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


Sticking with the three-year-old filly in COOLANGATTA to win at Group 1 level for the first time. She looked like she would benefit from her first-up placing behind Rothfire in the McEwen.

If she can get some cover behind the frantic pace in the Moir she will have last crack at them in the last 200m. She looks nice each way odds and happy to have something on her the win and double the place.


Thought there was some nice each way value in this in the form of THE GOOD FIGHT. He was not beaten all that far on the heavy ground at The Valley two starts back then forget his finishing position last start when never got clear at Flemington.

Michael Moroney should have him wound up at fourth run into his preparation and if wet track persists he will take some beating.


Arguably the best Weight-for-Age horse in Australia ZAAKI comes to Melbourne to kick off a Spring with the aim at redemption with a W.S.Cox Plate win. He looks to be following the same path as last season kicking off his prep with a Tramway Stakes win.

Last year Craig Williams controlled the race from up on speed before sliding away for the softest of wins. Small field again and expect him to get the perfect run behind the speed and when he takes over straightening cannot see them running him down.


Annabel Neasham teams up with premier rider Jamie Kah in this and she looks to have another smart one in MILITARY EXPERT. Finished too well to win at Caulfield first-up then he demolished them with an easy win at The Valley last start.

He will make his own luck going forward and if Kah can get a cheap sectional in the middle stages he will take beating.


Thought the run of ELLSBERG was super in the Theo Marks first-up when beaten just over a length and arguably should have finished a touch closer after being held-up final stages.
Can see him getting the ideal run from inside barrier and if Tim Clark can have some luck soon after straightening he will be hard to hold out.


Thought that SHE’S EXTREME did enough in the Group 2 Furious Stakes first-up from spell when chased home hard into minor placing from well off them. She gets out to the 1400m second-up and with what looks to be plenty of pace on up front she will have last crack at them.

She finished behind Fireburn over the 1400m in the Sires’ Produce before going on to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. Should get nice run in between runners from ideal between runners and if Tommy Berry can get some luck last 200m she can win this