Daily Racing Tips – Monday, January 24

Goulburn: Race 2 (2:40pm AEDT)
No. 2 Maple Gold

Maple Gold faces a rise in class at Goulburn today, but he was an impressive winner on debut, and this looks the next logical step for him.

The son of Vancouver had a handful of trials prior to debuting, and he stamped himself as a galloper to follow with an easy win on debut at Muswellbrook.

I’m expecting improvement for that experience, and he can continue his rise through the grades.

Goulburn: Race 3 (3:15pm AEDT)
No. 7 Hardy

I thought that there was a lot to like about Hardy’s first-up effort to fill the minors at the Sapphire Coast, and this looks a very winnable race for him.

The Luke Pepper-trained gelding took a prominent position in running and kept working through the line when resuming.

He can employ similar tactics in this contest under Jay Ford, and I think he’ll take plenty of beating.

best bet
Goulburn: Race 4 (3:50pm AEDT)
No. 5 Always Praying

Always Praying steps out at Goulburn today third-up and ready to win.

The John O’Shea-trained filly has had four career starts and placed on three occasions, and she has filled the minors in races at Newcastle and Wyong this time.

There doesn’t look to be as much depth in this contest and despite still being a maiden, she is my best bet of the day.

each way
Goulburn: Race 6 (5:10pm AEDT)
No. 3 Fille Cheesesteak

Fille Cheesesteak has only made one appearance at the races so far, but he looks to have some ability, and he looks capable of breaking her maiden at Goulburn this afternoon.

The Odyssey Moon gelding settled at the tail of the field at Canberra on debut and mustered a nice turn of foot to finish fourth, beaten just over a length a couple of weeks ago.

He’s another who will take plenty of improvement for that experience and we can have an each-way play at around the $12 mark.