Welcome to our horse racing preview and betting tips for racing on Sunday, December 8th.
There's plenty of racing right around Australia this afternoon, including the Werribee Cup! Luke Krahe has provided his best bets for Nowra, Hawkesbury and Werribee below.
(6) Swidini placed two in a row earlier this campaign when attempting to lead all the way, she then went to a much harder Highway at Rosehill, had the gun run on the fence behind the leaders and was held-up when the runs came. She got out and ran through the line hard narrowly missing the placings. Brendan Ward goes back on back in grade here, I expect that he will push forward and look for the lead and be very hard to run down.
A set weight maiden over 1400m and the betting will tell us there is only a few chances. (7) Zero Doubt didn’t show much at his first two starts in the winter n rain affected tracks and was sent to the paddock. He had 20 weeks off and resumed in an easier maiden at Moe, over-raced early in the race before improving wide and running on hard into second, beaten only 0.2 lengths. He drops down in weight, gets the extra furlong which looks ideal and looks to have come back well. (10) Lunasnit will start the favourite but I am happy to take her on. All her racing has been against the girls she was ok fresh when running on then was beaten 5 lengths into second at Ballarat on a heavy track before missing the start last time and never contending. She was well backed last start and I expect her to be again here, if you can lay her in the red, do so with confidence.
The feature of the day is the Werribee Cup. It is only a small field but very competitive, I wouldn’t be surprised if any of the seven returned to the winner’s stall. The best value for mine looks to be (6) Rupture. He won three in a row earlier in the prep culminating in the Hamilton Cup which he won by 6 lengths. He then went to the Group Three Bendigo Cup and was only beaten a little over 2 lengths but did have his chance. Last time at the Valley he was forced to make a long wide run, loomed up to join the lead but just found one better. He is flying this prep and looks well in at the 54kg. If you want to save on one in the race it should be (4) Aristocratic Miss. She had no luck two back at Flemington on the last day of the carnival before charging late into second, she then went to the Ballarat Cup last start and was never clear over the concluding stages and arguably should have won.
With the smoke haze threatening to put a stop to the Hawkesbury meeting, hopefully they can get through at least four races as I see a great each way bet in (1) Rockin’ Ruga. He had soft tracks in his last three runs before going to spell, resumed on top of the ground at Gosford last time. He sat up outside the leader but was no match late for the impressive winner, he did well when his condition was giving way to hold on for second. I like the fact here that he has the wide draw and should be pushing on early for that spot again, there is plenty of speed inside so I can see talented apprentice Tommy Sherry getting cover one-out and one-back. He has a good record when second-up, he won his maiden at his first prep and then led them up before tiring in a harder race at Canterbury last campaign. The kid is riding well and looks a great jockey change. The likely favourite is (5) Bring The Ransom. She was brilliant winning an easier race at Goulburn last start after leading all the way, not sure the easy lead is there today and up in grade, she looks a great risk. I expect her to be a drifter from the current $2.20 quoted and start much longer.
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