Raceday focus: Best bets, analysis and latest odds for Saturday

TAB tipping expert Nick Quinn gives his suggested bets for the feature races at Flemington and Ipswich.

BEST BET: Kurabui (Flemington, R5 No.9)

VALUE BET: Flash Aah (Ipswich, R7 No.6)

LAY OF THE WEEK: Lackeen (Rosehill, R4 No.1)


Flemington, R5, 2.05pm

All eyes will be on the undefeated Kurabui to maintain her perfect record and knock up a fifth career victory.

The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr-trained mare recorded a comfortable win at Sandown last start and should win again despite the step up in grade.

I think she will get out slightly from the $1.85 currently available and start around even money.

Degraves is an interesting runner.

The former import is having his first Australian start for Lloyd and Nick Williams and has recorded victories over 1600m and 1800m in Ireland.

Look for him to be hitting the line strongly and could be one to follow

It is a similar story with comeback galloper Kinane.

It has been well documented his connections knocked back large money for the horse early in his career and let’s hope he can recapture the form that saw him win the Frank Packer Plate in dominant fashion last year.

On a tough day of racing, Kurabui looks one of the safest betting options.


Kurabui is chasing a picket fence of wins. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Flemington, R7, 3.25pm

An open edition of the Creswick Stakes with impressive last-start winner Snickerdoodledandy opening at $4.60 before drifting to $5.50.

The former Perth filly now with Peter Moody broke through at Flemington last start and there is no reason why she won’t record back-to-back victories here.

The early money has come for Curran.

Lyn Tolson and Leonie Proctor have done an amazing job with this galloper who has resumed from a spell with two wins and a narrow defeat.

He opened $6 and that was quickly snapped up and he now heads the market at $4.60.

Lindsay Park will saddle up Aidensfield ($8) and Pioneer River ($7.50).

Aidensfield won her first two career starts and last May and can feature here first-up.

Pioneer River was runner-up to Curran last start and that looks a strong formline.

At longer odds there has been support for Maha, who has firmed from $17 into $15.

THE TIP: CURRAN each-way.


Ipswich, R7, 3.17pm

The stayers get their chance in the Ipswich Cup.

The Chris Waller-trained So You Win has been backed from $4.40 into $4.20.

So You Win has been racing consistently and looks ready for the extra ground at this stage of his career.

Laure Me In is on the second line of betting at $4.60 and won the Scone Cup well two starts ago.

Inverloch is a must for the quaddie, especially when he is big odds.

He mixes his form but at his best gets into a good rhythm out in front and is hard to catch.

This has been evident in two of his past four starts, including a Caulfield win at $21 and saluting in the Wagga Cup at $31.

But I’m keen to side with Gold Coast galloper Flash Aah at $13

He hit the line strongly last start and should appreciate the step-up in distance with an economical run from gate one.

THE TIP: FLASH AAH each-way.


Ipswich, R8, 3.53pm

Amish Boy heads the market as he chases an elusive second career victory.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace galloper has always competed in the stronger races and placed in the Group 1 Newmarket earlier this year.

He has a class factor and the $3.80 holds appeal.

There has been early money for the Michael Costa-trained Axe who followed a strong Doomben win by placing in the BRC Sprint last start.

He has won six of his 16 career starts and warrants respect.

He opened $5 and has been backed into $4.40.

There has been early specking for Snitch at longer odds.

The Gollan trained galloper does have a good second-up record with a win and two placings from six attempts and has been backed from $31 into $16.


Originally published asQuinny’s Mailbag: Perfect five on cards for Kurabui

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