CAMILLO - He’s been costly to punters this preparation however the David Kelly-trained Camillo won’t get a better chance to return to the winner’s list than the Holcim Benchmark 64 Handicap (1410m). After showing plenty of promise winning successive races at Grafton last time in, Camillo hasn’t been the punters pal this preparation failing to win in four starts after being prominent in betting on each occasion. Although not being able to win, Camillo’s form has been solid finishing in the placings in two of the runs including a Grafton third in Class three company on March 20. Camillo comes back to a benchmark race on Friday and on paper the assignment is the easiest Camillo has tackled this preparation. Happy to give him one more chance.
TOOTZ - Smith will have four runners at Coffs Harbour on Friday with Tootz looking the pick of them in the Michael Flick Landscape Maintenance Class 2 Handicap (1010m). A three-year-old daughter of Zizou out of the Fastnet Rock mare Rock And Roll, Tootz finished runner-up in races at Tuncurry and Port Macquarie at her first two career starts before going to the spelling paddocks with plenty of confidence after breaking through for a maiden win at Port Macquarie on October 7. Tootz returned a winner with a comfortable victory at Taree resuming last start and is a filly that looks to have further upside. It is worth noting the two wins for Tootz have come on soft and heavy tracks which adds confidence with Stewards posting a soft (6) track for racing at Coffs harbour on Friday.
TANIKO - Godolphin filly Taniko stands out as the day’s best bet chasing back to back wins in the Widden Stud Class I Handicap (1100m). A three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Lonhro mare Counterpane, Taniko has only been to the races on two occasions chasing home last Saturday’s Rosehill winner Sedition before having plenty on a maiden field at Wyong last start winning by 3-1/2 lengths. Taniko has plenty of scope for improvement and is drawn to get all the favours in running from barrier four. Brenton Avdulla retains the ride and reckon the filly will be winning.
CHALK - The Wendy Roche-trained Chalk has finally drawn a barrier and looks exceptional value in the Turangga Farm Class 2 Handicap (1300m). An $8 chance in early betting, Chalk has jumped from barrier eight or wider in his last five starts and gets his chance to return to the winner’s list with a soft run in transit starting from barrier two on Friday after being forced to race wide without cover in his two runs at Rosehill and Randwick this preparation. It’s worth noting the last time Chalk drew an inside barrier was six runs back when the four-year-old saluted at Randwick. I made one of Chalk’s rivals a Racenet Blackbooker out of the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting on April 28, see the article here and will be having something on Fuchu at the $21 currently available as well. Let’s go for broke and take the quinella.
NEW TIPPERARY - The Joe Pride-trained New Tipperary was another Racenet Blackbooker from recent weeks. you can read the full article here with the four-year-old looking well placed in the Darley Scone Cup (1600m). The essence of the thoughts in making New Tipperary a blackbooker apart from a promising first-up run were his second-up record (three wins and a second from five runs) and three of his six wins have come off 21-day breaks between races. New Tipperary gets ticks on both counts in Friday’s feature race and looks well weighted with 55kg. Wouldn’t want to be taking much less than $5 in a quality field on Friday but happy to have something at the $5.50 available at the time of writing.