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Australian Racing: Weekend Racing (13 – 14 February 2021)

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

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Saturday 13 February 2021 – Royal Randwick

Best Bet: VERRY ELLEEGANT (Race 7)

Value Bet: AWAY GAME (Race 8)

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Jackpot (race 6 – 9). – Cost: R54.00

 

Race 6

 

MASKED CRUSADER returns from a 20 week rest, but did win his only barrier trial to showcase his well-being. He drops in trip after finishing eighth last time out over seven furlongs, just over four and a half lengths behind the winner, but did finish third in his penultimate start over 1100M, so this should not be an issue. He hung from the 500M mark in that last outing and that effort is best ignored. Having said that, the form of that race has stood up well. He will have to negotiate draw nine, but nevertheless looks to be the one to side with here. VICTOREM has his first run since an even longer 36 week break, but has finished third in both of his barrier trials. He followed up his penultimate run victory over six furlongs with a thirteenth place finish next time out over seven furlongs, 4.3L back from the winner, but he was reported to have been striding short that day and can be forgiven for that effort. Four runners from that race have however subsequently come out and won to boost his chances. He jumps from a kinder gate six and should test the top choice. STANDOUT jumped awkwardly when slightly disappointing last time out when finishing eighth over six furlongs, but was only beaten a head in his penultimate start over this c&d. The colt returns from a 14 week absence, but did finish third in his only barrier trial. From his handy gate two, he should no be lightly overlooked in this line-up.

Race 7

 

Today’s best bet, VERRY ELLEEGANT is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys and drops significantly in distance after missing out on her hat-trick when finishing seventh last time out in a feature race over sixteen furlongs, just under four lengths behind the winner. She did however win another feature race over this seven furlong trip four runs back and from draw four, she may prove difficult to topple here. She does return a 14 week absence, but has had the benefit of two barrier trial to prove her fitness. Her biggest threat may come from her stable companion, KOLDING who finished second in his last outing over six furlongs, two lengths adrift of the victor when returning from a 14 week break. He was crowded shortly after the start that day, but was making good late progress over the latter stages of the contest. He is drawn in gate seven and is a solid back-up for the yard. DREAMFORCE tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in seventh place last time out over a mile, just over five and a half lengths back from the winner, but he was hanging in the early and middle stages of that race which would not have helped her cause. He returns from a 21 week rest, but has had two barrier trials, winning the latest. He has a kinder draw two and should be involved in the finish.

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Race 8

 

AWAY GAME drops in trip after finishing third, just over two and a half length back last time out   over seven furlongs, despite hanging all the way down the home straight. She did finish a head second in her penultimate outing over this distance, so the shorter sprint distance should not be a problem. She starts from gate six and could be the one that they all have to beat. HUNGRY HEART also drops in distance after finishing seventh last time out over a mile, 5.3L back from the winner. She returns from an 18 week rest, but has won and finished second in her two barrier trials. She has the blinkers removed for today’s race and if this move has the desired effect, she should keep the top pick honest, despite facing a wideish gate nine. THERMOSPHERE ran on strongly when finishing third in her latest outing over six furlongs, beaten just under a half length when returning from a 14 week rest. She faces a wide draw eleven, but given her style of racing, she should be dropped out of it early and start picking off the frontrunners over the latter stages of the contest.

Race 9

 

SUBEDAR is seldom far off the action and finished well when ending up in second place last time out over seven furlongs at this venue, just a half length back from the winner. He was returning from a lengthy 65 week absence that day and has finished fourth in a subsequent barrier trial. From gate six, he should be right up there when they hit the line. Although POETIC CHARMER is recorded as finishing ninth in his last start over six furlongs, he was just three lengths behind the winner. He was making late progress that day and the form of that race has been franked. He has pulled draw three and should be respected in this field. THY KINGDOM COME improved to finish third over seven furlongs last time out at this track, just over a length back from the victor, this despite having to be steadies at the 200M pole. He jumps from gate five and should be included in all bets.   

 

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Sunday 14 February 2021 – Sunshine Coast

Best Bet: DEEP SCEIVA (Race 5)

Value Bet: BLUE COMET (Race 8)

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Jackpot (race 5 – 8). – Cost: R54.00

 

Race 5

 

DEEP SCEIVA is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she has only had the three runs to date chalking up two second and one third place finish and will be hoping to shed her maiden tag at the sixth time of asking. She finished a half length second last time out over 1350M when well supported in the betting. She jumps from a handy draw two and is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card. ZOUNATE has hampered at the 1100M mark last time out before ending up in eighth place last time out over seven furlongs. the gelding was beaten a short-head in his penultimate outing over the same trip and from draw seven, he looks the immediate danger to the top choice. POSITIVE TENSION is drawn one inside the latter and stayed on well to finish fourth in his latest outing over seven furlongs, just over a length off the winner. Take note that there are three unraced runners in the field and any betting support for them should be respected.

Race 6

As with the previous race, but in this case, there are six unraced runners in this line-up and the same comment in respect of betting support applies. However, one of those debutants,LA AMIGOis selected to fill top spot on the strength of him winning both of his barrier trials with some ease. He has pulled pole position and if not too green, he should exit the maiden ranks at the first time of asking. Of the raced runners, the best may prove to beCURVETTA who is a 3yr old filly taking on males and who returns from a 20 week rest. She has however had the benefit of two barrier trials, finishing second and winning the latest to prove her fitness. Although she finished tenth on debut over five furlongs, she was only just over four and a half lengths behind the winner. She is drawn in gate eight and would no doubt have come on with the run under her belt.ALLEZ ZOUreturns from a slightly longer 21 week break and has not had a barrier trial, so his fitness will have to be taken on trust. He did finish fifth in his last start over six furlongs. 3.6L adrift of the winner, but the form of that race has stood up well and he should be respected here.

Race 7

 

BELROCOS BABE had finished third in her previous three runs before ending up in fourth place last time out over five furlongs, just under a length back from the winner. She battled all the way down to the wire that day and from draw two, she should be right up there when they hit the line. UNCOMPLICATED is seldom far off the action and ended up in third spot last time out over seven furlongs, just over two and a half lengths behind the winner. The form of that race has been franked. She is drawn in gate four and although returning from an eighteen week break without having had a barrier trial, she nevertheless she should not be lightly dismissed in this field. SPIRIT HOUSE was held up in the home straight before finishing second last time out over five furlongs, 1.3L adrift of the winner and should have finished closer to the victor as a result. She was returning from a lengthy 65 week absence that day, but although stuck out in gate eight, she should give a good account of herself today.

Race 8

Today’s value bet, BLUE COMET has finished closer to the winner in his last three runs, the latest when fifth over six furlongs, just over a length behind the winner. He come wide into the straight that day and should have finished closer to the winner as a result. He lumps from gate six and looks to be the one to side with here. EXTREME JEWEL is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she was making good late progress last time out when finishing third over seven furlongs, just over two and a half lengths back from the winner, this despite being friendless in the betting markets. She is drawn one inside the top pick and could emerge as his biggest threat. BUZZER BEATER followed up his penultimate run victory over 1350m with a head second place finish next time out over this distance. He was only collared in the shadow of the post that day despite shifting about from the 125M mark. He faces a wide gate eleven, but he should nevertheless be included in all bets.

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