Australian Horse Racing – Moree Cup & Geelong
Following Saturday’s exciting action at Randwick and Moonee Valley, which included a Chelmsford Stakes victory for Hartnell in the absence of the much fancied Winx, the remainder of the weekend’s action comes in the shape of Sunday’s meetings at Moree and Geelong. Almost 200 nominations were placed across an eight-race program for the Moree Cup, with extra prize money as well as a bonus of $10,000 for any jockey who can win three races including the feature proving an incentive for all. The Moree Race Club is one of the most prestigious venues in Australia, and having been established for over 100 years, the Moree Cup attracts huge amounts of interest from across the country.
Clint Lundholm is aiming to start the month in successful fashion, with Any Blinkin’ Day looking to claim victory in the $40,000 Moree Cup before heading to the Dubbo Cup grand final in just a matter of weeks. Despite recent disappointment at Narromine, the five-year-old is usually a consistent runner, and will be among the favourites for Sunday’s big race. The fact that Lundholm’s prized asset has two wins from two on heavy surfaces only heightens his chances, given the wet conditions in New South Wales this week. Competition for Any Blkinin’ Day could well come in the form of Colt Prosser duo Prince Mayted and Alpine Dragon.
Meanwhile, Moree trainer Peter Sinclair has heightened his chances of success after entering three horses for the race, with Cool Rules, Dungiven and Free Billy all potential outsiders for victory.
Tips for Moree Cup:
ANY BLINKIN’ DAY (WIN)
FREE BILLY (EACH-WAY)
Elsewhere, a full schedule of racing at Geelong this Sunday provides yet more action for racing fans, with a number of big name entries across the ten race meeting. The IGA Liquor at Champions Grovedale East Class 1 perhaps provides the most anticipated race of the day, with Matt Laurie’s He’s The Boss coming up against the fancied Prior Engagement and Valtimor, as he bids to improve upon his remarkable last-to-first win on debut recently. Elsewhere, following on from an impressive victory at the Pakenham synthetic last time around, Grahame Begg trained Emoji is certainly worth keeping an eye on, currently offered best odds of 4.5/1. might have turned a corner after demolishing maiden opposition on the Pakenham synthetic last time.
In the Father’s Day BM70 Handicap later in the day on Sunday, despite three-year-old Artie Dee Two being favoured by many over recent days, with the Darren Weir trained folly looking well weighted to win on his return from a spell, it is Battlecamp who has jumped to the top of the pile before Sunday’s race. Ever since his surprise debut win in the Victoria Derby last year, the four-year-old has been tipped for big things. Despite Artie Dee Too and Battlecamp seemingly looking like the clear favourites at present, Godolphin owned Dissolute is certainly in with a shout, but will require a strong start to the race having been drawn out wide.
Tips for Geelong:
Champions Grovedale East Class 1 – PRIOR ENGAGEMENT (WIN)
Father’s Day BM70 Handicap – ARTIE DEE TOO (WIN)
Also on Sunday, there is a return to action at the Sunshine Coast Race Course, with the venue north of Brisbane staging no fewer than seven races on Sunday. The Race Zone Racing Supplies Class 1 Handicap looks set to be the pick of the bunch however, with Robbie Fradd’s Heroic Rock certainly worth backing, with High Carinae also in with a shout.
Action from Kempsey, Canterbury and Canberra among others throughout the coming week certainly provide further opportunities to win big in the betting stakes, with Lippy and Pearls in the Wauchope Real Estate Class 1 Handicap on Monday, as well as Ebenos in the Maiden Plate both looking like good picks given their current form of late.