The festive season hits top gear this Saturday where the December Handicap runs at Randwick and is the feature race on the card.
We have our best bets for the meeting at Warwick Farm and there’s also quality racing at Flemington where we’ve found our best value racing tips.
Warwick Farm free tips & form
Race 1. (13:20) Member Get Member Handicap (1200m)
#3 – Deterge @ $2.25 – BET NOW
Strong money has come for the James Cummings-trained debutante and we’re not surprised, given the way the team has been going this season.
The two-year-old colt by Exceed And Excel finished second in a recent trial and wasn’t fully let down. The best aspect is that he has been backed in from an opening quote of $3.10 and that’s a sizable move.
Looks a nice bet in the opening race.
Race 4. (15:05) 2019 Membership BM88 (2110m)
#4 – Araaja @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Four-year-old mare which has never really taken off but has the Chris Waller polish and she could improve on her most recent outing, which resulted in a handy placing.
The daughter of Iffraaj is a four-time winner from 16 starts but she hasn’t won in some time now and punters are getting restless.
She gets in well here at 56.5kg and she could be finishing off nicely.
Race 6. (16:20) Tab Rewards BM78 (1400m)
#8 – Art of the Bar @ $2 – BET NOW
Can’t look past her three consecutive wins coming into this and two of those have come on this track, which bodes well for this.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained three-year-old scored by 6.5 lengths two back and backed that up with another classy 1.8-length romp.
She has shown ability to run on rain-affected tracks and conditions should suit.
Race 7. (17:00) December Handicap (1400m)
#3 – Spectroscope @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Long overdue for a win but there were signs of improvement when fourth at Rosehill last start and he owns a win on a wet track.
The Cummings-trained five-year-old has run at double-figure odds in all three runs this campaign but comes into this well-backed and improvement is expected.
Consider as an each-way chance.
Race 9. (18:15) Australian Turf Club BM88 (1200m)
#1 – Bon Amis @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Continues to run good races at nice odds this season and bookmakers are offering value odds once again at $4.60.
The Jason Dreamer-trained runner has rattled off consecutive wins this preparation and although facing a harder field and a rise in weight, the gelding looks well-placed in this.
Unbeaten from two runs on a rain-affected track and he should go close.
Flemington free tips and form
Race 1. (13:00) Santa’s Workshop BM70 (1400m)
#1 – My Pendant @ $3.40 – BET NOW
Searching for three-straight wins and although rising in weight, she has shown plenty of class this season and could continue her rise through the grades.
Danny O’Brien lines up the three-year-old filly which has scored consecutive 1.3-length wins and the rise in distance should suit her being by Pins.
Craig Williams rides and he always fires up early on the card.
Race 2. (13:35) Christmas Raceday Trophy BM70 (1200m)
#5 – Hawkshot @ $3.80 – BET NOW
Darren Weir trains Hawkshot, which has some good form lines surrounding his first campaign. The three-year-old was a classy winner on debut at Ballarat before running second at Sandown.
He then took on tough company in the Anzac Day Stakes behind Vassilator and that form is going to stack up nicely in this grade. He does need to show his best to win this race but he has more upside than most here.
Race 5. (15:20) VRC Donation Appeal BM64 (1400m)
#6 – Fallen Empire @ $3.70 – BET NOW
The Smart Missile gelding looks to have plenty of wins in store and despite suffering defeat at his last two starts, there was plenty of merit in those performances.
Trained by the Ellerton/Zahra team, the talented type was a 2.5-length winner at Donald prior to those runs and having senior rider Craig Williams in the saddle is a big bonus here.
Suited at the weights and has every chance to take this out.
Race 7. (16:40) Yuletide BM84 (1400m)
#4 – Haunted @ $5 – BET NOW
Hasn’t had the most luck this season but has still managed to rattle off three wins from five starts.
The Cummings-trained four-year-old is a professional winner of five from 10 starts and he has only missed the placings once. That consistency is what punters look for and bookmakers are offering nice each-way odds in this.
We’re expecting a tidy effort.