Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

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    After a little freshen up after the Spring Carnival we’re ready to go for Saturday’s racing. We are looking for five winners for the afternoon, so here are the five bets for the weekend.

    Bet 1: Win – Ballarat Race 8, number 7: Mr Garcia
    He’s well found in the market, but I’m quite keen on his prospects in the cup. Mr Garcia is a former Andreas Wohler galloper now with Darren Weir after making his Australian debut on Oaks Day over 1800 metres, where he was given such a sweet steer by McEvoy, who cuddled the gelding behind the speed before angling clear and chasing hard off a slow tempo to score a sharp win. He’ll eat up the extra trip here and can only improve off that.

    Bet 2: Win – Rosehill Race 1, number 4: Plague Stone
    He’s short enough at $1.80 on face value, but I think he’ll start shorter given the big wraps on him. I think he could well stamp himself as the leading contender for the royal blue when it comes to either the Blue Diamond or the Golden Slipper. I didn’t really take much notice of the trial win given the time, but relative to the morning, it was outstanding, and the way he powered to the line late – yep, he’s a good one.

    Bet 3: Win – Doomben Race 8, number 9: Crack Me Up
    Another that is well found, but I think he can be the cash cow for the summer and pay for Christmas and New Years Eve. He’s a quality animal for the Liam Birchley team who resumed with a cracking second over the 1200 metres a fortnight back, savaging the line from the back with 63 kilograms on his back behind Brooklyn Storm. He can only improve off that, and he does generally perform much better second up. Heading towards the Villiers also.

    Bet 4: Each way – Morphettville Parks Race 3, number 8: Alaskan Jade
    Each way at near double figures, she can only run well in my honest opinion. She ran over the 1250 metres on the Parks track a few Saturdays back and I thought her effort was very good considering she was wide with no cover for the duration. She still had the audacity to fight on like she did behind a very good mare in Embecee Lil. Should take some beating here.

    Bet 5: Each Way – Ascot Race 3, number 1: Zarantz
    It was a tough meeting at Ascot, but I thought this bloke was well and truly over the odds at around $15. A Simon Miller-trained galloper who resumed in the Northam Cup and while the form guide says he made no impact, he had no chance to given they dashed home in sub-34. Not many horses can pull off that kind of split in Western Australia. He’s Much better suited here and should improve big time.

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    • November 25th 2017 @ 9:49am
      MAX said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

      Hi Adam,

      Mr Garcia will be the anchor bet for a lot of punters with a high degree of confidence.

      I can parlay half the winnings onto Divine Quality in the next.

      PS is now into $1.60. Pass. In Times of War my best at the Hill.

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