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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Flemington/Ascot/Gawler

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Roar Guru
14th December, 2018

Racing returns to Flemington this Saturday, the Ascot Summer Carnival continues and Gawler will host their metro race meeting in South Australia. Here are my five plays across the three meetings.

Bet One- Win- Flemington Race One Number 2 Spirit In The Sky
He holds a nomination for the Magic Millions and has been well backed in futures markets for the race and the way he has trialled, I’m suggesting a debut win is on the cards.

The most recent jump out saw him go straight to the front and he gave nothing else a look in, spanking them and running decent time. Confident he can measure up. I had him marked a clear favourite so the $4.80+ is overs for mine.

Bet Two- Win- Ascot Race Three Number 1 Akiko
Got a slice of the $8 opening price and has firmed to $6 at the time of writing. He ran in the Regional Championship here a fortnight back and was clearly one of the best runs of the race when working home strongly from the back to run a narrow fifth.

Parnham jumps on now, gate one, can sit closer…really keen.

Bet Three- Win- Gawler Race Three Number 1 Pretty Glass
Sue Jaensch at these provincial meetings in SA is near enough to being an ATM. Was really keen on her when she resumed at Warrnambool on Jericho Day but she just hit a flat spot in the run and that cost her.

Warmed to the task late and would have won in another couple of strides. Stable has a great record at these Provincial SA tracks, she’s got upside and the right form.

Bet Four- Win- Gawler Race Four Number 3 Columbia
Very much in his corner. Strung together a couple of sharp wins at Morphettville prior to going to the Magic Millions at Ballarat and if you were on that afternoon, it was grim viewing.

Should have finished much closer but just had no luck when trying to get through. Back to this level, he looks extremely hard to beat.


Bet Five- Win- Gawler Race Six Number 4 Handsome Return
Natural upside and improvement from the first up run and he should be winning. Will Clarken trains this former kiwi, who made his Australian debut over 1200m here at the midweeks where he was hard in the market and despite being challenged halfway down the straight, Jamie Kah kept her cool and the class of this horse kicked in.

Quickly up to 1700m a little query, but has a stack of upside.