We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Ballarat that features 10 quality betting races.
The Ballarat Cup takes centre stage and we have our best value bets for the premier Victorian card.
Ballarat horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:10) Teh Haymarket BM84 (1400m)
#4 – Lighthouse @ $2.35 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lighthouse comes off a win at Kyneton and it came by four lengths, so she should have no problem handling this level of opposition.
The five-year-old mare is a four-time winner from 10 starts, and although yet to race at Ballarat, she looks well placed.
The money has come and that is a good sign.
Race 2. (12:40) John Jens Eureka Stockade (1400m)
#7 – Decent Raine @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Decent Raine has more ability than most in this field and we expect her best form to return on Saturday.
The three-year-old filly went to Sydney when running third behind Fangirl before returning to Flemington and running sixth.
It’s strong form and she should be tough to hold out.
Race 3. (13:10) Magic Millions Ballarat Classic (1000m)
#11 – Fly Nice @ $3.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Fly Nice looked good winning a Caulfield jumpout and there has been steady money come for her.
The two-year-old daughter of Impending opened at $3.70 and is now paying $3.50, which is a sizable move for a debutante.
Getting the inside draw is ideal on debut.
Race 4. (13:45) Ritchies IGA BM78 (1200m)
#6 – Duchess of Dorset @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Symon Wilde-trained runner comes off a third placing at Flemington, which followed consecutive wins at Warrnambool and Bendigo.
The daughter of Canford Cliffs looks to have matured into a nice type and she could get back to her winning best.
We expect big bets to come for her.
Race 5. (14:20) Hertz Ballarat Tonks Plate (1200m)
#4 – It’sourtime @ $3 – Bet @ Sportsbet
We loved the value odds for It’sourtime at Flemington last start, but bookmakers are respecting his chances this time around.
The four-year-old gelding owns three wins from six starts and he has finished out of the money in only one of his six starts.
Barrier three and 54kg is ideal, so include.
Race 6. (15:00) A Grade Sheds BM70 (1100m)
#8 – Marabi @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Marabi is unbeaten after three starts and she demands plenty of attention in her return.
The Maher/Eustace-trained mare scored by 2.5 lengths at The Valley last start, so the form lines are there.
She gets the inside draw and we’ll happily take the $2.30.
Race 7. (15:40) Global Turf BM84 (2000m)
#5 – Alcyone @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Alcyone put in the big bounds to score at Flemington last start and he’s a runner worth following.
The James Cummings-trained four-year-old owns a second placing at Ballarat and he has been around some of the best runners this season.
Damien Oliver rides and we’re expecting a big effort.
Race 8. (16:20) Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (2000m)
#11 – Thought of That @ $3.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Thought of That is shooting for four consecutive wins, and although his form at Ballarat isn’t good, he’s a confident runner now.
The five-year-old son of So You Think comes off an effortless win at The Valley and he should sit on the pace and control them again.
$3.70 is a fair price for the form runner of the field.
Race 9. (17:00) Suez McKellar Mile BM78 (1600m)
#8 – Seiners Express @ $5 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Seiners Express finished third behind Our Playboy last start and that form has since been franked.
The Maher/Eustace-trained four-year-old owns three wins and five placings from 13 starts, which is a solid record.
Getting a 3kg claimer to ride is ideal, so put him on top.
Race 10. (17:40) Magic Millions Ballarat Classic (1100m)
#7 – Marine One @ $4.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Marine One is a classy colt who didn’t fire at Group 1 level, but this is a big drop in class.
The three-year-old looked much better when winning at Moonee Valley by a length last month, which is an excellent form guide.
Barrier three is ideal and the each-way odds appeal.
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.