Rockhampton tips, top selections & value bets | April 6, 2022

Rockhampton betting tips

The dogs head to on Wednesday night for a full book of 12 races. ARG’s Queensland greyhound racing expert shares his best bets and value plays for every race.

Race 1: TAB Maiden (407m)

Our standard maiden event to start the night off with a full field of eight starters. Leading trainer Ken Boody has Raven On Koby (box 2) in this maiden race. Raven On Koby is a daughter of and starts her racing career tonight. If there is good money for her, she might be hard to beat. Goody Goody Yum (box 1) has been placed second at her last four starts here at Rocky, so she is well overdue to win a maiden race. This is not a strong maiden race, so tonight could be her night to finally win. Kremlin (box 3) can show some early speed but struggles to run the 407m here. From this low draw, he could fill a minor placing tonight. One Rose (box 5) has been placed on eight occasions in maiden events from 31 attempts. Pressure (box 7) ran second from this draw March 5, so can also finish in the minor placings.

Race 2: Sky Racing Novice (407m)

The trained Nomad Road (box 3) might be the greyhound to beat in this novice race. She may get clear galloping room early tonight behind Big Time Becky (box 1). If so, expect her to power over them late to score. Big Time Becky should appreciate wearing the red rug tonight and looks the main danger to Nomad Road. Ange’s Girl (box 7) can show some early speed but struggles to run out the Rocky 407m, so only looks a place chance tonight. The Clinton Thompson-trained Black Petunia (box 6) is poorly drawn but was an improved effort last week to finish alongside Big Time Becky last Wednesday, so could sneak into the placings tonight.

Race 3: Garrard’s Horse And Hound Novice (407m)

Zipping Fern (box 6) may be able to cross the field early with the help of the vacant box inside her tonight. There does not appear to be a lot of early speed runners drawn inside her, so expect her to lead all the way. Suited It (box 4) was an improved run last Wednesday from box two. He finished second behind Francis Geoffrey, nosing out Zipping Fern in a photo finish. Not as well drawn tonight but can figure in the finish if breaks go his way early. Paddy Harks (box 3) looks the other greyhound to consider tonight. He resumed from a four-week break March 20 from box eight when caught off the track early and finished well back. Has only one win from 13 starts over this track and distance but has been placed on seven occasions. His previous form is good enough to figure in the finish tonight. Double Espresso (box 2) should appreciate this low draw tonight and comes off a good second placing last Wednesday behind Zipping Raven from box four.

Race 4: Diplock’s Collision Repair Centre 4th/5th Grade (407m)

All of Dr. Xena’s (box 1) four career wins have been over this track and distance and all from box one. This daughter of Barcia Bale loves wearing the red rug, so expect her to keep this winning record intact tonight. The other Clinton Thompson-trained runner in this event is Rosa’s Gold (box 5). She ventured down south to Mount Gambier on March 17, where she finished third behind Velicity Alibi from box five when an odds-on favourite. Back home at Rocky tonight, she looks the obvious danger and Clinton may quinella this race. The Peta Boon-trained Misunderstood (box 3) was luckless last Wednesday behind the Clinton Thompson-trained Exit Plan from box six. From this better draw tonight, he could be the greyhound to spoil the Thompson party and must be included in the winning mix. These three runners should fight out the finish. Wenatchee (box 2) and Suite Nita (box 6) may fight out the minor placings for first-four players.

Race 5: Rocky Feed And Seed 4th Grade (407m)

This is a 4th Grade race with lots of winning chances. Clinton Thompson has two runners entered – Rosa’s Memory (box 1) and Exit Plan (box 7). Rosa’s Memory is yet to win from box one but has been placed on four occasions from five attempts. The red rug won’t be unsuitable, so she is a winning chance. Exit Plan won here last Wednesday from box one clocking a quick 23.96 seconds. Will need luck from the seven box tonight but can figure if breaks go his way early in this race. Shian Ned (box 3) burnt our punting fingers last Wednesday when he ran as a long odds-on favourite, finishing second behind from box four. He did not begin well on this occasion but can into winning form if he begins well this week. Until Late (box 2) has been contesting 3rd/4th Grade races recently and should appreciate the slight drop back in class from the low draw tonight. Must be included if playing trifectas and first fours.

Race 6: Newsxpress Richardson Road 4th/5th Grade (510m)

This will be the first race over the Rocky 510m tonight. There are two starters having their first look at the Rockhampton circuit – Hearts Colliding (box 2) and Cascade Monelli (box 5). These greyhounds will most likely be looking to gain track experience in readiness for the upcoming Rockhampton Cup heats on April 22. Trevor Lindsay brings Hearts Colliding up the highway from Brisbane with good form. She was luckless when vying for the early lead on a wet surface on March 28 from box four. Previously, she finished second behind Out Of Champagne from box three. Looks a definite winning chance if she handles the Rockhampton track. Leading trainer Ken Boody has the Western Australian Cascade Monelli in this race. Her last four starts have been over the middle distance of 600m. Has not started since January 22, so Ken would have her nice and fresh for her first official start at Rockhampton from this tricky draw. Boody also has Foxy One (box 8) entered in this race. She is not normally a quick beginner and would be better suited from an inside draw. She has put in some good efforts over the Rocky 520m, so must still be included in the winning mix. Clinton Thompson steps Rosa’s Kitchen (box 7) up to the 520m distance tonight. She appreciates wide draws and has previously clocked a good 30.48 seconds when finishing second here. Prosecutor (box 4) is a consistent honest chaser but has only won once over the Rocky 520m from 27 starts. Must be considered a place chance and included into exotic betting.

Race 7: Rockhampton Wildcard Heat Open (510m)

This is the first heat of the Rockhampton Wildcard. Only greyhounds domiciled in the local zone for 50 days or more are eligible for these two heats. The winner of the $25,000 final on April 13 will receive automatic entry in the Rockhampton Cup final on April 29. Leading trainer Ken Boody has four starters in this heat. Zip Stream (box 6) looks his best winning chance. This will be her first start over the Rocky 520m distance tonight. She raced four times over the Townsville 498m in March in preparation for this heat. She has good early speed and should prove hard to run down. Ken also has (box 8) in this heat. Her only defeat lately was over this track and distance from box eight. Would prefer an inside draw but has run quick times here previously. Peta Boon has Velocity Kayla (box 2) and Informality (box 4) in this heat. Informality is a Rockhampton star and rarely runs a bad race. Has a tricky draw tonight but is a winning chance if given clear galloping room. Velocity Kayla ran a personal best clocking a sizzling 30.00 seconds winning two starts ago from box three. The Dallas Beckett-trained Swift Twitch (box 7) can handle wide draws and may get a good run early out wide tonight. Must include into exotic betting.

Race 8: Rockhampton Wildcard Heat Open (510m)

This is our second Rockhampton Wildcard heat, and it’s another strong race. Ken Boody has three starters, all winning chances. Deadly Choice (box 1) and Blue Jeans Talk (box 2) are both well drawn and should get good runs early from their low draws. Wink At Me (box 5) may be his best winning chance despite drawing poorly in box five. He can begin quickly and offset this tricky draw. He clocked a very fast 29.96 seconds on January 26 from box three, so a repeat of that run should win this heat. Dallas Beckett has Canary Wharf (box 8) in this heat. He is currently in sparkling form, winning his last two start over this track and distance clocking 30.00 and 30.13 seconds. Should get a good clear run out wide tonight and looks one of the greyhounds to beat in this heat. The Darren Taylor-trained Barcia Bullet (box 4) contested the Cup heats and final without much luck. Ran down Deadly Choice at his last Rocky start from box four. He is not a quick beginner but can power home, so is a winning chance if breaks go his way early.

Race 9: Dinky Di Web Design 3rd/4th Grade (407m)

Back to the 407m starts for the last four races on this program. Rosa’s Money Bag (box 2) returns to Rocky tonight after her unsuccessful South Australian trip. She loves drawing box two, she’s won five races from 10 starts. She can show good early speed, and we’re confident that trainer Clinton Thompson has her fresh and ready to go tonight. Red Card Bob (box 1) wears the red rug tonight and looks the obvious danger. This Dallas Beckett-trained greyhound has won three times from four starts out of box one. Mexicali Jane (box 7) is in good form and has never raced away from the Rockhampton circuit in 68 career starts. Better suited from an inside draw and will need to use all of her local track knowledge from this wide draw. Veteran (box 6) has good early speed and a vacant box inside. He can never be left out and must be included in all exotics.

Race 10: Wendy Mulry Travel 5th Grade (407m)

The Dallas Beckett-trained Francis Geoffrey (box 7) looks the greyhound to beat here. Has won both of his career starts out of box eight, so should handle this wide draw. The Clinton Thompson-trained Zipping Raven (box 1) should be the obvious danger, but did only finish third at her only start wearing the red rug and clocked a slow time. The Trevor Lindsay-trained Sweet Gig (box 4) has her first start at Rockhampton. She will be Hearts Colliding’s travel mate when Trevor drives up the Bruce Highway today. Has a tricky middle draw to contend with, so may be a place chance only tonight. The Darren Taylor-trained We’re Back Boys (box 3) is currently in fair form and must be included in all exotics from this low draw. Country Mist (box 5) is poorly drawn and will hope to sneak some prizemoney by filling a minor placing.

Race 11: TAB 5th Grade (407m)

The Gary Weeding-trained Blazing Brothers (box 1) has drawn the red rug tonight. This is not a strong 5th Grade race, so box one should be a big advantage. He won his only race over this track and distance from this draw on July 6. The Clinton Thompson-trained Vibranium (box 6) looks the danger in this race. Got caught wide last start at Townsville from box seven on April 1. On the quick backup tonight, but he has a couple of moderate beginners drawn inside him. Expect him to get clear galloping room early. Erratic George (box 3) does not win many races but has filled placings quite regularly. From this low draw, expect him to be in the mix for the minor placings. Star Connie (box 7) and Swift Anna (box 8) could also sneak some minor prizemoney.

Race 12: Sky Racing M5 (407m)

The last race on tonight’s program is our Masters race for 5th Grade greyhounds only. On form, there look to be three winning chances. Tuesday’s Gone (box 3) has good early speed and looks the greyhound to beat. Last time she contested a Masters race, she won on March 3 clocking 24.30 seconds from box seven. The Neville Jackson-trained Scandalise (box 7) looks the obvious danger. He won our Masters race last Wednesday clocking 24.27 seconds from box one, beating Farmor Crownies. Prefers an inside draw but can handle this draw. Won’t Win Larson (box 4) might get a good run across outside Tuesday’s Gone early. If so, he could fight the finish out and could be a winning chance. Slingshot Prince (box 2) has a good low draw but only looks a place chance. Archie Harks (box 8) can handle wide draws but is just struggling to find good form.

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