Welcome to our horse racing preview and betting tips for racing on Thursday, October 3rd.
The Listed Hannans Handicap at Kalgoorlie is the feature race of the day in Australia this afternoon, with meetings also at Seymour and Gosford in the Eastern States. Find all of our best bets for the day below!
This BM64 Handicap over 1100m looks very open on paper, I am relying on a horse that hasn’t won a race since a year ago almost to the day, also here at Gosford. (4) Sebring Express has only been going fairly this time in but she really does like racing here. She has won here twice before and her best run this campaign was here at the track two starts back. She sat back closer to last than first in the run, eased to the middle of the track and ran on hard into second only beaten under half a length. The Gosford straight is not the longest in NSW that for sure so any horse that can make up good ground has done well as a general rule. She produced the best figures of the race, happy to bin her latest start at Hawkesbury as I do with the majority of form from that track. She will be giving them a start but look for her late, at better than each-way odds she looks a great win and place bet to nothing.
(2) Candescence has a big zero next to his name but forget that, he was fresh over an unsuitably short trip and hit the line ok. He was up for an eternity last campaign and was running on ok getting out to the mile, he won at Mornington in what has proven to be an ok form race near the back-end of last prep. Fresh he hit the line well without being brilliant, I am just keen to lay the likely fave (5) Calling Us Home. She has had one start in Oz since coming from NZ, it was in a weak 58 grade race and although she was impressive on the eye, this is harder. She could be a little flat here second-up in Australia but has been in work for a while. The speed will be on, even if Candescence can get the back of the fave he will be a good thing to run a place.
(6) Vigere doesn’t win out of turn, in fact he has only won once in 15 career starts. He has run second 6 times though, he put together three placings on the bounce at the back-end of last campaign. He resumed at Cranbourne in a similar race to this, kicked through to lead and although he was headed well before home, he stuck on ok when well beaten. He has placed at both second-up runs, has the speed to lead and will have taken plenty form that run., The stable is going well and I expect he will be a drifter so wait until late until placing your bet for the best odds.
The feature of the day is from the west in Kalgoorlie with the time honored Hannahs Handicap. The 1400m race dates back more than 120 years, there have been four horses to win it twice and only one to go back-to-back-to-back. Last years winner Reykjavik started favourite but won’t be going for the repeat, he is over in the east and was a winner at Flemington over the winter. (2) Neurological was the original tip but has had to be scratched unfortunately meaning in-form jockey Jade McNaught won’t have a ride. (3) Tellem We’re Comin was favourite when resuming at Belmont last time, he had been off the track for almost six months. He got a mile back in the run, was last before peeling to the outside and attacking the line to narrowly miss the placings. He may want the mile but with his good second-up record, can flash home here and win. The margin won’t be huge as he will be giving them a start, but with the big race nerves, some of these may go too hard too early. (4) Abdicator is the one that I am keen to take on. He has had four runs back and is yet to win this campaign. He comes through the same race as our top pick but had very chance, a perfect three-wide cart into it and loomed to win, but just didn’t find the post. He will go forward and I have him mapped outside the leader, I am happy to take him on around the $6 mark.
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