We have expert betting tips for the cards this Friday at Newcastle and Geelong.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Friday meetings and we have our best bets across the two cards.
Race 2. (13:40) GTS Lawn Pride Australia Maiden (1400m)
#1 – Yearning @ $1.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Yearning has yet to win a race, but it’s only a matter of time before the three-year-old filly breaks through.
She has finished behind the likes of Jamaea and Chill, which is much better form than any other runner in this field.
The inside barrier is ideal and punters shouldn’t be put off by the short odds.
Race 3. (14:15) Hungerford Hill Maiden (1400m)
#8 – Akhtar @ $3.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Akhtar didn’t run well on debut at Goulburn as a $5 chance, but he has since recorded two impressive trial wins.
The Annabel Neasham-trained son of I Am Invincible won his first trial by 9.3 lengths at Warwick Farm before backing it up with a two-length victory.
It’s smart trial form and we’re putting him on top because of it.
Race 4. (14:50) Oas Technology Hurricane Handicap (900m)
#4 – Capital Reign @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Capital Reign is a speedy son of Capitalist who owns three wins from four starts, which is an impressive record.
The Gary Portelli-trained gelding won at Taree by just under a length last start, which is a good form guide over 900m. He meets harder opposition, but he knows how to gun and run.
55kg on his back is ideal, so put him on top.
Race 6. (16:05) Yarraman Park Tibbie Stakes (1400m)
#4 – Great News @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The five-year-old mare didn’t lose any admirers when running third behind More Prophets last start. She hasn’t finished worse than third in 12 career starts, which is a testament to her professionalism.
The Kim Waugh-trained five-year-old is unbeaten in two starts at Newcastle, so returning to this track could make all the difference.
The light weight on her back makes her tough to beat.
Race 7. (16:40) Sharp Office Newcastle Cup (2300m)
#3 – Berdibek @ $4.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The form of Berdibek has improved significantly this preparation, including a quality win at Wyong last time out.
He won by 1.8 lengths against a strong field, which backed up a narrow win at Hawkesbury two back. A repeat of that effort would be enough to see him win the Newcastle Cup.
Punters get each-way odds to enjoy.
Race 1. (13:30) Bet365 Odds Protector Maiden (1225m)
#8 – Free Market @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Most of the money has come for Free Market, who finished second at Ballarat on a heavy track on debut.
The Price/Kent-trained three-year-old was only a short margin behind the winner, and after opening at $4.20, his odds have firmed considerably.
It could pay to watch betting markets for further moves.
Race 3. (14:30) The Elephant & Castle Hotel Maiden (1325m)
#8 – Lafargue @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lafargue was only 3.3 lengths behind the winner on debut, which came in a tough race at Flemington.
The three-year-old son of Capitalist pulled up with a slow recovery rate, so there were excuses for his performance after running at $3.50.
He clearly has ability and the betting move is another good sign.
Race 6. (16:00) Rex Gorell BM64 (2440m)
#2 – Steel Skies @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking to bounce back is Steel Skies, who scored at Sandown two back before finishing fourth at Lakeside last time out.
The Ellerton/Zahra-trained four-year-old was under a length behind Bainbridge in a tight finish, so he could have easily won consecutive races.
Having Damian Lane in the saddle is a bonus.
Race 8. (17:00) Taxi Network Geelong BM64 (1125m)
#12 – Turnstar @ $3.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Team Hawkes lines up the three-year-old gelding who owns a win and three placings from six starts.
The son of Star Turn was only a short margin behind Pal’s Reward last start at Bendigo, which should be a good form guide for this level of racing.
Barrier 10 makes it tricky, but his natural ability takes him close.
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.