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International Racing: Weekend Racing - Australia

Monday - Weekend Racing

Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for  Australian racing from Flemington, Northam, and Canterbury Park.



Saturday 03 October 2020 – Flemington

Best Bet: SCHABAU (Race 6)
Value Bet: WISE COUNSEL (Race 9)

Jackpot (race 6 – 9) - Cost: R90.00

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Race 6
SCHABAU has solid staying form to his name and battled all the way down to the line when finishing third last time out over this c&d, beaten just a length. He attracted plenty of betting support that day and although drawn wide at gate eight, he will be looking to make amends here. LORD BELVEDERE finished strongly to complete his hat-trick last time out over the c&d. He jumps from a far kinder draw two and looks to be the immediate danger to the top choice. SHARED AMBITION has shown steady improvement in his last two runs, finishing second in the last over ten furlongs, one length behind the winner. He took a bump shortly after the start that day, but recovered well to finish strongly over the latter stages of the contest. On that effort, he should be involved in the finish. 

Race 7
VERRY ELLEEGANT is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys, but she has won four Group I races in the past. She did not get the clearest of passages when finishing fourth last time out in a Group 1 race over a mile. She was bumped at the six-furlong mark and then was hampered 250M from the winning post. With better luck in running today, she could resume her winning ways and add another Group 1 title to her resume. SURPRISE BABY finished well when ending up second in his last start over a mile in a Group 2 contest when returning from a lengthy 43-week break. He has cracked pole position and should be right up there in the firing line. Although HARLEM is recorded as finishing sixth in his last outing in a Group 1 race over a mile, he was just 2.6L behind the winner. He tried to go from jump to wire that day and as a previous winner of the Australian Cup, he may prove difficult to reel in over the closing stages of the race. SUPERSTORM was making good late progress before being badly hampered twice in the latter stages of his last outing over seven furlongs in a Group 1 race, suggesting that the extra ground on offer here will be to his liking. He is drawn out at gate twelve, but he is likely to be dropped out of the race early and should be picking off the frontrunner in the dash down to the wire.

Race 8
PERFECT JEWEL hit the front close to home but was only collared in the shadow of the post to be denied victory by a head in her last outing over a mile. She has drawn wide at gate 12 but is likely to be right up there again when they hit the line. PRETTY BRAZEN followed up her penultimate victory over seven furlongs with a third-place finish over the same distance next time out, just over a length back from the victor, despite racing wide. She could threaten the top pick, jumping from her handy draw four. RUBISAKI missed out on her hat-trick when finishing a somewhat disappointing tenth last time out over six furlongs when returning from a 19-week break. She is drawn wide at gate eleven, but she will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways today. 

Race 9
WISE COUNSEL has shown gradual improvement in his last three runs, culminating in his maiden victory last time out over a mile. He stayed on well that day and although taking on stronger here, if he has continued down that same path, he could prove to be good enough to complete his double today. His draw three will do him no harm and he is taken to be the value bet on today’s card. TELL ME AGAIN goes for his hat-trick after chasing down the leaders to win his last outing over a mile by a head. He jumps from one outside the top selection and should enjoy going over the extra ground. YOUNG WERTHER continues with the draw trend and has the gate one outside the latter. He won by just over a length when making his debut over 1500M and could be almost anything as the form of that race has been franked. He would have learned from the experience and with the natural improvement that can be expected, he rates a serious challenger to the top two selections. 

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Sunday 04 October 2020 – Northam

Best Bet: ARNIE'S BOY (Race 6)
Value Bet: HIP WIGGLE (Race 7)

Jackpot (race 4 – 7) - Cost: R54.00.

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Race 4
Two 3yr old and one 4yr old filly could fight out the finish to this race and complete the trifecta, but the top pick goes to CLASSIC MAGNUS who missed out on her hat-trick when finishing third over five furlongs last time out, just over two and a half lengths behind the winner. Her jockey did not persevere with his ride that day as he felt that there was something amiss with his mount and that effort is best ignored. She jumps from draw six and looks to be the one to side with here. EXPRESS TIME tried to go from jump to wire when finishing second in her last start over five furlongs, 0.7L behind the victor when returning from a 23-week break. She is drawn one inside the former and could be her biggest danger. SOLAIA returns from a 26-week rest and finished third in her only barrier trial. She was hampered at the 200M mark in her last outing and did well to finish as close to the winner as she did. From her hand draw two, she should be involved in the finish. 

Race 5
MIYAGI is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys. She made good late progress when winning her maiden race by nearly one length last time out over 1300M when returning from a 15-week absence. She jumps from draw seven and could prove good enough to record a quick double today. HOLY ENCHANTMENT also won his maiden race last time out over this distance. He finished well that day despite racing green to put 2.7L between himself and the opposition. He will have to negotiate a wide draw of 10, but should be doing his best work late. CORNFLOWER is a 4yr old filly who made good late progress to end up second in her latest outing over seven furlongs, just a head behind the winner. On that effort the extra ground on offer today will not present an issue. 

Race 6
ARNIE'S BOY was a narrow head winner of his last start over this mile journey, this despite taking a bump at the 225M mark. He recovered well however to mow down the frontrunners in the dash down to the wire. He faces a wide draw of gate nine, but nevertheless, the gelding is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card. DECEPTION GAME stayed on to finish fifth in his last outing over a mile, 3.8L behind the victor. He has pulled gate five and could emerge as the biggest threat to the top choice. ZIP YOUR LIPS was bumped and then came wide into the straight when finishing fourth in his last start over a mile. He is drawn one outside the latter and should be involved in the finish here. 

Race 7
As with race four, two fillies and a mare could dominate the finish to this contest and secure the trifecta, but the value bet for the day, HIP WIGGLE could be the one that they all have to beat. She raced wide before finishing strongly to end up in third place in her last start over 1300M, just under a length behind the winner. From gate six, she should be right up there when they hit the line. WINNIE'S WINE disappointed last time out when finishing six lengths behind the winner over 1300M, but it should be noted that she was hampered in the straight that day and should have finished closer as a result. Her handy draw three will do her no harm. PLAYING RED stayed on well to just fail by a head to win her last outing over six furlongs. She was returning from a 20-week rest that day and if not in need of one more run, she should be right up there in the mix.  

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Monday 05 October 2020 – Canterbury Park

Best Bet: THE BOPPER (Race 6)
Value Bet: BEST STONE (Race 7)

Jackpot (race 5 – 8) - Cost: R90.00

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Race 5
COTERIE raced up with the pace before kicking clear to win his last start over a mile by a head, despite his jockey dropping his whip. He gets to jump from gate seven out of eight, but given his style of racing this should not be too much of a disadvantage. SAVIGNE is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys. She followed up her penultimate run victory over a mile with an eighth-place finish over 1500M next time out. She jumped awkwardly that day and has finished fourth in a subsequent barrier trial. She is drawn in gate five and could be the biggest danger to the top choice. BEBEAUTIFUL is a 4yr old filly who completed her hat-trick last time out over 1900M. All those wins have been posted on the synthetic track and she returns from a 30-week rest but has put in two fair barrier trials. She has her first run for her new trainer and does get 2kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice. Having said all that, she should still nevertheless be included in all bets.

Race 6
THE BOPPER returns from a 20-week rest, but has had three barrier trials, winning two of these to prove his well-being. He has only had the two starts to date, winning both of them, the first over five furlongs and the next over 1100M by four lengths. The gelding gets draw four and is made the best bet on the day’s program. DEFERENCE has his first run after a 30-week break and finished second in his only barrier trial. He jumped awkwardly in his last outing when finishing well to end up in fifth spot, 1.7L behind the winner over six furlongs. From an even kinder gate two, he should be right up there when they hit the line. PAQUIRRI was making good late progress when finishing fourth in his latest start over this c&d, just over one and a half lengths behind the victor when returning from a 17-week absence. He is drawn one outside the latter and should be involved in the finish today.

Race 7
Two 4yr old fillies and a 5yr old mare should dominate the finish to this race and complete the trifecta, but BEST STONE may prove to be the pick. She tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in fifth place last time out over seven furlongs, 2.7L behind the winner. She is drawn the widest of them all, but she is likely to use her early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy and is sure to appreciate the drop in distance here. PHEMONOE was not ridden out over the closing stages of her last race when finishing fourth over seven furlongs as her jockey faced a wall of horses in front of him and as such, that effort is best ignored. Given better luck in running today, she could pose a big threat to the top selection. MISTEED returns after a 15-week spell absence but did finish second in her only barrier trial to prove her fitness. She jumped awkwardly but recovered well to finish strongly to grab fifth place last time out over six furlongs, 1.7L off the winner. She is drawn wideout at gate ten, but she should be doing her best work late.

Race 8
A tricky F&M Handicap closes off the jackpot and some caution is advised. CHIANTI drops in class after staying on to finish sixth in a Group 2 event over six furlongs last time out, just over two and a half lengths behind the winner. Her jockey put up 0.5kgs overweight that day and from her handy draw four, she could be the one to side with here. MARBOOSHA has only had the three runs to date, recording two wins and then a second-place finish last time out over 1100M, one and a half lengths behind the winner. She returns from a 20-week break but has put in two encouraging barrier trials. She has a wideish draw of eight, but she could threaten the former. MISS FOX has an impressive record, winning four of her six starts and finishing second and third in the other two, the latest when one length back from the victor over 1100M. She is drawn one outside the latter and has her peak run here. She should be included in all bets. TIME IS PRECIOUS overraced in the early and middle stages of her last start in a Group 2 race over six furlongs and understandably had nothing to come over the closing stages. She was rested for 25 weeks after that effort and returns here after finishing fourth in her sole barrier trial. She jumps from a wide draw of thirteen, but should not be lightly dismissed in this line-up.  

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