SATURDAY SPORTS ON LOVING LIFE 103.1FM MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Grafton Best Bet - Race 5 No. 3 So Super
This gelding was making her debut via the March 29 meeting from Grafton and although he was the subject of a strong late betting move ($8.00 - $4.80), it wasn't to be with the three-year-old involved in a fall after clipping heels around 150m out.
While it's somewhat inconclusive, I have no doubt that So Super is right in the finish if it wasn't for the accident as he was seemingly about to hit top gear when the run did present and was just about on terms with the eventual top three (second and third both won their next starts).
Sent back to the trials on April 19, he eventually responded and did so in style late, winning in good time comparative to some strong heats that morning while 2kg claiming apprentice Zac Lloyd remains in the saddle from that hit-out.
ALAN BOWLING - PAINTER CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Grafton Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 4 Canexcell
It's hard to knock the consistency of this three-year-old to date who broke through for a much deserved Maiden victory last September following three runner-up finishes, and not much has gone right since then.
Resuming in a Class 1 at Eagle Farm on February 25, Canexcell worked hard throughout that contest only to run into a smart Garoppolo (competitive at Listed level at his next start) but he was clearly the pick of the on-speed runners despite having no luck.
Freshened-up following that effort, he was ridden more conservatively on a Heavy 10 before going around as a well-supported favourite at Grafton on April 22, where he was forced to cover ground again, but now draws to do less work from gate two.
TOM MARTIN ELECTRICAL BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Grafton Value Bet - Race 9 No. 9 Zavy's Hope
Barring two or three rivals, there's a genuine query on how many of this line up can run out a strong mile which shouldn't be an issue for this mare, a winner over 1700m last campaign before a pair of placings over 2000m-2200m trips.
By I Am Invincible and of the mare Epic Faith, a winner over 2000m, Zavy's Hope certainly looks to throw more to her dams' side and she did make a winning resumption over 1500m last campaign on a Soft 7, so the extra 100m shouldn't be an issue on the 55kg minimum.
Defeating a useful sprinter in Front Money via an early March trial, she has worked more recently with a 1200m hit-out on April 20 and with Ben Looker sticking with the four-year-old from that last preparation, she can take some catching fresh.