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Horse Racing Best Bets – Saturday 9th December

TOWTON CUP

Ascot Race 4 (2200m) 2:05 pm

After coming back from a long break, BLACK FANTASY has now had three runs this time in and should be getting close to full fitness again. He led them up last time out and was run down but this does look a little easier and even drops a kilo in weight. Has won at this trip previously and with Pike on board today he looks one of the better bets of the day.

NORTHERLY STAKES

Ascot Race 8 (1800m) 4:45 pm

Hard to go past ZAAKI here in a weight-for-age event. His last two runs were in the Cox Plate and Champions Stakes where he went down only by a total of 3.5 lengths. James McDonald comes back from Hong Kong for the ride and this old war horse looks extremely well placed to get another Group 1 victory against some nice horses but none with the resume’ that Zaaki has put together over the past few years.

THE STAR GATEWAY

Eagle Farm Race 8 (1400m) 4:28 pm

Really like FREEDOM RALLY who is a very lightly raced four-year-old gelding who has already run up a decent record winning four from seven starts. He is unbeaten second-up and at the track and has won at his only attempt over this track/distance. Last time out he got a long way back and ran home fairly, although I did like the last 100m when he really knuckled down, seemingly looking for this extra trip.

BALLARAT CUP

Ballarat Race 8 (2000m) 4:20 pm

FOXY CLEOPATRA should be just about to hit peak fitness third up here in the Ballarat Cup going by her last two runs that have been full of merit. She always gets back in her races and now rising in trip to the 2000m looks perfect. I can see Craig Williams coming wide on straightening and running over them. Looks to be a nice each way play.

BM100 HANDICAP

Ballarat Race 9 (1100m) 5:00 pm

TAUNTING was simply too quick for them last time out over the scamper at Cranbourne and beat a couple of handy types in Generation and Midwest in doing so. Although he has drawn off the track here, I feel he will again just jump out of the gates and show them a clean set of hooves throughout.

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