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!

Racing moves to the provincials on Saturday, with great cards at Ballarat and Kembla Grange. Promising stayers DEFIBRILLATE and DR DRILL look to have their rivals covered at Ballarat and both horses look to be stayers to follow for next year’s features. The “Wizard” Willy Pike has a great book or rides at Ascot on Railway Stakes Day with MASSIMO looking his best😍. TRUMBULL continues to be costly for punters and I’m waiting for him to break through before backing him again. CONSTANT FLIGHT will need to give up too much weight to his rivals at Doomben, while Irish galloper FLY FOR YULONG looks under the odds at Morphettville ❎.

Good Luck Punters.

Ballarat R3 – 4. Defibrillate @ $3.30 😍

The Paddy Payne trained stayer made it 4 wins on the trot over 2500 metres at the Valley last start. Billy Egan will settle back from the wide gate and circle the field late. A stayer with huge potential and he looks too good for his rivals here. I’m on.

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Ballarat R8 – 5. Dr Drill @ $3.60 😍

The UK import has impressed since coming to Australia and will be cherry ripe for the Ballarat Cup after wins at Rosehill and the Cranbourne Cup (below) at his last two. On fire jockey, Craig Williams rides from gate 1. Ticks all the boxes.

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Ascot R4 – 1. Massimo @ $2.70 😍

Is looking for a hat trick of wins for the powerful Durrant and Pike combination. Drops 3kgs from his last start win at the set weight conditions. Gives the impression that the extra 100 metres will be ideal.  Looks beautifully placed.

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NFL

Doomben R6 – 1. Constant Flight @ $2.30 

The 5yo son of Written Tycoon has been racing well with 2 wins and a third from his last 3 starts. Ryan Maloney should be able to give him a good run on the speed from gate 5, BUT he is carrying a minimum of 2kgs to his rivals. In an open race the $2.30 looks under the odds and I am happy to be betting around him.

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Morphettville R8 – 2. Fly For Yulong @ $2.60 ❎

The lightly raced Irish import ran an improved race last start, finishing 3rd in the Greys race on Oaks Day. Makes his South Australian debut on Saturday and Barend Vorster is a great booking. It is over 2 years since he last won and punters are being asked to take a bit on trust here! He might brain them, but he’s not for me this week! Pass.

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Kembla Grange R8 – 9. Trumbull @ $3.6 ❎

The Kim Waugh trained galloper has placed at all four runs this campaign without winning. The 4yo gets his chance here (again) but there have to be question marks around him. Plenty of punters have been burned this campaign and I’m happy to leave him out.

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