Welcome to our horse racing preview and betting tips for racing on Friday, August 9th.
Racing takes place at Ballarat Synthetic and Tamworth this afternoon as we head into a big weekend of racing in Victoria and New South Wales. Luke Krahe has selected his two best bets from each track to build the weekend bank here!
(4) Hadeer is a gelding from the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig yard, he has been to the races four times and has been a little costly for punters. He resumed at Pakenham on the synthetic track last start after having 5 months on the sidelines, he was near the top of the betting but very easy on race day. He was camped behind the leaders and was held-up early in the straight when looking for a run. He chased hard and hit the front inside the furlong only to be run down late, his condition may have just got the better of him at the back-end. It’s always a tough ask to go straight to the 1400m fresh, he will be better for the run and off the inside gate he should get the run of the race. (2) Dreamland looks a big danger and may be able to get the momentum swinging wide and running on as he did last time, he handled the synthetic well but will be giving them a start. The tactics will be key with him.
(5) Mister Hay Zee has step out of maiden grade straight into a 64, and this isn’t the easiest you will find at that level either. Bu the key with him is he has really taken a liking to the synthetic tracks in his two runs back from a spell. He was here two back when resuming at maiden level, settled well back and was held-up at a vital stage, balanced up out and wide and stormed home into second although never looking the winner. He then was here again last time and was a lot shorter in the market, beautifully ridden a lot closer, he cruised to the front inside the furlong and won easily. He does have to carry the same weight here in a harder race, maps well again though and where some others may not be at home on this surface, he looks to thrive on it.
Ex-WA mare (4) Fashion Icon is now with the Kris Lees yard, she has had three runs in the East for three placings in harder maidens than this. She was runner-up resuming off the 6-month break, then ran on hard to finish second again at Muswellbrook second-up in a race that has produced five winners since! Last time at Scone she was beaten as favourite again after having every possible chance, she has the wide gate to overcome, the 1400m chute at Tamworth presents about a 300m run until you hit one continual turn into the straight, so the jock will need to press on early or be weaving some magic looking for cover. She gets her last chance here, this surely looks her race if she gets even luck.
(8) Balantes is the most experienced horse in the field with 37 starts under her belt, she isn’t getting any younger now a 7YO but her last two runs have been super. She was at Quirindi two-back when making ground late in a race where the tempo didn’t suit, she then went west to Coonabarabran in an easier 58 race and after over-racing along the rails, she ran on well to win narrowly. This is a little harder but she maps to get a very soft run and you know what they say about mares in form, especially old ones! This is her level of racing and at the likely double figure odds, she looks a great each-way bet. (3) Enseguida is a new 4YO that won his last two starts before going to the paddock, he was up on the speed at both of those starts. He has trialed ok here recently running second, but he was pushed out from early in the straight and just happy to take him on if he is too short from the wide gate.
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