have been poor but she was three-wide throughout via her latest attempt and from a better draw on Wednesday, could be a big improver stepping up in trip via a Maiden that lacks a standout.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Bunbury Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Noble Reflection
After winning a very strong two-year-old event over the winter of 2019, this son of Artie Schiller admittedly hasn't quite been able to fulfill that early potential but has been consistent and still lightly raced, has time to work through the lower grades.
A third-up winner last time in when dropping all the way from a fast run 1200m on a soft track to a Provincial Class 1, Noble Reflection is only second-up here but is arriving out of a fast run six furlongs at Ascot, peaking late on his effort for fourth on March 24 in an event that went around seven lengths faster than the other Class 3 on that program.
Now facing opposition with inferior times/form lines, he should find this a little easier overall and dropping 3kg off that performance after the Holly Watson claim, an apprentice who has recorded three wins from her last 10 rides, he is well weighted here off a 56kg impost.
TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Bunbury Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Lyle's Choice
A big strapping gelding is this progressive four-year-old who is improving and ultimately was just a run short second-up at Ascot, peaking on his run in the last 100m when well held by the three-year-old Temptacion, a filly that was then a close up third in the Group Three WA Oaks.
Franking the form further from that March 17 contest was Marocchino, who won a Benchmark 72+ at Saturday level before backing up eight days later and taking out the $100,000 Albany Cup as a odd-on favourite, which reads well for Lyle's Choice coming all the way back to a Provincial Class 3 albeit he rises sharply in the weights.
Lyle's Choice made good inroads as runner-up behind Miss Marietta on March 3, who franked the form with another comfortable win at Ascot following that, so the form is continuing stack up in higher grades and this galloper is unbeaten from two third-up attempts to date, which have both been at Bunbury.