The Magic Millions might be getting all the headlines in Gold Coast but there’s still some quality racing from Flemington and Randwick, including the Chester Manifold Stakes.
We have done the form to find our best tips at both meetings and there’s plenty of value being offered by bookmakers.
Flemington free tips & form
Race 1. (12:30) The Arbour Plate (1000m)
#6 – Microphone @ $2.20 – BET NOW
It always pays to take notice of a well-backed Godolphin debutante and Microphone fits the bill in the opening race at Flemington.
The two-year-old colt by Exceed And Excel looked good at the jump outs recently and that has prompted a betting move from $2.50 into $2.20.
The blinkers go on which is an interesting move but he should prove tough to get past.
Race 3. (13:43) Nominate For The All Star Mile Handicap (1600m)
#5 – Silentz @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Scratched from a harder race last Saturday, Silentz has found an easier contest where he’s better suited at the weights.
Carrying only 54kg after lumping around 59.5kg when winning at Caulfield last start is going to feel like a dream and it’s one he should take advantage of.
Also helping his chances is drawing the inside barrier. The small field should allow him to control the pace and be tough to run down in the straight.
Race 4. (14:18) Furlong Bar BM70 (1400m)
#1 – Blinder @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Three-year-old colt by Snitzel which is being a little underrated in this market. He was a good winner at Caulfield last start and the form out of that race should hold well this season.
He showed good speed to pick them up in the straight and we’re expecting more good performances from the promising type.
$4.60 is a good price and there’s not much between him and O’tauto, which is at $2.75 with bookies.
Race 7. (16:08) Paddock Bar Plate (1100m)
#7 – Order of Command @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Talented sprinter which burst through runners to score by just under a length at Flemington last start. A repeat could be on the cards for the four-year-old which has won four from 10 starts.
His most recent win came when carrying 57kg and that arguably came against a harder field. Carrying 54kg here is a steal and punters have been quick to find the value with his odds.
$2.50 is worth taking before he firms to even money.
Race 8. (16:50) Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m)
#12 – Manolo Blahniq @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Former Kiwi Manolo Blahniq is only a three-time winner but he has gone close on many occasions and he owns a win at Rosehill last year.
The son of NZ Derby winner Jimmy Choux hasn’t adopted his sires staying ability, instead he’s a talented sprinter which gets in here at the minimum weight.
Drawing wide won’t be an issue as he has the long straight to make his run.
Randwick free tips & form
Race 1. (12:55) January BM74 (1000m)
#1 – Star Fall @ $2.45 – BET NOW
A speedy customer, Star Fall looks a good bet in the first after posting back-to-back wins in Victoria this campaign.
The three-year-old held off a good field at Caulfield last start and the son of Zoustar is going to find the opposition to his liking here.
$2.35 has drifted to $2.45 but we’ll happily take the longer odds.
Race 5. (15:15) Summer Sprint (1000m)
#1 – Jungle Edge @ $3.60 – BET NOW
Jungle Edge is a noted wet tracker and conditions will suit here, but despite carrying a stack of weight, he should run well.
He gets some weight relief off his 64.5kg and he’s an eight-time winner on a soft track. The small field will help him dictate the pace in front and that should have a tough time of picking him up.
Only requires a solid ride from the inexperienced Chelsea Hall.
Race 7. (16:35) Australian Turf Club BM88 (1400m)
#3 – Paret @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Paret was going around at short prices when winning three straight starts at Rosehill last year and the $4.60 on offer is good value.
The Waller-trained gelding has performed well fresh up in the past and we are a little curious as to why he’s not shorter in the betting.
Likely to get back from the draw and try slingshot them late.
Race 8. (17:20) Theraces BM78 (1500m)
#9 – Thy Kingdom Come @ $2.30 – BET NOW
That was an impressive 4.8-length win at Randwick last start and he’s more than capable of producing something similar here.
John Thompson lines up the four-year-old gelding which had shown plenty of promise before breaking out last start and although he rises up a grade for this, he drops in weight.
He should have too much class for this field.