The following is a survey of Australian racing tips for Saturday, August 1. The focus is on Flemington and Rosehill. Selected races at Murray Bridge are also covered. More tips and previews will be added as they become available.
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Flemington Race 7, No. 5 Skyman
Rosehill Race 6, No. 5 Anders
Rosehill Race 8, No. 10 Tailleur
Race 3: Frankie Two Angels
Race 4: Tavidance
Race 5: Coming Around
Race 6: Great Again
Race 7: Skyman
Race 8: Chicago Cub
Race 9: Pinyin
GREAT AGAIN (5) Grabbed towards the finish when 3rd last run at Caulfield and strong performer at this trip in the past. Has run into the money 3 from 4 attempts this campaign. Among the major players. HOME OF THE BRAVE (2) Rocketed home into 3rd two runs back at this venue and likely to be well placed early. Won a barrier trial at Kensington on Jul 31st. Leading chance. WIDGEE TURF (4) Hit the line well when 2nd three runs back at Moonee Valley but resuming from a break. Should just about get the run of the race. Rates an each way chance. HIGHTAIL (9) Got the upper hand late when winning three runs back at Gold Coast. Drawn to sit just in behind the speed. Very tidy this preparation winning 2 from 4 starts. Each way hope.
SKY MAN (5) Having second run back from a break. Landed the spoils when winning last start at Caulfield. Should enjoy a cosy run off the pace. Will take some beating today. CADRE DU NOIR (9) Second up from a break. Flashed home late into 2nd last start at Moonee Valley and suited by the weight drop. One of the main dangers. DENERO (10) Did a good job when winning two runs back at Sandown and displays very good finishing speed. Been in the money 3 from 4 attempts this preparation. Major hope. KENTUCKY TORNADO (8) Was first to greet the judge when winning two runs back at Sandown and likely to race off the speed. Could sneak a place.
OCTANE (6) Showed promise when winning last start at Morphettville but rising in class. Going well this campaign winning 2 from 3 attempts. Well suited and should prove hard to beat. CHICAGO CUB (2) Could build on a strong first up record. Really dug deep when winning last time at this course and likely to be well placed early. Winning hope. MISTER MOGUL (3) Fought on well to win two runs back here but rises in weight. Could win with the right run. MESSERSCHMITT (10) Ran on strongly when 3rd last run at Mornington but fresh today. Should enjoy a cosy run off the pace. Not the worst in this field.
SAVVY LAD (7) Stormed home when 3rd last start at Caulfield and second up. Should land a nice spot just off the speed. Good chance and wouldn’t be surprised to see it pick up a win. PINYIN (12) Showed a good turn of foot when 2nd last start around here. Finishes off strongly. Has to be included. LORD MARKEL (9) Second up from a break. Fought on gamely when winning last time at Sandown. Exotics chance. THAT GIRL (14) Was $9 and ended up 2.4l from the winner at Caulfield last start on a good surface but going down in grade. Displays good finishing speed. Betting may be best guide to the chances and each way is the likely play.
Race 6: Home Of The Brave
Race 7: Skyman
Race 8: Snitzkraft
Race 9: Lord Markel
Widgee Turf 10 units to win
4. Widgee Turf
5. Great Again
2. Home Of The Brave
1. So Si Bon
Skyman 31 units to win,Cadre Du Noir 5 units to win
9. Cadre Du Noir
Rock Prophet 8 units to win, Spirit Of Aquada 4 units to win
12. Rock Prophet
8. Spirit Of Aquada
2. Chicago Cub
Lord Markel 12 units to win
9. Lord Markel
7. Savvy Lad
2 and 5 look main speed. So, SIGNORE FOX & HIGHTAIL are dual acceptors, in a pandemic, ok, just checking. SO SI BON won this fresh last year and has jumped out well for the return, like him best when there is give in the track. Early markets say $16, I think that is wrong! TROPE on the other hand may need it bone-dry? His fresh form in a very fast Oakleigh Plate, and, a narrow second to Deprive can clearly win this if he handles the Soft. HOME OF THE BRAVE has no recent wins on his CV but was brave behind GREAT AGAIN here in May and has 3kg swing. WIDGEE TURF can fly fresh! GAME KEEPER hope
Selections: 1. So Si Bon (value bet), 6. Signore Fox, 2. Home Of The Brave, 8. Trope
SKYMAN had clear air in messy race at the Australian debut but the win looked terrific. He has handled wet ground at home. DENERO was never let go behind him when held up hopelessly, and he had a bit to give too! Forgive his one miss in the 2000m range. The overs? EMPEROR SELASSIE gave a kick in that race but had no answer for Skyman late. MIROKU has claims. MASTER SHUHOOD back to 2000m can win. KENTUCKY TORNADO and CADRE DU NOIR were both good fresh. Yes 2000m for both!
Selections: 10. Denero (top tip), 5. Skyman, 9. Cadre Du Noir, 8. Kentucky Tornado
CHICAGO CUB is a good fresh horse and proven down the straight. He beat MESSERSCHMITT here in February. Messerschmitt beat ELITE LEGACY fresh last prep but his one go on soft ground was terrible. MISTER MOGUL loves it here, loves 1000m and handles wet but gate 1? OCTANE is very promising, he beat last week’s MV winner Dexelation two back. He comes back to 1000m but fancy the straight track will suit him. SWORD OF MERCY a hope. SNITZKRAFT also has claims if the track’s not too wet.
Selections: 6. Octane (Best of the Day), 3. Mister Mogul, 2. Chicago Cub, 11. Sword Of Mercy
SPEED: 1, 3 from 7. 15, 16, 18 & 11 can all be handy. 4, 6 off those? SAVVY LAD copped a mid-race check fresh at Caulfield and ran well. He handled wet ground well early in his career. VEGAS KNIGHT draws way out and his jumpout wasn’t flash but is good enough. LORD MARKEL returned gelded and won well at Hillside. ZERO DOUBT can improve. PINYIN tries 1400m for the first time, she is acting like it will be OK. THAT GIRL is in a similar boat. I COULD DO BETTER goes in at odds? SHUSH a hope but wet a query!?
Selections: 7. Savvy Lad (top tip), 12. Pinyin, 14. That Girl, 9. Lord Markel
Race 4: No. 6 Fields of Ivy – BEST BET
Race 6: No. 1 Resurge
Race 6: Anders
ANDERS (5) Showed promise when winning last run at this track and likely to be well placed early. Success in a barrier trial at Royal Randwick on Jul 28th. Big chance. KUMASI (4) Had a break from racing and returns to competition. Won narrowly two runs back at Gosford. Placed 3rd in a barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on Aug 4th. Hard to overlook. RULERSHIP (3) Finished 2nd three runs back at Caulfield but resumes after a spell. Winner in a barrier trial at Royal Randwick on Jul 28th. One of the major players. RETURN WITH HONOUR (6) Did well when 3rd three runs back at Randwick and can go through the gears. Finished 2nd in a barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on Aug 4th. One of the major players.
MELODY BELLE (4) Finished strongly when 3rd three runs back at Caulfield and shows good finishing speed. Won a barrier trial at Kensington on Jul 31st. Rates well in this race. EDUARDO (10) Brave effort to win last run at this course and expecting to settle positively. Can’t knock. FLIT (5) Caught the eye when 2nd last run at Randwick but back after break. Will be looking to sit just behind the leaders. Placed 2nd in a barrier trial at Hawkesbury on Jul 20th. Warrants a bet. SAVATIANO (13) Proven record first up with 4 wins from 7 attempts. Started $7.5 and ended up 3.2l behind the winner at Morphettville last time on a soft surface but likely to be well placed early. Success in a barrier trial at Kensington on Jul 31st. Warrants a bet.
TAILLEUR (10) Brave effort to win two runs back at Randwick and expecting to settle positively. Deserves to be the favourite with an abundance of ability. BEST STONE (7) Game effort to win last start at Canterbury and should be going forward early. Worth consideration. MINTED (6) Left nothing to chance when winning two runs back at Newcastle. Shows very good closing speed. No shock to see a win. LANCASTER BOMBER (4) Showed promise when winning three runs back at Gosford but facing a stronger class today. Will be looking to sit just behind the leaders. Solid each way claims.
VALDOSTANA (9) Having second run back from a spell. Got the upper hand late when winning two runs back at Canterbury and suited by the weight drop. Likely to get a nice run behind the speed. Include in all exotics. DISCHARGED (1) Brave effort to win last start at Randwick and expecting to settle positively. He???s had the ultimate gear change since we last saw him. Has placed in all previous barrier trials. Ticks plenty of boxes and looks like value. CRISTAL BREEZE (2) Third up from a spell. Won narrowly two runs back at Canterbury. Genuine winning chance. PARTNERS (7) Fought on gamely when winning two runs back around here and dropping weight today. Has shown early pace in races to date. Racing consistently this preparation. One of the major players.
Race 6: Anders
Race 7: Flit
Race 8: Tailleur
Race 9: Valdostana
A very engaging start to the main quaddie. A field full of potential and solid pace assured from 3, 4, 5, 10. I’m prepared to take a risk with the well named THE FACE coming up sharply in class from a Maiden win in which he was far too classy but a little raw and nervy at the same time. Just feel that maybe he gets to a nice stalking spot here and clearly there will be upside, but he is up against horses that have already matched it against better opposition. PRIME STAR is a Heavy winner and could be undersold. His trial behind RULERSHIP was a pass. KUMASI sees gun run. ANDERS may be hard to catch? OLE KIRK could finish hard? Wide in the quaddie I suspect.
Selections: 11. The Face (top tip), 2. Prime Star, 4. Kumasi, 5. Anders
Seven trainers provide the 13 runners in our highlight and, as usual, most of the Missile field is on resumption. 10 and 7 can lead 13 and 9. Pending a very ‘heavy’ Heavy I am with a fresh SAVATIANO. Early in her prep is when you want to focus on her and she has trialled pleasingly as she usually does. MELODY BELLE put in a great hitout in the same session but she may be forced a little further back than she wants to be from today’s barrier. MISTER SEA WOLF was really good in that trial as well and he may not be the worst at all. I could even give his stablemate IMAGING a chance of running on hard in this race.
Selections: 13. Savatiano (value bet), 4. Melody Belle, 2. Mister Sea Wolf, 3. Imaging
4 was down to run at Canterbury on Wednesday. No obvious leader here. 7 and 10 could set it up? I suspect they are hard to run past, especially TAILLEUR. Even though she has the look of a horse that could be far too short, as indeed she was last start, she has the best winning chance of any here. BEST STONE Was well beaten when TAILLEUR won on July 4 but maybe that was a little too wet for him that day. An 8 (or, fingers crossed, better) may see him narrow the significant gap there was on that occasion. GOLLY I’M LUCKY entitled to have another crack in town in the form he’s in.
Selections: 10. Tailleur (top tip), 7. Best Stone, 5. Ghostly, 4. Lancaster Bomber
7 and 1 to lead from 8. That should mean a very genuine tempo and PRIME STAR (also in the Rosebud earlier) to have last look. 1200m fresh here could well be a better option for the new 3YO. Wet won’t faze him as we saw before the break. CRISTAL BREEZE his biggest stumbling block. 5 weeks between runs but of course had a quiet trial earlier this week. Will be perfectly handled from a very friendly draw. PARTNERS as never raced better. Does the pattern say yes to a leader?? DISCHARGED has first look a wet track on raceday but he has trialled soundly on Heavy (and had another on the synthetic since).
Selections: 5. Prime Star (top tip) – SCRATCHED, 2. Cristal Breeze, 7. Partners, 1. Discharged
Race 2 #4 Royal Banquet – BEST BET
Race 4 #5 Heart Of The Oak – LAY BET
Race 7 #5 Flit
Race 8 #3 Golly I’m Lucky – VALUE BET