Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at today’s thoroughbred meetings and singles out three top horse racing tips, from Hawkesbury and Warrnambool. Good luck, punters!

Back in grade here for AUSSIE and a perfect draw make him a standout in this. That’s providing none of these unraced ones has latent superpowers. Aussie should settle in 3rd spot on the fence and fall asleep before unleashing as they turn. That would be in contrast to the torrid run he had to endure between horses last start in the boy’s vision of the Blue Diamond Prelude behind I Am Immortal. And even then he stayed on to grab 5th spot. EXCEED THE STARS is smart and will be on pace all way and one at massive odds, probably be $91, called ONE STEP may improve sharply and run a place now with a new trainer.


There just comes a time when you say, enough is enough. Poor old BACKFILL, well his connections and followers anyway, just deserve so much better than what he’s been dealt lately – past 3 runs all finishing in 4th spot, on each occasion making good ground late. This is perhaps the easiest event he has been in which means he may sit a little closer than normal. If so, and he brings luck and his A-game, he charges over these to the applause of the crowd.


Three weeks ago, just before he raced for the first time, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott advertised this horse MR DEPENDABLE for sale. Well, there were shares left over in him, that kind of sale. They wanted to keep training him. He then came out and led all way to win a barrier trial in good style. Presumably, those shares were snapped up. When he did debut race day, he led until well into the straight in a similar race before being grabbed late and finishing 5th. With all that under his belt now, he looks to drive to the lead from gate rise again here and now he has racetrack experience and naturally is a bit fitter, I see him dictating the speed all the way and romping away late. SEEL THE DEEL can fly late to grab 2nd.