We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Ballarat and Gosford.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at midweek meetings and we pick out the best bets.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:00) Pipe Pro Directional Drill Maiden (1400m)
#1 – Atomic Rock @ $3.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Atomic Rock comes off a second placing at Geelong and he handled the rain-affected track, so the conditions should suit.
The four-year-old son of Pierro lost by only a nose, so he was right on the mark and we’re not surprised by the shortening odds.
Expect his current price to firm on race day.
Race 3. (14:00) Cervus Equipment Maiden (1100m)
#4 – Keep on Fighting @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old gelding comes off a career-best second placing at Sale and we expect that form to hold up well.
He was 1.3 lengths behind the winner and he hit the line nicely, so he should appreciate the slight rise in distance to 1100m.
Patrick Moloney rides and punters get fair odds.
Race 4. (14:30) Porter Plant Fillies Maiden (1200m)
#3 – Gunna Gunna @ $21 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old filly by Toronado is drifting in the market but she shouldn’t be ruled out at the odds.
She comes off a disappointing effort at Kilmore in heavy conditions, but it should have her fit and ready to fire on Thursday.
Her effort on debut stands out and she’s worth taking the risk at $21.
Race 5. (15:00) RMBL Investments BM64 (1200m)
#5 – Cataracta @ $8.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cataracta is another value runner that only needs some luck from the wide draw to figure in the finish.
The Maher/Eustace-trained six-year-old is a two-time winner in heavy conditions and she runs her best races over this distance.
2kg comes off her back and we expect her odds to shorten on race day.
Race 7. (16:00) Sportsbet Bet With Mates C1 (1600m)
#2 – Crackerjack Prince – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Archie Alexander-trained colt comes off a win at Bendigo and it’s capable of producing back-to-back wins.
He capped off consecutive second placings with the win and we expect him to rise through the grades without too much of a problem.
Drawing wide on a heavy track isn’t the worst place to be, so put him on top.
Race 1. (12:45) Sneddon Bros Maiden (1100m)
#3 – Selhurst Park @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Selhurst Park comes off back-to-back second placings behind some smart types and his maiden win isn’t far away.
The Mark Newnham-trained two-year-old finished second at this track last start and it’s tough to overlook that form.
Punters get good odds and we expected him to be around the $2 mark.
Race 2. (13:20) Central Coast Granite C1 (1000m)
#4 – Star Cherie @ $3.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old filly by Star Witness comes off a tough run at Randwick and she will appreciate the drop in class on Thursday.
She scored a win on debut and anything close to that should see her cleaning up this field. The odds are a concern as we expected a shorter quote, so watch for late moves.
Race 4. (14:35) Gosford It Conditional BM68 (1900m)
#6 – Madam Charm @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Madam Charm is shooting for three consecutive wins and she looks to have a bright future. Her win at Kembla Grange was tidy and she put away a solid field.
The daughter of Charm Spirit gets in nicely on the weights at 56kg and Tim Clark is a good front-running jockey.
$2.40 is likely to shorten on race day.
Race 6. (15:45) Signarama Erina Gosford BM64 (1100m)
#6 – Finally Realise @ $3 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The three-year-old son of All Too Hard looked good winning at Nowra and he’s good enough to win again.
He broke maiden grades with a 2.3-length effort and he paid $1.70, so punters are getting generous odds this time around.
Barrier five is ideal and we’re confident of his chances.
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.