18 Nov Australian Horse Racing Weekend Preview
Despite Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival having now come to an end, having provided us with some of the most exciting and surprising meetings of the season, there is certainly no let-up in the action this weekend, with plenty of opportunities for punters to back their favourites at Morphetville, Ascot and Eagle Farm among others. It is however the prospect of a good track at Rosehill on Saturday that has given punters plenty of confidence with a wide range of early betting moves.
ASCEND SALES TROPHIES HANDICAP – 1200M – 12.40PM
Having finished as runner-up in her last two outings at Canterbury and Randwick, the Bjorn Baker trained Lubiton is the early favourite for the $100,000 Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday, and having dropped 3kg over recent weeks, will certainly be among the frontrunners. Elsewhere, Palladian is best priced at just 4/1 having performed admirably in Melbourne recently, and with a win at Warwick Farm already to her name, could well give the champion trainers a first win of the day. However, Peter and Paul Snowden horses have been well backed throughout all meetings this weekend, and having won twice in a row at Canterbury, Gibraltar Girl is searching for a hat-trick of wins this weekend. The five-year-old could well potentially give the champion trainers their first win of day. With just seven runners, there is little to separate the favourites, with Flash Fibian and Mega Mall also looking like strong candidates for Paul Murray and James Cummings respectively.
Betting tips for Ascend Sales Trophy Handicap:
Outright – Mega Mall
Each-way – Gibraltar Girl
TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP – 1100M – 01.55PM
The TAB Highway Handicap celebrates its 50th race at Rosehill on Saturday, with Canberra’s Matthew Dale looking to tie level with Terry Robinson for the most wins in the popular race. Dale’s Thelittleracketeer is among the favourites, however a fourteen-strong field certainly means that the five-year-old will not have things all her own way. Despite this, and having claimed two of her three career wins to date having come first-up, including at Canberra last time around, she is rightly considered as one of the favourites, with the inside gate only increasing her chances. Trainer Cody Morgan already has a Highway Handicap win to his name, and Pelerin could well give him a second having already benefited from a trial at Rosehill. The five-year-old won three on the trot last preparation, and looks set to go close again on Saturday. Elsewhere, the likes of Oakfield Time and Somebody have been heavily backed in the build-up.
Betting tips for TAB Highway Handicap:
Outright – Oakfield Time
Each-way – Pelerin
NOVEMBER TOPAZ – 1900M – 03.40PM
Trainer Chris Waller dominates the line-up for the November Topaz, with a total of five runners looking to upset favourite Falkenberg. American horse Closing Bell is the most backed from Waller’s list of entries, with Index Linked, Beyond Thankful, Magicool and Dance Of Heroes all seen as rank outsiders with the bookmakers. Four-year-old Falkenberg finished as runner up at Randwick recently and is well suited to the good ground at Rosehill. Elsewhere, New Tipperary has shown plenty of promise for trainer Joseph Pride, winning five of her eight starts to date. For this reason, the four-year-old has been inserted as the favourite among the bookmakers, with the likes of Malice and Iggi Pop also well placed. The sixth race of the day looks likely to potentially be one of the most competitive, offering plenty of opportunity for punters.
Betting tips for November Topaz:
Outright – New Tipperary
Each-way – Dance Of Heroes
For those still not convinced by meetings at Rosehill on Saturday, both the Schweppes Handicap at Morphetville Farm and the UBET KEITH NOUD Quality Handicap at Eagle Farm both looking like being extremely competition races. In Adelaide, it is Will Clarken’s Mio Dio who is currently heading the betting odds, while both Too Good To Refuse and Most Important look well placed in Queensland for trainers Desleigh Forster and Tony Gollan respectively.