We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Warrnambool and Hawkesbury.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the Thursday meetings and we have our best bets across the two cards.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:00) J&P Advanced Plastering Maiden (1100m)
#3 – Fire @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old gelding ran eighth on debut at Warwick Farm, but his trial form since has been solid and this is an easier race.
He finished second in a trial at Rosehill two back before winning by 3.5 lengths five days ago. That was an impressive trial and drawing the inside barrier is ideal.
Fire looks well-placed in this company.
Race 2. (13:30) The Midfield Group Maiden (1200m)
#8 – Andress @ $6.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Punters have been burned with Andress, but we’re giving the four-year-old mare another chance at this level.
The daughter of Dissident owns three placings from four starts and she is better than what she showed at Ballarat last time out.
The heavy track could help, and punters get odds worth taking.
Race 5. (15:00) Oceanview Landscaping BM64 (1700m)
#7 – House Spouse @ $3.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
House Spouse only narrowly missed staying unbeaten at Bendigo last start and he’s good enough to get back to his winning ways.
Trained by Patrick Payne, the four-year-old won by 6.3 lengths on debut at Echuca, and although beaten at odds of $1.40 last start, punters get value this time around.
The rise in distance is ideal, so take the value odds.
Race 8. (16:30) Cassign BM58 (1100m)
#2 – Shock and Awe @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Shock and Awe scored a comfortable maiden win at Coleraine last start, and he looks capable of producing the goods again.
The Lindsay Smith-trained son of Time for War showed ability at his first two starts, which included a third placing at Warrnambool.
The $2.50 will likely firm, so take the value available.
Race 1. (12:45) Tab C1 Handicap (1800m)
#1 – Bazooka @ $2.05 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bazooka owns only one win from 21 starts, but the four-year-old gelding has rattled off four consecutive placings and he’s knocking on the door.
The son of Smart Missile has yet to race at Hawkesbury, but the track should suit, and the early betting support is a good sign.
Getting back to a good racing surface won’t do his chances any harm.
Race 3. (13:55) Fowler Civil Contracting Maiden (1300m)
#1 – Head Legislator @ $3.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Luck is needed from barrier 15, but Head Legislator is knocking on the door of a win after notching four consecutive second placings.
The four-year-old son of Headwater was a short margin behind the winner at Kembla Grange last start, and he hit the line nicely.
$3.60 is well worth taking against this level of opposition.
Race 6. (15:50) Killahy Equine C1 Handicap (1100m)
#6 – Conrad @ $3.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Kim Waugh-trained three-year-old showed his ability last season, and we’re expecting big things this time around.
He won at Wyong two starts back by 3.8 lengths, which is an impressive way to break maiden grades He followed it up with a seventh at Rosehill behind Hong Kong-bound Saif.
His recent trial win at Wyong bodes well and we’re confident of a big effort.
Race 7. (16:25) Pioneer Services Rowley Mile (1600m)
#10 – Surf Dancer @ $12 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Surf Dancer is an imported runner that is better for having two starts in Australia. Both runs came at Randwick and he is unbeaten in two third-up starts.
The son of Lope de Vega was only 3.4 lengths behind them last start over an unsuitable distance. Rising to the mile is ideal and punters get lovely value odds.
Take the $12 as it’s likely to shorten on race day.
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.