Buckby Motors 3YO Maiden Tips (Race 2)
Launceston Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 9 Lake Bled
As expected, Tasmania's leading trainer Scott Brunton has brought plenty of runners to Friday's feature meeting from Launceston and he'll get a good chance to strike early in the second with this first starter who finds a weak Maiden over the 1100m.
After showing speed but then being eased out of a trial back in July, the daughter of Pluck was given plenty of time prior to her hit-out at Hobart on December 15 where that early toe was again on display, but that time she continued to extend and stretched out nicely without being knocked around by leading jockey David Pires, who stays aboard for race day.
Lake Bled has drawn out but as mentioned above, she has the early speed to overcome that and without any of the raced brigade in this field showing much so far, this looks a nice chance to get on the board straight away.
Unique Doors & Windows Tasmanian Guineas Tips (Race 8)
Launceston Value Bet - Race 8 No. 7 One Lotto
He was a drifter in the betting prior to his return on November 3 ($5.00 - $7.50) and found himself shuffled back early in what turned out to be a sprint home for the first two out and against that pattern, was as strong as anything else late when only a stride off grabbing third on the line.
His debut victory back in July was quite stylish to the eye when putting two and a half lengths on a useful galloper in Freelancer (second favourite here) and this gelding hasn't had much luck this entire campaign which was perhaps most evident last start, where he got shuffled back and was on heels until it was all over.
Now stepping up to the mile for this $100,000 three-year-old feature, we'd love for Troy Baker to put the handlebars down early from barrier two, as One Lotto has looked a much more comfortable galloper when ridden on the speed and as the lead-up runs have shown, he hasn't been far away.
Pizza, Parmi & Pasta night 16th January Benchmark 74 Hcp Tips (Race 10)
Launceston Best Bet - Race 10 No. 2 Tough Boy
Following a good run-in transit on November 4, Tough Boy was able to be produced at the perfect time to bring up his third career win and that's been a nice form race through Gee Gee Lannett who has since won two in higher grade and is favourite in the Open Sprint via the fifth on this card.
The Adam Trinder-trained four-year-old proved himself over this 1400m journey following that when repelling the challenge of a rather progressive galloper in White Cliffs, who prevailed two starts later before a nice third in Wednesday's Devonport Cup, so again the form stacks up for this gelding.
I'm happy to look past the two length defeat last start on December 9 where he was stuck behind a wall of opposition while the winner Coronation Glade was off and gone on the turn, but here with senior hoop Brendon McCoull taking back the reins, he can bounce back in the last from Launceston.