IRON JACK MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Taree Value Bet - Race 2 No. 4 Just Ziggy
Now stepping up to the 1250m third-up, this gelding shouldn't be far away following a nice fresh effort as runner-up at Kempsey prior to his attempt in the 'Big Maiden' over the Grafton Carnival, where he did have excuses.
In a fast run affair, Just Ziggy was exposed from the start, racing three-wide throughout in an event that was set up for those coming off the speed late, so happy to forgive that run where he was supported late at a double figure quote ($12-$10).
Kirk Matheson stays aboard the son of Denman for Tuesday's assignment and if he can either push on early or get a back to follow from a prominent position, then he can give this a shake with a race fitness edge over key rivals in this line up.
KENNARDS HIRE - TAREE CLASS 3 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Taree Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Dollson
Barring a flop at the end of his preparation at the Ipswich midweeks last November and the first-up failure this time in, he's been a model of consistency over the journey, recording three wins and seven placings from 17 starts to date.
Dollson responded to the fresh effort with a much-improved second-up showing without luck, sustaining a wide run at Coffs Harbour and backing up 10 days later on June 28, was pressured early in the run home, but stuck on gamely for second.
His main threat clearly looks to be Foxy Xenia who is well down in grade for her second-up tilt and gets the blinkers on, but the race otherwise looks to fall away, while off a few stronger performances, this gelding looks to be the safer option.
XXXX GOLD CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Taree Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Linguee
Although she's still very much a work in progress, on ability alone I'm confident Linguee the best galloper in this line up, with trainer Kim Waugh bringing her back to a Country Class 2 on Tuesday to try rediscover her form.
The daughter of Sebring wasn't suited dropping from 1200m to 1100m third-up at Wyong, but got home fairly on an unsuitable tight circuit for fourth behind the in-form Duchess, a filly that is thriving on heavy tracks at present.
Prior to her city attempt on June 20 when not handling a Heavy 9, she flew home fresh at Newcastle to defeat two subsequent Provincial 64 winners in Eye See Things and Nelspruit (placed in a Metro 72) last week), and a repeat of that run would win this.