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International Racing: Weekend Racing – Australia


Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for this Weekend's races taking place in Australia. 

Saturday 09 January 2021 – Randwick

Best Bet: BIG PARADE (Race 6)
Value Bet: GONE BYE (Race 7)

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Jackpot (Race 6 – 9) - Cost: R150.00

Race 6
BIG PARADE has won two of his last three runs, the latest over this c&d when putting nearly three and a half lengths between himself and the rest of the opposition. He hit the front at the 320M mark that day and was not sighted from then. He has his peak run here and the form of that race has been franked. Jumping from pole position, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card. BANDERSNATCH followed up his penultimate run victory over this distance with a third-place finish next time out over seven furlongs, 2.3L behind the winner. He was hampered entering the home straight that day and should have finished closer to the victor as a result. From gate six, he looks to be the immediate danger to the top choice. HANDSPUN is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys and returns from a 25-week break, but she has had the benefit of two barrier trial, winning the latest. She won her penultimate start over 1300M and then finished fourth next time out when stepping up to seven furlongs, two and a half lengths back from the winner. She gets draw two and should be involved in the finish.

Race 7
GONE BYE has solid formlines to his name, winning two of his last three outings, the latest by a head over this c&d. He battled all the way down to the wire that day and from gate three, he should turn in another honest performance here. As such, he is selected as the value bet on the program. SPIRIT RIDGE followed up his two second-place finishes over a mile with a head win last time out over this c&d. He clearly enjoyed going the extra ground and although having to overcome a wide draw 12, he should be right up there when they hit the line. FULMINA is a 4yr old filly taking on males. She steps up in distance after finishing fourth last time out over a mile, just under two lengths adrift of the winner. She did however jump awkwardly that day and then was bumped shortly after that, so that effort was encouraging. She is drawn one inside the latter and should give the boys a good run for their money.

Race 8
This looks an open affair and some caution is suggested. CRIMINAL CODE won his penultimate start over a mile and then finished strongly, despite being bumped at the 240M mark, to end up second next time out over the c&d. He has a handy gate three and could be the one to side with here. WORD FOR WORD is a 5yr old mare taking on boys. She stayed on well when finishing third over a mile last time out and should have no issue going the extra distance. She will have to negotiate draw ten, but should not be lightly overlooked in this line-up. SACRAMENTO won his penultimate start over fourteen furlongs and then finished third next time out when dropping to this c&d. He was returning from a lengthy 35-week break that day and renews his rivalry with the top pick, having finished a head behind him in the race mentioned above. He is however 0.5kgs better off at today’s weights. They are drawn along-side each other and there should not be much separating the pair when they reach the wire. MY DEMETRA is another 5yr old mare in the field. She is seldom far off the action and finished second last time out over 1500M, 1.3L off the winner. She faces a wide draw thirteen, but she should be doing her best work late. 

Race 9
Another competitive race, this time restricted to F&M. MORE PROPHETS missed out on her hat-trick last time out when finishing third over seven furlongs at this track, just over a half-length behind the winner. She was hampered at the start that day and has her peak run here after returning from a 25-week rest. She has pulled gate six and should be right up there in the mix. DAME KIRI on the other hand has her hat-trick outing after posting wins over six and seven furlongs, the latest when finishing best to win by two and a half lengths. On that effort, she should appreciate the extra ground on offer today. VITESSE has cracked pole position and came wide into the home straight before ending up in seventh place last time out over a mile. STRAWB has finished second in her last two starts, the latest over 1300M, just under a length back from the winner. She will have to overcome gate twelve, but nevertheless should be included in all bets.

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Sunday 10 January 2021 – Sunshine Coast

Best Bet: SETHLANS (Race 5)
Value Bet: MY BOY SAM (Race 6)

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Jackpot (race 4 – 7) - Cost: R54.00.

Race 4
MAXIMAK is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys and she was bumped at the start before staying on well to finish fourth last time out over six furlongs, two and a half lengths back from the winner, when returning from a 21-week break. She has a handy draw two and could be the one that they all have to beat. COASTAL BOY tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in second place last time out over 1680M. From his gate six, he may prove to be difficult to reel in over the closing stages of the race. GUNNOBE is another 5yr old mare in the race. She took a bump at the 500M in her last start over seven furlongs and did well to finish just under three and a half lengths behind the winner. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate nine, but with better luck in running today, she should be a factor in this line-up.

Race 5
SETHLANS has finished second in his last two outings, the latest when ending up a short-head second over this c&d. He came five wide into the home straight that day and might just about have won the race but for that. The gelding is drawn in gate four and is taken to be the best bet on the card. TRIANGULUM broke thought the front of the gates when making his debut over 1350M and then went on to finish sixth, just over four and a half lengths behind the winner. He faces a wide draw nine, but he would have come on with that run under his belt and with the natural improvement that can be expected, he could threaten the top choice. PETRILLO on the other hand has cracked pole position. He has also only had the one run, finishing fourth over 1350M, two and a half lengths behind the winner. He was immediately rested for 23 weeks and returns here without the benefit of a barrier trial, so his fitness will have to be taken on trust. He does however get blinkers fitted for the first time and if these have the desired effect, he should be involved in the finish.

Race 6
MY BOY SAM made solid improvement when finishing third in his latest outing over six furlongs, just over two lengths adrift of the winner. He was returning from a 38-week absence that day and if he has continued along that same path, he could be the one to side with here. He faces gate eleven, but nevertheless, he is selected as the value bet on the program. TICK TOCK BOOM was disappointing when finishing last in this latest start over this trip when returning from a 28-week break, but he raced wide that day and the form of that race has been franked. He did win over this c&d three runs back and despite having gate nine, he will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways today. I AM THIRTY was a comfortable four-length winner on debut over 1100M and then was badly hampered down at the start next time out over six furlongs, finishing four lengths adrift of the victor. That run is best ignored and although faced with a wide draw 12, the gelding surely deserves another chance here.  

Race 7
Although STEINBRENNER is recorded as finishing fifth in his last start over 1500M, he was just over a length behind the winner. He made good late progress that day suggesting that the extra ground on offer here today will be to his liking. The form of that race has stood up well, and from draw five, he should be right up there in the firing line. TRIPLE THE FUN is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she hit the rails close to home before ending up in second place last time out over 1350M, just a head behind the winner. She will have to deal with draw thirteen, but she should use her early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy. COSMIC GOSSIP is a 3yr old filly who finished sixth in her last outing over 1350M, seven lengths off the winner when returning from an 18-week absence. She is drawn in gate eight and gets blinkers fitted for the first time. If these have the desired effect, she should not be too far away when they hit the wire. 

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Monday 11 January 2021 – Taree

Best Bet: (Race 5)
Value Bet: (Race 4)

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Jackpot (Race 3 – 6) - Cost: R54.00

Race 3
BOLD CONTENDER has only had the three runs to date but has shown steady improvement in all of them, finishing third last time out over 1415M, just a neck behind the winner. The gelding was making good late progress that day, suggesting that the extra ground on offer here will be to his liking. He will have to negotiate draw ten out of eleven, but he could break his maiden at the fourth attempt. OH NO BRO fought all the way down to the wire before ending up in sixth place when making his debut over 1300M, only just over a length back from the victor. He is drawn one inside the top choice and seems likely to enjoy going the extra distance. RED INTUITION is still a maiden after thirty-three starts, so is clearly limited, but he has posted five second and four third-place finishes and today could be his turn to taste victory. 
 
Race 4
With the one late scratching, only eight runners go to the post here, and the day’s value bet, FLYING MOJO is taken to lead the pack home. He finished strongly despite racing four and five wide to end up second in his latest outing over 1615M, a length behind the winner. He has gate six which will cause him no hardship. RAZANO is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys. She hit the front at the 200M mark last time out over this c&d, only to be run out of it by a neck in the shadow of the post. She is drawn in gate three and should keep the top pick honest. Although BOOM GATE is recorded as finishing last in his latest run over 1300M, he was just over four lengths back from the winner. He was returning from a 17-week rest that day and the form of that race has been franked, so that effort may not be as weak as it first appears. He is drawn one outside the latter and should be included in all bets.

Race 5
STONECOLD FLEX had his consistency rewarded with an almost four-length victory last time out over 1315M. He hit the front as the field entered the home straight and the race was over as a contest from that point. He jumps from draw two and is made the best bet on the program. ADMIT IT returns from a 22-week break, but did finish third in his only barrier trial to showcase his well-being. He finished second in his last start over a mile before the rest, and the form of that race has stood up well. He faces a wide draw 12, but he could emerge as the biggest threat to the top pick. BEDAZZLE is a 3yr old filly taking on males. She did not get the clearest of passages in the home straight before ending up in fifth place in her last outing over 1350m, three and a half lengths adrift of the victor. She has pulled gate nine, but with better luck in running today, she should be involved in the finish. 

Race 6
PACE STICK returns from a 12-week absence but trotted up by nearly six lengths in this only barrier trial to prove his fitness. He won by just under a length over 1250M at this track before his rest and from gate four, he may prove difficult to topple in this line-up. DALTORO followed up his victory over the five-furlong sprint three runs back with two second-place finishes, the latest over 900M, just a short-head back from the winner, this despite hanging all the way down the straight. He will need to overcome a wide draw 12, but if keeping a straight path to the line, he should be a big runner today. TALLIS overraced in the early and middle stages of his last outing over 1100M and understandably had noting to come over the latter stages. He has his peak run here after returning from a 19-week break and from draw five, if he is able to settle today, he should be right up there in the dash down to the winning post.


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