VALE - BEVAN HILL MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 1)
Tamworth Best Bet - Race 1 No. 1 Metal Bar
While there's no prizes for finding this gelding at a short early quote, he's the only runner bringing any real form lines to the opener at Tamworth this Tuesday.
Sold following just the two starts in Victoria, the last of those being a fourth in a slowly run affair at Echuca, Metal Bar was unwanted in the betting prior to his stable debut for Jeremy Sylvester at Gunnedah on May 30.
The three-year-old got home quite well on that occasion when finishing just off Chocolate Kisses and defeating Giant Thunder, with both of those runners competitive at Provincial level prior to that event and to the mile now, should only improve.
TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 12 Askew
In quite a weak Maiden line-up, this two-year-old fits the profile of many ex-Victorians that then fire on the Country NSW circuit, generally at much shorter quotes.
He finished off well for third on debut behind He's Exceptional (subsequently dual city placed and Group performed) while his third start at Sandown, was competitive behind Qeyaady (Saturday winner following that) and either of those efforts wins this.
Although disappointing either side of those runs, they were both races that were set-up for backmarkers and from barrier two on Tuesday, Askew has found easily his most winnable assignment to date.
THRIFTY CAR RENTAL BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Blinkin Fast
This veteran competed over the 1300m at Moree last start which did follow an eye-catching third at Quirindi on May 10 when dropping from 1400m to 1100m off a freshen-up.
Blinkin Fast had been competitive in stronger company prior to those last two performances and still found the line strongly in that May 20 attempt, so seemingly isn't far off a win and is well suited staying at Benchmark 58 level.
Although drawn out, the seven-year-old was likely heading back irrespective and although will need the pattern of this circuit to suit the swoopers, he finds an event that is a little easier overall and is going well enough if this is run to suit.