We have expert betting tips for the cards this Thursday at Echuca and Kembla Grange.
Thursday racing is a great time to find value in Australian racing and we have our best value bets this week.
Thursday horse racing tips
Race 1. (13:30) CIH Echuca Maiden (1200m)
#14 – Kiani @ $2.90 – Bet Now
Kiani is a Maher/Eustace-trained filly that is getting close to a win after consecutive placings.
The well-bred daughter of Headwater finished third on debut at Ballarat before running second at Pakenham. Both runs came on the synthetic, but she should enjoy the grass surface.
She just requires a good ride from barrier nine to figure in the finish.
Race 3. (14:30) Moama Print & Design Maiden (1400m)
#12 – Medlar @ $4.40 – Bet Now
Medlar showed enough ability last campaign to be a winning factor here. The four-year-old mare placed twice from four starts, including a third placing at Werribee two back.
The Patrick Payne-trained mare won’t take long to break maiden status, and we fancy her chances of doing that on Thursday.
Punters get each-way odds and they are worth taking.
Race 4. (15:00) Blaze Essential Services BM70 (3200m)
#3 – Wil John @ $4.60 – Bet Now
Wil John was no match for the winner last start but rising to 3200m is ideal for this up-and-coming stayer.
The Maher/Eustace-trained five-year-old owns three wins and five placings from 13 starts, so he hasn’t done much wrong throughout his career.
Ascot Red is the favourite following its 14-length win, but Wil John is the more progressive stayer in this field.
Race 7. (16:30) Bet365 Odds Protector BM64 (1200m)
#10 – Toffee Doll @ $2.90 – Bet Now
Toffee Doll is in a new stable with Matt Laurie and the change in scenery could get her back in form.
The four-year-old owns a win and a placing from five starts, but she wasn’t as consistent as they would have liked last season. She ran fourth at Flemington against a good field, and that is her best form guide coming into this race.
The $2.90 price is likely to shorten throughout the week.
Race 8. (17:00) Moana Bowling Club BM64 (1400m)
#13 – Emerald Crown @ $4.60 – Bet Now
Emerald Crown is coming off a win at Ballarat and she could go back-to-back. The Nigel Blackiston-trained mare scored by 1.8 lengths and it was a solid effort.
She had looked good in previous runs, which included three placings from her first four starts. We are expecting that form to hold up well at this level.
The $4.60 is an ideal price and we are surprised that she isn’t shorter.
Race 1. (13:25) Budderoo C1 Handicap (1500m)
#2 – Highmaster @ $2.10 – Bet Now
Highmaster has been around the mark his entire career and he could add a second win to his record on Thursday.
The John Thompson-trained four-year-old is coming off a second placing at Newcastle, and that came behind the unbeaten Bucharest.
It is good form for this level of racing and he should go close.
Race 3. (14:40) Brogers Creek BM64 (1000m)
#6 – Tudor Music @ $2.80 – Bet Now
Tudor Music didn’t fire against a strong field at Warwick Farm last start, but her form prior included consecutive wins.
The Greg Hickman-trained filly won at Muswellbrook and Scone, and dropping back to provincial grades is ideal.
We thought she would be paying $2 to win, so take the value odds.
Race 4. (15:20) Broughton Vale Maiden (1000m)
#10 – San Antonio @ $5 – Bet Now
San Antonio ran fifth on debut at Kembla Grange and his trial form has been good since. He finished second at Rosehill last month, and he is expected to go forward.
The Snowden-trained colt gets the services of James McDonald, and he has been backed in from an opening quote of $6.50.
Expect a good run and punters are still getting value odds.
Race 6. (16:35) Budgong C1 Handicap (1200m)
#3 – Bethencourt @ $3.30 – Bet Now
Bethencourt scored a quality win on debut at Newcastle, and his trial form since has consisted of two wins and a placing.
The Kim Waugh-trained gelding scored a recent trial by 3.3 lengths and that is a good guide for this race.
He has drawn barrier 12 but James McDonald rides and he can work his magic.