The extreme heat in Melbourne has forced Caulfield to be run on Sunday, but there’s still some great racing action this Saturday.
Mornington secures a standalone Saturday meeting with a seven-race card and although the stake money isn’t very impressive, punters should enjoy the value on offer from bookmakers.
UPDATE: due to the extreme heat forecast, there are no race meets in Victoria on Saturday and the Mornington races are looking to be rescheduled for another day. We will have tips for Sunday’s races at Caulfield up shortly.
Randwick continues to produce good sized fields for this time of the year and we have found our best tips across both venues this week.
Mornington free tips & form
Race 2. (12:30) Mornington Auto Group Maiden (1500m)
#2 – Lady de Bathe @ $3 – BET NOW
This isn’t an overly strong field and Lade de Bathe could take advantage of that.
The Lindsay Park-trained four-year-old finished a close-up fourth at Werribee last start and that followed some consistent form behind some nice types.
She ran within a length of the winner in three consecutive starts and it’s only a matter of time before she breaks through for the maiden victory.
Race 3. (13:00) Stellar Maiden (1000m)
#2 – Steel of Madrid @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Tony Noonan lines up Steel of Madrid, which looked good when running third at Moonee Valley last start and this looks like an easier target.
The four-year-old gelding has been knocking on the door throughout this campaign and punters have often backed him with confidence.
The same rule applies here and with Ben Allen in the saddle, he should be able to slot into a nice position during the run and be the one to beat approaching the turn.
Race 4. (13:35) Mornington Car & Tyre Services Maiden (1200m)
#9 – Amastyker @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Amastryker hasn’t done anything wrong this campaign, but typically finds one runner better at every start.
The Matt Laurie-trained local looked the winner last start at Cranbourne when she flew home from the tail of the field, but the winning post came up too soon and she lost out by a nose.
Her form prior came behind the likes of Nature Strip and Mawzoona – that form is tops for this and second favourite Kedleston is a runner that lacks confidence, so Amastryker should take advantage of this situation.
Race 6. (14:45) Travel Managers BM58 (1200m)
#1 – Kentucky Flyer @ $4.40- BET NOW
Kentucky Flyer used to contest at high levels in Melbourne, but it’s had to settle for the lower grades the last couple of seasons.
The Graeme Begg-trained five-year-old has won three of his 22 starts and he returned to form last start when dropping to this grade.
The third placing at Cranbourne showed his want to win again and the Mornington track should suit nicely.
Punters will need to take a risk with this runner, but the odds appeal and the 1.5kg claim from Chris Caserta helps.
Randwick free tips & form
Race 1. (12:40) ATC Owners Benefit Card Handicap (1400m)
#3 – Scream Park @ $3.60 – BET NOW
Defeating a field of only three wasn’t overly hard for Scream Park last start, but he still put a few lengths on them and there’s plenty of upside with this runner.
The Waller-trained three-year-old is searching for three consecutive wins after also winning at Warwick Farm two starts back by 1.8 lengths and his only defeats came against subsequent winners.
His stablemate (Calculated) has firmed in with bookmakers, but we’ll happily stick with Scream Park with the inclusion of Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Race 4. (14:30) Highway Handicap (1300m)
#2 – Awesome Pluck @ $1.85 – BET NOW
Jenny Graham lines up the talented Awesome Pluck, which didn’t have much go right for him last time out.
The three-year-old son of Pluck wasn’t out of the barriers well, but he mustered speed to lead the field into the straight and battle on gamely behind Savatiano.
That effort came fresh up after he had finished a close third behind Manicure and the form stacks up incredibly for a Highway Handicap race.
The odds are short, but Awesome Pluck will be on many punters’ tickets this Saturday.
Race 5. (15:05) Youth Research Inspire Mile (1600m)
#3 – Cellarman @ $2.35 – BET NOW
The consistent form of Cellarman continued last start when he scored an impressive win down the outside of runners at Warwick Farm.
Trained by Chris Waller, the four-year-old was heavily-favoured last start after showing good form throughout this campaign and that shone through last time out.
We’re expecting something similar here and despite rising in weight and jumping from the inside barrier which might not help, he has the clear class edge and he’s already up and running.
Race 8. (17:00) Tabcorp Handicap (1400m)
#5 – Noire @ $1.90 – BET NOW
Another runner from the Chris Waller stables, Noire has hit top form this campaign and is living up to her potential.
The four-year-old mare was always considered good enough to win at this level, but wasn’t able to show enough consistency. That has changed now and she has won all three starts this campaign and she defeated subsequent winner Pecans last time out.
That’s great form as Pecans defeated Sedanzer, which had won three straight coming into that race.
The odds are short, but taking odds-on for a quality type isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Race 9. (17:40) Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400m)
#11 – Malaise @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Malaise didn’t get much luck at Randwick last start after getting held up approaching the turn.
The James Cummings-trained four-year-old finished only 1.6 lengths behind the winner on that occasion and punters have come for him at each way odds again.
He’s a runner which finished second in the C.S. Hayes behind Hey Doc at Flemington and although he didn’t fire in the Randwick Guineas, that experience should help him in a race like this.