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!

What a huge weekend of racing we have coming our way! TE AKAU SHARK 🦈 will make his much anticipated Australian and I’m with him to take out the Tramway Stakes. AVILIUS will only need to reproduce his last start run in the Winx Stakes to be too good for his rivals in the Chelmsford, while HAUT BRION HER looks beautifully placed at the Valley 😍.  BALLER and EXHILIRATES both look under the odds and I’m happy to oppose them this weekend. It’s been a while between wins for MISS SHANTI and I will not be rushing out to take the short price on her at Eagle Farm.

Good Luck Punters.

Moonee Valley R4 – 2. Haut Brion Her @ $2.60 😍

HAUT BRION HER is building a formidable record with four wins and a second from five starts. CONNEWARRA who ran second behind her last start went out and won convincingly at her next run. Gets in well with the 2kg claim for Michael Poy and has drawn to stalk the speed in the run. I’m on.

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Randwick R7 – 1. Avilius @ $1.95😍

The Godolphin import has taken all before him since relocating to Australia last year. He lost no admirers when closing hard for 4th in the Group 1 Winx Stakes first-up over the unsuitable 1400 metres, clocking great sectionals (below). The extra 200 this week looks ideal and only bad luck to stop him.

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Randwick R8 – 2 Te Akau Shark @ $2.80😍

The 5yo will make a much-anticipated trip over the Tasman for the first time, having won five from seven in top company in New Zealand. The Shark made an eye-catching return at Te Rapa when making up plenty of ground late. His Group 2 win over the mile last November (below) was impressive, to say the least! J Mac to steer as well.

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Eagle Farm R1 – 11. Miss Shanti @ $2.1 

Has four placings from five runs since relocating to Brisbane for the Waller stable. To say that the 5yo mare is knocking on the door is an understatement! MISS SHANTI will get back in the run and finish strongly, However, it is 44 weeks and 14 runs between wins. She looks a risk for mine at the short price. Pass.

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Randwick R4 – 3. Baller @ $2.20 ❎

This is a big drop in class for the Anthony Cummings-trained galloper who was less than two lengths off the winners in the Group 3 Show Quality last start. This is matched with a weight rise to 59kgs and gate 10 doesn’t help. I will be betting around him.

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Moonee Valley R5 – 1. Exhilirates @ $2.25 ❎

The Magic Millions winner was an impressive winner of the Quezette Stakes first-up and looks well placed in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes on Saturday. The filly went down at her only previous second-up run and this is a good field. Can she win? Yes.  Am I taking the short price? No thanks.

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