We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Flemington which features nine quality betting races.
The Group 1 races at Flemington are done until February but the fields are still big and certainly worth betting on.
All nine races feature quality thoroughbreds throughout the day.
Flemington horse racing tips
Race 1. (15:00) Lovethehorse Handicap (1100m)
#3 – Dark Horse @ $4.80 – Bet Now
Lindsay Park lines up the debutante which looked good at the jump outs and that’s always a good sign.
He’s a two-year-old colt by Nicconi which is bred to be better than average and there is good enough support in the betting to warrant attention.
Drawing barrier 11 down the Flemington straight isn’t the worst place to be.
Race 2. (15:40) Off The Track Program BM84 (1100m)
#3 – Bam’s on Fire @ $2.25 – Bet Now
Bam’s on Fire ran as the odds-on favourite last start but she didn’t do much wrong when running third at Ballarat.
The four-year-old mare is a professional winner of three from 11 starts and she also has six placings to her name.
She gets a good run from barrier two and we’re expecting the jockey to be a little more positive this time around.
She has been well backed once again.
Race 3. (16:20) Christmas Giving Tree BM70 (1720m)
#3 – Living The Dream @ $3.20 – Bet Now
Punters could be living the dream if the four-year-old gets up at Flemington on Saturday.
The Mitchell Freedman-trained runner has been a model of consistency this season with two wins and three placings from five starts.
He’s coming off an impressive 4.5-length win at Moonee Valley and that form is going to hold up nicely against this field.
Race 4. (17:00) December Twilight BM70 (1400m)
#8 – Excelman @ $8.50 – Bet Now
Punters are getting good odds for the three-year-old which did the job nicely enough on debut.
That win came at Pakenham by just under a length and he was able to pick them up nicely from off the speed.
Damien Oliver takes over the riding here and the son of Reliable Man should enjoy the open spaces of Flemington.
$8.50 is well worth taking despite this field featuring some smart types.
Race 5. (17:40) Living Legends Trophy (1100m)
#7 – Halvorsen @ $2.70 – Bet Now
Halvorsen is coming off a solid win at Flemington where he made up a stack of ground in the straight to score by just under a length.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained four-year-old extended his winning record to five wins from 15 starts and he has finished out of the money on only five occasions.
Rises up in class for this but he gets in with only 54kg on his back and a strong rider in the saddle.
Every chance of going back-to-back.
Race 6. (18:15) Flemington Family Lawn BM84 (1800m)
#11 – O’tauto @ $7.50 – Bet Now
O’tauto has a nice turn-of-foot and that was shown earlier on this season. The Greg Eurell-trained runner flashed home at Geelong fresh up and that form has stood up since.
His two subsequent runs have been a little disappointing but he didn’t get all luck in running and he’s a runner that needs the gaps to open.
Rising up in distance should only help his chances here and dropping in weight from 58.5kg to 55.5kg is ideal.
Race 7. (18:50) Summer of the Roof Garden BM78 (2530m)
#2 – Defibrillate @ $3.20 – Bet Now
The former Kiwi suffered his first defeat in Australia when running second behind Creedance at Ballarat last start.
Take nothing away from that performance. He was good in defeat and he showed his quality when winning four consecutive races prior to that.
Two of those wins came across the Tasman and his wins at Moe and Moonee Valley were easily good enough to take this out.
Race 8. (19:25) Say Hello to Summer BM70 (1200m)
#6 – King of Hastings @ $3.50 – Bet Now
King of Hastings is the class runner of this field and punters are getting fair odds from bookmakers.
The Freedman-trained runner finished fifth behind Hawker Hurricane at Ballarat but he didn’t jump as well as usual.
He’s a consistent runner which has drawn well and should go close to winning.
Race 9. (20:00) The Lounge Trophy BM84 (1400m)
#10 – Morrissy @ $3.70 – Bet Now
Punters are patiently waiting for Morrissy to return to winning form but the wait could end here.
The four-year-old runner by Snitzel has had three starts this season for two placings, but wins have been expected in all three runs.
Doesn’t get a better chance to win from barrier seven with Craig Williams in the saddle, so keep him safe in the final race.