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 10

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 1 #8 Mr Monaco

Lightly raced Colt who gets Damien Oliver on today for a stable who don’t mind putting him on when they’ve put their money on. Early support first up here tells me the stable has this colt forward enough to be winning a weak race, he ran third to Peaceful State at second ever start where he was slowly away, and his starting price was $3.30 against Peaceful State’s $2.05.

LAY – Race 2 #2  Let Me Sleep On It

Yet to win after three tries at 1000m. Shown glimpses of ability and gets a chance here with a positive switch from Mallyon to Mertens off a somewhat unlucky run last time. Looks priced off Gai Waterhouse/ Adrian Bott factor meaning it’s under the odds at $3.00.

VALUE – Race 6 #5 Haunted

Thought we’d be getting around $2.80-$3.00 with a friendlier map here. Comes from the red hot Holbien race, from which many winners have come. Haunted paraded well but 1-2 away then and was a big run in the race. I’ve been waiting to launch into him ever since. Today we can at each-way odds. I also have plenty of time for Mawzoona who will be better suited at Sandown.


Daniel O’Sullivan - @TRBHorseRacing – Betsmart.racing - 2nd 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 6 #5 Haunted

Freshened after a good close third behind Holbein on the Lakeside track back in February. That race rated strongly, and the subsequent form and ratings only confirm that further with Holbein proving himself a Saturday class winner, Bowerman winning at Moonee Valley along with others behind them that were suitably placed to win weaker races with similar ratings. Haunted looks a horse on the way up, suited by 1300m and he gets the blinkers on, which may bring about further improvement.

It goes against my normal philosophy to like a horse that will most likely be in the second half of the field, but there does look to be good pace up front to suit and historically similar conditions at this track has given horses back off the pace a better chance than is normally the case. The $4.20 to $4.40 in the current market has appeal.

LAY – Race 3  #6 Weekend Escape

Was weak first up over this track and distance when beaten 4.1 length after leading at an even speed. On that performance she’s a longshot here and while her two-previous career runs last preparation had very competitive ratings for this race, they were from synthetic track runs, which is a big query. There are many horses that can’t produce their synthetic ratings back on turf and I’ve found it profitable to not trust those ratings on turf until the horse proves otherwise. That might happen with Weekend Escape but given her only run on turf so far was poor, I’m happy to risk her at $4.80-$5.00 in current markets.

VALUE – Race 5 #8 Hampton Classic

The favourite in this race Raspberry Rose was very impressive at her debut back in October with a rating that could win this easily. However, it was on a Soft track and she did fail the next start over 1200m on a Good 4. That combined with the fact that she’s likely to be a long way back here over 1000m presents some risk and a suitable scenario to look for a much better value runner.

Hampton Classic looks to fit that profile. She’s first up here after just two career runs where she’s been backed and started a short price at Sale and Terang. Her December win at Terang over this distance returned solid ratings that are super competitive in this race outside of the peak rating of the favourite and there’s every chance that she’s improved further with the benefit of a break. Aaron Purcell is a good first up trainer and the booking of Damien Oliver provides some confidence that she’s set to run well. From a good draw she can position up just behind the lead and at up to $7.50 in current markets looks a nice value chance.


Dan Kelly –  @winbetdan - Watch Dan on Darren Potter Race Assessments on YouTube - 3rd 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 1 #8 Mr Monaco

This talented colt who resumes today looks to have plenty of upside and should be taking care of this lot. He was ‘truck loaded’ on debut at Kyneton and ran well but just outsprinted by a horse with race experience. He then was expected to push the classy Peaceful State at Ballarat but raced greenly and was disappointing thus heading straight to the paddock. First up today at a suitable 1400m for an in-form trainer and jockey combination in Laming and Oliver he should be too good for these on his way to stronger assignments later in the preparation.

LAY – Race 6 #5 Haunted

This Godolphin 3yo has been terrific in his two runs to date but I think he has a few things against him today which could make him vulnerable. The first one being the wide draw which will see him covering ground at some stage which will be a new scenario for him after hardly going around a horse at his two previous runs. Also, whilst there could be another reason for it, when I see gaps between runs like the six weeks he has had I lean towards these sorts runners having had a setback which is not ideal particularly as the early market favourite. There are plenty of talented improving types amongst his opposition today, so I think there enough queries for him to be a risky proposition.

VALUE – Race 6 #11 Tbilisi

This guy is on quick back-up from Moonee Valley on Friday Night where he was basically held up the entire straight and not tested at all. He draws wide today but I think that suits him better after running well from a similar draw two starts ago and the traffic problems he encountered from the lower gate last start. He also has the versatility to either roll forward if need be like when he won at Yarra Glen first up or come from off them like he did when running his good second to Bowerman. For a horse who looks to me like he will at his best when balanced up, the biggest positive I can see for Tbilisi today is the move away from the tighter turning tracks onto the bigger spacious Sandown track. So, with a bit in his favour I am hoping we can see the best of this horse today and think he presents as a decent value play.


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