ALCOA PARTNERING WITH OUR COMMUNITY MAIDEN Tips (Race 3)
Pinjarra Best Bet - Race 3 No. 7 Chokslam
It's a challenging card for a standout and whilst this five-year-old has admittedly had her fair share of chances to break the Maiden, this is arguably the most winnable event she's faced and the third-up effort at Ascot was excellent under the circumstances.
Chokslam found herself three-wide throughout that 1500m trip on December 16 but still continued to find late behind the winner Rebel Heart, who backed that up with a third at Bunbury on Wednesday behind a progressive galloper in Call Again.
We only have to go back to June to see this striking grey beating home the likes of Montelena (won four of her next five starts) along with Fair Justice who won at Ascot in December, so she's certainly no slouch and this Friday, has the benefit of barrier one in what's quite a thin race.
STATE WIDE TURF SERVICES 100 CLUB MANDURAH CUP Tips (Race 7)
Pinjarra Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 10 Skinnen Tins
Although respecting the favourite Comfort Me who easily has the most upside of any galloper in this $100,000 Mandurah Cup field, he has drawn a little sticky and this mare from the Ashley Maley is bursting to win a race with now three runs under the belt this campaign.
She was a little plain on resumption in the Listed Jungle Mist Classic, albeit did cover some ground and improved off that via her last two outings over 1200m where she could've easily have prevailed on either of those occasions, but wide gates were very costly both times.
Skinnen Tins hasn't won below 1400m, the trip she steps out to and now finally drawing well for Alan Kennedy in gate two, maps for a much smoother time of things on the speed and the December 19 effort when motoring home out wide was hard to miss.
RACING WEDNESDAY JANUARY 6 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Pinjarra Value Bet - Race 8 No. 8 Differentiator
Following a nice Maiden win over the Belmont five-furlongs back in September, this daughter of Demerit has mixed her form a little with a few plain performances among some unlucky attempts and whilst she was a huge price, was a big eye-catcher on the December 17 program here.
Sent around as a 40/1 chance on that occasion, Differentiator went straight to the rear early as a result of drawing wide and from a long way off them, burst out of the ground late to grab third on the line in a blanket finish behind the first two home.
This is admittedly quite a reasonable Class 1 field, but it's still technically a much easier contest to what she faced last start and from a better draw in three this time around, should get more favours over this 1400m trip under Shaun O'Donnell.