18/02/21 – Thursday Horse Racing Tips

We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Newcastle and Pakenham.

Punters can find great value this week and we have our best bets available for the two Thursday meetings.

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Thursday horse racing tips


Race 2. (14:00) Australian Bloodstock Maiden Handicap (1200m)

#2 – Lake Tai @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Lake Tai comes off a trial placing at Rosehill and that form should stack up well on debut.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the four-year-old was only 1.9 lengths behind Vanilla Sky, which makes its debut on Wednesday at Randwick.

We’re expecting a top debut and there is good market support.

Race 3. (14:35) Hungerford Hill Maiden (1200m)

#1 – Magic Ruler @ $3.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The Matthew Dunn-trained three-year-old owns two placings from four starts and he comes out of the same trial at Lake Tai.

He finished fourth at Randwick last time out behind Skedaddle and Lady of Luxury, with the latter finishing second in the Magic Millions Maiden.

It is good form and punters should get a good sight.

Race 4. (15:10) Sharp Electronics Group Maiden (1300m)

#8 – Lakespur Run @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Lakespur Run comes off back-to-back second placings at Canterbury and we’re expecting that form to stack up nicely.

The two-year-old filly by Shamardal was no match for the winner in both starts, but they came behind some talented types.

Barrier four is ideal and the $1.90 is a fair price.

Race 5. (15:50) New Zealand Bloodstock Maiden (1400m)

#9 – Not A Choice @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Not A Choice has shown enough during her career to date to warrant attention. She finished second on debut at Canterbury behind a smart type and she wasn’t far away last start.

The well-bred filly didn’t entirely handle the wet track conditions at Newcastle last start, so she deserves another chance.

Barrier two is ideal and punters get odds worth taking.

Race 7. (17:10) The Prince of Merewether BM64 (1400m)

#11 – Nothinsweetaboutme @ $4.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The three-year-old filly comes off an impressive debut win at Canberra and she can make the rise in class.

She scored by 1.5 lengths and that backed up some solid trial form in Sydney. The daughter of So You Think should only strengthen with the run and we’re confident of her chances.

Expect the $4.80 to shorten throughout the week.


Race 1. (18:00) Drink Driving Apart Maiden (1000m)

#11 – Signorina @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Signorina looked good winning at trial at Cranbourne and that came by a length, which could be good enough on debut.

The Danny O’Brien-trained daughter of Zoustar produced a professional effort to score and drawing barrier two is ideal.

Expect the $2.80 to shorten on race night.

Race 2. (18:30) Watch Live On Sportsbet Maiden (1400m)

#7 – Groovy Kinda Love @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The Mick Kent-trained mare showed speedy during her first campaign and although yet to win, she is knocking on the door.

She placed in all four career starts, including one at Pakenham. The daughter of Smart Missile might want more distance, but she meets only a moderate field.

$2.60 is a good sign and it shows some stable confidence.

Race 4. (19:30) Iron Jack Australia Maiden (1600m)

#5 – Goondiwindi @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Goondiwindi is an O’Brien-trained colt that didn’t show much at the trials, but there is significant betting support.

The son of Australia is a well-bred type that opened at $3.20 and that price was immediately backed into $2.80, which is a leading sign.

Damian Lane rides and he add some interest to this race.

Race 6. (20:30) Ontoit BM64 (1600m)

#7 – Shojiki @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Shojiki comes off back-to-back placings at Caulfield and the three-year-old filly was only a length behind the winner last start.

The well-bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice has finished in the money in three of her four starts and another win looks likely this preparation.

Drawing barrier 11 isn’t ideal but punters should expect a top effort.

Once again, all odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

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.



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