Race-by-race guide and tips to Tamworth on Tuesday
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Race-by-race guide and tips to Tamworth on Tuesday

Fine weather should see the track improve to a Good 4, but with the Rail out 2m from 1000m - 300m, then back to True, positions will be vital before the turn, with the best late going two or three off the fence.

Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):

Two debutants in play. Newcastle filly 13. Power Rush will be hard to stop off two smart trials & gets a cosy run from an inside draw; while further out in the market local 8. Hey Dude tuned up nicely in a recent trial & just needs some early cover from a wide gate.

Dangers: Although comfortably beaten in his last two, 2. The Mont is good enough to go close, although 59kg is a task for a Maiden that's only been placed once from seven; while 7. Strategic Spark has been kept fresh & coming out of stronger Maidens for a shrewd stable. Well-bred 10. Havenot resuming & 11. Little Miss Nic, although drawn wide, are also worth including in exotics.

How to play it: Back Hey Dude E/Way

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There will be eight races at Tamworth on Tuesday.

There will be eight races at Tamworth on Tuesday.Credit:Peter Hardin

Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1400m):

Tricky race, but there's some value around the favourite. Scone-trained 2. Jacks Creek has kept improving this prep & is ready to break through at his fourth career start; while 6. Herzegovina has had two runs back from a spell & comes out of a stronger Newcastle Maiden where he wasn't beaten far. Gets his chance despite a wide barrier.

Dangers: At his second career run for the powerful Kris Lees yard, 14. Think Free is the one to roll from a soft gate; while locally-trained 3. Louisiana Man has had a six week freshen-up after a good closing effort on this track & will come to hand quickly.

How to play it: Back Jacks Creek E/Way & Quinella with Think Free

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1200m):

Payback time here on Gosford-trained Sepoy mare 2. Maui Princess after she flopped as an odds-on fancy resuming two weeks ago on Soft ground. Got a mile back that day & still found the line well despite being wayward in the straight. Firmer ground here suits 2nd-up & I'm a fan of the stable. Confident!

Dangers: 5. Southern Strategy has had two solid runs back from a long spell, and with the rider's 2kg claim, should be in the finish; while Scone-trained 12. Sweet Love trialled nicely & this is a nice debut race. Armidale-trained 15. Pig 'N' Whistle should also be included in exotics.

How to play it: Back Maui Princess to Win & Quinella with Sweet Love

Race 4 C1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):

Looks a nice race for locally-trained 6. Stoke It Up at the big price. At his pet trip after hitting the line hard in his last two at Moree & Scone.

Dangers: The big test will come from Scone-trained 3YO 8. Blazing Issue who looked good resuming just behind the place-getters at Muswellbrook & steps straight to the mile second-up. Let's not forget, although out-classed, contested a Group 1 race as a 2YO! Resuming 5. Revere is suited, although a little concerned about the fence draw with the inside often inferior in the run home. But 1600m should helps off-set that & recent form in two C1 races is good enough to figure. Another local 12. Onya Rosie is also over the odds at the trip & will be getting home hard.

How to play it: Back Stoke It Up E/Way & Box 5-6-8-12 in TRI

Race 5 BM 66 HCP (1600m):

Very keen on 1. Melted Moments despite a hefty weight. Was very good late in a similar race behind Dustman coming from well off the speed before again charging home in the Moree Cup, both times covering a stack of ground. Time to collect!

Dangers: Last start Grafton winner 3. Dustman is an obvious threat, with strong country Cups credentials; while 4. New Endeavour will park in a gun spot right behind the speed & gets in well with the rider's 2kg claim. Don't like last-start Dubbo winner 5. Hammoon Bridge!

How to play it: Back Melted Moments to Win

Race 6 C2 HCP (1200m):

Race with good depth. Locally-trained mare 5. Arleta is the one to beat. Sparingly raced & finished off nicely in a Class 2 at Scone behind the talented Second Island who has since won brilliantly at Gosford. Was in and around much better horses in the early part of Winter & up to 1200m second-up looks spot-on

Dangers: Gosford mare 6. Rubel was impressive winning at Muswelklbrook & still on the way up & just needs some cover to be charging home; while another local 8. Fussdinado has been right in the market every run this prep & carried 58kg to win a weaker race at Coonamble two starts back.

How to play it: Back Arleta to Win & Quinella with Rubel

Race 7 SPRING CUP (1200m):

The feature race & I can't get enough on smart local 3. Under The Thumb! High-class 6YO who was very good first-up sweeping home from the back in the Dan Baker at Coffs Harbour over the carnival & then had no luck buried away on the fence at Warwick Farm in a BM 70, but still wasn't beaten far.

Dangers: Lightly-raced local De La Hoya has solid form & will stalk the speed from a good gate; while 4. Skyscraper is unbeaten second-up & this suits. Gosford-trained 6. Fast Tycoon carried big weights across solid BM 70 grade in Victoria & debuts for a new stable.

How to play it: Back Under The Thumb to Win

Race 8 BM 58 HCP (1000m):

Competitive affair to finish, with several hopes, but two stand out! Local 6. Lookin' Alive was good two runs back behind the smart Second Island, & while a beaten favourite last start on this track, should be able to control it up front again. 1. Sister Joy was scratched from Muswellbrook on Sunday for this & maps beautifully from the draw to be in the finish.

Dangers: 10. Not A Princess has improved big time last two runs & gets a lovely trailing run with a senior ride on board; while 3. Late Return has solid sprint form, but draws wide with a big weight. Consistent 8. Billy Bent Ear also gets in well with a 2kg claim & should be around the money.

How to play it: Back Lookin' Alive E/Way

For more information, head to www.racingnsw.com.au

Tips supplied by Neil Evans, courtesy of Racing NSW