Horse Racing: Thursday’s top tips at Gulfstream Park

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Racing returns to Gulfstream Park today with a mixed 10-race card on both the dirt and turf tracks and Paddy Power have plenty of offers available throughout the card at the Florida venue.

Race 1: 18:00 – Laska @ 6/4

LASKA can get favourite backers off to a flyer in this mile and ½ a furlong contest on the turf.  Trainer Michael Matz trained the winner of the last race here on Sunday, and he can make an immediate return to the winner’s enclosure with this four-year-old filly.

The selection has been running well and getting placed in better races than this and looks to have found the perfect opportunity here to lose her maiden tag.

Paddy Power are giving all customers a free Power Up if the have a £/€10 bet in this race, and are also paying an extra place. 

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Race 3: 19:07 – Dotdotdash @ 4/1

Most of these sprinters have ordinary enough form in the book and although there are a couple of nicely-bred debutants, it might pay to side with DOTDOTDASH in this 5f maiden.

Peter Pugh’s three-year-old filly turned in a career best when she was switched to turf here in her latest run. That was her seasonal reappearance and it suggested that she is far more at home on this surface. With more improvement expected, she looks sure to be involved at the finish.

Paddy’s going money back as a free bet if your selection finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th.

Race 7: 21:15 – Driven By Thunder @ 13/2 (each-way)

A 1m turf race for older horses.  Phat Man will deservedly go off a short-priced favourite, but it may pay to look further down the list in search of some value. DRIVEN BY THUNDER is a versatile six- year-old who has won nine times over a variety of trips and surfaces.

Trainer Amador Sanchez has given the gelding a nice break after he was pitched in to a couple of better races towards the end of last year. This grade looks much more realistic and the selection can take advantage of a plum draw here and should be on the premises.

Paddy’s paying an extra place in this and the last three races on the Gulfstream Park card. 

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Race 8: 21:46 – Money Never Sleeps @ 7/2

A very competitive seven runner field for this three-year-old contest over 7f, where Paddy’s extra place offer will benefit each-way punters.

Teresa Pompay has done well with MONEY NEVER SLEEPS since she claimed the daughter of Munnings out of Todd Pletcher’s barn. The selection ran an excellent race last time out here when a staying on third in a better race. The drop back in trip looks sure to suit and she can use her finishing kick to score late under Miguel Vasquez.

Race 9: 22:17 – Temple @ 2/1

The feature race on the card over 1m 1f and it is impossible to overlook the claims of TEMPLE. Michael Maker’s four-year-old simply loves the turf course at Gulfstream. In seven career starts he has won three times and has never finished out of the money.

Maker has said that in normal times he would be campaigning Temple in New York or Kentucky in search of the more lucrative purses but this is no bad consolation. The selection warmed up nicely for this contest by running a great race, when second, last time out.

He is drawn beautifully on the rail and can show his class by putting this field to the sword under the in-form Luis Saez in a race where Paddy is paying 4 places.

Race 10: 22:47 – Oblio’s Wish @ 6/1 (each-way)

We finish with a mile race on the turf and it’s worth taking a chance with OBLIO’S WISH, in a race where Paddy paying the first 4 home. The selection ran too bad to be true last time out when attempting to follow up her victory at this track.

That was the four-year-old filly’s debut for the Carlos David barn and with Oblio’s Wish posting three  victories to her name, she can bounce back here and reach the frame at least.

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