For 10 weeks Racing Victoria will trial a new twilight racing series with an additional meeting each Wednesday. Betfair has engaged three top Professional Punters to battle it out each week with a focus on these meetings. The winner will be crowned Tri-Light Champion.

Our three punters will give their best BACK (3 unit bet), LAY ( risking to lose a 1 unit) and Value (1 unit bet) selection with winner returning the best ROI for the 10 week period.

Leader Board After Week 9

1st – Jack Dickens

2nd – Dan Kelly

3rd – Daniel O’Sullivan


Jack Dickens – @dickosmailbag - dickosmailbag.store - Youtube MailBagTV -  1st Place

Jack primarily focuses on Mounting Yard Assessments for Victorian Racing, he puts each assessment into a database which along with detailed video and sectional time reviews (puntingform.com.au). This process allows Jack to identify key horses to follow. Jack has provided form-based betting plans to clients for over three years.  Jack’s Mounting Yard Mail & MailBag-Movers products are available via dickosmailbag.com Jack & Drew Patchell @theprofits provide a weekly preview & review YouTube show for Vic Racing.

BACK – Race 8 #6 Toga Picta

Best horse in a weak race, second up and down in grade for a confidence-building kill I hope. Closed off nicely first up with a nice switch to Craig Williams, has the speed to be where ever suits in the run, suspect 2-3 back on the fence. He paraded much better fresh at the valley compared to last preparation, thinking it might springboard off this into better races. Think Borrow is the main threat, it wasn’t suited last start but flashed home.

LAY – Race 2 #15 Sweet Mischief

Looks a competitive race and struggling to see why it’s so short in the market. Will map well back and despite racing at Group level previously she’s yet to do anything of note. Prefer second up at 1600m.

VALUE – Race 5 #6 Divertente

Zahra sticks after a brave third at Valley last start. She is a race fit 1000m mare who makes her own luck up front. Yet to miss a placing over the 1000m at this track.


Dan Kelly –  @winbetdan - Watch Dan on Darren Potter Race Assessments on YouTube - 2nd Place

Dan’s career began his in his early twenties working as a clerk for leading Melbourne Rails Bookmaker Anthony Doughty. Anthony does his own form and creates his own price ratings which peaked Dan’s interest in wagering and before too long he started buying the same videos and began his journey into form & video analysis. In 2008, Dan joined Mark Read’s IAS as a video analyst on Hong Kong races which honed his skills even more, before moving into full time form analysis and trading on Victorian races. IAS merged with Sportsbet following the Paddy Power takeover and soon after Dan decided it was time to have a go out on his own. Since that time Dan has been a been a full time punter ever since.

BACK – Race 2 #15 Sweet Mischief

Sweet Mischief is a quality filly in and in my opinion she is the one in this race going places. Resuming off a sound spring campaign which saw her get all the way to the Victorian Oaks she appears to me to have a class edge on her rivals today and with a first up strike rate of around 25% the McEvoy stable is one camp I am happy to be with when their horses resume. With some wide gates rolling forward there should be a nice tempo which will suit her coming from midfield and showing her strength late. I think she will be winning today and progressing on to much stronger assignments later in the Autumn.

LAY – Race 8 #13 Borrow

This mare has not put a foot wrong in her two runs to date but I think she has the task ahead of her on to the more testing Sandown track today. She hasa tricky gate to contend with which will see her in the second half of the field and whilst she came from the rear at Moonee Valley last start that race was set up for runners on with the winner back alongside her in the run. With an unfashionable trainer/jockey combination and against some talented opposition who are going to really strong at the end of 1300m I happy to risk Borrow today.

VALUE – Race 8 #3 Cambodian Prince

This bloke has had some issues but judging by his sound first up return he is hopefully over them and ready to make his way through the grades. He scored two wins form his first four starts by defeating his classy stablemate Fuhryk on debut at Wodonga and the handy Sunday Pray at Pakenham before obviously running into some problems. He produced the best last 800m of the night when resuming which tells me he is back in good order and with natural improvement off that run he should run well again today and on that basis I think he represents a good value play.


Daniel O’Sullivan - @TRBHorseRacing – Betsmart.racing - 3rd Place

Daniel first attended the races as a 20yo and found himself quickly immersed in Don Scott’s books and racing paper’s such as the Sportsman. With an analytical mind he was quickly focused on times and ratings looking for edges within the market. Daniel developed a database and ratings system and has been a professional punters for over 15 years. He’s now the Director of Betsmart Racing and The Rating Bureau where he educates, analyses races and provides intelligence to a broad spectrum of customers in the racing game.

BACK – Race 3 #1 Go Down

I wasn’t keen on her last start, but she proved me wrong, improving significantly with the blinkers back on to bolt in by 5 lengths with excellent figures. There’s certainly some risk that she regresses here, especially away from her favourite (home) track of Bendigo, but I take some confidence from the fact that the last time she scored a high rating big margin win at Bendigo, she did come out and win easily at Moonee Valley the following start with an identical rating. Anything close to her top performance from last start wins this comfortably and $3.30 in the market looks a great price to gamble she can repeat.

LAY – Race 1  #5 Viking Raid

$3.30 in current markets and is certainly a winning chance, but looks to have a few risk factors that make the price too short. He jumps from 1300m to 1600m here with nothing in his speed indicators to suggest that’s a positive. If anything, his two prior runs over 1300m at Bendigo and a prior run over 1400m suggest a step out to 1600m is less than ideal. Further to that he got total control of his Bendigo race last start and that looks unlikely here with Runaway (blinkers back on) engaged. There are enough concerns with his profile to suggest $3.30 is particularly poor value.

VALUE – Race 1 #7 Lipstick Lover

Her form doesn’t look great, but after three runs at 1400m, she looks set to improve sharply stepping up to a much more suitable 1600m with blinkers on. Her best ratings in her ‘Queensland days’ where clearly at 1600m & 2000m and the time she did step up from 1300m to 1600m brought about a significant rating improvement on her prior form. I like talented apprentice Ethan Brown taking the ride (great record with Weir) and in a small field she will have the opportunity to settle closer while travelling well within her comfort zone. Those factors combined with the fact that the Weir stable has hit a hot run of horses improving sharply to their peak makes the $6.00 in the market look a great value price.


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