Unique Doors and Windows 3YO Hcp Tips (Race 6)
Devonport Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 3 Weldborough
It's quite an unconventional move going straight to 1650m second-up following a Maiden victory over the 1120m at Launceston, but with 23 winners at a terrific strike rate of 35.9% at Devonport over the last 12 months, we will trust the very astute Leanne Gaffney stable with this placement.
Following a fair debut effort back in July for second when defeating a useful galloper in Freelancer, Weldborough was tipped straight out and was strong late in that December resumption when getting the better of Thelma late, who franked that form in style with a mammoth seven length victory at her next outing.
By Mawingo and out of a Waterford Road mare, the breeding suggests that he's a middle distance/staying type and with a 16k TASBRED Owner Bonus available in this contest, they've potentially eyed this event off and at least on ability, I'm banking that he's the best horse in the race.
Adam Brooks Class 1 Hcp Tips (Race 7)
Devonport Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Needs To Belong
If the December 17 trial from Longford was any indication, where he led throughout for a comfortable two length win in the fastest 730m hit-out that morning, then this four-year-old has improved ahead of his second racing preparation following a first campaign where he showed potential.
A wide gate proved costly on debut at Devonport over the 1150m where he was only runner making any impression behind the winner and did enough to breakthrough at his next attempt when holding off Turk Delight, with that race rating well for the class on that August 23 program.
Needs To Belong resumes over the five-furlongs but with barrier two where he can settle handy and finding a field with seemingly only one/two logical threats, this gelding can return with a win at Devonport this Wednesday.
Devonport Travel and Cruise BM60 Hcp Tips (Race 8)
Devonport Value Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Elisavet
While this daughter of Foxwedge admittedly doesn't win out of turn, you won't find a bad run from this mare over 16 starts now for the Leanne Gaffney yard and she's following a similar pattern that saw her prevail third-up last campaign over the 1650m at Devonport.
Considering the fresh tilt was over five furlongs, that performance was full of merit when doing her best work late over far too short a journey and she followed that with a half-length defeat on December 20, where the slow tempo didn't suit but was a run short irrespective.
This Benchmark 60 is a little easier overall and with the favourite Gregorian Chant having to push forward from gate 13 with some speed drawn inside of her, Elisavet can camp just off them under Kyle Maskiell and be produced late at a good each-way price.
Ladbrokes Devonport Cup Tips (Race 9)
Devonport Feature Tip - Race 9 No. 6 White Hawk
Around half of the 2021 Devonport Cup field would easily bob-up in a very competitive $100,000 feature, which includes this seven-year-old who after a slow start to this campaign, caught the eye late on New Year's Day as runner-up in the Longford Cup.
As this gelding has aged, he can be more hit or miss, hence the double figure quote, but White Hawk has a good record on these short turnarounds and his last victory came on the Devonport Synthetic back in September when bolting in by three lengths over the 1880m.
The son of Tough Speed was a little tardy away from the barriers in that last attempt, which is uncustomary for him and as one of the better weighted gallopers in this line-up now coming back to the 54kg minimum along with having a strong record at this track/trip, he's a chance in an open race.