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Horse Racing Best Bets – Saturday 1st October

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


The three-year-old fillies take centre stage as they work their way to the Victoria Oaks. I am going to stick with the Godolphin filly SUMATRA. She began this campaign with a maiden win then chased home Boogie Dancer at Caulfield last start when got too far back.

Her racing pattern suggests the mile and beyond will be ideal and she looks like a Flemington filly. Damien Oliver aboard makes her a nice each way bet.


Clayton Douglas looks to have found himself a nice gelding in the undefeated GIGA KICK. He has been impressive winning all three starts including running down the smart Alpha One in Group 3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield last start.

He will find this his toughest test to date but he has the advantage of having won down the Flemington straight and that enough for me to put him on top..


The Edward Cummings trained DUAIS comes into this ready to win third-up from a spell. She won the Group 1 Australian Cup over this track/distance back in the autumn and gets her chance for more Group 1 glory here.

She was always going to find them too slick in the Memsie Stakes first-up then forget last start when she pulled up lame. If stable have her fit she can get away with this.


FIREBURN stormed home last week in the Golden Rose from the tail of the field on straightening, to go under by only 2L to the new star of the spring in Jacquinot.

She just loves the Randwick surface and she is a previous 3rd up winner in her last campaign. Enjoys a little bit of sting out of the ground and looks very well suited to return to the winners list.


I’m giving FANGIRL one more chance to breakthrough this time in. She was travelling well in behind the speed last start in the George Main Stakes and looked to be travelling but she failed to run on behind Anamoe although was only beaten 3.3 lengths at the line.
Tommy Berry jumps aboard and at nice odds currently, she looks a strong each way play again.


Coming off very impressive Newcastle and Wyong Cup victories, DURSTON looks primed to run out the 2400m of this prestige race. Is a step up in class although he looks up to that progression.

He has been settling in behind the speed and has shown to have a massive sprint once asked for that final effort. Kerrin McEvoy rides, comes in with only 53kgs and certainly looks to be the testing material.



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