The Group 2 Australia Stakes is the feature race on Australia Day this Friday.
Punters not only get a betting card at Warwick Farm throughout the day, but Moonee Valley hosts a premier eight-race card during the twilight hours.
Celebrate Australia Day by backing a winner or three this Friday.
Warwick Farm free tips & form
Race 1. (13:00) Maiden Plate (1200m)
#9 – Excellent Design @ $3.60 – BET NOW
Excellent Design was well on debut when well-backed with bookmakers.
The John Thompson-trained filly finished a half-length behind Spanish Dream at Gosford and she should take good improvement from that outing.
She’s a well-bred daughter of Exceed And Excel and she has been primed throughout her career with six trial performances.
Staying at 55kg should give her the advantage and there has been good early betting support.
Race 3. (14:10) BM80 Handicap (1100m)
#6 – Once More a Lady @ $3.90 – BET NOW
There has been a steady flow of money for Once More a Lady throughout the week.
The Joe Pride-trained four-year-old is a winner of only one from 11 starts, but she’s fresh up after two trials this campaign and dropping in weight is going to help her chances.
She came up against the likes of Kings of Leon, New Universe and Passage of Time last campaign and those were tough races to win.
Rising in grade won’t attract many punters, but she gets in with 53.5kg and Corey Brown in the saddle. That can make all the difference.
Race 4. (14:45) Theraces BM77 (1000m)
#9 – Brook Magic @ $3.90 – BET NOW
Bookmakers are expecting this to be a two-horse race between Brook Magic and Limbo Soul, but there are more positives with Brook Magic and she’s paying a better price.
The Pride-trained three-year-old didn’t fire behind Crown Witness when last in work, but that came after two effortless wins at Kembla Grange, which came by a combined margin of 8.1 lengths.
She has won two trials at Warwick Farm this time in and Limbo Soul finished last of five runners in her trial, so the advantage goes to the more experienced customer.
Race 5. (15:20) Tab Rewards BM71 (1200m)
#12 – Mahalangur @ $3.60 – BET NOW
The Hawkes-trained Mahalangur was an impressive winner on debut at Newcastle before running into some handy types.
He ran fourth behind Addictive Nature before running fifth behind Fortensky. Both of those horses have open class form and he might have become a better horse for that experience.
There’s no doubting that the connections want to get some black type with this colt by O’Reilly and winning here would be a good step towards that.
Tough draw in barrier 10, but respect his ability.
Race 6. (16:00) Vili’s Pies Australia Day Cup (2400m)
#7 – Cordero @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Cordero has really hit his straps this season and he looks ready to take on some harder types.
The Hawkes-trained stayer has rattled off three consecutive wins and he showed good tactical pace when coming from the tail of the field last start.
That turn-of-foot will take him a long way over this distance and we’re expecting jockey Brenton Avdulla to sit quietly on the favourite before pushing the go button approaching the turn.
Carrying only 53kg is going to make him tough to beat again.
Moonee Valley free tips & form
Race 1. (18:30) Turf Legends Board Game (1000m)
#7 – Oohood @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Oohood was a touch unlucky not to win on debut and the form out of that race has been spectacular.
The winner was the unbeaten Long Leaf, which is one of the favourites for the Blue Diamond and any form behind it has stacked up very well this season.
Tony McEvoy lines up the I Am Invincible filly which should get every chance from barrier six and the other runners that have been backed in the market are debutantes, so she has the experience advantage over them.
Race 2. (19:00) Emerald Hotel Heat 1 (1000m)
#7 – Sam’s Image @ $2.25 – BET NOW
Sam’s Image owns some serious pace and punters should forgive his most recent effort at Flemington.
That came too soon for the three-year-old which has won two of his seven starts, including a win at Moonee Valley.
The Peter Morgan-trained runner has been primed with a three-length trial win at Tatura earlier this month and drawing barrier two will allow him to settle on the pace and kick strongly around the home turn.
Race 3. (19:30) Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge (955m)
#1 – Belwazi @ $2.60 – BET NOW
We were wrong to doubt the ability of Belwazi last start and it’s clear that the mare loves tight-turning tracks.
The Jerome Hunter-trained four-year-old has now won five of her eight starts and her only failures have come at courses with long straights. The Valley is ideal and Hunter was extremely confident about her chances earlier this week.
She has good natural pace and apprentice Stephanie Thornton should find the lead and kick strongly in the straight.
We’re expecting the current odds to shorten.
Race 4. (20:00) Australia Stakes (1200m)
#1 – Brave Smash @ $1.85 – BET NOW
It’s an extremely disappointing Australia Stakes field, but Brave Smash is worth the admission fee.
The former Japanese star won his only start in Australia at Moonee Valley and he subsequently finished third in The Everest.
That was an incredible performance for a runner which was paying $21 to win and he could have won with a little more luck.
The only worry here is that Craig Williams gets him pocketed on the rail, but the class should shine through here.
Race 5. (20:30) Simpson Construction Gold Star (1500m)
#6 – Widgee Turf @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Widgee Turf has come of age this preparation with three consecutive wins and although he faces a rise in class here, he’s still a good chance.
The Patrick Payne-trained gelding produced a brilliant run to score at Caulfield last start where he received no luck, but still managed to get the bob in on the line.
He has run at short odds his last two starts and the $2.60 on offer is good value considering.