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 1

1st – Daniel O’Sullivan

2nd – Jack Dickens

3rd – Dan Kelly


Daniel O’Sullivan - @TRBHorseRacing – Betsmart.racing - 1st 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 1 #3 Hermanito

There was a bit to like about his last start run at this track where he worked early in a strongly run 1600m race, travelled up stylishly in the straight and then just peaked over the final 150m. That performance presents him with the best recent performance rating in the race, supported by clearly the best overall time rating. With the potential to rate even higher here back to a more moderately run 1400m with an easier run in transit, he looks a rock solid favourite with a respectable betting edge around the $2.50 mark.

LAY – Race 2 #6 Falling Waters

She overachieved at 20/1 SP last start when 1.8L 4th to Magnesium Rose at Caulfield. That rating is certainly very competitive here, but the influence of that SP and the fact that all of her other runs are well below the standard needed to win this race sets her up as a runner that seems more likely to regress, rather than hold or improve her rating. That combined with the fact that inside drawn pace runners have historically been poorly suited at similar meetings in the past makes her seem well under the odds at $4.60 in current markets.

VALUE – Race 6 #3 Rising Hope

Her last start run over 1800m at Caulfield looks plain, but she was poorly suited by a very slow pace and pulled up lame with a slow recovery rate. Prior to that she was racing well, with a 1600m win at Bendigo and then 0.3L 4th over 1600m at Caulfield which gave the impression that 1800m could be more suitable. If she was to run up to either, of those ratings then she would be in the finish of this race and a slight improvement up to 1800m can certainly see her win. There’s always some uncertainty coming off a poor last start run, but the Weir stable has hit a hot run with their metro runners in the past couple of weeks (11 wins from past 33 +66% POT), which provides some confidence Rising Hope can bounce back and at $13 in current markets the price is certainly right to gamble


Jack Dickens – @dickosmailbag - dickosmailbag.store - Youtube MailBagTV - 2nd 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 7 #6 Krusty

Black Booked from Flemington when good very good behind Sohool (Who has since failed). I marked the horse as almost at top from the yard and keen to back it next start on the prevision that it came up in the right race. I think he finds a very winnable race here and horses should be at no disadvantage coming off the rail and swooping tonight. I think at $5.00 it is a great bet.

LAY – Race 3 #8 Holy Blade

I cannot get this horse near $2.6. Looks closer to a $3.8- $4.00 chance for mine with a difficult setup looking at the speed map, will be well back and need luck.

VALUE – Race 6 #7 So Splendid

Has been a costly conveyance this preparation, last start led them along at brutal pace and folded up late. My mounting yard notes were “At top, backed heavily, brutal race and could peak next start off that run with three weeks”. There is a small chance the horse is over the top off its last run but provided a strong parade and holds in condition it may have brought the horse right on.


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 8 #13 Our Chiquilla

This Darren Weir trained mare is racing in great form and I am confident she will run out a strong 1400m today at her first go at the distance. She was too far back her last couple of starts but with the positive jockey change to Damian Lane I am hoping he can land her in a much better position today ahead of her main danger Weapon and prove very hard to run down.

LAY – Race 1 #5 Giannarelli

This filly ran OK on debut at Yarra Valley in what first appeared to be a strong race but times can be deceiving at that particular track. With the winner of that race, ‘Penalty’ failing yesterday and other beaten runners out of the race not exactly setting the world on fire at their next starts. I doubt that form is strong enough to beat the likes of Hermanito in this race.

VALUE – Race 5 #8 Corrs

This lightly raced mare looks a progressive staying type and I thought there was a lot to like about her last start win at Geelong. Whilst I concede, the favourite did not compete after throwing the jockey at the start, the way she went about it I think she would have won anyway. In the right stable and with an in form jockey on board I expect Corrs to be hard to beat today.


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