Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, previews the Coffs Harbour meeting this afternoon, with horse racing tips and analysis for 3 selected races. Good luck, punters!


If ROYAL EXIT wins this you should just congratulate his trainer Mark Schmetzer. Because he took over the training of this 4YO in July and turned him from a consistently poor 1400-1600m into a sprinter. And that’s the case for many horses. Too slow for sprints as juveniles so stepped up in trip. Schmetzer set him for a first up 1000m kill at Scone and the money went on. He flashed home from 7th at the bend in a similar race to this to claim the cash near the line. Is 2nd up here and I suspect the same result.

Tip: ROYAL EXIT @ $3.00

I like horses on the improve and there appears three real live hopes here in SEACZAR, HETTINGER  and MARKIEVICZ. All have undeniable chances based on their last runs. But all three will get back a bit too. Hettinger maybe not as far as the other two and on that premise I think he can land the cash. Previously trained in Victoria he has had one start for new trainer Kris Lees and it was a strong gallop over 1150m which proved a tad short. Money was on in stacks that day so they thought they had a racehorse. Rattled home to grab 3rd. Better suited this journey and should take holding out.  Watch betting.

Tip: HETTINGER @ $3.00

When ENDANGERED SPECIES last raced against rival CRAZEELIL the latter ran him down over 1415m. It too was on a very heavy track which they both get here also. But, he came home 6 off the fence while the winner came right down the extreme outside in the fast lane. Similar weight span here and Endangered Species has hardened up a bit winning over 1526m since. So he’s in form can handle the mud and is ready to hone for that loss. Quinella them.