Tom Gilmore's best bets for Tuesday, May 17th.
Geelong R1 No.2 - LUSTFUL EYES
Went well in a handy maiden here a week ago over the 1300m, winner went to a PB and was just too good. Like the drop back to 1200m and the quick seven-day turnaround, he's going nicely and strikes the right race - reckon a few of the unraced lot aren't much to overcome and he does map to find the fence. Should control the race and be too good.
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Lustful Eyes - 1pt @ 1.75
Geelong R2 No.7 - ALEXANDRA DEMURE
Looks a promising filly on debut this and I think she's come up overs off the back of some smart jumpouts at Caulfield, most recent of which was 19/4 over 650m where she went very well. Was forced to check off heels due to a slack tempo but picked up nicely under minimal urgings. Will get the right run box seating but I can see her leading/kicking at the 300m and being very hard to catch late. Has good ability and will be worth following second-up to 1200m.
Alexandra Demure - 1pt @ 7.50
Geelong R6 No.5 - RIVERS GIFT
Drops 6kgs at the weights and returns to 1100m for todays race after going well here two weeks ago over the 1300m. Just found the final 100m a bit much so a drop in distance is no negative in my book, suggest he'll be handy/if not leading and with plenty in his favour he looks very hard to beat. Goes well synthetic on his home track and fourth-up hits his peak!
Rivers Gift - 1pt @ 5.00
Wyong R2 No.3 - COURTLY
Made enormous ground fresh here two weeks ago over the 1200m off the back of a smart trial, 1st/3rd led/box-seated so his effort to make as much ground as he did against the pattern was huge. Strips fitter and gets to 1350m which will suit, small field means he'll be handy enough to them at the bend and can reel off splits big enough to come home over the top. Getting a decent quote to find if he's good enough.
Courtly - 1pt @ 5.50