We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Wyong and Pakenham.
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Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:00) De Bortoli Wines Maiden (2100m)
#1 – Oceanic Flash @ $1.95 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Oceanic Flash owns two placings from four starts and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through.
The three-year-old son of Sacred Falls finished second at Gosford last start and it came over this distance, so he’s a nice stayer in the making.
Punters have to take short odds but he should be tough to beat.
Race 3. (14:10) Carlton Draught Maiden (1350m)
#8 – Akihiro @ $2.05 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The two-year-old colt hasn’t been far away against some strong fields and he should be tough to hold out.
He finished second on debut before running fifth behind Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside. He faced another tough field in the Black Opal at Canberra, so this is a sizable drop in class.
The inside draw helps and he should start as the odds-on favourite.
Race 4. (14:50) Tab C1 Handicap (1600m)
#1 – Tectonicus @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old gelding has finished in the money in six of his seven career starts and that’s some consistency.
He is a son of Not A Single Doubt and he comes off a tidy third placing at Kembla Grange, which bodes well for Thursday’s run.
Tyler Schiller takes 2kg off his back and that helps.
Race 6. (16:05) Jim Beam C1 Handicap (1350m)
#2 – Saquon @ $2.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Paul Perry lines up the three-year-old gelding that has been right around the mark throughout his career.
He owns a win and three second placings from five attempts, including a second placing at Newcastle last time out. That was a solid effort going forward and that form bodes well.
Punters get $2.10, which is a fair price given his ability and the strength of this field.
Race 7. (16:40) Great Northern BM68 (1350m)
#2 – Isorich @ $6.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Isorich turned his form around to win at Wyong last start and it could have revitalised his career.
The 10-year-old won by a length against a similar field and the 15-time winner has loads of experience to his name.
He owns seven wins and four placings from 15 starts at Wyong, so he loves the track and he could go back-to-back.
Race 2. (18:30) Watch Live On Sportsbet Maiden (1400m)
#7 – Surecan @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Surecan didn’t quite handle the heavy track on debut but she managed to finish third behind Yarra Boy.
The winner hasn’t been able to win in a subsequent run, but Surecan is a progressive filly that should do better on firmer ground.
She was a touch green on debut, so expect a more professional outing on Thursday night.
Race 3. (19:00) Spendthrift Australia Maiden (1400m)
#8 – Pouvoir De Soie @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Returning after a campaign that featured four placings is Pouvoir De Soie. The Lloyd Kennewell-trained mare got close last year, but kept finding one better.
We don’t think that will be the case on Thursday and punters agree. She opened at $2.50 before being backed solidly, which is a good sign.
Barrier two is ideal and she likes to hug the rail.
Race 4. (19:30) Gippsland Premium Quarries Maiden (1600m)
#8 – Mimi’s Award @ $1.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Punters have to take short odds but she is the best bet on the card. The three-year-old ran a close second behind Steinem last start, which has since scored a mammoth win.
Steinem looks like a group horse in the making, so Mimi’s Award, who was only a length behind, should be winning this race.
She owns three second placings from as many starts and the $1.80 should firm considerably.
Race 7. (21:00) McMahon’s BM64 (1200m)
#11 – Way To Go Paula @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Form is with Way To Go Paula, which won at Pakenham three starts back before finishing behind some smart types.
The three-year-old filly ran fifth at Flemington before finishing 3.2 lengths behind Hindaam and La Mexicana at Sandown.
It’s strong open-class form and if she gets luck from the wide draw, she should beat this field.
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.