Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at today’s meetings and singles out his top three horse racing tips from Launceston & Gawler. Good luck, punters!

So, these types of conundrums really fascinate me. In one corner we have THE RED SEA. In the other corner, I’M BULLETPROOF. Now, the intrigue is this. When they last met a few weeks back, on level weights, I’m Bulletproof beat The Read sea home. It was in a similar race to this. Today The Red Sea carries 3kg more for losing – BUT – he has since won a race rather brilliantly by nearly 6 lengths. In this grade. So apart from the obvious – quinella them, which way do we go? The improving one or the proven one? Hmmmm…


I wonder how good this unraced galloper CELESTIAL ILLUSION is? There are 11 runners here and he is one of two who have never raced. plus, he is the youngest runner in the field. But I’m going to back him based on three things. 1) he has trialled very nicely, twice placing with something up his sleeve. 2) he has been backed overnight firming from $6.70 into $5.10. 3) he is part-owned by trainer Philip Stokes’ wife. Now, that last one is the interesting one. Trainers tend to NOt take percentages if they see nothing. Conversely, they will buy a share if they see something they like while working them as young horses. Let’s see!


This should be a good race. I love the name of this horse, FREAK ON THE LEAD and I bet he leads these. He is 3rd up here and should take a power of catching. WELDBOROUGH has been very heavily backed but this bloke, I suggest, wouldn’t have this name if he didn’t have a great deal of speed.