The Geelong Cup has long been a good form guide for the Melbourne Cup and 15 runners will be out to impress at Geelong this Wednesday.
A great card of racing is being run at Geelong, which also includes the Classic. We have free tips and form for the best races on the card and also our best tips for racing at Warwick Farm in Sydney.
Geelong free tips & form
Race 1. (12:30) Avalon Airport BM78 (2400m)
#6 – Truly High @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Darren Weir has the five-year-old gelding going well this campaign after winning at Sandown four starts back and he has since placed on three occasions.
The son of High Chaparral finished 2.3 lengths behind the winner at his last two starts and although he hasn’t quite achieved as much as expected, he looms as a major winning chance in this.
$2.60 has drifted from $2.30 but he should be well-backed on the day.
Race 3. (13:35) No Fuss Event Hire BM70 (1700m)
#5 – Ruomaza @ $5.50 – BET NOW
The former Kiwi runner is now with Darren Weir and he has made a good start to his Australian campaign, which features two wins and a placing.
A four-year-old by Azamour, which scored a win at Wanganui before transferring stables, scored a good win at Morphettville last start when coming underneath runners and finding a turn-of-foot like that isn’t always an easy thing to do.
He has drawn well in barrier two for this and bookmakers are offering good odds.
Race 5. (14:45) bet365 Official Price BM84 (1200m)
#3 – Choisborder @ $4.80 – BET NOW
We’re sticking with the Weir-trained runners here and Choisborder looks a solid chance at each way odds.
He’s a five-time winner from 11 starts and has been a good bet for punters throughout his career. He has finished out of the money in only one of his 11 starts and he was only 1.7 lengths behind the winner on that occasion.
He was good enough to string three wins together this preparation, including one at Flemington and that form looks tough to beat here.
Race 6. (15:20) Geelong Classic (2200m)
#10 – Tolemac @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Tolemac was an easy winner on debut at Moe, scoring by 1.8 lengths but his best performance came last time out at Flemington.
The Francis Finnegan-trained three-year-old ran second behind Savoie in a tough race and although four lengths behind the talented type, the form out of that race has stacked up nicely.
He’s bred to be good over these distances and we’re confident in his chances.
Race 7. (16:00) Geelong Cup (2400m)
#1 – Finche @ $4.40 – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up the imported runner which has been specked in from $4.80 to $4.40 and that’s a good sign.
It was tough choosing between Finche and current favourite Withhold, but we believe Finche has the better form coming in and his recent win in France showed that.
The well-bred son of Frankel has moderate form behind the likes of Cracksman and that form should stack up nicely against this field. Withhold’s form mostly came in handicap races so we’ve gone with the stakes form for this.
Race 8. (16:40) Concrete Stakes (1200m)
#7 – Leather’n’lace @ $4.80 – BET NOW
We have been loyally following the Weir-trained runner throughout the spring and although she hasn’t come up trumps yet, this is her easiest chance to do so.
She’s a three-time winner which finished only 1.9 lengths behind Winter Bride at Caulfield last start and that form should hold up well against this opposition.
It’s last chance saloon but she’s worth one more try.
Warwick Farm free tips and form
Race 2. (14:35) Tab Rewards Maiden (1300m)
#1 – Betty Bloom @ $3.70 – BET NOW
Punters are always taking a risk backing a first starter but Betty Bloom looked good at the trials and she looks to have good ability.
The Ron Quinton-trained three-year-old filly scored by 3.8 lengths at Randwick last time out and getting the inside draw will help educate her.
$3.70 is a fair price from bookmakers.
Race 4. (15:50) ANZ Bloodstock News BM70 (1000m)
#7 – Reprimand @ $2.60 – BET NOW
The three-time winner was impressive at Wellington last start when scoring by over six lengths and that form could show up at city level.
Her three wins have all come in succession and she has also scored back-to-back trial wins. Her most recent came at Orange earlier this month and that was a nice hit-out for this.
Race 5. (16:30) Real Estate BM70 (1400m)
#6 – Campari @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Stephen Marsh comes over from New Zealand with this talented four-year-old mare, which scored a 1.5-length win at Gosford last start.
She finished second behind Kiwi star Te Akau Shark second-up before running third behind Group 1-winner Dijon Bleu two starts ago. That’s strong form for a midweek race and although she’s drifting in the betting, she will be tough to hold out.