We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Pakenham and Wagga.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Thursday meetings and we have our best bets across the cards.
All odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.
Race 1. (17:45) Iron Jack Australian Lager Maiden (1200m)
#6 – Silly Salmon @ $2.05 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Silly Salmon is nearing a win after two placings from three starts, so he’s a runner worth following.
The three-year-old gelding finished third at Flemington last time out, and although it wasn’t the strongest city field, it’s stronger than what he faces here.
Brett Prebble rides and we’re confident of a big effort.
Race 2. (18:15) John Duff & Co Maiden (1200m)
#8 – Creme De La Bomme @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Crème De La Bomme has a habit of running second, but she should be breaking through any time now.
The four-year-old daughter of Dissident was only two lengths behind the talented Riot and Rose last start, so that form checks out.
3kg comes off her back and the odds should shorten.
Race 5. (19:45) Rose McHugh Takes Sportsbet C1 (1200m)
#1 – Beau Night @ $3.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Beau Night scored a debut win at Pakenham and he looks like a nice type in the making.
The three-year-old son of Brazen Beau was well-backed to win at $2.70, so punters are getting better odds this time around.
Barrier eight is tricky over this distance, but we’re confident in another good effort.
Race 8. (21:15) Monacellars BM64 (1600m)
#3 – Tavistorm @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tavistorm is another debut winner for the Busuttin/Young team after scoring at Pakenham by 2.3 lengths.
The three-year-old son of Tavistock paid $13 when winning, so he exceeded expectations with the easy victory.
Drawing barrier six is ideal and he should get a nice drag into the race.
Race 1. (13:15) Riverina Early Learning Maiden (1000m)
#7 – Nalabelle @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Nalabelle wasn’t far behind when running fourth on debut at Canberra and she has plenty of upside.
The daughter of Pariah wasn’t entirely comfortable on the heavy track, so improved conditions should be up her alley.
After opening at $4.40, her odds have come crashing down, which is another good sign.
Race 3. (14:25) Steel Guards BM66 (1800m)
#1 – Hemmerle @ $5.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Hemmerle has been impressive in winning his last two starts and he’s unbeaten at Wagga.
The seven-year-old son of Lucas Cranach carried a big weight to win at Goulburn last start and it was an outstanding effort.
He gets a 2kg claimer in the saddle and punters get surprisingly generous odds.
Race 6. (16:15) Newhaven Park Country C4 (1200m)
#3 – Sunrise Ruby @ $3.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sunrise Ruby won three consecutive races last preparation and she owns four wins from seven starts overall.
The four-year-old is unbeaten in two starts with Richard Bensley in the saddle, so everything points towards a big effort.
She is also unbeaten in two fresh up starts, so the $3.20 is a better price than we were expecting. We would have taken $2 for the favourite.
Race 8. (17:25) Bush/Campbell Accountants BM58 (1000m)
#4 – Flying Sultan @ $4.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking for back-to-back wins is Flying Sultan, who scored an upset win at Albury last time out.
The three-year-old son of Flying Artie also comes off a trial win at Albury, so he is well-prepared for this run and we like his chances.
Bookmakers were offering $7, but he has firmed considerably into $4.40, which is a promising betting move.
Once again, all odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.
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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.