Daily Racing Tips – Monday, August 31

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Pakenham: Race 1 (12:30pm)
No. 1 Albukhturi

Albukhturi hasn’t been seen at the races since March, but he is clearly a horse of ability and can break his maiden at Pakenham this afternoon.

The Iffraaj colt has made just three appearances at the races so far, placing twice and finishing midfield in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce.

At around the $2.40 mark, he still looks a touch over the odds.

Grafton: Race 5 (3:45pm)
No. 6 Devine Grey

Devine Grey hasn’t shown a lot in two starts back from a spell, but this is a decent drop in class and she’ll enjoy improvement.

The daughter of The Factor has recorded two wins from her nine career starts so far and found form around some quality types last time in.

She’s drawn ideally and probably won’t be offered a better opportunity to win.

Pakenham: Race 8 (4pm)
No. 8 Bluest Sky

Bluest Sky will enjoy good improvement into her second campaign start at Pakenham this afternoon and is up to winning.

The Lindsay Park-trained mare won on debut at Bendigo in February and was immediately sent to the paddock, and she clearly needed the run when sixth over 1000m at Cranbourne earlier this month.

I like that they’ve been patient with her, and she is drawn to receive a lovely run today.

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Grafton: Race 6 (4:20pm)
No. 1 Boat Harbour

This shapes as one of the more open races on today’s Grafton card and a horse like Boat Harbour has live claims on winning, at a price ($15 at publish).

The Arlington gelding has mixed his form a little this time, but has run home well to fill the minors on a few occasions, and wasn’t far from the winner over a mile at Scone, last time out.

Happy to have an each-way play at the quote.