We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Wagga and Pakenham.
Punters can find great value this week and we have our best bets available for the two Thursday meetings.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:25) Sky Call Lawn Maiden (1000m)
#8 – Flying Squad @ $3.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Flying Squad is a two-year-old filly that comes off a trial placing at Wyong, and that form bodes well for this contest.
The daughter of Flying Artie was only a length behind the winner at the trials, and there has been steady money come for her throughout the week.
She opened at $4.80, so the move to $3.60 has been significant.
Race 3. (14:35) Newhaven Country Championship Preview C4 (1200m)
#3 – Lady Brook @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lady Brook scored a win fresh up and returned to form when finishing second at Moonee Valley last time out.
Form at The Valley stacks up beautifully for this midweek race, and prior to that placing she ran at Caulfield and Flemington.
She has yet to finish worse than second at the distance, so expect another top effort.
Race 4. (15:10) Country Championship Heat Handicap (1400m)
#3 – Upper House @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Upper House didn’t handle the heavy track last time out, but the experienced runner could have the edge in this race.
The six-year-old is a nine-time winner, with two of those wins coming at Wagga. It’s an impressive record and he should get every chance in the run.
Punters get a fair price at $3.30, so take the odds before they shorten.
Race 6. (16:20) Mashd ‘n’ Kutcher Live Maiden (1300m)
#1 – Albert’s Melody @ $6.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Albert’s Melody comes off a tidy debut effort for second at Wagga, and that experience should take him close.
The three-year-old son of Magic Albert finished 1.8 lengths behind the winner, and he is much shorter in the betting than the $31 he paid on that occasion.
The $6.50 is a value price, and his odds are shortening.
Race 8. (17:30) Iron Jack BM58 (1000m)
#2 – Big Day Out @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Big Day Out is getting close to a win after posting two placings from three starts this campaign. The Craig Weeding-trained gelding loves this track, and that could be the difference on Thursday.
He owns five starts at Wagga for one win and three placings. That record is tough to overlook and $4.20 is a price worth taking.
We expect more money to come for the favourite on race day.
Race 1. (18:00) Racing.com Maiden (1200m)
#3 – Dunvegan @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Dunvegan comes off three consecutive second placings and the four-year-old deserves a win.
The Matt Laurie-trained runner owns three second placings from five starts, and they have all come at this distance.
He deserves a win and we’re confident of a big effort on Thursday.
Race 3. (19:00) Shanks Electrical Maiden (1400m)
#9 – Zoutellus @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Keys-trained three-year-old comes off four consecutive placings to start his career. He has gone close in every start, and a win won’t be far away.
The son of Zoustar comes off a second placing at Pakenham behind Grand Pope, and we’re expecting that form to hold up well this season.
Craig Williams rides, which is a positive.
Race 5. (20:00) Thanks Carol Fitzpatrick BM64 (1600m)
#9 – Maui @ $2 – BET NOW
Maui looks like a good bet after finishing fifth at Sandown last start. The three-year-old gelding scored a win on this track three starts back, which is a better form guide.
Phillip Stokes lines up the son of Ocean Park, that has the ability to rise through the grades, and dropping to BM64 level helps.
$2 is short, but he warrants attention.
Race 7. (21:00) Battery Zone BM64 (1200m)
#1 – Fighting Harada @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Fighting Harada is a classy type that returns from a spell. The five-year-old gelding didn’t fire at Caulfield last start, but he has since won a trial.
The Price/Kent-trained runner owns two wins and three placings from eight starts, so he has made a good start to his career.
Carrying 61kg isn’t easy, but he has class on his side.
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.