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 HUGE day of racing coming up this Saturday. The in-form DABIYR and SYLVIA’S MOTHER should get punters off to a good start at Flemington before the Group 1 action commences. ALLIGATOR BLOOD has done nothing wrong this preparation and I’m sticking with him in the Australian Guineas 😍, while FUNSTAR will have her work cut out first-up in the Surround Stakes at Randwick. ERIC THE EEL and OVER EXPOSURE  look to have their rivals covered at Doomben and Morphettville on paper, but I’d prefer to see them deliver before backing them ❎.

Enjoy the great racing Punters!

Flemington R2 – 2. Dabiyr @ $3 😍

The Irish import is looking for three wins from his last four runs after a strong last-start win over 2500 metres at the Valley (below). Is rock hard fit and looks an out and out stayer. Craig Williams will give him a gun run and the imported horses are currently dominating staying races. Ticks all the boxes. Yes please.

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Flemington R4- 2. Sylvia’s Mother @ $2.5 😍

The Team Hawkes trained mare has won six from ten, including a strong win first up in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (below). Steps up 2kgs this week in similar company, but will strip fitter second-up. Looks ready for the step up to 1400 metres and is drawn to do no work from gate 1 for Dwayne Dunn. Looks the class runner of the race and very hard to beat.

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Flemington R7 – 1. Alligator Blood @ $3.2 😍

His duel up the straight with CATALYST in the CS Hayes (below) was something to behold.  ALLIGATOR BLOOD showed that he was not only fast, he was also up for the fight. Nine wins from ten starts is a testament to his quality. He makes his own luck from the front taking luck out of the equation. I’ve been on him all preparation and can’t see any reason to get off now. Go 🐊!

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Randwick R6 – 4. Funstar @ $3.20 

The impeccably bred filly resumes with a fantastic record (5:4-1-0), including a Group 1 win in the Flight Stakes back in October. Hard to gauge how forward she will be, after a couple of soft trials. FUNSTAR is quality with a capital Q. Is she fit enough to compete with the Godolphin pair FLIT and LYRE who have race fitness on their side? Will she get posted from gate 14? I’m taking her on!

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Doomben R1 – 11. Eric the Eel @ $3.10 ❎

ERIC THE EEL hasn’t won since saluting at the Sunshine Coast back in May last year, and will jump favourite in the opener at Doomben. Connections have tried him in Group 1 company and he will obviously find the Class 3 easier here. James Orman will snag back from the wide draw before looking to unleash late. With a slow tempo expected, the 3yo may have too much to do late OR Orman may need to ride him closer than usual. Either way, he is a risk and looks under the odds. Pass.

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Morphettville R6 – 1. Over Exposure @ $3.20 ❎

The McEvoy trained galloper will appreciate a return to Morphettville after doing his recent racing in Melbourne and Queensland. This is a big class drop and he is placed to win, despite the 60kgs. In recent weeks, horses returning to “softer” Adelaide races have failed to fire, despite looking the goods on paper. The odds on quote is too short. I will be betting around him.

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