DYLAN GIBBONS - TJC LEADING APPRENTICE MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 6 No. 6 All At Sea
Somewhat speculative given she has put in as few howlers over her five starts to date, but her best effort was first-up last campaign when hitting the line strongly for third in a Provincial Maiden at Wyong.
A daughter of Criterion who has always shown ability at the trials, All At Sea arrives off what was a nice hit out over the 900m at Newcastle on July 22, where she was well looked after over the concluding stages after settling on the speed.
What is worth noting is the blinkers go on for the first time, which weren't on via that recent work and although drawn out, it would be a strange move to not have not have intent going on the road for a Maiden with that gear change.
GRANT BUCKLEY - TJC LEADING JOCKEY BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Yulong Base
No knock on the odds-on favourite Pleading as the best winning chance in the race, a mare that has shown a sharp turn-of-foot to record back-to-back wins this campaign, but as a betting proposition, I'd rather be with this gelding on an each-way/1x3 basis.
Resuming over the 1000m at Tamworth, that was effectively nothing more than a barrier trial for Yulong Base who was competing over the five furlongs for the first time and in the worst part of the track, was hard to miss late when rattling home into third.
A lightly raced gelding who was competing in slightly stronger affairs than this last winter, he has a good second-up record and is yet to finish outside the top two in three attempts over 1200m, so ideally from a few pairs closer on Friday, he can give this a shake.
CODY MORGAN - TJC LEADING TRAINER CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Tamworth Best Bet - Race 8 No. 3 Apache Blue
Kris Lees gallopers can be hard to catch early in their preparations, however, when there is intent first-up from this big stable, they generally like to give them two trials, with the second one being a nice cleanout ahead of the return run.
That's exactly what's happened with Apache Blue, who worked to the line comfortably under his own steam on July 7 before contesting a strong heat at Newcastle, and he was given a harder work out there in easily the fastest 900m heat for the morning.
This is quite a thin race overall and the son of Encumbered showed potential in that first campaign, winning hist first two starts before a Saturday tilt in Brisbane, but off that effort and the one that followed, he had clearly come to end of his preparation by then.