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 4

1st – Jack Dickens

2nd – Daniel O’Sullivan

3rd – Dan Kelly


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 5 #3 Kings Command

Rock hard fit now fifth up and can peak here in a drop back in grade. Will be out of trouble from a wide barrier and with pace drawn inside him should get across for Ben Thompson. Would prefer a jockey change but still think he’ll be very hard to beat.

LAY – Race 3 #2 Ashlee Maree

Hard to understand why she’s so short in the market here. Rises in trip and what looks to be stronger company despite still in BM78 class. Her best figures are at the mile and she wasn’t that dynamic last start.

VALUE – Race 6 #2 Sheer Madness

Higgins to Ethan Brown a perfect switch. Down in grade from a very good race when resuming. I like the way he presented in the yard on that occasion. I expect the horse to be better over further than 1200m but at $17 in this event is worth an each-way bet.


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 #6 Spirit of Aquada

Apart from one poor run at Caulfield, his other three runs this preparation (including his last two) have been particularly good, all of them returning ratings that put him comfortably on top of this field. I particularly like that in his last two starts he’s shown more early speed and has been ridden closer to the lead, resulting in a solid third in a strong race won by Twilight Song and then a big 4L win when dropping back to a Pakenham maiden last start.

Although drawn Barrier 7, he looks to map well here following Bowerman across to settle near the lead again, which I expect will provide an advantage with the way the track is likely to race.

LAY – Race 3 #4 Young Hostess

Currently sits at $6.50-$7.00 third choice in the market and while that’s hardly a red-hot chance to pot, I do have her marked twice that price and a standout poor value runner. Her last three runs have been plain and she’s likely to settle back here on a track that is likely to be more suitable to on pace runners. Add to that the fact that the two best chances in the race look likely to settle near the lead and this looks a very tough challenge for Young Hostess to try and turn her form around. She’s well under the odds at the moment.

VALUE – Race 8 #11 Patient

She improved sharply last start, equally her career best figure when winning by four lengths at Mornington in particularly good overall time. Anything close to that run here puts her right in the finish of this race and while a repeat off a 44 day freshen is a natural query, it’s worth noting that the Laming stable is flying and does have a particularly good fresh record from their limited runners. A positive ride from the inside draw should see her lead this race and if the track is favouring front runners, she can give a big sight at nice odds.


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 2 #1 Jacky Paper

Following a sound debut at Moe back in August, this four-year-old resumed with a terrific effort at Pakenham. Never on the track and raced greenly but still managed to run a game second. With that run under his belt he should be forward in what could be a messy little race if the masters of the ‘anchor drop’ Dwayne Dunn & Michael Walker happen to get control of the tempo. Most of his opposition today are either resuming or looking for more ground so I think it’s a good opportunity for Jacky Paper to get his first win.

LAY – Race 2 #7 Whoomph

This colt resumed in his second preparation with an OK effort where he railed all the way in a pressure race at Pakenham. Whilst much fitter for the run I think he maps ordinary today in what looks to be a completely different race shape and is a risk under those circumstances.

VALUE – Race 7 #10 Aerovictory

This bloke is fourth up today and should finally be a peak fitness for this assignment. He was half fit but still bolted in first up, ran into a nice horse second up in Knight Commander and then needed the run in the distance range last start in a race they ran good time in. Whilst I appreciate the factor of the bush jockey ‘The Golden Greek’ Stan Tsaikos is a negative it does go forward and seems big odds to me at the $21+ in the early markets.


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