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Rockhampton Best Bet - Can he produce another Phenomenal effort?

Alex Marsh has previewed the Thursday card from Rockhampton.
Rockhampton Tips For Thursday, October 2
Queensland racing heads to Rockhampton this Thursday (Jonathan Wood/ALLSPORT)

Rockhampton Preview & Predictions For Thursday, October 2

Rockhampton hosts the sole Thursday meeting from Queensland with a seven race card.

The track is currently rated at a Good 4 with some showers predicted on Wednesday but fine conditions are expected on race day.

Rockhampton Best Bet

Race 2 No. 4 Mr Phenomenal

This gelding has been a terrific pick-up for the Darryl Gardiner yard where since making the move north late in 2018, has won eight of eleven starts.

Consistently rattles off fast late sectionals this now five-year-old and has proven he's not a one trick pony in being able to achieve this off either fast or slow tempos.

He still gets in on the minimum at handicap level with the claim of Elyce Smith who has built up a strong rapport with this galloper and from barrier two, she'll aim to stalk the likely leader in Jack Lancaster.

I suspect there's a view to a city race in Brisbane if he was to bring up another win here.

Rockhampton Best Bet: Mr Phenomenal - $1.90 via Neds

Rockhampton Next Best Bet

Race 6 No. 5 Ladyada

Four-year-old mare by Manhattan Rain that goes up 1.5kg off her big win here on September 12 and still gets in very well under the set weights conditions of the race.

She gave nothing else a chance last start where she was able to dictate and hold her position early from an inside alley, to produce a strong sprint late for a soft victory.

With four wins overall now from nine starts, she has clearly the best winning strike rate in this field and arguably the most upside going forward given she's still lightly raced.

Jockey Les Tilley strikes at 31.4% when combining with the Graeme Green stable and this is a good chance to build further on that.

Rockhampton Next Best Bet: Ladyada - $2.40 via Sportsbet

Rockhampton Key Facts

Where is Rockhampton?

Rockhampton is a city on the Central Queensland coast and is around 630km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane.

What are the characteristics of Rockhampton's track?

It has a circumference of 1600m and a home straight of 580m, one of the longest in Australia.

When is the Rockhampton Cup?

The Rockhampton Cup is held in July and Silvera won the 2019 feature, worth $150,000.


Mr Phenomenal can keep building on his impressive record in the second where he's still well weighted under the handicap scale.

Ladyada only needs a repeat of her last start performance to win again and the map is in her favor.

Best Bet: Mr Phenomenal @1.90 at Neds - 17 Units
Next Best Bet: Ladyada @2.40 at Sportsbet - 13 Units

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