Craig Rail's Preview for Gunbower

Sun, 08 Dec 2019

Gunbower host a terrific day of racing featuring the Trotting and Pacing Cups. Andy and Kate Gath won the Stawell Trotters Cup with Chief Running Cloud last week and will be looking to secure the Gunbower Cup today with Il Pirata, which has been in great form at Melton. The Pacing Cup appears to be an open betting affair with several winning chances. The best hopes appear to be Brackenreid and Our Jimmie from their inside draw and also American Zest.

Track information

Circumference: 1239.04m, Sprint Lane: Yes, Leader's win: , Leading Trainer: Paul Buhagiar, Leading Driver: Chris Alford

The Moral

Race 6 - No.9 Onthecrestofawave

She may not quite be in the "moral" category but she possesses a brilliant burst of speed.


Take On

Race 6 - No.3 La Player

He was in great form at the end of his last preparation but his trial efforts have only been fair leading up to his first up performance.

Craig Rail Tips - All Races


Suggested Bet MAR PACIFICO (6) to win
OVERVIEW: MAR PACIFICO (6) is racing in career best form and deserves to break through for a win. She followed across to race without cover and battled on well for third behind the impressive Sammy Showdown in a very slick mile rate of 1.56.6 last outing. This race is easier and she will take beating if she can step away cleanly. BLUE COMAN (4) pushed forward to find the lead mid-race and was either going to run first or second on the home turn when he broke stride and lost his chance at Stawell. He led and won comfortably at Cranbourne prior so he is worth another chance. MYSTIC CHIP (3) is a fast beginner from the standing start and is a good chance of finding the front, despite the handicap of 10m. She led when a close second behind Keayang Majestic last outing. BOOTLEG BERT (7) was a shade disappointing last outing but he is a strong type and he defeated Kimmywho and Clarkes Hill in a strong race at Ballarat prior. He has the ability to bounce back from his latest performance.

EARLY SPEED: 1 (possible early leader, 3 (10m)

RATINGS: 4,6/ 3/ 7/ 1,5


Suggested Bet BUSTERS GRIN (8) each way
OVERVIEW: BUSTERS GRIN (8) was placed in a brilliant mile rate of 1.53.8 at Bendigo when resuming and has done a bit of work at his past two placed outings so he is nearing a win against this class. He follows out behind the likely leader so he should receive every chance. BLASTAWAY (9) won at Bendigo two starts back then struck trouble at his latest seventh. He led and was narrowly beaten by Titan Bromac in a Shepparton trial on Thursday so he is worth another chance. DALLAS FRANCO (7) is a versatile pacer and has put in some big performances recently. He made up ground from the back when second to Fanning last outing and he finished extremely well when third at Ballarat prior. He has a tough draw to overcome but he is racing too well to dismiss. HYPERVIGILANT (3) has performed very well in her two starts since resuming since August. She just failed to grab Juliaca first up and was making ground despite being beaten by a fair way behind Fanning last outing. She is going nicely but her lack of early dash is a concern.

EARLY SPEED: 1 (likely leader), 4

RATINGS: 8/ 7,9/ 3/ 4/ 1,6


Suggested Bet SINGLE TREE ROAD (2) to win
OVERVIEW: SINGLE TREE ROAD (2) led throughout and comfortably won a heat of this series when resuming then failed to fire after being headed off at the start at Geelong last outing. She is much better than her last run suggests and she is worth another chance. SEEMEPEARLYWHITES (7) was taken up to Queensland for a shot at the Oaks last season and bounced back into winning form when she held off Iona Diamond in good time at Stawell. She should be getting fitter and looms as one of the leading chances. CELERINA (6) is a durable mare and broke through for a win at Shepparton on Tuesday where she did some work mid-race. She is meeting a couple of handy mares in this event but she is a winning chance again. IDEAL VELOCITY (5) is better than her first up run suggests and is a possible improver. Her second behind Frankincense in a heat of the Super Series last season is a good form pointer for this event.

EARLY SPEED: 2 (likely leader), 5,7

RATINGS: 2/ 6,7/ 5/ 4


Suggested Bet HESTY (5) to win
OVERVIEW: HESTY (5) is a talented type and should prove hard to beat here, despite not having trialled recently. He followed successive victories at Shepparton and Cobram with an unplaced run ($3-10 fav) in a heat of the Home Grown Classic then was put away. He strikes a suitable assignment first up. COOL ROCKING DADDY (9) made up ground before the home turn and tried hard for second behind The Talk in a recent Shepparton trial performance. He is backing up quickly from his debut effort at Kilmore on Thursday but he warrants respect. MISHKA (7) is out of the former classy mare Elixir and ran into the smart pacer Born To Be Watched at her debut where a distant third in a very quick mile rate of 1.54.6. She is not as well drawn for this assignment but she has the ability to be competitive. SHADY AZZ (8) was showing improvement at the end of his last preparation and will strip fitter from a recent trial second behind Dublin Chubb at Ararat. He is awkwardly drawn but is worth following.

EARLY SPEED: 5 (possible leader), 2,3

RATINGS: 5/ 7,9/ 8/ 2,3,10


Suggested Bet IL PIRATA (6) each way
OVERVIEW: IL PIRATA (6) finished off strongly from a nice trail to down Custodian then tried to sustain a long run and battled on well behind the in-form trotter Norquay last outing. He is racing well and possesses a good turn of speed so he must be respected. ALEPPO MURPHY (10) gained a nice trail but sprinted sharply when a close second behind Wobelee at Melton last outing. His last run was clearly his best since resuming and he should take beating if he begins safely. FATHER CHRISTMAS (11) is a standing start specialist and loves to race over the staying distance. He has a tough handicap to overcome but he steps away quickly and he ran a game fourth from the same mark in the Geelong Cup. JERICHOS TRUMPET (5) and FRATELLINO (7) are suited under the conditions and are not without a chance. The South Australian trained GODOFTHUNDER (1) ran a top race for second in the Stawell Cup but he may be headed off early by STARLIGHT STORM (2) here.

EARLY SPEED: 2 (likely early leader), 1,5 (10m) 7 (10m)

RATINGS: 6/ 10,11/ 5,7/ 1/ 2


Suggested Bet ONTHECRESTOFAWAVE (9) to win
OVERVIEW: ONTHECRESTOFAWAVE (9) is a very fast mare and will take holding out under these conditions. She came with a big finish to down the in-form pacer Change the Print at Horsham then had little room at Metropolitan level in a slick mile rate of 1.53.5 at Melton. LA PLAYER (3) is a fast beginner and was in the peak of form at the end of his last preparation. He will be fitter from three recent Shepparton trial performances, the latest being a fourth behind Trendy Bromac and he will take beating if he is able to find the lead. AZZA (1) hasn’t shown much early speed in his two Australian starts to date so the inside draw may be an issue. He made up plenty of ground from the back at his latest Ballarat fourth so he will be competitive if he can hold a forward position early. TRAVELNPASTYOU (8) will also benefit if AZZA (1) is able to kick through in the early stages of the event. LIGHTS AND MUSIC (4) was a little disappointing at Shepparton last week compared to some of his recent big performances at Metropolitan level but he does possess a powerful finishing burst.

EARLY SPEED: 3 (possible leader), 7

RATINGS: 9/ 1,3/ 4,8/ 2,7


Suggested Bet BRACKENREID (1) each way
OVERVIEW: AMERICAN ZEST (3) pushed forward to move up without cover and proved too good for an easier field at Stawell last week. He galloped at the start ($3-90 fav) and lost his chance under similar conditions in the St Arnaud Cup. He is not a brilliant beginner but he is a classy customer and he should make his presence felt. BRACKENREID (1) produced some cracking performances during the Rothacker Memorial series and is drawn to run a big race. He showed two starts back that he can work hard in the run and still be competitive. OUR JIMMIE (8) is racing in good form and he battled on well for third in a mile rate of 1.54.4 after he used up plenty of energy in the early stages last outing. He will be relying on BRACKENREID (1) holding a forward position at the start but he should be finishing off well. ANIMATED (9) is a possible improver from the trailing draw and HASHTAG (10) is capable of sprinting to the line quickly with the right trail forward.

EARLY SPEED: 1 (possible leader), 4,5

RATINGS: 3/ 1,8/ 9,10/ 4,5,6


Suggested Bet ROCKINFEELGOOD (12) to win
OVERVIEW:  ROCKINFEELGOOD (12) bounced back to her best form when she finished off quickly from midfield to record a strong victory at Shepparton last outing. She is versatile and appears to be well graded in this event. CEE CEE IN AMERICA (9) followed a big Maryborough trial victory with a second at Stawell last week. He has raced at a high level previously and he should go well against this class. MAMAS NEW DUDE (10) has been down on form recently but he will appreciate a big drop back in class on this assignment. He is a durable pacer and is capable of making a mid-race move. MISSUS MATILDA (2) got a long way back from the second row and couldn’t work into the race in fast time at Ballarat last outing. She is ideally drawn here so she can improve on her numerical form.

EARLY SPEED: 5 (possible leader), 3,6

RATINGS: 12/ 9,10/ 2,4,7/ 8/ 11

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