We have expert betting tips for the cards this Friday at Moonee Valley and Newcastle.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Friday meetings and we have our best bets across the cards.
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Race 1. (18:15) Ladbrokes Same Race Multi 0MW (1200m)
#2 – Latvian @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Latvian didn’t fire when sixth in the Talindert Stakes but the colt will find this much more to his liking.
The Freedman-trained two-year-old looked good when running second in a trial before his debut effort, so that’s a good form guide.
Most of the early money has come his way, so put him on top.
Race 3. (19:15) Quest Moonee Valley Maiden (1600m)
#4 – Turn It Up Tommy @ $3.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old gelding has yet to win from seven starts, but he went close at Ballarat last time out.
The son of Tivaci had been racing in town behind the likes of Gunstock, El Patroness and Mr Mozart, so that’s some stellar form for maiden racing.
Having Damien Oliver in the saddle is ideal so put him on top.
Race 5. (20:15) Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge BM78 (955m)
#6 – Smirnova @ $1.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking to remain unbeaten after four runs is Smirnova, who owns wins at Newcastle, Hawkesbury and Canterbury.
Looking for firmer tracks in Melbourne, the Hawkes-trained filly could be a class above this field and punters get fair odds.
She won by 3.8 lengths at Canterbury last start and her trial form since has been excellent, so we’re confident.
Race 7. (21:15) The Daemco Valley Final BM78 (1200m)
#9 – Destiny Diamond @ $5 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Destiny Diamond is already a four-time winner this preparation and we like her chances of winning again.
The three-year-old scored by 1.5 lengths at Moonee Valley last start and there’s no reason why she can’t go back-to-back.
Carrying 55kg is ideal and we’re happy with the $5 odds.
Race 2. (14:00) Bella Group Beaumont Handicap (1400m)
#2 – Bessmati @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bessmati looked good when scoring at Wyong last time out by a half-length and her turn-of-foot was impressive.
The Annabel Neasham-trained filly showed ability in her first two starts at Doomben and Randwick, so midweek racing at Newcastle shouldn’t pose many problems.
Getting the inside draw doesn’t do her chances any harm.
Race 3. (14:35) Kam-Cool Refrigeration Maiden (1400m)
#1 – Gwan So @ $3.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Gwan So has rattled off five consecutive placings and it’s about time he crossed the line first.
The three-year-old colt comes off a second placing at Goulburn and he battled on gamely, which bodes well for this race.
Getting 3kg off his back helps and punters get nice odds.
Race 5. (15:50) Kloster MTR Posthaste BM78 (900m)
#6 – Fleet Air Arm @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Fleet Air Arm is unbeaten after three starts, including a win at Newcastle last time out by 2.3 lengths.
He’s a speedy son of Rich Enuff, who has put spaces on the rest of the field and we think he has another win coming.
He handles wet tracks and we thought he would be shorter in betting markets.
Race 7. (17:10) Horsepower Newcastle Newmarket (1400m)
#1 – Special Reward @ $6.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Special Reward was nominated at Group 1 level on Saturday, so he’s an excellent chance of winning here.
He comes off a third placing behind Think It Over and Colette, so that form is excellent and he’s good enough to handle the weight.
Four of his 10 wins have come on soft tracks, so include him at each-way odds.
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