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 looks another great weekend of racing coming up. The Godolphin trained ORGANZA was scratched from Caulfield last week with a big weight, to run this weekend and looks beautifully placed with Willo to ride. SPIRITUAL PURSUIT looks to be well above average and should make it two on the trot at Rosehill, while the Pike and Durrant team should continue their good form with STAGEMAN at Belmont😍. ANOTHER DOLLAR and JUNIPAL have shown plenty of promise without winning out of turn throughout their careers and look under the odds at Doomben and Caulfield respectively. At Gawler, COLUMBIA looks likely to suffer the “second up blues”❎.
Good Luck Punters. 😉
The Godolphin trained mare has been placed at all three runs this campaign including a third in the Listed Gai Waterhouse at Ipswich last start. She is well drawn this weekend in barrier 3 with Willo to steer. Interesting that she was scratched with the 59kgs last week to run with 55kgs this week. Is clearly the one to beat, and will only need even luck to win. Ticks all the boxes!
Was a dominant winner in the same class last start and gets in well at the weights with the 2kg claim for Sam Clenton. The step up to 1100 metres looks ideal and will only need to reproduce her last run to win again. Trainer Jason Coyle has a good filly on his hands. The best of the day.
STAGEMAN was an impressive last start winner courtesy of a Willy Pike pearler. Returns to the same track and distance this weekend and the Wizard will steer from gate 5. Should once again get a nice cuddle throughout the run and finish strongly. The 60kgs is the only concern. I’m happy to back him at the $4.
The Maher and Eustace trained colt was runner up last start in the Sunshine Coast Guineas when favourite. Gives the impression that the 2000 metres this weekend will suit. HOWEVER, he has won once in 11 career starts and will need to carry 60 kgs and has drawn the widest gate on Saturday. Looks under the odds for mine and I am happy to bet around him this week.
ANOTHER DOLLAR was narrowly beaten in the Queensland Oaks as a three-year-old and it would be fair to say, that she has been a tad disappointing/unlucky since. She has been racing consistently of late without winning. Her last win was at Toowoomba back in April 2018. On paper, she looks the winner. In the small field over the 2020 metres, the $2.40 looks skinny. Pass.
Was well supported and got the win when resuming at Morphettville last start. The step up to 1200 metres shouldn’t cause any concerns this weekend and gate 1 is a bonus. No wins from three second-up runs is the concern. In an open race with a host of winning chances, I will be risking him.