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    • What 2022 Australian Hurdle & Steeplechase Race Day Where Sandown Racecourse – 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171 When Sunday, May 22, 2022 First Race 11:30am AEST Visit Ladbrokes It is Australian Hurdle & Steeplechase Race Day at Sandown this Sunday afternoon, with a nine-race card is set down for judgement on the Lakeside track. With $350,000 on the line across three jumps events and six competitive races on the flat, this is a meeting plenty of trainers target in the lead up to winter. The track is rated a Soft 5, with the rail out 2m for the entire circuit, and racing commences at 11:30am AEST. Australian Chase – Britannicus The Australian Chase opens proceedings on Sunday and following a valiant second in the Brierly at The ‘Bool, the Symon Wilde-trained Britannicus is sure to take some beating. He arguably threw away the win when entering the course proper off Brierly’s Paddock, as he cornered awkwardly and lost six lengths and plenty of momentum. With a much more straightforward course on Sunday at Sandown, Britannicus surely just needs to show a clean pair of heels. The $2.20 with online betting sites looks a perfect price to load into. Australian Chase Race 1 – #2 Britannicus (6) 7yo Gelding | T: Symon Wilde | J: Arron Lynch (66.5kg) $2.20 with Palmerbet Australian Hurdle – Out And Dreaming Having finished just over a half-length off Saunter Boy in the Galleywood Hurdle, we are expecting the Andrew Noblet-trained Out And Dreaming to turn the tables on his rival at Sandown. Saunter Boy has had the better of Out And Dreaming in both of their battles this campaign by narrow margins. Our boy gets a 6kg weight advantage on Sunday, and that should be a crucial ingredient in his recipe for success. It is hard to knock his racing pattern; he jumps cleanly and settles close to the speed throughout. We expect Lee Horner will have the five-year-old gelding stalking the speed this time around, and as long as he sees out the 3900m, Out And Dreaming clearly looks the one to beat. Australian Hurdle Race 5 – #2 Out And Dreaming (7) 5yo Gelding | T: Andrew Noblet | J: Lee Horner (65kg) $3.80 with Unibet Best Bet at Sandown – Jucconi The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Jucconi has been climbing through the grades nicely this campaign and looks a clear best bet at Sandown on Sunday. The four-year-old gelding was arguably the run of the race when finishing second behind Skywolf on April 30 on a Heavy 8 on the Hillside track. On that day, it was incredibly difficult to make up ground from the rear of the field, and considering he is a genuine backmarker, it is hard to fault his efforts when going down by a neck on the line. With plenty of tempo expect in this 1400m event, the race looks perfectly set-up for Jucconi, who is yet to miss the top two in five starts, to continue his impressive start to his career. Look for Will Price to settle just worse than midfield, and with a strong finishing burst, Jucconi will prove too hard to hold out. Best Bet Race 8 – #5 Jucconi (6) 4yo Gelding | T: Tony & Calvin McEvoy | J: Will Price (a1.5) (61kg) $2.30 with Neds Next Best at Sandown – Vitruvius The Paul Pruesker-trained Vitruvius has found one better in both runs this campaign, but on Sunday he looks the best way home in the final race of the day. Having settle three wide with cover last time out, he went down by the barest of margins and was arguably a good thing beaten behind Sir Davy. Prior to that, he was desperately unlucky not to have beaten the smart Linas Legend at Bendigo when held up for a run at a crucial time. With Linda Meech on board from barrier 12, we expect to see Vitruvius settle worse than midfield, loop the field and ultimately prove too hard to hold out. The $3 with online bookmakers is a steal. Next Best Race 9 – #9 Vitruvius (12) 4yo Gelding | T: Paul Pruesker | J: Linda Meech (59.5kg) $3 with Bet365 Sunday quaddie tips for Sandown Sandown quadrella selections Sunday, May 22, 2022 2-5-7-9 8-9-13-14 5 9-11 Investment: $32 for 100% More horse racing tips The post Sandown racing tips, value bets & quaddie | Sunday, May 22 appeared first on Horse Betting. View the full article
    • Matthew Smith says his longshot Doomben Cup runner Esti Feny is ready for the mission.Esti Feny is better over 2400m and a current Heavy 8 track might cause him some issues in the $1 million Doomben Cup on Saturday. That’s not even mentioning superstar Zaaki, Annabel Neasham’s raging $1.50 favourite with Ladbrokes and last Saturday’s Hollindale Stakes winner. More: Doomben tips for May 21 But trainer Matthew Smith believes his seven-year-old and $61 outsider, who finished sixth in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup on May 6, can be competitive over the 2000m feature. “I’m happy with him. He’s had a long time off, so his three runs (this preparation before his last run – a seventh in the Canberra Mile on February 21, 2020) have been good,” Smith told horsebetting.com.au. “He hasn’t been beaten by far in any of those races. They’ve been small margins. “He’s had several injuries, but he’s good now. He’s probably better over a mile and a half, to be fair to him. “But we’ll give him a shot.” Esti Feny’s other two performances this preparation – ninth in the Bendigo Golden Mile and fifth in the Easter Cup at Caulfield – came on respective Good 4 and 3 tracks. “It’ll come down to the track rating,” Smith said when asked if his stayer could be competitive against reigning Doomben Cup champion Zaaki. “Hopefully someone can take on Zaaki. If they keep handing it to him he’ll keep winning. “He (Zaaki) is a good horse. If you leave a good horse in front on his own that’s what they’re going to do to you. “A Heavy 8 track might be OK.” It has been a unique journey for Esti Feny, who Smith first noticed due to his performances in Budapest, Hungary, where he triumphed in both the Group 1 Hungarian Derby and Group 1 Kincsem DIJ in 2018. “We bought him from over there,” he said, with Ryan Maloney to ride him on Saturday. “It’s interesting – Budapest to Doomben. “We sourced him over there. We were looking for horses over there in Europe, and he popped up in a race in Germany. “We were trying to buy a horse out of that race, and Esti Feny beat it. We thought we’ll leave that one and try to buy Esti Feny, and that was how it turned out.” Smith will also have $20 winning chance with Australian bookmakers, Festival Dancer, running in the $250,000 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben. The three-year-old finished eighth in the $350,000 Guineas at Eagle Farm on April 30, but saluted by 2.5 lengths in the $160,000 Newcastle Jockey Club 3YO Spring Stakes (1600m) on November 13 last year. “She’s going great, but the gate (12) is a problem. I think she’ll handle a soft-heavy just, but not too heavy,” Smith said, with Ben Thompson to ride the filly. “I can’t fault her work. Over 2000m she should be OK. But the gate’s an issue.” Meanwhile, Jason Collett guided three-year-old gelding By Nine to a narrow victory for Smith in a $35,000 Maiden Plate (1800m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday. “It was good. Jason’s going very well. We’re happy to have Jason whenever we can get him,” Smith said. All horse racing news The post Matthew Smith hoping for Esti Feny upset in Doomben Cup appeared first on Horse Betting. View the full article
    • We are just one sleep away from more Group 1 racing, with the stars coming together in Brisbane and Adelaide this Saturday. While for us punters it is pretty typical that we back-up each and every Saturday for a bet, it is unusual seeing the same horses race each weekend. (Yes, you guessed it – Shelby Sixtysix is racing again.) This time last year, Zaaki annihilated his rivals in the Doomben Cup, so how far will he win by this year? SIXTYSIX THOUSAND STARTS Maybe that’s a stretch. We touched on this a few weeks ago, but when is enough enough? We understand we aren’t trainers and Danny Williams knows the horse better than anyone, but it was documented during the week that Shelby Sixtysix would be spelled due to bruises on his feet – hence the scratching out of Saturday’s Doomben 10,000. The trainer said with all this wet weather, his bruises couldn’t heal, so he would be spelled in a dry paddock before the spring. However, in true Shelby Sixtysix fashion, he’s been accepted for a race this weekend at Doomben – and heavily backed already. Yes, he loves the wet; yes, he is a Group 1 winner in a Listed field; but seriously? ZAAKI BY HOW FAR? The margin was seven lengths last year, so how far will Zaaki win the Doomben Cup by this year? If you think he can be beaten, the door is to your left – show yourself out! The Annabel Neasham star is a red-hot $1.40 favourite to retain his Doomben Cup crown, and after defeating most of his competition last start in the Hollindale Stakes, it is hard to see how anything gets near him again. So, dare we ask, Zaaki by how far? READ: HorseBetting’s 2022 Doomben Cup runner-by-runner betting preview About Punt Drunk Welcome to Punt Drunk – our daily column covering all the latest horse racing and punting controversies, dramas and headline news. Have a story or gripe or issue that just grinds your gears? Just hit us up in the comments or contact us page and our jaded, punt hardened Punt Drunk staff will give it the Punt Drunk treatment it deserves. Don’t expect pleasantries or typical racing media fanboy gloss from Punt Drunk – we’re on the punt and we don’t have time to bullshit; the next is about to jump… If you have any stories that you want our Punt Drunk Team to cover or just want to say G’day send us a message on: More horse racing news The post Punt Drunk: Zaaki by Sixtysix lengths? | May 20, 2022 appeared first on Horse Betting. View the full article
    • What Belmont Races Where Belmont Park Racecourse – Saintly Entrance, Burswood WA 6100 When Saturday, May 21, 2022 First Race 11:59am AWST Visit Ladbrokes Belmont Park is the destination for metropolitan racing in Western Australia on Saturday afternoon where a nine-race card is scheduled. Horsebetting’s Western Australian form expert presents his best bets and top odds from online betting sites for the meeting. The track has come up a Good 4, with the rail out 6m the entire circuit for the program getting underway at 11:59am AWST (1:59pm AEST). Best Bet at Belmont – Hardly Ever We will be looking to build a bank early as the Simon Miller-trained Hardly Ever steps out over 1200m in the second event of the day. The three-year-old filly showed her tactical versatility by settling outside the leader in her last start win at Ascot over 1200m and on the back of that looks hard to beat in this. With more speed in this than a greyhound race at the Dapto 297m, we anticipate Patrick Carbery will have her settled in the second half of the field where she can take advantage of the genuine tempo. Hardly Ever’s turn of foot is the best in the race and this looks to be an early double-up with $2 available with Palmerbet. Best Bet Race 2 – #3 Hardly Ever (3) 3yo Filly | T: Simon Miller | J: Chris Parnham (56.5kg) $2 with Palmerbet Next Best at Belmont – Galactic Storm In the opening leg of the quaddie it seemingly looks hard to go past the Adam Durrant-trained Galactic Storm who is yet to miss the top three in five career starts. With two wins and three minor placings to his name, the three-year-old gelding looks to be a horse on the way up and we expect him to keep his impressive record intact. He drops 4kg off his last start third at the Belmont 1400m and considering he is on the quick seven-day backup, the stable must be of the opinion he’ll be hard to beat. From barrier eight, look for Clint Johnston-Porter to have him settled in the one-one and if allowed to do so, Galactic Storm should prove too good. Next Best Race 3 – #7 Galactic Storm (8) 3yo Gelding | T: Adam Durrant | J: Clint Johnston-Porter (55kg) $3.20 with Neds Best Value at Belmont – Liwa We will be hoping to round out the day with a decently priced winner in the last when the Simon Miller-trained Liwa steps out over 1200m. The three-year-old Mulaazem filly wound up nicely over the 1100m at Ascot on May 7 when chasing home It’sarayday who goes around as a $2.20 favourite in this. We are getting almost six times the price for Liwa who finished 1.4 lengths off the favourite when they met at their last start. From barrier two, Troy Turner will stalk It’sarayday where that horse goes and with a stronger finish, we expect Liwa to finish the better. The $13 with online bookmakers looks inviting. Best Value Race 9 – #4 Liwa (2) 3yo Filly | T: Simon Miller | J: Troy Turner (59kg) $13 with Unibet Saturday quaddie tips for Belmont Belmont quadrella selections Saturday, May 21, 2022 3-9 2-6-7-10 1-2-7-8 4-6 Investment: $64 for 100% More horse racing tips The post Belmont betting tips, top odds & quaddie picks | Saturday, May 21 appeared first on Horse Betting. View the full article
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