Daily Racing Tips – Thursday, February 20

Warrnambool: Race 2 (2:10pm AEDT)
No. 9 Silesian

Silesian has only made one appearance at the races so far, but he looks a decent type and can break his maiden at the ‘Bool this afternoon. The three-year-old son of Toronado was settled at the tail of the field on debut at Benalla and mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to fill the minors. He’ll enjoy good improvement for that experience and will be hard to beat today with Harry Coffey aboard.

Grafton: Race 4 (3:10pm AEDT)
No. 6 Allied Invasion

Allied Invasion has been a strong performer without winning this time and probably won’t be offered a better opportunity than he gets at Grafton this afternoon. The Time For War gelding has missed a place only once in his four most recent starts and weathered a torrid run at Murwillumbah last time out before just being headed late. This looks his contest.

Grafton: Race 6 (4:20pm AEDT)
No. 3 Malawi Gold

Malawi Gold has continued to improve with each start since resuming and is primed to win the sixth at Grafton this afternoon. The Matt Dunn-trained gelding tuned up with a fair first-up effort at Lismore and has since run second in BM58 company at Coffs Harbour, then in Class 1 company at Doomben last time out. This looks the perfect race for him.

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Grafton: Race 8 (5:30pm AEDT)
No. 3 Plonka

The early scratching of the talented Hellenism has left this afternoon’s Country Championships Qualifier at Grafton a wide-open affair, and four-year-old Plonka now looms as a live chance of winning at a price. The Epaulette gelding won a Highway race at Rosehill in November last year and has stripped fitter for two starts this time, both competitive efforts here at Grafton. The $7 on offer at publish could prove overs.