It’s a little rainy at Pakenham this Friday night but that hasn’t stopped the quality thoroughbreds from hitting the track.
Eight quality races are in store for punters and we have our best bets for every race on the eight-race night card.
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Race 1. (18:30) Maiden Plate (1000m)
#11 – Spiritosa @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Ran sixth on debut at Morphettville and although she was over five lengths behind the winner, it was a strong race and her recent trial was encouraging.
The three-year-old filly scored a two-length trial win at Tatura and given that she’s by Spirit of Boom, she should be able to handle the wet track conditions.
$2.60 is a touch short but there’s not much to this field.
Race 2. (19:00) Kennards Hire Maiden (1400m)
#12 – Persuader @ $1.90 – BET NOW
Hasn’t won from five career starts but she has looked good during her career and a win isn’t far off.
The Mick Price-trained three-year-old finished fourth at Moonee Valley last time out and her form prior came against some nice types at Caulfield and Mornington.
Looks tough to beat here and the $1.90 should stay steady throughout.
Race 3. (19:30) The Allen Family Maiden (1200m)
#12 – Written Gem @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Three-year-old filly bred for speed and there was plenty to like about her debut third placing at Kyneton. The Jason Warren-trained runner ran as a double-figure chance but is much shorter in the betting here.
That’s a good sign and she’s going to get every chance of winning from barrier five. Expect her to sit just off the speed and to strike at the top of the straight.
Race 4. (20:00) Riley Bella Maiden (1600m)
#6 – Beauty Option @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Same connections as the “Beauty” horses in Hong Kong and with a win here, we could see this filly heading overseas as well.
The Graeme Begg-trained three-year-old finished 1.1 lengths behind the winner at Bendigo last time out and she beat home 11 other runners, which is a good result.
55.5kg on her back helps and she should be tough to beat here.
Race 5. (20:30) Votebb BM64 (1600m)
#4 – Global Sanction @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Drawn wide in barrier 15 but that’s where the negatives stop. The Begg-trained runner has finished in the money in five of her seven career starts and she went close at Bendigo last start.
Her one win came at Geelong in maiden grade and this is a strong rating 64 field, but if she gets any luck during the run, expect her to be fighting out the finish.
Race 6. (21:00) Highway Caravan Handicap (1200m)
#2 – Casino Fourteen @ $2.30 – BET NOW
Scored a quality win on debut at Echuca and then he ran second behind multiple Group 1 winner and Diamond Jubilee winner Merchant Navy at Flemington.
He’s possible the best-credentialed one-win horse in Australia, outside of Oohood, and that form should show up nicely at this level.
Inside draw helps and his price could drop significantly.
Race 7. (21:30) Pakenham Mazda BM70 (1200m)
#5 – Won Ball @ $3.60 – BET NOW
Should have probably won a race this campaign but he went awfully close at Ballarat last time out and it’s only a matter of time before he wins.
The two-time winner has been racing against strong fields and although he has drawn awkwardly in barrier nine, he should be able to find cover and come with a run late.
Looks tough to beat here and the $3.60 is a nice price.
Race 8. (22:00) Racing Form BM70 (1400m)
#12 – Akkadian @ $3.70 – BET NOW
Matt Cumani lines up the three-year-old colt which scored nicely at Ballarat three back before running 2.7 lengths behind Brutal at Flemington and then running 7.2 lengths behind Native Soldier.
That’s strong form for a rating 70 field at Pakenham and punters should see an immediate turn around in form.