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Grafton Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for July 8

  • Get our tips and best bets for the Grafton Races in New South Wales
  • The Listed Grafton Cup headlines the final day of their carnival on Thursday
  • The track is currently in the Soft 6 range although no rain is expected on race day
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Grafton Tips for 08.07.2021
Berdibek (yellow cap) is one of the key chances in Thursday's Grafton Cup. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 07 Jul 2021
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Get free Grafton tips, race previews and betting selections for all key race meetings from Grafton in New South Wales.

Our Grafton best bets are provided by expert form analysts and tipsters, with free betting tips available right here.

Grafton Tips July 8


Grafton Roughie - Race 2 No. 15 Writeoff

The first emergency gets a start in this 1400m Class 1 and now finally drawing a gate in what is the weakest assignment she's faced this campaign; this mare can run a race at big odds on Thursday.

An ex-Victorian who won at her second start for trainer Warren Gavelock last spring, Writeoff was competitive in her next two outings, including one at Provincial level before being tipped out at the end of October.

The 1000m first-up was a little sharp, but it was a fair return at Port Macquarie and following a second-up attempt via a Provincial Class 1 where they smashed the clock, she got home fairly at Lismore while they can settle a few pairs closer here from gate three.


Grafton Best Bet - Race 3 No. 6 Hard Labour

Stringing four wins together and going from Maiden level to BM72 grade in the process last year was this mare from the powerful Toby & Trent Edmonds stable, who with a drop in grade now third-up, is looking to bounce back to the winner's stall.

By All Too Hard and out of the dam Laynlow, a daughter of dual Group One winner Victory Vein, the plan would've been set on black-type for with Hard Labour in winter and while she was a shade under par twice, she should've finished closer on both occasions.

Beaten by stakes class runners each time and freshened-up now, the blinkers now go on this four-year-old, a gear change that was in effect via a June 22 trial at the Gold Coast where she worked home strongly under a hold.


Grafton Value Bet - Race 5 No. 15 Ambridge

There's clearly an opinion of this gelding, a runner that was heavily supported on debut at Coffs Harbour ($10.00-$4.80) following some strong work at the trials against more experienced opposition, but he had to settle for fourth in that June 18 event.

While he didn't exactly smash the line over the 1000m, Ambridge has worked home fairly in a race mostly dominated by the on-speed runners and as an inexperienced galloper in traffic, it was certainly a pass mark, especially given he got further back than anticipated.

He was impressive in a trial last August and on May 29, was well looked after late at Coffs Harbour in a field that included Tycoon Street, Sawtell and Furphy, who have won a dozen races between them while all three were pushed out in that heat.


Grafton Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 6 Berdibek

Trainer John O'Shea won the Ramornie Handicap on Wednesday with Southern Lad and he gets a great chance to take out the feature double on Thursday with this striking grey who has been near on faultless in preparation for this 2350m feature.

After an even first-up effort in the Scone Cup, Berdibek was completely luckless second-up at Rosehill and although not at home on a Heavy 8 compared to Stockman, those two were clearing out from the rest of the field in the McKell Cup (fastest last 600m/400m).

With many stayers well exposed this time of the year and ticking over with a run last Saturday with 66kg to top him off perfectly, Berdibek is set for this feature and is projecting towards a peak performance in the 2021 Grafton Cup.

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Hard Labour gets the blinkers on off a freshen-up and with a good trial, she can bounce back in Race 3 on Grafton Cup Day.

Ambridge is worth another look at an each-way price in Race 5 and Berdibek is a leading chance in the feature (Race 7).

Writeoff makes some appeal at big odds in Race 2.

Best Bet: Hard Labour To Win @145.00 at Topsport - 5 Units
Value Bet: Ambridge Each Way @750.00 at TAB - 2 Units
Feature Tip: Berdibek To Win @320.00 at bet365 Australia - 2 Units
Roughie: Writeoff Each Way @1800.0 at Palmerbet - 1 Unit

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