HORSEPOWER BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Taree Value Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Justitia
Although she was still quite raw, it was a nice debut back in March last year, but following two subsequent flops, was tipped out and given plenty of time to mature ahead of her return at Newcastle in November.
Unsuited on a few occasions to start that campaign and getting fitter with each run, the penny finally dropped for Justitia in February and she cashed right in, putting together four consecutive victories, ending her preparation with a huge win in Queensland.
The two Provincial efforts in June have been fair and while the 61.5kg is a decent leveller for a mare over this trip, she handled the quick rise in trip with aplomb last time in and is each-way odds here as the class runner in the field.
MELBOURNE CUP TROPHY TOUR AT MVRC 27/7/21 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Taree Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 11 Mr Eighty Eight
This four-year-old has performed well in three runs for the local Matthew Robinson stable and is closing in on a Maiden victory, with only bad luck costing him this feat via the June 28 program at Taree.
Held-up briefly in the run home, Mr Eighty Eight then worked to the line well first-up in the inferior going prior to his June 7 attempt when finishing next to Alastor, the second market elect in this event and he has a 3kg weight swing on him from that clash.
A drifting favourite last start, the son of Tavistock was cast three-wide the trip over the mile and was still only beaten a pimple in the last stride, while here from a kinder draw, he can land handy and/or find a back to follow under 3kg claimer Jackson Searle.
ZULU CLUB AT MVRC CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Taree Roughie - Race 6 No. 10 Grated Coconut
As this is quite a strong Country Class 3, it means there is value throughout this field if searching around two impressive last start winners in Superior Witness and Pleading, two leading hopes, but no morals by any means.
One of them at a big price is Grated Coconut, a gelding that has won two from 11 starts (both at big prices) including a Maiden triumph on a heavy track along with a Class 1 victory over this track/trip back in September, and he remained competitive after that.
A lot of the Class 2 events he featured in were quite handy races for that grade and off an even performance first-up, he can potentially get the suck run just in behind a good speed from gate four on Friday then pounce late with one dash at them.