Neds Friday Night Lightning Preview & Tips – Week 1

Focus will be set on Wentworth Park for Week 1 of the inaugural Neds Friday Night Lightning series!

The Neds Friday Night Lightning series will feature ten races each meeting, spread across a five-week period. Every race will focus on the 280m sprint course, while a mix of grades ranging from 5th, to 4th and 3/4 will be covered.

We’ve analysed every runner in all ten races in Week 1 of Neds Friday Night Lightning and our best bets can be found below.

Race 1 - Neds Punters Toolbox Heat 1 (5:42pm AEDT)
No. 4 My Mate Bunji

A nice short, sharp dash to get Friday Night Lightning underway and I’m confident that My Mate Bunji can get us off to a winning start. The three-year-old son of Fabregas hasn’t won since December, but he has been producing strong and consistent performances all year and has finished on the winner’s heels at his three most-recent efforts, all in tougher races than this one. His form from central boxes is fair and as long as he steps well, he’ll be tough to beat.

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Race 2 - Neds Jump Off Heat 2 (6:10pm AEDT)
No. 1 Foxy Tralee

Foxy Tralee has been charged with facing some quality opposition on Friday, but she’s a dog with plenty of talent and with even luck, she can fight out the finish of the second at a nice price. The three-year-old has been mixing her form a little this time, but she held on well to finish third over 400m at The Gardens last time out and is rock-hard fit for this assignment. She hasn’t contested a race this short, but she does sprint well and it could prove ideal.

Race 9 - Neds Daily Tips Heat 7 (8:24pm AEDT)
No. 8 Cougar County

It would be silly not to provide a tip in the Neds Daily Tips Heat and it maps as a race in two between market favourite Take The Apache and last-start winner Cougar County. Take The Apache was unable to salute as favourite over 350m at Goulburn last time out, but the drop in trip tonight does look ideal and I like that he’s had some time between runs. I am, however, happy to take the value around Cougar County – He’s been continuing to improve recently and scored over 340m at Gunnedah last time out. This is a step up in class, but he’s got the runs on the board and can make it two in a row. I’m going to open up my Punters Toolbox and utilise a Back Up on Take The Apache.

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Race 10 - Neds Cash In Heat 8 (8:42pm AEDT)
No. 2 Dana Snow

Dana Snow has been airborne of late and is seeking a fourth-consecutive win when she steps out in the last at Friday Night Lightning. The daughter of Tuiaki has continued to improve as trainer Rodney McDonald has raised the bar recently; scoring in grade 5 company three starts back and recording two similarly impressive wins at Temora, including the 1-4 Wins Final (330m) last time out, despite being easy in the market. This is a far easier task and she’ll be hard to run down from an inside box.