We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Pakenham and Port Macquarie.
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. (18:00) Iron Jack Australia Lagers Maiden (1000m)
#1 – Keep On Bopping @ $1.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Keep On Bopping comes off three consecutive placings to start his career and he deserves a win.
The three-year-old son of Shamus Award comes off a second placing on this track and although beaten as the odds-on favourite, it didn’t disgrace itself.
Punters will have to take short odds again, but put him on top.
Race 2. (18:30) Watch Live On Sportsbet Maiden (1400m)
#2 – Black Penn @ $2.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Greg Eurell-trained gelding looked good last preparation when placing in all three runs, so a maiden win should come soon.
He is a well-bred son of Written Tycoon that finished a fair way back from the winner last start, but he will be better for the experience.
His odds are drifting and punters can lock in a value price.
Race 4. (19:30) 9mile Fresh Maiden (1600m)
#5 – Deepstrike @ $2 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Deepstrike has been around the mark throughout his career and we’re confident of his chances this preparation.
The Price/Kent-trained son of Tavistock finished second on debut before going two solid races. We’re expecting that form to stack up nicely and the odds aren’t surprising.
Barrier 10 isn’t ideal but he has time to find cover.
Race 6. (20:30) Wise Choice Catering BM64 (1600m)
#8 – Awkward @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
James Cummings lines up the three-year-old filly that scored a maiden win at Geelong two starts back.
The daughter of Teofilo rose in grade at Sandown when finishing fifth and it wasn’t a bad effort first time in the grade.
Damien Oliver needs to be at his best from barrier 10, but expect another top effort.
Race 8. (21:30) Sportsbet Same Race Multi BM64 (1200m)
#11 – Elidi @ $4.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phillip Stokes lines up the three-year-old filly that scored at Pakenham two starts back. She followed that win with a second placing on this track, so she’s in form.
The daughter of Fighting Sun hit the line strongly and although she stays at this distance, expect her to be ridden more forward this time around.
The claimer in the saddle helps and punters get each-way odds in the last race of the night.
Race 1. (13:15) John Oxley Motors C1 Handicap (1000m)
#1 – Oslo @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Nathan Doyle-trained four-year-old owns only one win from nine starts, but he should be tough to beat in this contest.
He is a son of Pierro that has been in the money in five of his nine starts, which includes a win at Scone by 2.5 lengths.
2kg comes off his back and he should be right in contention.
Race 2. (13:50) Schweppes Maiden Handicap (1000m)
#2 – Buck Pharoah @ $3.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The two-year-old gelding comes off back-to-back second placings at Grafton and we’re expecting that form to stack up nicely.
He is a well-bred son of American Pharoah that won’t take long to score a maiden win and it could come on Thursday.
$3.10 is a fair price for punters.
Race 4. (15:05) Tab Long May We Play Maiden (1500m)
#10 – Dismissal @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Dismissal has been threatening to score a win after scoring consecutive second placings at Taree.
The three-year-old filly handles rain-affected tracks and although beaten at short odds last start, punters get better value this time around.
She only needs to navigate the wide barrier draw to figure in the finish.
Race 6. (16:15) Steeline C3 Handicap (1800m)
#1 – Continuation @ $4.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Continuation is finding it tough to get back into the winners’ circle, but the five-year-old has enough ability to score.
The Kris Lees-trained son of Fiorente wasn’t too far away when fifth at Newcastle last start and he placed at his only attempt at Port Macquarie.
2kg comes off his back and punters get value odds.
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.