We have expert betting tips for the cards this Sunday at Ballarat and Grafton.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Sunday meetings and we have our best bets across the cards.
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Race 1. (12:20) Park Hotel Maiden (1200m)
#2 – Gormley @ $2.90 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Gormley is on debut for the Waterhouse/Bott stable and he could make a winning start to his career.
The three-year-old scored a trial win at Randwick last year and his trial effort since was good enough to warrant attention.
It’s good to see betting support come his way.
Race 4. (14:05) James Vac Solutions Maiden (1600m)
#7 – Sir Phoenix @ $3.50 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Sir Phoenix didn’t fire at Sandown last time out but he showed excellent consistency when scoring three consecutive placings.
Despite drifting in betting markets after opening at $3.30, we’re sticking with the favourite and he should get the job done.
Any betting moves on race day should help.
Race 5. (14:40) Porter Plant BM64 (1600m)
#1 – Golden Crusader @ $3 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Golden Crusader comes off a win and we like his chances of notching another success.
The four-year-old son of Golden Horn looks to have a nice future in Australia and we’re not surprised by the betting support coming for him.
He opened at $3.50 and the $3 could firm to around $2.50 on race day.
Race 7. (15:55) Sportsbet Bet with Mates BM64 (1400m)
#1 – The Brumby @ $8 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The Brumby isn’t always the most consistent type going around but the four-year-old could run well at value odds.
He looked good when running second three starts back, and although his two starts since have been only fair, this race is there for the taking.
Punters get odds worth snapping up on Sunday.
Race 1. (12:15) Galaxy Sport C1 Plate (2220m)
#9 – I Am The Empire @ $2 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The Annabel Neasham-trained three-year-old is getting close to a win after posting two placings from two starts.
The son of Camelot ran second on debut before running third last time out and jumping from barrier two should see him land in a good spot.
Punters have to take short odds but they’re warranted.
Race 3. (13:25) Holiday Coast Meats C1 Handicap (1006m)
#6 – Sahana @ $6 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The three-year-old filly looked good during her first campaign before kicking off this preparation with a victory.
She is a well-bred daughter of I Am Invincible out of a quality New Zealand mare in Crossyourheart, so punters should expect another tidy effort.
We thought she would be shorter with bookmakers, so take the value odds.
Race 5. (14:35) South Grafton Ex-Servicemen Maiden (1410m)
#13 – Pretes @ $2.10 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Pretes was only four lengths behind the winner at Canterbury last start and a repeat of that performance bodes well at Goulburn.
The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old filly will appreciate the much easier company and the daughter of Zoustar could have the class edge.
We expect her odds to firm considerably throughout the week.
Race 7. (15:50) Grafton Toyota Grafton Cup (1610m)
#12 – Wicklow @ $2.45 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Wicklow is another Waller-trained runner who looks like a good bet in the feature race of the day.
The four-year-old gelding owns four wins and three placings from nine starts, including a win at Rosehill last time out.
It’s good form for this level of racing and he’s a type that could rise through the grades.
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.