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Dalby Leading Trainer Gives Insight into Historical Track

There’s two words that send a shiver down the spine of even the most hardened punters – ‘track bias’.

But according to the region’s leading trainer Matt Kropp, if you plan to have a bet at Queensland’s historic Dalby track, you need not be too concerned.  

He says it doesn’t matter how big the track or how long the home-straight, in his experience, it’s the pace of a race which dictates whether the winners lead from the start, or get back and fly home.  

“More often than not the races (at Dalby) are run at a good tempo,” he explained.

“There’s usually a lot of apprentices riding at these meetings so they tend to ride at a genuine clip. It ensures there is plenty of time for a back-marker can get back and run on.”

Matt Kropp Next Racing

Kropp, who in recent years moved the bulk of his training operations to Toowoomba, said Dalby was one of the fairest tracks to race on in country or provincial Queensland.  

On first inspection, the course appears to be small, rounded and tight turning – favouring frontrunners drawn close to the rails.  

“Of the tracks in this region Dalby actually gives you a good run because there is a dog-leg into the straight and it’s fairly gradual,” he said.

“It might be tight-turning from the 800m to the 400m mark but they’ve got a nice 300m run home. I reckon every runner pretty much gets its chance if they’re good enough.”

The 1400m, 1200m and 1000m starts are situated on a long chute at the back of the racecourse, with runners also enjoying a straight start from the 800m chute.

“Those chutes make for pretty good races and all runners (from all barriers) get their chance,” he said.

Kropp has won the Dalby trainers’ premiership five times in the past seven years.

Kropp, who in recent years moved the bulk of his training operations to Toowoomba, said Dalby was one of the fairest tracks to race on in country or provincial Queensland.  

On first inspection, the course appears to be small, rounded and tight turning – favouring frontrunners drawn close to the rails.  

“Of the tracks in this region Dalby actually gives you a good run because there is a dog-leg into the straight and it’s fairly gradual,” he said.

“It might be tight-turning from the 800m to the 400m mark but they’ve got a nice 300m run home. I reckon every runner pretty much gets its chance if they’re good enough.”

The 1400m, 1200m and 1000m starts are situated on a long chute at the back of the racecourse, with runners also enjoying a straight start from the 800m chute.

“Those chutes make for pretty good races and all runners (from all barriers) get their chance,” he said.

Kropp has won the Dalby trainers’ premiership five times in the past seven years.

 

Dalby Trainers to Watch

 

 

Michael Nolan Next Racing

Nolan's Dalby Stats:

7 starters 3:1:1

42% Winners

71% Place

Ave winning price: $3.87

ROI: 66%

 

Nolan Runners This Saturday:

Race 6 – Jimibramz (2) – A lightly raced 4 year old who has worked through the grades impressively. He resumes here and may need the run. Having said that he finished off last preparation in good style with two wins at Toowoomba and a length third here so he is capable of featuring.

Race 7 – I’ve Got Friends (11) – Has been a long time since the five year-old gelding has won a race but he has been a consistent horse for the stable. Was only narrowly beaten last start at Gatton after racing three wide with no cover the whole trip.

 

Arnold's Dalby Stats:

5 Starters: 2:1:1

40% Winners

80% Place

Ave Winning Price: $3.45

ROI: 38%

Arnold's Runners This Saturday:

Race 3: Exceedingly Brave (3) – 3 year old gelding having his first start.  He hasn’t been seen publicly so betting will be your best guide. The carpark draw makes things tough.

Race 6: Exceedingly Kool (1) – Was building a nice little picket fence with three wins in a row before being beaten half a length at Toowoomba last time out. He has the early speed to cross from the wide gate.

Rex Lipp Next Racing

Lipp's Dalby Stats:

16 Starters: 3:0:2

19% Winners

31% Place

Ave Winning Price: $12

ROI: 125%

Lipp's Runners This Saturday:

Race 3: Greynomad (6) - Big price at his first 3 starts before being well backed last time out over 1850m at Toowoomba. Cost himself a chance by over racing that day but still only beaten 4 lengths. This may be too short for him first-up.

Race 4: Seq The Star (8) – It has been 609 days since the 5 year old mare won a race as a 3 year old at Toowoomba. Seems to do a bit wrong in her races which doesn’t help her. Was only beaten 1.8 lengths last time out at the track and distance. Looks unlikely in this field.

Race 6: Wine Barrel (11) – This guy is a good honest horse who is never far away. Was beaten by the Grant Arnold trained Exceedingly Kool (see above) a length first-up this prep. He was laying in at the top of the straight which didn’t help his chances. He can improve second-up.

Race 7: Rejuvenate (12) – He’s undefeated in two starts at the track. He fought on last time out at Ipswich after beginning slowly. Martinelli who won that race has since won in town. Despite winning his only start over this course and distance, he could be suspect late.

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