Expert tips: Grafton - 07/03/24

Racing & Sports expert selections.

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RACE 1 - MATSUYAMA (2) close to his top now third-up after jumping sharply in trip when a fighting fourth over this track and trip on February 22. Brodie Loy keeps the ride and no excuses today. SAXON BRAVE (6) has returned in good order this time in over the shorter trips and should keep improving as he gets out to his right distance range. Near his peak now and has the ability to take up a position from the sticky draw. Go close. PENNIES DESTINY (8) best effort for some time when motored late from well back to secure second over this track and trip on February 22. Claim helps again and a repeat of latest should see her figure prominently. CUNNING KITTY (7) stretching out to this trip for the first time today after catching the eye late when third over 1450m at Quirindi on February 23. Best form can see her finish in the minor money.

RACE 2 - SACRED GIRL (4) mixing form and returns from a 30-day let-up. Dropped out sharply when eighth over this track and trip on February 6. Go on the previous run when a close-up third over this track and trip on rain affected going. Has the right figures to turn it around. SUBVERSIVE (5) racing in career best form and goes well this course and distance. Up sharply in weight when strong through the line here to secure third over 2120m on February 17. Winning rider back on with the claim and looks a genuine top-three contender. ZORIA'S HERO (10) mixing his form of late. Up in grade when ran on late to finish fourth over 2200m at Newcastle on February 26. A repeat of latest can see him play a leading role. EASTOWIN (11) hard fit for this and put in a much better performance when he stuck on well to run second over 2230m here on February 22. Drop in weight suits and not to be underestimated.

RACE 3 - TOP ACT (13) promising Matt Dunn-trained filly who hit the line late on debut with a solid second over 1106m at this track on February 17. Extra trip suits and should be shedding her maiden status quickly. FOOLS PLAY (10) handy filly with her hoof on the till after two runs back. Got out late when third over 1106m at this track at the latest. Look for her getting home strongly from the sticky draw. GOLDEN COPPER (6) went forward and knocked up late when returned with an even fourth over 1106m here on February 17. Has upside and looks good each-way value. KID BILLY (4) drifted in betting and ran accordingly when resumed with a plugging fifth over 1106m at this track. Has a good second-up record and sharp improvement expected from the inside gate.

RACE 4 - SHAQUILA (1) Matt Dunn trained gelding resuming. Raced without luck last time in and anticipating a better prep with two solid 1000m trials under his belt. Look for him charging late with the fast tempo expected. SPEEDY TARGET (7) has fitness on his side fourth-up and the lone win came over this trip. Never comfortable in the heavy (10) going when a fading sixth over this journey at Tuncurry on February 24. Can turn it around on the firmer deck. SIR BOO (2) smart gelding who will relish the sharp drop in grade today. Had to work hard from the awkward gate when a tiring sixth over 1181m at this track on February 6. Winning rider back on today and has solid top-three prospects. ANOTHER BALCONYBOY (3) nice return with the 60.5kg when a close-up fifth over this track and trip on February 22. Goes just as well second-up and looks great value.

RACE 5 - TRAVIATA (14) four-start maiden who looks well-placed in this company today. Total forgive from the wide gate at the latest when drifted back before catching the eye late when fifth over 1350m at Ipswich on February 21. Extra trip suits and leading rider booked. Will take plenty of stopping. SANTATIME (3) returned for second prep with an eye-catching fifth from last on the turn when fifth over 1200m at Newcastle on February 26. Draws a gate today and no surprise to see him race closer to the speed. Has the right figures to take this out. HAYAKU (8) will be at his top for this and go on run three back when second over this track and trip when assessing his chances. Raced at Doomben in his last two outings and no excuses from the inside gate. STRAWBERRY LADY (11) holding form well and a win looks imminent. Stalked the speed when a gritty fourth over 1206m here in a Super Mdn on February 17. Claim helps again and stays in the mix.

RACE 6 - FRIAR'S DESTINY (15) consistent gelding who looks close to another win after boxing on well to finish third over 1420m at this track on February 22. Will go forward again with the claim and take catching. TWILIGHT ROCK (2) finished third at his last three outings, including latest third over 1420m here on February 22. Has the early speed to get across and play a leading role. MINDSPACE (5) returns from a spell of five months and is having his first run for the Sally Taylor yard. Raced in tougher company last time in and not knocked about when fourth in a recent 940m trial here on February 22. Betting best guide. INTENTIONAL LASS (8) sound return from five-month break when stuck on well to secure sixth over 1410m here on February 17. A repeat of latest keeps her in the mix.

RACE 7 - POLARISING (9) classy mare who got off the mark when resuming with a slick 1.3 len victory 1200m at the Sunshine Coast on February 19. Finds a fairly weak C1 and can win again from the good gate. GRAND HORIZON (8) hard fit for this and due for a change of luck after getting out late when third over 1000m at Tuncurry on February 24. Well placed for this over the extra ground and firmer track. Expected to play a leading role again. ZELGARIA (1) eased late in betting when resumed with an encouraging third over 1106m at this track on February 17. Undefeated second-up and drawn to get the right run. WATCHGUARD (7) fitter after two runs back and expecting a sharp form reversal after disappointing second-up when last of 6 over 1200m at Doomben on February 10.

RACE 8 - OAKFIELD DUKE (2) had mixed luck in town at his last four outings. Bumped in the the smart Thunderlips when a disappointing ninth over 1200m at Warwick Farm on February 7. Hard fit now and will need a good ride from the gate. CABSAV (13) due for a change of luck and best form is over this track and trip. Motored late from the awkward gate when second over 1106m here on February 17. Maps well and expected to take holding out. LION CLASS (14) big drop in grade after failing to stretch out in the heavy (10) going when a dismal ninth over 1400m at Tuncurry in the MNC Championship on February 24. Well drawn and not to be underestimated. MAXIMUM VORTEX (3) struggled on resumption when a poor last of 9 at Eagle Farm in Bm68 grade on February 7. Since fitted with a recent trial win and looks well in with the claim.