We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Newcastle and Pakenham.
There are always excellent value bets at the Thursday meetings and we have our best value bets available.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:40) Simtrack Maiden Handicap (900m)
#5 – Wheel @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wheel is on debut for James Cummings and he looked good when running second in a Kembla Grange trial.
The two-year-old son of Exceed and Excel finished only a nose behind Xtremetime, and we’re expecting that form to be franked on Wednesday.
The inside draw is ideal and $3.10 is a value price.
Race 2. (13:15) Sage Painting Maiden (1300m)
#7 – Cotehele @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cotehele comes off two impressive trial placings in the city and he could make a winning debut.
The John O’Shea-trained two-year-old has shown plenty of speed at the trials and drawing barrier four should see him right behind the speed.
We wouldn’t be surprised if his odds firm to an odds-on quote come race day.
Race 5. (15:05) OAS Technology BM64 (1880m)
#6 – My Delight @ $6 – Bet @ Sportsbet
My Delight comes off a win at Canterbury and punters get value odds this time around.
The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old showed a fine turn of foot to win and there is no reason why she couldn’t win again.
Barrier 13 is the only negative, but over 1880m, she will likely drop back and work into the race.
Race 6. (15:45) Hungerford Hill BM64 (1400m)
#3 – Sophomore @ $4.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sophomore comes off an improved placing at Hawkesbury and she could be a type worth following at this level.
The O’Shea-trained mare is a two-time winner at Newcastle from three attempts and she has shown a good turn-of-foot throughout her career.
We love the odds available and she should give punters a good sight.
Race 7. (16:20) Tab Venue Mode BM64 (1400m)
#6 – Adelaide’s Light @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide’s Light scored his maiden win in fine style when clearing out by 4.3 lengths last start. It was an emphatic win and he could rise through the grades.
The son of Adelaide relished the rise in distance and stepping up to 1400m will only increase his chances of winning.
His opening quote of $3.40 was taken and he could start much firmer than $2.90.
Race 1. (18:00) Iron Jack Australian Lager Maiden (1600m)
#3 – Justinian @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Justinian is getting close to a win after consecutive placings and it could be on Thursday evening.
The Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old ran second at Benalla by a nose last start and he’s capable of overturning that result.
Barrier seven is good enough and Ben Allen should be able to get a nice drag into the race.
Race 3. (19:00) Spendthrift Australia Maiden (1200m)
#4 – Frontman @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Frontman hasn’t done much wrong in two starts to date and he should appreciate this level of racing.
The two-year-old colt ran second at Sandown on debut behind Lightsaber, which has since raced at Group 1 level in Sydney.
He then ran fifth behind Lightsaber again at Sandown, so that form bodes well for maiden racing at Pakenham.
Race 5. (20:00) 9mile Fresh BM64 (1400m)
#1 – Staredown @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Staredown is shooting for his third consecutive win after scoring at Terang and Sandown.
The four-year-old broke maiden grades with a 3.3-length win and he doubled down when winning at Sandown by two lengths.
Sandown form bodes well for this contest and he should use the inside draw to his advantage on Thursday. He should find the front and provide a good kick.
Race 8. (21:30) Watch Live On Sportsbet BM64 (1600m)
#1 – Falls @ $3 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Falls deserves a win after going close at his last two starts. The five-year-old has placed at his last two starts and both came at Pakenham.
He was only a length behind the winner last time out and he doesn’t need to improve much to put this field away.
He loves this track and we wouldn’t leave Falls out of our selections.
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