JG Pest Control Class 1 Hcp Tips (Race 4)
Launceston Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Military Law
This four-year-old benefitted from the spell following his first racing preparation, resuming as a well-supported favourite ($3.50-$2.25) on March 17 when taking out the opener at Launceston as the first of our best bets on that program.
By Shamus Award and out of the dam Cosmic Strike, a Group Three winning mare, Military Law recorded back-to-back seconds in South Australia before arriving to the Peter Luttrell stable at Longford, where he was fair on his stable prior to his November 4 attempt, where he worked early for an eventual third-place finish.
While he is stepping from Maiden to Class 1 company, it's not a strong race and along with a subsequent winner (Essex) being produced from that last outing, the time for that event bettered that of the Benchmark 66 on that program, a much stronger grade to what he faces here.
Deloraine Football Club Benchmark 66 Hcp Tips (Race 5)
Launceston Value Bet - Race 5 No. 11 Stefanidi
Jockey David Pires has been in great form since the start of February, riding 16 winners at a strike rate of 27.58% over the last few months including a victory on last Friday's Launceston meeting.
He stays aboard Stefanidi, a lightly raced mare who gets a start in this event following the scratching of Invincible Rock and she is a galloper that has shown some promise, recording her second win at start eight back in November before being tipped out, resuming this preparation with an eye-catching second on March 14.
Missing the start on that occasion, the daughter of Wordsmith was spotting them a big start before rattling home where she was only a stride off grabbing Tunberg on the line, a filly that had form around the talented War Correspondent prior to that attempt, a subsequent Melbourne winner.
Tyson Family Benchmark 60 Hcp Tips (Race 7)
Launceston Best Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Videmanette
Showing potential in her second preparation in Tasmania was this four-year-old who following a dominant Maiden win at Launceston last winter, was defeated by a half-length as an odds-on favourite behind Sh'bourne Renegade, who is now a six-time winner and is rated well above anything in this field.
The daughter of Al Maher went off the boil following that performance, a trend which continued into her early summer campaign but following a good freshen-up, made a nice return to form and was building well prior her last start effort on March 28 at Hobart where she bolted in over the mile.
While this is technically harder coming up from Maiden/Class 1 company, we can tie that last win in around the second favourite here in Magic Khan, who only narrowly defeated Hot Relation on March 17, a filly that Videmanette put three and a half lengths on via that most recent victory.