We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Hawkesbury and Pakenham.
Punters can find excellent value at the midweek meetings and we have identified the best value runners.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 2. (12:50) HRC Motel Maiden (1300m)
#8 – My Snow Queen @ $1.95 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The John Sargent-trained two-year-old finished fourth on debut at Warwick Farm and she should be tough to beat here.
She is a daughter of Star Turn that was only two lengths behind the winner and drawing barrier two is ideal for this contest.
$1.95 is a fair price against this level of opposition.
Race 3. (13:25) XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1400m)
#4 – Verbek @ $2.25 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Verbek comes off a second placing at Wagga and although this is no easier, he should be tough to beat.
The two-year-old gelding hit the line with purpose last start and the son of Turn Me Loose won’t take long to win.
We’re not surprised by the shortening odds and he could firm much shorter on race day.
Race 4. (14:05) Asbestos Disease Foundation C1 (1400m)
#5 – Volcanic Rock @ $3.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained two-year-old looked the goods when winning on debut and his recent trial form has been solid.
He is a well-bred son of Hinchinbrook that comes off a trial win at Randwick and it came by 2.8 lengths, so the class is there.
Tommy Berry rides with only 55.5kg, so he looks the goods.
Race 7. (15:55) Ascend Trophies & Sales BM64 (2100m)
#2 – Deepwood Vale @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Deepwood Vale has already produced a winning effort this preparation and his recent form consists of two placings.
The Paul Messara-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice is rarely too far away from the prize and the only negative is the wide barrier. However, she has time to find cover over this distance.
She opened at $3.60 and steady money has come throughout the week.
Race 1. (17:30) Red Gem Packers & Growers Maiden (1200m)
#3 – McIlroy @ $2 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lindsay Park lines up the three-year-old that showed good pace at Mornington last time out.
The three-year-old gelding was well-backed in defeat and it’s the same story here, but we’re expecting a different result.
$2 is the shortest we would recommend taking, so lock in the price while it’s available.
Race 3. (18:30) HB Custom Homes Maiden (1400m)
#4 – Merle the Pearl @ $2.40 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Merle the Pearl finished fourth on debut before improving to run second at Bairnsdale last time out.
The three-year-old filly by Anacheeva was only a short margin behind the winner and getting a 1.5kg claimer to ride is ideal.
Punters should expect a quality effort in an even field.
Race 5. (19:30) Falcone & Adams BM64 (1600m)
#8 – Angel Rock @ $7 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Angel Rock is a three-time winner that isn’t the most consistent going around, but she’s not lacking the talent.
She is a two-time winner that was too good for them two back at Cranbourne and she is better than what she showed last time out.
3kg comes off her back and we’ll happily take the $7 available.
Race 6. (20:00) Dan Ryan Takes Sportsbet BM64 (1000m)
#6 – Fast ‘n’ Deep @ $3.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Mark Sues lines up the five-year-old mare that comes off an overdue win at Cranbourne.
The daughter of Kuroshio hit the line with power and that is always a good sign of things to come. She looks likely to kick on with it and getting a 2kg claim helps.
Punters should be confident of another big effort at Pakenham.
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.