Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, takes a look at today’s thoroughbred racing and singles out his three top horse racing tips, from Port Macquarie and Wellington. Good luck, punters!

When AIRLIE AVENUE resumed from a near 7-month break at Scone, she got back and ran on to get 4th this grade. It was an eye-catching effort so I backed her next start here over 1206m, again this grade. Similarly, got back early and came with a great rush to just fail running 2nd. I can’t get off her now, especially as she is 3rd up and in a maiden against her own sex this time. Looks very hard to beat from her stablemate NZURI MWALI who by contrast will go forward and force the speed.


I just loved the way this Cameron Crockett trained filly VINTAGE FLYER accelerated on debut once they turned for home. It was in a Narromine mdn, but after drawing the fence she hunted up to be on pace using juice, then sprinted away when they turned and won comfortably. This is obviously a stronger field but she retains Grant Buckley as the rider and on debut was very heavily backed suggesting the stable feel she has talent. Should sit outside the speed, which is where you need to be this track, and fight on too well.


I just can’t seem to stay away from dual acceptors. And ACHI BABA is one of them. They’ve chosen this race for him. He hasn’t raced for five months and was last in a recent barrier trial but he does boast a very good first up record. This will be a test because it’s a little short but his racing last prep was very good without winning and was always conducted in races stronger than this. I see him parking up about 4th early and being simply too classy late.