SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Quirindi Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Hurn Court
While the late betting didn't want a bar of Hurn Court fresh ($3.00-$4.20), he arguably wins that Tamworth 1200m contest with a little more luck and looks much better suited with the rise to seven furlongs for this second-up attempt.
The son of Outreach was well backed ($4.80-$3.50) prior to his debut last winter where he did some make some late inroads, but just found the 1000m trip too short, and grabbed second on the line at start two behind the winner Rubick Honour, who franked that form well by bolting in at his next outing.
Given they lost momentum at a key stage on the rail (drew one) before rallying late first-up, potentially getting off the fence with gate five on Friday gives jockey Grant Buckley a few more options early and with improvement, he looks well placed to breakthrough.
HARRISONS TYRE AND BATTERY CLASS 1 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Quirindi Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 La Jolie Fille
The wide gate is the main knock but arriving with comfortably the best form for what is a very thin Class 1, this three-year-old may just prove a little too classy for her rivals in the fourth from Quirindi this Friday.
With a winning strike rate of 21% in February, trainer Paul Perry is in good form while minus the bucking display second-up by La Jolie Fille, she has been building towards a win and in her first attempt at the mile, rallied strongly on January 28 after taking the lead to be only narrowly reeled in.
That winner Holy Empress completed her fourth career victory on that occasion then finished midfield in town at her latest attempt and we only need to go back to the Maiden win of this filly to see her defeat Pitchfork, who is now a three-time winner, which includes two victories in Sydney.
QUIRINDI SHOWCASE CUP Tips (Race 7)
Quirindi Value Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Editors
It's a competitive feature but at double figure odds is this gelding that caught the eye late as runner-up in the Walcha Cup and that was off a little spell, so he can improve on Friday.
The son of Street Cry has been a good campaigner over the journey for the Ross Stitt stable, who has had the seven-year-old feature in many of these country cups and the key has been keeping away from wet tracks, with almost all of his form coming on good surfaces.
From that last start, we can draw a line with Call Me Brad who is one of the early market elects, a runner does look vulnerable at a mile, especially with a wide gate, whereas Editors has a little weight swing on the Walcha Cup winner and with a soft run off the speed, can chime in late under Ben Looker.