TAMWORTH NATIONAL GUITAR MUSEUM SHOWCASE MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Tamworth Best Bet - Race 1 No. 7 Lasting Grace
Trainer Kristen Buchanan has saddled up three winners from her last five starters and she will be looking to build further on that via the opener from Tamworth on Tuesday with this four-year-old, who should be close to a peak after three runs back from a spell.
Lasting Grace has improved in this second racing preparation and although she found the 1350m just a little sharp on resumption, this mare was strong late behind Birdonawinningpost (won two of her next three starts) while the winner Send Me Wild went back-to-back following that in a Provincial 64.
With a forgivable second-up run when badly inconvenienced in a fast run 1400m (should've finished a clear second) and then a month between runs when runner-up on a Heavy 8 on January 7, this looks her chance to breakthrough over the mile at Tamworth from a good draw.
TASTE TAMWORTH FESTIVAL COUNTRY ONLY SHOWCASE MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 4 Hurn Court
With his two main threats in Mother's Day and Don'tforgetmonica both drawn wide, this gives a good opportunity for the resuming Hurn Court who did show some promise over in three runs over his first campaign.
The son of Outreach was well backed ($4.80-$3.50) prior to his debut over the 1000m here where he did some make some late inroads, but just found that 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.
Hurn Court had come to the end of his preparation on September 14, so I'm willing to forgive that flop while off a fair January 12 trial where he wasn't knocked about and with him going straight to 1200m for this first-up tilt, that gives us a little more confidence here.
COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS BENCHMARK 66 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 4 No. 1 New Endeavour
As a proven weight carrier and arriving third-up to this 1600m assignment off two decent performances to begin his summer campaign, this eight-year-old is a big price with a nice drop in grade this Thursday.
Given he's not near as effective on heavy ground, the Moree return was a definite pass mark when making ground late for fourth and with no second-up form, was sent out at big odds in the Inverell Cup but performed much better than the bookies predicted in rattling home from the rear for a fifth-place finish.
New Endeavour is clearly looking for this step up to the mile after those two seven-furlong attempts and with a fair record on this circuit (three wins/three placings from 15 starts at Tamworth), he's at least an each-way here providing the breaks come in the straight under Ashley Morgan.