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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Thursday August 9

Racing at Moonee Valley (Sarah Ebbett/Racing Photos)
Roar Guru
8th August, 2018

Solid meetings right across the board on Thursday, with a couple of hurdlers at Warrnambool looking the goods. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

Bet One- Win- Taree Race Two Number 6 Raay Of Time
You’d like to think this filly puts them away. Daughter of Time Thief on debut for Kris Lees and she has looked quite good in a couple of trials, the latest seeing her win over 800m at Newcastle on the Beaumont track.

This field seemingly looks quite thin on paper and she doesn’t have to be a star to put them away.

Bet: $50 Win (Tote)

Bet Two- Win- Kembla Race One Number 7 Colonel Penaga
$5 is the sort of price where it could go either way. Could tighten in to around $4 or he could have no friends and easy to $7+.

I’m leaning towards the latter even though the race looks thin. Forget he went around last time at Nowra because the horse took complete charge of Winona Costin and ducked into the quicksand. Senior jock on now, he can bounce back.

Bet: $20 Win (Tote)

Bet Three- Win- Kembla Race Three Number 3 Oyster Bay
Surprised she isn’t a clear favourite personally. Team Snowden trains this mare, who is first up. The form around her from the two career runs in the Autumn reads well and she has looked great in a couple of trials leading in.

Should get a beaut sit from the good draw and take some beating against this lot.


Bet: $30 Win at $2.70 (Sportsbet)

Bet Four- Win- Warrnambool Race Three Number 8 Romelo
Clean jumping and he’ll prove far too good for this lot. Former WA galloper who has had a few runs for Eric Musgrove on the flat and gee he has been quite good, the latest on Sunday at Sandown when second to the progressive mare Kentucky Diva. Has trialled well over the jumps and Pateman takes the ride.

Bet: $100 Win (Tote)

Bet Five- Win- Warrnambool Race Four Number 1 Killarney Kid
Similar to Romelo. Clean jumping and he wins. He’s been quite a good horse on the flat but as he is getting older, he’s just not quite measuring up well enough and his future will be over the jumps now.

Debuted over the hurdles last time at Bendigo and he bolted in. This is a very thin field and he really should be too good.

Bet: $50 Win (Tote)

Total Spend: $250