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Horse Racing – Love It Or Leave It | Sat 11th December

Placing a bet on a favourite – some punters can’t get enough of them, while others steer clear of them. Racing writer Justin Devine looks at some of the more fancied runners for this weekend’s horse racing and decides if he loves them 😍 or if he should leave ❎  them!

It’s a big day of racing all over Australia with Black Type racing in five states. The Maher and Eustace trained stayer HERMAN HESSE looks set to continue the stables dominance of distance races in the Listed Christmas Cup at Randwick. He will have no problems getting the 2400m and will be too strong for his rivals. American import LIGHTHOUSE has impressed since coming to Australia and is the most interesting runner of the day at Flemington. She looks a progressive type and is well placed. GOD HAS CHOSEN powered home to win well last start and looks ready for 1500m at Ascot this week 😍.

ARTFUL LIBBY has been a money muncher in recent times and is likely to find one or two too good for her at Morphettville. Last start winner IRISH ANGEL suffers from “second up blues” and is hard to back at Randwick, while GARIBALDI will need to improve on his recent runs to salute at Eagle Farm ❎.

Good Luck Punters!

Randwick R4 – 4. Herman Hesse @ $2.50 😍

UK Import HEMAN HESSE has won twice this prep and wasn’t disgraced when run down in the shadows of the post last start over 2400m. The Maher and Eustace stable have been dominant in the staying races of late and HERMAN HESSE drops 6kgs on his last run. With a recent trail under his belt, he looks cherry ripe for the Listed Christmas Cup.

BET ON CHRISTMAS CUP HERE:

Flemington R6 – 2. Lighthouse @ $2.30 😍

LIGHTHOUSE has impressed since moving to Australia from the United States winning both of her races in impressive style. She won easily last start (below), holding off FRANKIE PINOT who has since won impressively last weekend. The 5yo looks to have a bright future ahead of her in Australia and is Black Type material. Expert her to keep her unbeaten Australian record intact. I’m on.

BET ON FLEMINGTON RACE 6 HERE:

Ascot R4 – 5. God Has Chosen @ $1.50 😍

With four wins and three seconds from seven career starts, GOD HAS CHOSEN is an owners dream. The Lindsey Smith trained 4yo came with a well-timed run to win well over 1400m last start, running terrific sectionals in the process. He looks ready to step up to 1500m this week and will power past his rivals in the straight. He may not be a big price, BUT he will be winning!

BET ON ASCOT RACE 4 HERE:

Morphettville R2 – 4. Artful Libby @ $2.30 ❎

To ARTFUL LIBBY or not to ARTFUL LIBBY? The 4yo has won two races and placed second FIVE times in her ten race career. She is likely to lead or sit on the pace this week in the small field and I fear that the swoopers will overrun her in the straight. I took her on last start when she plugged home for second and I’m expecting something similar this week. Can she win? Of course! Am I jumping in at the short price? No way!

BET ON MORPHETTVILLE RACE 2 HERE:

Randwick R6 – 4. Irish Angel @ $3.40 ❎

IRISH ANGEL won well first-up after enjoying a great ride off a hot tempo. The Waller-trained 5yo jumps up in class this week and will need to carry a similar weight against a race featuring a number of the “usual suspects”! She has one placing and no wins from five second-up runs and that isn’t a record that makes me want to back her. Well done to those who got the cash first up, but I’m betting around her.

BET ON RANDWICK RACE 6 HERE:

Eagle Farm R8 – 7. Garibaldi @ $2.70 ❎

GARIBALDI looked like a Stakes class galloper when winning four on the trot earlier this year and hasn’t reached those heights in recent times. This is a big drop in class and he will get his chance to get back into the winners’ stall again. I’m not sure he is going well enough though! Pass.

BET ON EAGLE FARM RACE 8 HERE:

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