We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Pakenham that features nine quality betting races.
The Pakenham Cup takes centre stage on the premier card and we have our best value bets available.
Pakenham Cup Day horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:35) John Duff & Co BM70 (1600m)
#4 – Lyrical Lad @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lyrical Lad couldn’t have been more impressive when winning by five lengths at Cranbourne last time out.
The four-year-old loved the wet track conditions, and although the track has improved, he has form on good tracks.
The confidence is up and punters have come for him in early betting markets.
Race 2. (13:10) Momentum Gaming BM78 (1400m)
#6 – Maybe the Best @ $4 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Maybe the Best has yet to finish worse than second from six career starts, so it’s the clear top pick.
The daughter of I Am Invincible owns two wins and four second placings, so that form is good enough to win at this level.
Barrier two is ideal and she should sit on the pace and clear at the turn.
Race 3. (13:45) Iron Jack Lagers BM78 (1000m)
#9 – Brownie @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brownie has a nice future and she keeps performing at a high level. She comes off a win at Moonee Valley and that form bodes well.
The four-year-old daughter of Street Boss kicked clear to score by over three lengths, so with only 51.5kg on her back, she is the best bet.
Take the $3.30 before it firms even shorter.
Race 4. (14:20) Fulmen Park BM70 (1000m)
#3 – Unflinching @ $3.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking to remain unbeaten is Unflinching, who scored impressively at Moonee Valley last start.
It was a bunched finish, but the three-year-old colt hit the line best to score by 1.5 lengths. He likes to settle handy and kick, so that’s a good asset to have.
Barrier 11 is the big test, but put him on top.
Race 5. (15:00) 9mile Fresh Handicap (1600m)
#7 – Frankie Pinot @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The McEvoy-trained son of Your Song has been right around the mark all season and he could score an overdue win.
He won at Sandown in September before rattling off four consecutive placings, including a second placing behind the talented US import Lighthouse.
Dropping to 51kg turns the scales in his favour.
Race 6. (15:40) Schweppes David Bourke Memorial (1200m)
#8 – Ocean Beyond @ $4.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking for back-to-back wins is Ocean Beyond, who scored at Ballarat over The Gauch.
The four-year-old son of Ocean Park is a three-time winner from eight starts, and getting in with 54kg on his back is ideal.
Punters should take the each-way odds available.
Race 7. (16:20) Sportsbet Pakenham Cup (2500m)
#8 – Smokin’ Romans @ $3.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
We have loved the form of Smokin’ Romans this season and he has been unlucky not to win more.
The Maher/Eustace-trained gelding finished second behind Wil John before running second behind Wentwood in the Bendigo Cup.
He looked the likely winner of that race, but punters get another grand chance to collect. He gets in with only 54kg, which is a steal.
Race 8. (17:00) Racing.com Vobis Gold Bullion (1400m)
#1 – Yulong January @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Yulong January is shooting for three consecutive wins after beating a top-level field at Flemington last time out.
The six-year-old is a nine-time winner and he scored at his only attempt at Pakenham, so having track experience is ideal.
Most of the early money has come for him, so put the favourite on top.
Race 9. (17:40) Sportsbet Bet with Mates BM78 (2000m)
#8 – Saltpeter @ $7.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Saltpeter was good enough to score consecutive wins earlier this preparation and he wasn’t far away last time out.
The four-year-old son of Pierro finished fifth at Ballarat and getting Damien Oliver in the saddle won’t hurt his chances.
Take the each-way odds available.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.