Horse racing tips, best bets for Randwick, Caulfield and Doomben

Our experts give you an early shot at finding a winner in the major races this weekend.

Last week … Three winners. Glenn McFarlane returned to the winners’ board with Mahamedeis ($1.80), Simon Moy found some winning form with La Mexicana ($2.80) and Nathan Exelby continued his excellent return with Debussy ($1.75).

Saturday: ROYAL RANDWICK (9 races, start 11.55am), DOOMBEN (9 races, 11.32am), CAULFIELD (9 races, 12.15pm), Morphettville Parks (9 races, 12.26pm), ASCOT (9 races, 1.48pm).


RAY THOMAS (Daily Telegraph) Form: 79528

LOST AND RUNNING (Race 9, No.2 — $3.60)

Lost And Running had every chance to extend his unbeaten record at Canterbury but was collared on the line by Enchanted Heart. The pair clash again but Lost And Running meets his rival 1.5kg better at the weights, will appreciate the bigger track and firmer going. In his two good track starts, Lost And Running has recorded brilliant times winning both races very easily. Talented sprinter and he can bounce back in the Sydney autumn carnival closer.

Value bet: BOUND TO WIN (Race 8, No.15 — $14)

MATT JONES (Daily Telegraph) Form: x1412

MASKED CRUSADER (Race 7, No.2 — $2.90)

This horse is the next sprinting star of the turf if he isn’t already. If he can start well enough I expect him to finish over the top of them in the All Aged.

Value bet: PHAISTOS (Race 8, No.6 — $8.50)

Hilal (left) can one better than his Sires’ Produce second placings to Anamoe when he tackles the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

DARREN PRENDERGAST (NewsRacing) Form: 55742

HILAL (Race 6, No.2 — $3.40)

Charged home for second behind Godolphin’s top colt Anamoe in the ATC Sires. Hard to fault that form.

Value bet: PRAGUE (Race 7, No.12 — $19)

CLINTON PAYNE (Racenet) Form: x354

HILAL (Race 6, No.2 — $3.40)

Two-horse race between he and Converge but Hilal is the one that is open to the most improvement out of the Sires’ and he beat Converge home that day anyway.

Value Bet: KOLDING (Race 7, No.1 — $11)

MITCH COHEN (Racenet) Form: x77x

HILAL (Race 6, No. 2 — $3.70)

Hilal finished over the top of his main rival Captivant when they met in the Sires’ Produce Stakes albeit when finishing a distance second to Godolphin star Anamoe. With the Sires’ winner now in the paddock, the Hawkes Racing colt rises to the top of the pile in what has been a target race for him since the stable elected to bypass the Golden Slipper.

Value bet: AKATINO (Kembla, Race 8, No. 1)

JETT HATTON (Racenet) Form: 11454

MORE PROPHETS (Race 9, No. 15 — $5)

Went to another level last preparation and looks to have returned in good order judging by her recent trial. Won’t know herself with just 52.5kg on her back and has an explosive turn of foot that will be on display on the firm deck.

Value bet: PRAGUE (Race 7, No.12 — $19)

Randwick Guineas winner Lion’s Roar looks hard to beat in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

NICK QUINN (TAB). Form: 12312

LION’S ROAR (Race 3, No.1 — $1.90)

Lions Roar caused an upset winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas before running fourth in the Rosehill Guineas and third last start in the ATC Derby won by Explosive Jack. Provided he has enough petrol in the tank after a busy campaign he again shapes as the one to beat.

Value bet: EXCELMAN (Caulfield Race 3, No.7 — $8)

CHRIS VERNUCCIO (NewsRacing) Form: 0113x

MATCHMAKER (Race 2, No. 1 — $3.60)

Coming off an excellent win and I prefer that she is stepping up from 1200m to 1400m compared to stablemate Kiku dropping back in distance from 1600m. Despite drawing the widest barrier, James McDonald can push forward with a lack of speed in the race.

Value bet: SIGNORE FOX (Race 5, No. 5 — $5)



BRAD WATERS (Racenet) Form: 3013x

MARABI (Race 4, No.6 — $2)

She’s shown she’s a Group horse in the making with her three outstanding wins to start her career. There’s no reason she can’t extend her unbeaten streak to four.

Value bet: GINGER JONES (Race 6, No.8 — $9)

Mahamedeis is backing up from his victory at Caulfield last week and can win again. Photo: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

GLENN McFARLANE (Herald Sun) Form: 17381

MAHAMEDEIS (Race 7, No.4 — $2.90)

Did the job for us last week and no reason to think this tough warrior can’t do it again off a seven-day back up.

Value bet: PESTO (Race 9, No.13 — $3.70)

SIMON MOY (NewsRacing) Form: 53741

ALL OF BRIGHTON (Race 5, No.6 — $6.00)

With the best moniker going around, has been a model of consistency. Plenty to like about last start and the extra distance looks ideal.

Value bet: STILL A STAR (Race 8, No.6 — $4.20)


NATHAN EXELBY (Sky Racing). Form: x11

SKINS (Race 9, No.15 — $2.60)

David Vandyke opts to test the waters beyond 1110m for the first time here and steps straight to 1350m. Since coming back from a long break he’s done everything right and the power of his finishes suggests there’s no reason to think this trip is going to pose any concern. Gets a soft run from the inside gate and just needs to find clear air to mow them down.

Value bet: ANDERMATT (Race 8, No.4 — $7.50)


s – denotes tip was scratched.

x – denotes spell or holiday.

Note: TAB odds correct at time of publishing.

Originally published asWeekend Best Bets: Hilal to celebrate with Champagne

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