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Bideford looms as best bet in Launceston tonight

22 / 10 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Bideford winning a class 1 Hcp in Launceston last start icon Click to enlarge

LONGFORD trainer Ian Hay has been associated with some top class gallopers over the years with his two mares Dragila and one of her daughters Isibaeva each winning a Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy.

But the latest galloper to come out of the stable that shows enormous potential is Bideford, a gelding that he and his family purchased from New Zealand about 18 months ago.

Bideford finished third on debut last season but he made amends with an awesome display in Launceston before being sent for a spell.

The gelded son of Towkay resumed with a very impressive win in a strong class one handicap, under lights in Launceston two weeks ago.

Tonight he returns to the scene of his two previous wins and barring accidents he should leave the track with three wins to his credit.

Bideford steps up to 1400 metres but after he won over 1200 metres last start trainer Hay said he was looking forward to getting the gelding over more ground so tonight’s assignment should fit the bill.

The only dangers, on exposed form, appear to be Finalargee that has been placed second at his past two outings in similar company, along with Fillout the Ticket and Royal Bluff, while the Bill Ryan-trained Great White might be a place chance first-up from a three-month spell.

For Peter Staples’ tips for the eight-race card – CLICK HERE.