We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Gosford and Pakenham.
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Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:15) Sneddon Bros Maintenace Maiden (1100m)
#3 – Poignant @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Poignant is on debut for Team Snowden and her trial form points to a good showing at Gosford.
The three-year-old filly by Exceed And Excel has had five trials for a win and three placings, so she had fitness under her belt.
Barrier four is ideal and the win came last time out at Hawkesbury, so expect a nice effort on debut.
Race 2. (13:50) The Entrance Leagues Club Maiden (1100m)
#3 – Sirens @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sirens is another Snowden-trained runner that looks well-placed to break maiden grades on Thursday.
The well-bred three-year-old finished 1.7 lengths behind the winner on debut at Hawkesbury, which followed some impressive trial form.
He was the beaten $2 favourite but he’s only going to improve with the run and having James McDonald in the saddle helps.
Race 5. (15:40) The Coast Race Day BM64 (1000m)
#7 – Close To Me @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Close To Me runs as the second favourite behind $1.70 chance Majestic Shot, but we believe Close To Me is the better value.
The daughter of I Am Invincible owns two wins from eight starts and she has competed against harder opposition compared to the favourite.
It’s another quality ride for McDonald and $3.10 is worth taking.
Race 6. (16:20) Canadian Club C1 Handicap (1200m)
#1 – Falcon @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Falcon showed his ability when winning at Gosford last time out, which came by 2.5 lengths in a dominant display.
The Snowden-trained three-year-old has since run well at the Gosford trials behind Kementari and that form bodes well.
The inside draw is ideal and $2.80 is worth taking.
Race 8. (17:30) Industree Group BM64 (1600m)
#5 – Members Only @ $4.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Members Only comes off a win at Newcastle and he hit the line with real power, which could be a sign of things to come.
The Nathan Doyle-trained three-year-old gelding looks capable of rising through the grades and only the wide barrier draw is a concern.
It’s another good ride for McDonald, so put him on top.
Race 1. (18:00) Parklea Developments Maiden (1200m)
#2 – Beautox @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Beautox had betting support at Echuca last start and although finishing fourth, she should strengthen up from that performance.
The three-year-old daughter of Brazen Beau has been around the mark in all three career starts, including a second placing at Moe.
$3.30 is a fair price from bookmakers we expect a good showing.
Race 3. (19:00) Kaduna Park Estate Maiden (1400m)
#3 – Rich Sun @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The four-year-old is having his second career start after running well to place at Yarra Glen.
He was only 1.3 lengths behind the winner as the $2.70 favourite, so he should improve with the run under his belt.
Craig Williams jumps in the saddle and that is a nice addition.
Race 6. (20:30) Chloe Zanos Takes Sportsbet C1 (1600m)
#1 – Cuban State @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cuban State scored a win on debut at Pakenham before running third at Cranbourne. The McEvoy-trained gelding wasn’t beaten far last start, so there was little wrong with the effort.
He has experience winning on this track and it came by almost two lengths, so he could be a type that rises through the grades.
Barrier 11 is the only negative, but he has time to find cover.
Race 8. (21:30) Iron Jack Australia BM70 (1200m)
#5 – Ruler By Choice @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Punters get value with Ruler By Choice, which comes off a tidy win at Cranbourne. The four-year-old mare now owns four wins from 11 starts and that’s a solid record.
She is unbeaten at Pakenham and with two of her wins coming over 1200m, she is ideally-suited by the distance.
We expect the $3.30 to shorten throughout the week.
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.