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1/4/2023 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Bendigo, Golden Mile day

Nine races will be run and won at Bendigo on Saturday for Golden Mile Day. The weather is fine, the track is soft (5) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

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Race 1. (12:25) Rsn 945 Am (Bm100) 1400m

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It’ll be a remarkable effort if the Maher/Eustace camp can get 1 Floating Artist (Bet Now: 
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) to win fresh, but the way he is jumping out, I think he can. He hasn’t raced since the 2021 Melbourne Cup when a very good fourth to champion mare Verry Elleegant. He has clearly had his issues, but his two jumpouts to get ready, gee he has caught the eye, especially the latest jumpout over 1000m when closing off with real purpose. He is the class of the field, by some distance, and seems sharp enough to give this a shake fresh.

Danger

6 Illation (Bet Now: 
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) didn’t look suited last Saturday but it’s the complete opposite with this race a week later. Very promising animal for the Price/Kent camp that resumes after a one run Spring prep, which saw him finish down the track in the Memsie behind Snapdancer where he didn’t pull up 100% and was spelled. His jumpout work has been so so, but he certainly has the brilliance, I think, to win.

Long Shot

Fitter and up to 1400m are two big ticks for 4 Noname Lane (Bet Now: 
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). Clarken/O’Shea trained gelding resumed in the Matrice on Adelaide Cup Day where he was somewhat run off his legs and was entitled to spit the dummy out but he ran through the pain barrier and was solid to the line behind Another Award. Good second up record and up in trip, he is in with a shout.

Race 2. (13:00) Carlton Draught (Bm70) 1300m

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4 Ice Pick Nick (Bet Now: 
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) has found that winning feeling again and he can certainly go on with it. He was teasing to win but couldn’t quite get the job done but that changed at the midweeks at Sandown last time, sitting back in the run and finishing over the top for a strong win, landing decent bets in the process. He has always shown promise and now he has won again, he can continue it.

Danger

10 Treporti (Bet Now: 
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) looks to be in for a good prep for Danny O’Brien. He resumed four weeks ago at Murray Bridge in the Magic Millions where he got a very negative ride I thought, sitting back, too far back and was left with an impossible task. Loved the way he found the line behind stablemate Stupendo. Off that effort, I think he commands respect against these.

Long Shot

15 Captain Britain (Bet Now: 
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) has come back in really good order for Lindsey Smith and is one of the key chances. 2/2 this time in, both on the home deck at Warrnambool. Spanked them to win the maiden fresh before going to 64 grade and knuckled down strongly between runners to score. Both wins were at 1200m and the way he has been finding the line, 1300m is ideal and hard fit, he appeals.

Race 3. (13:35) VOBIS Gold Rush 1000m

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6 Croatian Belle (Bet Now: 
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) can resume a winner for Team Hayes, a stable that is flying with their juveniles. She won her opening two career outings, both coming at The Valley. She was then thrown in the deep end in the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast and just found them a bit sharp when down the track behind Skirt The Law. Two sharp jumpouts under the belt to get ready for the return and for mine, is clearly the one to beat.

Danger

7 Picky (Bet Now: 
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) is a filly with good talent for Team Corstens and is a key threat. She has been freshened up since a down the track effort in the Blue Diamond when failing to come on from near last on the turn behind Little Brose. Her recent jumpout win at Flemington was good to the eye and off prior efforts, she is certainly good enough to be around the mark.

Long Shot

9 Magic Madonna (Bet Now: 
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) should appreciate a rise in trip. She was kept safe in betting at a price when debuting at Sandown over 1000m. She got back in the run and was held up at times but was good late when eventually clear when second to impressive winner American Zombie. Looks like she has good natural improvement to come and the extra 100m is ideal.

Race 4. (14:15) Immix/Metal Recycle Right-Bm84 2400m

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The state switch rarely misfires when it comes Chris Waller so returning to Victoria, I think 4 Caboche (Bet Now: $4.80) can run a much improved race. He was 2000m back to 1900m three weeks ago at Rosehill and while he was never a winning threat, I didn’t mind the way he finished his race off behind Almania. You look at his 2400m+ form, gee it reads well for a race like this.

Danger

7 Sing For Peace (Bet Now: $3.60) is a lightly raced four year old for Patrick Payne that is heading in the right direction. He won over 2000m at Pakenham last time and gee he was impressive I thought. He got better as the race went on and late in the piece he drew right away for a dominant win. He has won at 2400m previously and is only third up here, so he has good room for improvement.

Long Shot

10 Mimi’s Award (Bet Now: $16.00) is fourth up from a break and should just about be at peak fitness. Her latest run came over 2100m in the Stony Creek Cup where she was a bit one paced when asked for the effort but stayed on and was solid enough in defeat behind Flambeur. Laura Lafferty does ride this mare well and down in the weights, up in trip, she commands respect.

Race 5. (14:55) Gold Bracelet 1400m

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4 Life Lessons (Bet Now: $3.60) can be a big improver here for Peter Moody. She was kept relatively safe in betting when resuming in the Shaftesbury Avenue and I thought she was a definite pass mark behind Scallopini, beaten just under four lengths in a tidy effort. Might want one more run, but she has the quality about her to prove to be hard to beat, especially back to Mares grade.

Danger

Fitter and up to 1400m, one of the leading chances is 2 Agreeable (Bet Now: $8.00) for the Clarken/O’Shea camp. She resumed at Morphettville on Adelaide Cup Day in the Matrice where she got a fair way back in the run, run off her legs, but made up good headway late behind Another Award. Like her up in trip and the tempo won’t be as hot this time around so she’ll be within range to launch.

Long Shot

6 Belle Plaisir (Bet Now: $5.50) is a Nick Ryan trained mare that resumes. This girl hasn’t raced since the Queensland Oaks where she was far from disgraced from near last on the turn, beaten just under three lengths by Gypsy Goddess. The jumpout work suggests she may need the run, but she has the quality and talent under the hood to be more than competitive here.

Race 6. (15:35) St Leger Trial 2200m

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Is 6kg enough for the others to beat 1 Queen Air? (Bet Now: $1.85) I am saying no. Her win two weeks ago in the Mystic Journey at The Valley was outstanding, where she really appreciated a rise in trip and down in the weights, she gave her rivals a spanking. She was 1400m to 2040m and was a month between runs, so with improvement to come, I think it is a case of good luck beating her.

Danger

3 Madalsa (Bet Now: $20.00) is a talented filly that should be fine at 2200m. Maher/Eustace trained filly that debuted over the mile at Ararat and while she didn’t beat a great deal, she made an absolute mess of them and was strong in the run to the line on a track that can be quite tricky for an inexperienced horse. It’s all upside with her and on breeding, the rise in trip is ideal.

Long Shot

9 Mana Combat (Bet Now: $26.00) could easily be a jumper down the track given how one paced he is so 2200m here, a truly run 2200m, will be ideal. He ran over the trip at Ararat last time against the older horses and just lacked any change up speed to go with them but stuck on well enough in defeat behind Back In Action, who led throughout. Has the right grounding to be strong at the end here.

Race 7. (16:15) Bendigo Guineas 1400m

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12 Is It Me… (Bet Now: $6.00) if you backed him three weeks ago at Flemington, sorry for bringing up the nightmare. He was backed as if unbeatable but just had no luck at all in the run and was essentially a barrier trial, getting out late and flashing to just miss out on the win when a narrow second to Meridius. Just needs normal luck, rub of the green, and I think he’ll be too good for this lot.

Danger

2 Meridius (Bet Now: $10.00) has come back in really good order for Lloyd Kennewell, a stable that has found form recently. Did more than enough fresh at Sandown in the Zeditave behind Recommendation before going to the 1400m at Flemington three weeks ago where he was given a peach by Zahra and in a driving go, was able to finish best and hang on. Third up, so should be hard fit and has a good racing style.

Long Shot

1 Kings Consort (Bet Now: $16.00) is a quality three year old for Team Freedman that resumes. This guy hasn’t raced since the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast when back in the run and closing off with purpose late in the piece behind Fashion Legend. Loved the way he went in a recent Mornington jumpout win and first up at 1400m signals some level of intent. Hard to beat.

Race 8. (16:50) Golden Mile 1600m

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5 Munhamek (Bet Now: $2.45) has been up forever but as the prep goes on, he does seem to be getting better. He looked a moral on paper when contesting The Mugatoo two weeks ago and under a confident ride from Froggy, he spanked his rivals and was strong to the line in winning. He has a solid grounding for the rise in grade/depth, remains down in the weights and maps ideally.

Danger

2 Just Folk (Bet Now: $8.00) looks set for the big race on the home track and with a bit of cushion likely in the deck, he’s hard to beat for me. He resumed three weeks ago at Flemington in the Shaftesbury Avenue and was very good in defeat. He was bolting and got out to threaten but being first up, condition just gave way behind Scallopini. Better for the run under the belt, he’ll take beating.

Long Shot

3 Earlswood (Bet Now: $46.00) has the talent to measure up. He was well backed at a big price when resuming in the Shaftesbury Avenue at Flemington but he didn’t really fire a shot and was a bit on the plain side behind Scallopini. I think with the run under the belt and a rise in trip, I think he can be a big improver and a win wouldn’t totally shock.

Race 9. (17:30) Mitchelton Wines (Bm84) 1100m

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14 Montather (Bet Now: 
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) is worth a peanut each way in the get out. Maher/Eustace trained former UK sprinter that has had three runs in Australia. He had a two run prep in the Spring, each races which had good depth to it and he didn’t quite fire. He’s had two jumpouts to get ready this time in. First trial he looked like a donkey, but didn’t have Blinkers. They were slapped on in the second jumpout and he looked really good. Stable wouldn’t persist if he wasn’t showing anything at home.

Danger

11 Sacred Palace (Bet Now: 
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) should just about be at peak fitness for Lindsey Smith. Game second to Dance To Dubai two back at The Valley before racing at Flemington a few weeks back where he got a bit lost down the straight but was pretty good without threatening behind the flying D’jumbuck. Back to a bending track I do like for him and the form lines do read well for this.

Long Shot

13 Mamaragan (Bet Now: 
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) is capable with his best so I am not totally penning him. He was on the plain side at Flemington last time, failing to beat a runner home behind impressive winner Kallos. Short course specialist who drops a fair bit in grade/depth, and on the fresh side, I’d watch the market and see what it does with him.

BEST BET: Race Six Number 1 Queen Air

NEXT BEST: Race Seven Number 12 Is It Me

LONG SHOT: Race Nine Number 14 Montather

 

Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):

Leg One: 1

Leg Two: 12

Leg Three: 2, 3, 5, 6

Leg Four: 5, 7, 11, 13, 14

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