We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Mornington, which features eight quality betting races.
With premier racing at Caulfield on Sunday, Mornington gets its standalone Saturday meeting.
It resembles a quality meeting from any of the top racetracks and punters love betting on this Mornington meeting once every year.
Mornington free tips & form
Race 1. (12:10) Vale Les O’Briem BM70 (2400m)
#3 – Shepard – Bet Now
The David Brideoake-trained four-year-old has looked good winning his last two starts.
It has been a nice start to the career of Shepard, which includes a 1.3-length win at Sale and a narrow win at Bendigo.
We’ll find out whether he’s up to this grade here, but the early signs are good and this isn’t an overly deep field.
Race 2. (12:45) Racetrack Vet Services BM70 (1000m)
#9 – Sizzlefly – Bet Now
Sizzlefly owns a stack of speed and although beaten down the straight at Flemington last start, she wasn’t disgraced.
The three-year-old filly scored wins at her first two career starts before rising in grade and finding it a little tough.
Dropping back to BM70 grade looks ideal here and she also drops in weight to 54kg. That makes her tough to beat and she has drawn ideally in barrier five.
Race 3. (13:20) Musk Creek BM70 (1500m)
#1 – Simply Dreaming – Bet Now
Simply Dreaming is up-and-running this campaign and she scored three consecutive wins before running third last start.
Trained by Nikki Burke, the five-year-old has been around the mark throughout her 14-start career with four wins and five placings.
She gets the inside draw for this target and considering she likes to control the pace, that’s an ideal barrier.
Race 4. (13:55) Penang Turf Club BM70 (2000m)
#2 – Firstclass Dreamer – Bet Now
Firstclass Dreamer was beaten last week at Caulfield but should go close on the quick backup.
The four-year-old finished second behind Shared Ambition and he should find this race much more to his liking.
Facing a small field will again help his chances and he looked good winning fresh up, so should be treated with respect.
Race 5. (14:30) Big Screen Company BM70 (1200m)
#2 – Too Good Too Hard – Bet Now
Too Good Too Hard has made a nice start to her career with two wins and a placing from four starts.
Those have come at midweek company but the four-year-old is just going through her gears nicely.
She’s by All Too Hard and she will likely get out to a longer distance considering her breeding.
That bodes well for this and drawing barrier two should ensure a dream trip throughout the race.
Race 6. (15:05) Jack Dow Memorial BM70 (1500m)
#3 – Jumbo Ozaki – Bet Now
Phillip Stokes lines up Jumbo Ozaki, which has a wealth of talent but needs to start winning more races.
The four-year-old gelding has yet to finish outside of the placing from five starts, but he has been beaten at his last three runs when well-backed.
Not everything has gone his way and he has finished behind the likes of Rox The Castle and Ruban Bleu. That’s quality form and it’s no surprise to see him beating beaten.
Easier field here and he should take advantage.
Race 7. (15:45) R.M. Ansett Classic (2400m)
#1 – Big Blue – Bet Now
Big Blue has a surprisingly good second-up record for a stayer with seven starts for two wins and three placings.
The Maher/Eustance-trained eight-year-old finished seventh at Moonee Valley last start but this looks an easier target and the rise in distance is an obvious positive.
He handles the 2400m and he was good enough to win over 2600m in Sydney last season.
Professional type which could be too good for them here.
Race 8. (16:25) Highview Accounting BM70 (1200m)
#12 – Impi – Bet Now
Pat Carey lines up the promising stayer which kicks off at 1200m, but it could show some cheek.
The five-year-old is unbeaten after two starts and they have been big results. He scored by 6.3 lengths on debut before winning by six lengths at Echuca last start.
Could win a major staying race throughout the spring carnival and he’s definitely a horse to watch in the last at Mornington.