JOHNSON AND MONGAN MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 1)
Taree Best Bet - Race 1 No. 3 Deora
Although he's now only approaching start three for the new yard, back to Country level on Tuesday and stepping up to what looks a suitable trip, it's about D-day.
Following two campaigns for the Busuttin & Young stable in Victoria where his best effort was a third on debut after racing three-wide throughout on a heavy track, the son of Deep Field was good fresh for trainer Adam Duggan.
With the first two home in that contest both having some decent form, Deora was sent out as favourite at Gosford where despite being well held, the winner did prevail by a big margin and the third-placed Ralph's Folly was beaten under a length in a Provincial race following that.
STACKS LAW FIRM CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Taree Value Bet - Race 5 No. 8 Salamangkera
While she's only got the one victory from 11 starts to date, this mare has been very honest over the journey and third-up now off a pair of placing's, should be nearing in on a peak run.
Winning her Maiden at Taree last winter, the daughter of Fighting Sun was competitive against some useful company in the spring that followed, catching the eye when placing behind Ruddock (city winner) and the very progressive Command King.
Salamangkera has been ridden on the speed in both of her most recent outings, peaking only late via April 26 performance when stepping to 1500m, so can improve again and is at an each-way price once more.
MID COAST AUTOMOTIVE GROUP BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Taree Value Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Emperor Harada
Although the efforts this preparation don't exactly read all that well, he's had genuine excuses, especially via his last two attempts and all three outings have been at Provincial level.
The 1000m was much too sharp when resuming at Gosford before racing three-wide throughout second-up in a Newcastle 68 and on April 25, was forced to endure a wide and early run which took its toll over the concluding stages.
Emperor Harada is Chris O'Brien's only ride on the entire May 11 meeting from Taree and he jumps back aboard a galloper who has recorded four career wins, all with him in the saddle and all of those successes have been on wet tracks.