We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Flemington which features nine quality betting races.
Punters are getting good betting fields throughout the day and we have dished out our best value bets.
Flemington horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:55) Christmas Carols Handicap (2500m)
#4 – Defibrillate @ $2.80 – Bet Now
Former Kiwi Defibrillate is in stellar form since arriving in Australia and he could win again.
The Patrick Payne-trained five-year-old has rattled off five wins from seven starts and he got back to winning form at Flemington last start.
He won over 2530m on this track and carrying 54kg could be enough for him to handle the rise in class.
The son of Shocking is bred to handle any rise in distance.
Race 2. (13:30) Christmas Race Day Trophy BM70 (1400m)
#3 – Ruler by Choice @ $4.20 – Bet Now
Ruler by Choice is making the rise in class for this but remains unbeaten after two starts.
The three-year-old filly by Choisir scored on debut at Murray Bridge before backing up with another win at Pakenham.
She was able to beat More Sundays, which has some talent and that’s a good form guide coming into this race.
Draws well in barrier two and is worth including in win selections.
Race 3. (14:05) Festive Season Sprint BM84 (1000m)
#1 – Esperance @ $6.50 – Bet Now
Esperance has yet to win this campaign but has been facing tough fields and should find this easier.
Trained by James Cummings, the five-year-old gelding ran back-to-back placings to kick off this campaign. One of those came on this track and that experience is valuable.
He has finished in the money in nine of his 14 starts and although he carries 60kg, he should be right around the mark.
Race 4. (14:40) Santa’s Stable BM70 (1400m)
#6 – D’aguilar @ $3.60 – Bet Now
Patrick Payne lines up the four-year-old which scored wins at his first two starts before running third fresh up.
The well-bred son of High Chaparral scored an easy 4.5-length win at Donald before winning just as easily at Moonee Valley by 3.25 lengths.
Needs some luck from barrier 10 but he has good tactical pace and having fitness under his belt is only going to help his chances.
Race 5. (15:20) Merry Xmas VRC Members BM78 (1600m)
#10 – Red Heeler – Bet Now
Looking for three consecutive wins, Red Heeler could make the rise in class and win with style.
The four-year-old mare by Redwood scored by a nose at her last two starts and although they were close margins, she hit the line with purpose.
Rising to the mile is going to suit the staying-bred type and she gets a light weight and the inside draw to jump from.
Has every chance to keep her winning streak alive.
Race 6. (16:00) Candy Cane Lane BM70 (1200m)
#11 – That Girl – Bet Now
That Girl was the beaten favourite at Pakenham last start but the race didn’t pan out in her favour.
She’s a well-bred daughter of Sizzling which scored a good win on debut against a strong field. The form out of that race has stacked up well and punters should forgive her most recent effort.
Drawing barrier four should see her settle closer to the pace and show a better kick than she did last start.
Top chance in a good race.
Race 7. (16:40) Yuletide Handicap (1400m)
#5 – Yulong January @ $2.25 – Bet Now
Yulong January is living up to expectations after posting two quality wins coming into this race.
The Maher/Eustace-trained gelding looked good early on before going off the boil. However, he has returned this season on fire and we’re expecting another win.
His win two back came by three lengths and he backed that up with a steady 1.3-length victory. It’s tough to overlook form like that.
Race 8. (17:20) Lovethehorse Trophy BM84 (1600m)
#7 – Ocean’s Fourteen – Bet Now
The five-year-old hit top gear when scoring at Kyneton fresh up and he could kick on with it now.
He’s a well-bred son of Ocean Park which has now won three of his 10 starts with four minor placings to add to that record.
Having Craig Williams in the saddle helps and with 55.5kg on his back is going to take him close.
Should be paying handy each-way odds come race day.
Race 9. (18:00) Mrs Claus Bakery BM78 (1200m)
#7 – Zizzis – Bet Now
Zizzis put the writing on the wall last start when finishing second at Moonee Valley.
The four-year-old mare is a four-time winner from 16 starts and although that’s a solid record, she has promised to do more.
She gets her chance to improve on that second placing here and we’re confident she will be right in the mix.