We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Eagle Farm 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. (14:21) Tab Venue Mode Maiden (1200m)
#2 – Archdeacon @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Robert Heathcote-trained two-year-old is nearing a win after two placings, so he should be tough to beat here.
He finished second at Ipswich on debut before running third last time out. It came over 800m, so rising to 1200m should be ideal.
Early money has come, and that is a good sign.
Race 2. (14:56) Hellbent First Crop Magic Millions BM78 (1600m)
#2 – Couldn’t Refuse @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Coming off a win at Doomben is Couldn’t Refuse, which has the class to handle this quality field.
The Desleigh Forster-trained four-year-old is a four-time winner from 18 starts, and his narrow victory at Doomben holds him in good stead.
He owns two placings at Eagle Farm, and he is a due a winning turn on this track.
Race 4. (16:13) Cascade BM70 (1400m)
#2 – Jetty @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Punters waiting patiently for Jetty to get back to winning for, but that patience paid off at Doomben last start.
The talented three-year-old scored comfortably by 1.5 lengths, and it showed that he still has the class needed to win at this level.
He stays in the same grade and gets a lighter weight, so he goes clearly on top.
Race 6. (17:33) Mount Franklin C3 Handicap (1400m)
#1 – Emma’s Jet @ $6 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Emma’s Jet is a last-start Gold Coast winner that is capable of stringing wins together. She scored a half-length victory, and she won’t mind rising in class for this race.
The daughter of Jet Spur is a three-time winner, and although yet to race at Eagle Farm, it’s a track that should suit her running style.
Punters get value odds, and they are worth taking.
Race 7. (18:07) BRC Giddy Up C5 Handicap (1200m)
#2 – Veranes @ $3.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chris Waller and James McDonald team up with Veranes, which is hoping to bounce back after a poor last-start effort.
The five-year-old finished last of nine runners at Doomben, but her form prior included a win at Sunshine Coast.
She has the ability to beat this field, and having McDonald in the saddle is a bonus.
Race 8. (18:38) BRC Membership Plus C1 (1200m)
#8 – Wolf Moon @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wolf Moon scored impressively on debut at Sunshine Coast, and he could be a type that rises through the grades with ease.
The three-year-old prepared for his return with a trial win at Gold Coast, and drawing barrier four is ideal for this race.
His odds are drifting, but he should be well-backed on race day.
Race 2. (18:30) Sportsbet Same Race Multi Maiden (1200m)
#3 – Bellinger @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bellinger didn’t fire during his first preparation, but he wasn’t all that far away. He finished fourth on debut at Ballarat before running fifth at Donald.
He meets an even field on this occasion, and the Lindsay Park-trained runner has garnered respect from bookmakers.
Expect a tidy effort in a fresh state.
Race 4. (19:30) John Duff & Co Maiden (1400m)
#1 – Aristo Missile @ $2.15 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Aristo Missile has shown good consistency to start his career, and he could break his maiden tag on Thursday.
The Lindsay Park-trained gelding finished second at Wangaratta three back before running at Moonee Valley behind Sayumi.
His run at Sandown last start was a good effort, so expect a nice run here.
Race 5. (20:00) Gippsland Premium Quarries C1 (1400m)
#1 – Aragon @ $3.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Busuttin/Young-trained gelding ended his first campaign with a win at Hastings, and the Kiwi import could fire up here.
It’s never easy to win after crossing the Tasman, but the son of Ocean Park looks to have ability. He has been respected in betting, and that is a good sign.
A rain-affected track would be ideal, so watch track conditions.
Race 8. (21:30) Sportsbet Three Wide BM58 (1200m)
#9 – Real Reason @ $5.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Real Reason showed a good turn-of-foot to win at Mornington last start, and he is every chance of scoring again.
The Phillip Stokes-trained three-year-old scored by 1.3 lengths, and he could be a runner to rise through the grades.
It’s not an easy field, but the $5.50 is a value price.
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.