HASHTAG HERO - It would be easy to dismiss the Terry Commerford-trained Hashtag Hero as a non-winner however connections have found the right race for the five-year-old gelding in the Coffs Cup Thursday August 2nd CG&E Maiden Plate (1315m). When a horse finishes runner-up in seven of his 13 starts it is easy to start questioning his genuineness however Hashtag Hero is worth at least one more chance going to 1315m for the first time on Thursday. To be fair to the son of Mossman, things haven’t gone his way in several races including his last two starts when the rider of Hashtag Hero protested unsuccessfully at Grafton two back and was always on speed and wide when runner-up at the same track last start. Hashtag Hero looks the leader in a race where there doesn’t look to be much early pressure and if that’s the scenario when the barriers open Hashtag Hero will take plenty of running down.
GIVEM HELL - When Toby Edmonds crosses the NSW Border from his Gold Coast base punters should take notice and that’s the case with Givem Hell who brings winning form to the Joel Street Plumbing Class 2 Handicap (1015m). A three-year-old daughter of Commands, Givem Hell has hit her straps in recent starts winning a maiden at the Gold Coast on January 27 before placing on a heavy (10) track at the Sunshine Coast next start. Givem Hell appreciated a return to a dry surface winning a class one handicap at Grafton last start and is drawn to get all the favours in running launching from barrier four on Thursday. It’s hard to find a reason to suggest Givem Hell won’t be winning again.
SUPER TONIC - An unbeaten Coffs Harbour record is on the line when Super Tonic takes her place in the Elmac Electrical Benchmark 65 Handicap (1215m). Trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Bellamy, Super Sonic has a penchant for her home track with each of her three career wins coming at the North Coast circuit. Although Super Sonic hasn’t been in the money away from Coffs Harbour there has been nothing wrong with her form. Four runs back Super Tonic was unlucky not to win at Port Macquarie and was close-up in two of her three subsequent runs at Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast with a Coffs Harbour win in the middle of the four runs.
INVINCIBLE TAMMY - After placings in five of her six starts to date, I Am Invincible filly, Invincible Tammy gets her chance to win a maiden when she lines up in the Maclean Motel F&M Maiden Handicap (1106m). The decision by connections to take advantage of the 3kg claim for apprentice Leah Kilner looks a winning move with Invincible Tammy to carry 55.5kg when taking on her own sex after placings at Grafton and Ballina at her first two starts this preparation against the boys in open maidens. Drawn to get the ideal run in transit from barrier four Invincible Tammy’s time has come.
SPLINTER - The $13 looks attractive odds for Splinter in the Good Intent Hotel Benchmark 66 Handicap (1410m) ready to peak third-up stepping up to his preferred distance range. Trained at Ballina by Stephen Lee, Splinter showed improvement at his second run back from a break when beaten 2-1/2 lengths when sixth at the Gold Coast last start on an unsuitable heavy track. Four of Splinter’s five career wins have come in the 1350m to 1400m distance range and the gelding is in with a winnable weight after the 2kg claim for apprentice Cejay Graham. Splinter won’t spend a penny in the run launching from the inside gate and represents genuine value.