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 8

1st – Jack Dickens

2nd – Daniel O’Sullivan

3rd – Dan Kelly

Jack Dickens – @dickosmailbag - - 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 ( 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 Jack & Drew Patchell @theprofits provide a weekly preview & review YouTube show for Vic Racing.

BACK – R8 #10 Holy Blade

Chop King Jnr (E.Brown) replaces Ben Allen here which I love. The form around Holy Blade is red hot for this, He drops back in grade from BM78 to BM70 and is the only horse in the market with race fitness. Nice support early this morning tells me the stable have the colt spot on for today with almost three weeks between runs. Keen.

LAY – R7 #11 Oscietra

Comes up favourite after running only OK time in a weak on pace dominated BM4 on a Sunday at Ballarat. Her price surely has more to do with Mum (Black Caviar) than anything she’s done to date on the track. She lead and controlled last time which she should find harder to do here, I expect she’s challenged earlier in a much tougher test for her today up in grade.

VALUE – R6 #2 Greviste

Sixth up this prep and second go at 1600m, was luckless two back at the Valley then not suited last start. From a yard point of view, this horse is a favourite of mine and I expect peaks today. Smart stable and smart jock can make the most of friendlier draw today, I map Greviste to land 2-3 back likely fence in the run. I can’t have the favourite off its first up run in Australia.

Daniel O’Sullivan - @TRBHorseRacing – - 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 – R2 #2 Our Yangtze

He found fitness and form for Darren Weir last start stepping up to the 3000m at Moonee Valley and winning in dominant style by three lengths. He’s a grinding type ideally suited by these longer trips, evidenced by the fact that his three best ratings in the UK as a 3YO (prior to come to Australia) were over 2800m.

One these types find their form for Weir he has a great record at getting them to hold or improve their rating further, which is ominous for Yangtze’s rivals here. He’s already short in the market at $2.00, but profiles more like a $1.70 chance to me (note: that’s a 59% chance of winning not 99% chance), so the edge is certainly worthy.

LAY – R7 #4 If Not Now When

She gets the blinkers on here but looks to have plateaued in her ratings at a level below the winning standard of this race and dropping back from 1100m to 1000m, I’m not sure she has the necessary sectional speed to make up ground from well off the lead and win. She’s not totally hopeless but at third-fourth pick in the market at $6 seems a long way under the odds. I have her two times that price.

VALUE – R5 #5 Hulme

His first up run was solid at Benalla when he had to chase from a mile back off a tearaway leader, covering a stack of extra ground before hitting the line well to run third. We only must go back to the Spring of last year when he was first up at 1400m and finished third to Royal Symphony with the second best final 200m rating in the race, beating home the likes of Showtime, Mighty Boss and Cliffs Edge.

He comes to this race fitter, second up over 1600m on a more suitable track and with the Blinkers on for the first time out of a stable (Price) that is absolutely flying. What that says to me is “potential for big improvement!” If he can progress to anything like his Spring 3YO form in this race, then he’s going to be very hard to hold out. Double figures odds in the current market (12-$13) is an appealing price to gamble.

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 – R5 #10 Leicester

I pegged this bloke as a minimum Saturday city class galloper following his eye-catching return at Ballarat and his two runs since have only enhanced that opinion of him. He ran sensational figures winning his maiden at Terang and had no luck at all from the ‘low draw’ at Moonee Valley. With one of the best ‘momentum’ jockeys in the business Dean Yendall on board and drawing to have clear air in the straight he should be winning here today on his way to bigger and better things later in the preparation.

LAY – R8 #10 Holy Blade

This Weir-trained colt is well exposed fourth run in today and I think he could be vulnerable to some smart horses resuming. He draws the outside which as we saw by his last win here two starts ago is not necessarily a disadvantage for him, but I don’t think he would want to be giving talented types like Seven Year Reward and Vainstream much of a start today. They both trialled well and look to have plenty of scope for improvement resuming in their second racing preparations, so I think Holy Blade will have his work cut out beating them and is therefore a risky proposition.

VALUE – Race 2 #4 Dane Hussler

This mare gets quickly to the 3000m third up today but as we saw again over the weekend with Harlem and Fanatic this camp just ‘get it’ right with their stayers. She was out well last prep with the dominant hurdle wins and last start at Moonee Valley ended up in an ordinary spot back on the rail, got held up early in the straight but found the line late when clear. In what could be a tactical affair the favourite Our Yangtze cops the ‘low draw’ giving its jockey plenty to ponder whilst this mare is another one who draws for clear air and momentum and I am expecting her to be in the finish.

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