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Horse Racing Best Bets – Saturday 17th September

Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s meetings, with horse racing tips and analysis for the six best bets of the day. Good luck, punters!


The three-year-old fillies line up with a capacity and even field. Settled on the Kiwi filly SHE’S LICKETYSPLIT who crosses the Tasman for the first time.

She won her maiden on debut then quickly progressed to Group 1 company in the Sistema Stakes and she managed to get the prize becoming a Group 1 winner at only her second start. She was hampered badly in the straight first-up in Group 3 back in NZ but she was still too strong.

She will strip fitter for her first try in Australia and looks nice each way value.


UNCLE BRYN is the up and coming stayer in this field. Really liked the way he chased home when placed at The Valley over the 1600m last start.

He comes to Caulfield ready third-up from spell. Drawn to get the perfect run in behind the speed and meets a few of these much better at the weights. This looks a winnable race for him.


Peter Moody looks like he has found a smart Kiwi in I WISH I WIN. He was placed in the Group 1 NZ  Levin Classic before making the trip to Australia.

He was backed like he was a good thing this track first-up and he did not let his supporters down absolutely demolishing them over last 200m. He is going to need all Jamie Kah’s skill from an awkward draw at the Caulfield 1400m start but she is out premier rider and expect she will find the right position early.

He can add Group 1 to his resume’.


The Peter Moody/Jamie Kah combination look hard to be again in a big race with the unbeaten mare CHAIN OF LIGHTNING lining up for 6 in a row.

Stepped up to Group 3 company in the Cockram Stakes here last start and she was probably more dominant than she had been in previous starts. Stays at the 1200m at Caulfield and although she gives some weight to a couple of smart mares in this, she still looks the winner.


Going for some value in The George Main stakes with FANGIRL. This 4yo mare was very well supported last time out first up against Anamoe and she gave him a massive start, swooping home to run him to 1.8 lengths at the line.
Given she will be much fitter after a solid trial last week and a favorable soft draw with her main rivals drawn wide and will have to work early, this nice mare could be the one running over them late and be a very solid each way play.


NATURE STRIP is first up today after his Royal Ascot win in the King’s Stand Stakes in June. He has won 4 out of 9 runs when resuming and although susceptible early in his preparation, he has matured over the past couple of seasons and and at his recent trial at Canterbury 1/9 , he wasn’t taken out of second gear and looked extremely tractable.
Should be the boy they all have to beat here in the Shorts.



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