RACE 4 RIKKI BALL HANDICAP 2:20 PM (1675M)
MAKATIES KEEPER and TYCOON TARGET fought out the finish of a similar event to this here on December 28 and we’re confident MAKATIES KEEPER can turn the tables thanks to a 3kg weight swing. Apprentice Kate Witten has been entrusted with the ride on the fast-finishing six-year-old, who got a little too far out of her ground last time, running on to be beaten only a length on the line. Witten has been riding in reasonable form this summer and if she can have MAKATIES KEEPER within striking distance on the turn, then they will be very hard to hold out at the finish. Tough-as-nails on-pacer TYCOON TARGET was on the quick back-up last start and relished being able to park just behind the leading pair, kicking off a strong tempo and hitting the line hard. Goes up to 59kg and topweight, but should still make his presence felt. NORTHPACE comes out of the same race as our top two selections, and did a great job to hold on and finish third after not getting a lot of peace out in front. Keith Reeves has this fellow back in good form and we’d be surprised if he didn’t finish in the top four, while FORMULA won here over this trip two starts back and wasn’t too far away in an Ascot midweek assignment last time.
Tips: 3-1-10-2 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (3) MAKATIES KEEPER to win.