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EXPERT RACING TIPS: FLEMINGTON

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Jackson Oldham

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LAY: 2. Mollynickers (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at: $5.5)

I can’t get near Mollynickers at the price with the map from the wide draw first-up for a camp that isn’t getting them screwed down early in the preparation these days. She will be back near last, giving a few of her main rivals 5-7 lengths.

Jackson Oldham

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BACK: 4. Imperatriz (WIN) for 5 units (Rated at: $1.4)

The Tangerine rocket is the gift that keeps on giving, she will be too quick for her rivals here. They are all 1200m horses and she dominated twice over 1000m on a tight turning MV circuit, near even money is great shopping.

FLEMINGTON PREVIEW | SATURDAY THE 17TH

RAIL: True | TRACK: Good 4

Expecting the track plays perfectly and even.

RACE 1 | SELECTIONS

7. Star Vega
3. Aramco
2. El Soleado
6. Crimson Light

Betting Strategy

BACK: 7. Star Vega (WIN) for 1.75 units (Rated at: $3.1)

Star Vega is completely airborne, he wasn’t suited vs the race shape last start at Caulfield behind El Soleado, he’s screaming out for Flemington and 2000m. I’m hoping there is enough speed engaged in the small field with Aramco and Akrotiri to set it up for him.

RACE 2 | SELECTIONS

1. Ouroboros
3. Wiggum
8. Plus Fours
9. Big Watch

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

Ouroboros most likely, the jump out was good and there doesn’t appear to be much speed engaged, so he could just control the race from the front.

RACE 3 | SELECTIONS

3. Aardvark
8. Little Stirrer
6. Eject
1. Wolfgang

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

Too hard.

RACE 4 | SELECTIONS

4. Who Dares
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Up and Under
8. Magnaspin

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

Too hard again with the two imports. There are big wraps on Circle Of Fire, the jumpouts were solid but I couldn’t bet.

RACE 5 | SELECTIONS

3. Wishlor Lass
10. Eternal Flame
4. Vagrant
2. Foxy Frida

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

Wishlor Lass wasn’t ready first-up last preparation but made massive strides through the prep to end up starting $14 in a G1 by the end of it. It’s a mounting yard dependant race for me, she’s a bet if she’s ready to go, D.Lane jumping off the impressive last start winner Eternal Flame to ride her is a pointer.

RACE 6 | SELECTIONS

7. Donegal
1. Infatuation
11. La Casona
2. Mollynickers

Betting Strategy

LAY: 2. Mollynickers (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at: $5.5)

I can’t get near Mollynickers at the price with the map from the wide draw first-up for a camp that isn’t getting them screwed down early in the preparation these days. She will be back near last, giving a few of her main rivals 5-7 lengths.

RACE 7 | SELECTIONS

2. King Colorado
7. Otago
9. Verdad
12. Et Tu Brute

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

No real interest for me at the current prices, King Colorado just from Otago, due to racing manners. I’d love a head to head market Verdad vs Riff Rocket, the latter is shorter in betting but I’d be happy to take 1.75 that Verdad beats him home.

RACE 8 | SELECTIONS

4. Imperatriz
1. Private Eye
7. Cylinder
3. Bella Nipotina

Betting Strategy

BACK: 4. Imperatriz (WIN) for 5 units (Rated at: $1.4)

The Tangerine rocket is the gift that keeps on giving, she will be too quick for her rivals here. They are all 1200m horses and she dominated twice over 1000m on a tight turning MV circuit, near even money is great shopping.

RACE 9 | SELECTIONS

12. Jimmysstar
10. Carini
11. Ka Bling
6. Crosshaven

Betting Strategy

NO BET.

Jimmysstar deserves the 1.50 quote in front of his name but there is no edge at the price for me.

RACE 10 | SELECTIONS

13. Punch Lane
11. Bel Air
6. Meridius
15. Helix

Betting Strategy

BACK: 13. Punch Lane (WIN) for 2.5 units (Rated at: $2.2)

Punch Lane is flying, the figures are strong, the market keeps saying he’s a Stakes class horse and I agree. Zahra sticks, which I love, because the horse exploded when he put the whip in the left last start, should be winning again.

FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

SUMMARY

As the home of ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is Australia’s most famous racecourse. The $8 million two-mile handicap, which is held on the first Tuesday in November each year and attracts leading staying horses from around the world, is one of 14 Group 1 races held at Flemington and is the pinnacle of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. For Flemington tips across the world-famous Melbourne Cup Carnival and every meeting throughout the year, the Betfair Hub has you covered.  

FAST FACTS

  • The biggest ever attendance at Flemington came on Victoria Derby Day in 2006, when 129,069 spectators witnessed Efficient claim the Derby.

KEY EVENTS

While the Melbourne Cup, which was first run in 1861, is Australia’s most famous race, Victoria Derby Day – held the Saturday before the Cup – traditionally attracts the biggest crowd of the carnival. As well as the Derby, a 2500m contest for three-year-olds, the raceday features three more Group 1 contests in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes and Empire Rose Stakes. Two days after the Melbourne Cup, the Group 1 VRC Oaks headlines Ladies’ Day with Stakes Day, featuring the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes, bringing the curtain down on the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Betfair brings you Flemington best bets, with our team of experts giving punters the inside track on every meeting.  

TRACK PROFILE

Known for its wide expanses and ability to cope in any weather conditions, Flemington is renowned by punters as one of Australia’s fairest tracks. The racecourse is pear-shaped, with a six-furlong (1200m) straight known as the ‘straight six’. The track has a circumference of 2312m and a home straight of 450m. Whether it’s sprint or staying races, our resident team of experts do the form to deliver their Flemington tips on the Betfair Hub.     

HISTORY

The Flemington Racecourse site comprises 1.27 square kilometres of crown land. The course was originally leased to the Victoria Turf Club in 1848, which merged with the Victoria Jockey Club in 1864 to form the Victoria Racing Club. The first running of the Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and 10 years later the Victoria Racing Club Act was passed, which gave the VRC legal control of Flemington Racecourse.

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