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

The scratchings here have brought the topweight BLUFF’N’BUSTER right into gate 4. And that should ensure he gets into a nice spot, and even better rhythm, say, in about 6th. This track has a long straight so I suspect he pulls out then comes hard. He resumed from a spell last start over 1200m and got a few pairs further back than was perhaps mathematically possible, yet stormed home for an eye-catching 3rd in this grade. SMART SUCCESS will lead but I think this bloke can run her down.


I think it is so hard to go past winning form. And this little 3YO filly LOOK ONLY has won her past 3 on the bounce including a Highway in town. Yes, she is up in class here and there will be speed from her inside and her outside but I’ve looked at all the runners. She actually has run faster time than all of them for this trip and while I’m not a huge times man, that can’t be overlooked. Three starts this time up, three wins and all achieved in different fashion. She can sit off them and charge and this track suits that. I think she might be pretty handy.


Intriguing race. I have to go with the term, ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ here. So I’m on VIVID FORTRESS. There must be a bit of stable confidence about her. On debut she drew the car park but was backed in from $3.30 to $2.25! After only an average getaway over 1015m, she sat wide and tried to ease back, actually still being 4-deep to the bend and back in 10th spot. She looked uncomfortable all the way, got on the wrong leg when they turned and the jock lost his stick at the top of the lane. Yet she pinned her ears back and ran on to finish 5th. Less frantic here over this trip. That experience will do her the world of good and should improve considerably. The 2nd and 3rd home from that race came out and won at their very next starts. She should do the same.