Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: International Racing: Wednesday 09 December 2020 – Australia

International Racing: Wednesday 09 December 2020 – Australia

Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for Wednesday's race taking place in Australia. 

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Warwick Farm

Best Bet: ONCHAO (Race 6)
Value Bet: GUNALUVA (Race 5)

Jackpot (race 4 – 7). - Cost: R54.00.

























Race 4
TURNSTYLE is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys, but she has consistent formlines to her credit and finished second last time out over six furlongs, just a head behind the winner. She finished strongly that day, despite not getting the clearest of passages in the home straight and did finished third in her penultimate start over today’s distance, a neck off the victor, so the increase in trip should not be an issue. She will have to negotiate a wideish gate nine, but on the plus side, she will have 2kgs removed from her back thanks to her claiming apprentice. ULYSSES will also have the services of a 2kg claiming apprentice and has a far kinder draw two. He is seldom far off the action and ended up in third place in his last start over 1100M at this track, a half-length behind the winner. He was returning from a 21-week break that day and could be the biggest danger to the top choice. STRAWB is a 5yr old mare who drops in trip after two somewhat disappointing efforts over seven furlongs, but she did have excuses for both those runs, having been examined by the vet down at the start in her latest outing and then jumping awkwardly in the outing before that. She had reeled off two wins in her two starts prior to that and if bouncing back to that type of form here, she should be a leading contender. She jumps from draw six and will have 1.5kgs removed from her allocated weight courtesy of her claiming appie to aid her cause. 

Race 5
GUNALUVA went from jump to wire to win his last start over thirteen furlongs by nearly three lengths. He retains the services of ex-SA jockey Keagan Latham and from draw eight, he could prove good enough to chalk up his double today. SEPULCHRE is an 8yr old mare taking on males. She overraced in the early stages, but then stayed on well to finish third in her last outing over this c&d, 1.8L behind the winner. She renews her rivalry with CROWN AFFAIR who finished fourth in that same race, 2.6L back from the victor. The latter is 3kgs better off at today’s weights, which would normally be enough for that result to be reversed, but if the former is able to settle in the running today, he should be able to confirm those finishing positions, especially as he has gate five as opposed to the latter’s draw of twelve out of twelve. Either way, there should not be much separating the pair when they hit the wire.

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Race 6
With the five late scratchings, a field of eleven now faces the starter and the way may have been cleared for ONCHAO to rack up his double here. He has only had the two runs to date and showed the expected improvement to win his second start over six furlongs by nearly one and a half lengths, this after finishing second on debut over 1100M. He jumped awkwardly last time out but recovered well to find the front and led all the way down to the line. The form of that race has been franked and from his now adjusted draw seven, he may well have more to offer here. As such, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card. Two 3yr old fillies could chase him home. SAHRA had finished second in her two prior runs over 1100M before ending up fifth last time out over the same distance at this track, 1.7L back from the winner. She only saw daylight at the 250M pole that day and did well to finish as close to the winner as she did. She is drawn one inside the top pick and could be his biggest threat. CATHAY was hampered down at the start when missing out on her hat-trick in her latest outing over six furlongs at this venue. She was returning from a 15-week rest that day and jumping from gate two, she should be involved in the finish. 

Race 7
SHAMANI finished third on debut over seven furlongs and then went on to win next time out when stepping up to this mile journey. She took over the lead going through the 200M pole and then proceeded to put three lengths between herself and the opposition to post a comfortable victory. She will have to deal with a wideish gate nine, but the manner in which she dealt with her rivals last time out suggests that she may well be up to the task on hand. HAVIN' FUN had made steady improvement in her last three runs and had to be switched at the 150M mark before finishing third last time out over seven furlongs at this track, just a half-length back from the winner. She has drawn seven and should be right up there in the mix. MY DEMETRA steps up in trip after finishing second in her latest run over 1500M, beaten by just a head. She has drawn wide in gate twelve but possesses good early gate speed which she should use to tack across without expending too much energy. 

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