TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Tamworth Best Bet - Race 4 No. 7 Manseneta
Clearly set for a 50k Class 1 on Tamworth Cup Day was this four-year-old who was backed for plenty there and missed by whisker in that April 23 attempt over the 1400m (would've bolted in had he drawn gate).
He bounced back third-up with a big win at Grafton and despite coming back in trip, did look quite well placed in the May 28 Highway from Randwick, but he put in a shocker and has been kept racing on the fresh side since that performance.
Manseneta was given no favours with the ride via his June 25 attempt where did get home okay for third considering, while now with a senior hoop in Rory Hutchings aboard who will look to have the last shot at them, he's capable in a race of this nature.
CONCRETE INDUSTRY SUPPLIES CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 12 Inferno Miss
Resuming in a weak Class 1 is this mare from the Stephen Jones stable, a four-year-old who is much more talented than her rating suggests which her form from the back-end of her summer campaign supports.
A galloper that has always shown some ability, but has taken time to put it together, Inferno Miss improved with every run via that second preparation, breaking her Maiden at Orange in early December before being tipped out.
Prior to that victory, she had just missed in a close tussle at Dubbo with Upside (dual winner) and safely held Zoo Station in the process, a mare that's now won three including a Highway, while the July Muswellbrook trial win was as good as she's looked publicly.
CARLTON DRY BENCHMARK 74 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 8 No. 6 Halcyon House
While he's still been safely held in his last two outings, this gelding has been the pick of the closers on each occasion, firstly behind the speedy Remlaps Gem at Scone before another third at Quirindi on June 29.
Over these 1000m dashes, Halcyon House has been a model of consistency with two wins and three placings from six attempts at this trip with the one miss being in a Highway back in December, a short campaign in which he just never came up in.
Given there's speed drawn out wide and with only a couple of rivals looking to hold up early on the inside, we want to see 3kg claimer Jackson Searle get him that few pairs closer from gate six and keep within striking range when the sprint goes on.