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Preview and best bets at Murray Bridge (09/11)

Murray Bridge’s Gifford Hill Racecourse hosts South Australia’s midweek meeting as racing returns to normal after the blockbuster Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Gifford Hill’s surface is good (4), with the heat having engulfed the South Australians to start the work week for the first time in what seems like an eternity.

The rail is eight meters from the 1,000 meter mark to the finishing post, while remaining in true position for the rest of the course proper.

With torrential weather calming and trails firming, we are looking to increase our profits and enter the new year with positive results from a betting perspective.

BEST BET

RACE 7, N°2 – MANAGING THE CYCLE

This four-year-old from Real Impact is very skilful, without wanting to be the first to cross the post, as he has an unflattering record (one victory in thirteen starts).

The galloper trained by John MacMillan benefited from constant preparation this time around, as he returned from a five-week cure with two placings in two trips to the races.

The first time he came back from a facelift he clumsily slipped away before continuing down the bottom, only to be beaten by Sea Witness, who has been excellent ever since.

On the last start he was good when heavily backed into the Saturday note, on an awkward run in transit, also slightly missing the kick, hitting the line well again.

He’s proven to be pricey so far in his career, but I think he can make amends here, putting in strong performances in a top rating, while also boasting a strong starting price profile.

BEST VALUE

RACE 9, N°10 – THE WHEELS OF COURAGE

Again, this Kiss And Make Up gelding will burn a hole in your pocket if you’re not careful, but I’ve been very taken with his last two starts.

Last start, he was gallant when unsuited behind Crypto Currency (which absolutely demolished them), running from midfield only to be beaten by a good margin (three lengths officially) into second.

This performance was better than it looked, just like the previous performance, where he pulled off a horrible turn and was unlucky in the crucial final stages, turning off his heels to come back up the rail in the bottom floor, finishing third.

Booking Barend Vorster again after the last start is a positive, mixed with the lower rating and recent performances that are better than the form guide suggests, I’m very excited here.

It gets caught out a lot with its wheels spinning when you don’t want it to, and the door sticking, but I trust Barend and frankly, he absolutely bursts for a win.

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