We have expert betting tips for the cards this Sunday at Pakenham and Scone.
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. (12:00) Ecycle Solutions Maiden Hurdle (3200m)
#6 – Roland Garros @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Roland Garros has terrible form, but going over the jumps could turn it all around. The six-time winner has looked good in recent jumping trials, including a win two back at Cranbourne over Light Pillar.
His most recent trial came behind Tolemac, so the form credentials over the jumps are there and he should be tough to beat.
Steven Pateman takes the ride and the $2.70 should firm.
Race 3. (13:20) PB Ronald Memorial Maiden (3500m)
#9 – Zedstar @ $2.45 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Zedstar is getting closer to a win after back-to-back second placings and he is set to break his hurdle maiden.
The five-year-old son of Zed doesn’t have a tough field to get past here and we’re not surprised by the short odds on offer.
We expect his odds to firm and he could start as the odds-on favourite.
Race 4. (14:00) Ecycle Solutions Hurdle BM120 (3200m)
#4 – Mawaany Machine @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Mawaany Machine scored a good win two back before running third at Sandown as the favourite.
The eight-year-old has since won a trial by 12 lengths and he looks like a nice jumper in the making, so we’re happy to take the odds available.
It’s another good ride for Steven Pateman and punters should be confident.
Race 5. (14:40) Brendan Drechsler Hurdle (3500m)
#1 – Flying Agent @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Flying Agent is a professional winner of six from 14 starts over the jumps and we wouldn’t be betting against him.
The son of Raise the Flag scored three consecutive wins before finishing fourth at Warrnambool, which was a shock result as the $1.30 favourite.
Expect a better run now and punters get better odds.
Race 6. (15:20) Ecycle Solutions Maiden Steeplechase (3500m)
#2 – Big Blue @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Big Blue had a successful career on the flat, but he’s much better over the jumps as a nine-year-old gelding.
The son of Galileo owns three wins from seven starts fresh up and there is plenty to like about that form going forward.
He has yet to win over steeples and this looks like an ideal target.
Race 2. (12:35) Ole Kirk at Vinery Maiden (1600m)
#10 – Supreme Play @ $3.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Supreme Play looks ready to win a race after two solid efforts this preparation. The three-year-old filly comes off a third placing at Muswellbrook in the wet, so conditions are no issue.
She is bred to be better than average and we’re expecting plenty of money to come for her with the scratching of the favourite.
Ashley Morgan rides and it’s not a strong maiden field.
Race 4. (13:55) Pryde’s Easifeed Maiden (1100m)
#8 – Miss Kingston @ $6.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Simon Casey-trained three-year-old ran well for second at Scone last start and the extra distance is ideal.
She owns three placings from five starts and she has shown an ability to handle the conditions, which is ideal for the winter.
Punters get value odds and they’re worth taking.
Race 6. (15:15) Arrowfield 30 Years BM66 (1400m)
#5 – Nothing’s Sacred @ $7 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Nothing’s Sacred owns two wins from five starts and he demands attention, especially at the odds.
The William Freedman-trained three-year-old needed the spell and he could return a stronger type. He hasn’t raced since April, but he looked good in a recent trial.
$7 is a fair price from bookmakers and we wouldn’t be overlooking his chances.
Race 8. (16:30) Emirates Park BM58 (1100m)
#2 – Very Sharp @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Very Sharp doesn’t know how to run a bad race and she owns two wins and five placings from nine career starts.
The three-year-old owns two wins and two placings at Scone, so she loves the track and getting 3kg off her back is ideal.
We wouldn’t be leaving her out of selections.
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.