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 the more fancied runners for this weekend’s horse racing and decides if he loves them 😍 or if he should leave ❎ them!

What a fantastic weekend of racing coming up. THE AUTUMN SUN looks very hard to beat in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, while Godolphin import AVILIUS is set to peak in the Australian Cup at Flemington. The Portelli trained TIME TO REIGN is a great price to win the Todman Stakes, en route to the Golden Slipper 😍. The Hawkes trained GREYWORM steps up to Saturday class after a couple of Friday night runs at the Valley and looks under the odds from the poor gate ❎. I am happy to oppose MOGHUL EMPIRE and FRANCISCA in Adelaide and Brisbane respectively as both races look very even and others better value.

Bring it on!

Good Luck Punters. 😉

Randwick R4 – 2. Time To Reign @ $3.00 😍

The Gary Portelli trained colt made it 3 wins from 4 starts when beating a quality field in the Group 2 Silver Slipper last start (below). Will make his own luck on the speed and take a power of catching again this week. He is the only horse standing in the way of Team Godolphin winning the Golden Slipper in a fortnights time. I’m sticking with him.

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Randwick R7 – 1. The Autumn Sun @ $ 1.65 😍

The “next big thing” of Australian racing was impressive winning first up in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (below).  Will strip fitter for that run and relish the extra trip and firmer track in this week’s Randwick Guineas. Only bad luck can stop THE AUTUMN SUN making it 7 wins from 8 runs. Can’t wait to see him!

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Flemington R2 – 7. Greyworm @ $2.30 ❎

The Team Hawkes trained galloper has gone around at a short price in his last 3 starts, winning twice and failing last time out at the Valley (at $1.60!) on a Friday night, where he didn’t travel well in the run (below). Steps up to Saturday class this week and has drawn the outside gate. GREYWORM looks to have plenty of ability but could be hard to handle. Too many variables for me at the short price this week. I’ll Pass!

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Flemington R8 – 7. Avilius @ $1.90 😍

AVILIUS has returned in great form this preparation with back to back wins, including a dominant victory in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes last start (below). The 5-year-old travels well in his races and has attacked the line with gusto. Has won twice over 2000 metres and Hugh Bowman rides from Gate 1. He looks the goods to win his first Group 1 in this weeks Australian Cup.

 

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Morphettville R7 – 1. Moghul Empire @ $2.80 ❎

The lightly raced 5-year-old didn’t look likely when resuming over 1400 metres. Steps up to 1550 metres this week, and apprentice Jack Martin takes 2kgs off. While an improved run second up is expected, this race looks a lottery with a number of the “usual suspects” going around. In an even race, the $2.80 doesn’t represent any value and I am happy to bet around him this weekend.

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Eagle Farm R5 – 9. Francisca @ $2.50 

The Steven O’Dea trained mare has narrowly missed at her last two starts at Eagle Farm, including a close second at a short quote a fortnight ago. She has been struggling to get the job done this preparation and I’m happy to bet around at the $2.50.

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