LUKE MORGAN BREAKING & PRE-TRAINING MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 1 Wiki
Following just an even effort on debut, this three-year-old stepped straight to the 1506m at Port Macquarie and while he did dictate the race, was only reeled in by Justitia who backed that up with a big win on last Sunday's program from Scone.
Franking the form again from that February 7 contest was the third-placed Dragon Dream, a galloper that bolted in by nearly five lengths in his next outing and now going to the mile at start three, trainer David Atkins has removed the blinkers from Wiki in an effort to run this journey.
Drawing favourably in barrier four, jockey Amelia Denby can land straight on the speed once again and with any further improvement, that aforementioned form should be stacking up in a Maiden that isn't any harder.
O'NEILE RACING CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Depth That Varies
This son of Unencumbered is prepared by local trainer Luke Morgan and following a runner-up finish in a strong form race over this track and trip, was well supported second-up ($14.00-$9.50) in a Randwick Highway attempt that had excuses.
After he was a little slow out of the barriers, it was a very good piece of riding by Nash Rawiller to pinch early ground and be within striking distance in the run for home, but despite travelling well, was held-up from the 400m-250m, albeit was a little plain when out but the race was over.
Off the first-up run where he was only a few strides off grabbing The Neon Light, a filly that won well at the Provincials following before just missing in a Benchmark 72 at Kensington, Depth That Varies can bounce back on his home track.
SUE GRILLS RACING CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 5 No. 3 Another Arli
An honest local galloper from the Melissa Denett stable is Another Ali, a gelding who hasn't finished outside the top three in four attempts at Tamworth and off a good return at Walcha, he's definitely in the mix here over a more suitable 1400m.
In his last campaign where he did improve as that wore on, the four-year-old did run into a handy Spiranac second-up, a mare that won three of her next five starts and recently ran in a Group Three, but comfortably beat Apex in that same race, who bolted in via a Provincial Maiden in early February.
The knock is the wide barrier, however, this galloper that is more than capable of offsetting that by rolling forward and while he's likely to improve again off this outing, it's not a strong Class 1 and it's an event well within his reach.