This weekend brings some exciting racing from Australia, we’re right at the beginning of the horse racing season with the biggest races due to take place in Sydney and Melbourne. Across Saturday and Sunday we’re set to see many exciting meetings but the big bets have been directed towards Moonee Valley and Royal Randwick on Saturday the 20th August, then looking over to Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday the 21st August.
Saturday August 20th 2016
Moonee Valley is a historic racecourse that held its first meeting in 1883. Located just outside the city of Melbourne the club is a regular on the circuit and has pioneered night racing in Victoria. Looking ahead to the rest of the season the big three races at Moonee Valley are the Manikato Stakes, Australia Stakes and the biggest of them all, the weight for age William Hill Cox Plate taking place this year on Saturday 24th October.
Race 1 – 12.50pm (AUS) Fri 19th 10.50pm (UK) RANGEDALE PLATE (2500m)
The two contenders for the Rangedale Plate could come down to Black Tomahawk and Au Revoir. Black Tomahawk sits at a better weight here but the latter will be in top shape from his last start win. If he gets his nose the field will find him hard to catch.
Au Revoir – 13/5
Black Tomahawk – 18/5
Race 8 – 5:15PM (AUS) 3.15am (UK) 1PRINT Carlyon Stakes (1000 METRES)
One for the sprinters, the Carlyon Stakes is a line up of some of the fastest horses at Moonee Valley. With Diamond Oasis withdrawn, the focus turns to Heatherly, a speedy mare who resumes for the Ellerton/Zahra stable after a successful Autumn, which saw her place in the Oakleigh Plate. If she leads, she wins.
Also in the running is Tony McEvoy-trained Shiraz who has won four of his six first-up runs, with decent odds he should finish hard.
Heatherly – 14/5
Shiraz – 7/2
Heading over to Royal Randwick also on the 20th August. Royal Randwick is the self proclaimed ‘jewel in the crown’ of Sydney racing. It’s home to Sydney’s richest horse race, the $4million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and as Australia’s longest standing racing venue, it has featured on the social calendar for the last 150 years. Close to the Sydney Business District and the airport this racetrack caters for race lovers and businessmen alike with 35 restaurants to choose from and a leisure activity calendar.
Randwick Tips – August 20th
Race 4 – 1:45PM (AUS) Fri 19th 11.45pm (UK) PRIMO SMALLGOODS UP AND COMING STAKES (1300 METRES)
Favourite Thronum returns after his winning streak with three wins now under his belt. Looks fresh and ready to go. Also tipped is Prized Icon who consistently performs and was runner up in the latest trial at Randwick, a group 1 winner who’s sure to run gamely.
Thronum – 11/4
Prized Icon – 17/2
Race 7 – 4:40pm (AUS) 2.40am (UK) Warrick Stakes (1400m)
NSW racehorse of the year and winner of the William Hill 2015 Cox Plate, Winx returns to Royal Randwick this Saturday. Amazingly the Chris Waller-trained mare has opened in final field markets at the shortest price favourite for 35 years in the group II Warwick Stakes (1400m). The last horse to start at similar odds in the Warwick Stakes was Kingston Town in 1980 and 1981.
Winx – 11/4
Sunday August 21st
Sportsbet-Ballarat is one of Victoria’s premier country racetracks with 30 race meetings in the season, more than any other Victorian country track. Ballarat’s feature race is the Sportsbet-Ballarat Cup, which concludes the celebrations during the Spring Racing Carnival in late November.
Race 3 – 2.10pm (AUS) 12.10am (UK) City Of Ballarat Marathon Hurdle (4000m)
The one to watch in this race is the Glorious Sinndar who currently holds 5 wins from 11 starts. The 5-year old Bay gelding has been trained by Darren Weir and Ballarrat is his base turf. Glorious Sinndar has a fine record on heavy, and while not as good as on the soft, means he could still be in with a shot of taking a good position on Sunday. 7-year old Shearer is also a safe bet for a finish with the gelding better placed for a wet finish.
Glorious Sindar – Fixed price $1.40
Shearer – Fixed price $5.50