We have expert betting tips for the cards this Sunday at Ballarat and Grafton.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Sunday meetings and we pick out the best selections.
Sunday horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:30) Evergreen Turf Maiden (1200m)
#6 – Paternal @ $5.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Paternal is on debut for Team Hawkes after looking good in a recent jumpout at Flemington.
The two-year-old son of Savabeel is bred to handle the conditions, being out of a Kiwi mare, and that bodes well for this contest.
Barrier 11 won’t worry him too much and punters get value odds.
Race 2. (13:05) Sam Miranda Maiden (1200m)
#13 – Tributo @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tributo is another jumpout performer and the son of Capitalist looked above average. He led throughout the jumpout for a comfortable victory, which bodes well on debut.
The two-year-old gelding gets down in the weights due to a 2kg claim and having natural barrier speed is always a positive.
We expect his odds to firm considerably on race day.
Race 4. (14:15) Sportsbet Bet With Mates Maiden (1600m)
#1 – Atomic Rock @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Atomic Rock comes off three consecutive placings and he deserves a win. The Price/Kent-trained four-year-old was second at Werribee last start and he hit the line nicely.
Punters have been burned throughout the campaign, but he won’t take long to break through and he’s worth sticking with.
Dean Yendall rides and having a senior rider aboard is ideal.
Race 6. (15:15) Hygain Winners Choice C1 Handicap (1200m)
#1 – Stripped Back @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lindsay Smith lines up the three-year-old gelding that scored on debut at Ararat by 2.3 lengths. He was sent for a spell following the win and he should come back a stronger type.
The son of Turffontein gets 60kg on his back for his return, which isn’t ideal, but he could be a class above this field.
Watch late betting moves for a guide.
Race 8. (16:15) Hygain Winners Choice C1 Handicap (2000m)
#1 – Censored @ $5.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Team McEvoy lines up the five-year-old gelding that owns a win and three placings from eight starts.
He needed both runs back from a spell this campaign and he was only 1.6 lengths behind the winner at Bendigo over 1600m, so rising to 2000m is ideal.
Drawing wide isn’t a big deal and $5.50 is a generous price from bookmakers.
Race 2. (12:50) Andrew Tom Builder Maiden (1100m)
#5 – Our Boy Louie @ $3.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Our Boy Louie has steadily improved with every run and we expect that trend to continue on Sunday.
The four-year-old gelding comes off a third placing at Quirindi on a heavy surface, so the track conditions won’t be an issue.
He gets 2kg off his back and we fancy his chances.
Race 4. (14:00) Advantage Pharmacy BM58 (1100m)
#10 – Stella Reale @ $5.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Stella Reale hasn’t made the most consistent start to her career, but she owns a win and a placing from six starts.
The three-year-old daughter of Star Witness has had two trials to prepare for her return and she finds form quickly in her campaign.
Barrier four is ideal and the current odds should firm on race day.
Race 5. (14:35) New LJ Hooker Maclean BM58 (1100m)
#4 – Morethannumberone @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Michael Costa-trained four-year-old owns only one win from 15 starts, but he should appreciate running in this class.
He comes off a second placing at Kembla Grange behind Saffiano, which is solid form for a BM58 race. That was followed with two trial placings at Gold Coast, so there is still plenty of upside.
Barrier 12 isn’t ideal, so expect jockey Andrew Mallyon to send him forward.
Race 7. (15:50) Maclean Bowling Club Handicap (1400m)
#2 – Getyourgreyon @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Getyourgreyon didn’t fire when rising in class at Ipswich, but this is easier and his form prior was excellent.
The four-year-old gelding owns five wins from 17 starts and he’s unbeaten in two starts over 1400m, which is a big plus.
The son of Bel Esprit deserves to be favourite and we wouldn’t be betting against him.
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.