Welcome to our horse racing preview and betting tips for racing on Thursday, September 24th.
It might be a run of the mill day of racing on Thursday, but it's an exciting day for the Before You Bet racing team as we welcome The Horse to our line up of form experts! He's ready to kick things off with a few winners at Hawkesbury and Sale, so get his best bets below!
Pretty keen on the chances of the favourite (8) Zanzidance to start the meeting at Hawkesbury. Had a couple of handy trials and looks likely first up in the small field of eight. Previously first-up she ran second to Emanate – who I liked at Canterbury on Wednesday and saluted at $10. Rachel King takes the ride which only builds my confidence. The main rival in the market (1) Shadow Colour carries more weight than the favourite—despite the apprentice claim to Tyler Schiller. The 5yo gelding has now placed six times from seven races and it’s starting to make me wonder whether he’ll need a weaker maiden than this to get the win. It’s likely they’ll both attempt to lead the race but expect Zanzidance to hold the fence or sit right on the back of Shadow Colour. (4) Octagon is not without a chance at solid each-way odds. Of course, as per any maiden, there are a few unknowns which could surprise us—and although the price isn’t a spoil—happy to play Zanzidance in the first.
Another short-priced favourite takes my interest here in (1) Luvoir. Was unlucky not to have won last time placing only 0.1 length behind the winner—on that day he was carrying a touch more weight. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of competition with the Waterhouse & Bott runner (3) Well Known the only real threat. It goes up in grade slightly. Lee Magorrian will most likely lead on that runner while Luvoir will get a run one or two back on the outside lane. The risk will be if Well Known gets away with some easy sectionals and has enough in the tank to hold out the challenge. It is a conservative play but one that can hopefully build the bank.
(12) Miss Inbetween deserves a victory after consecutive seconds. Has Western Australia’s favourite son William Pike steering so there will be plenty of confidence that she’ll get every chance to notch up a win. The gate won’t be a concern over 1415 metres at Sale and Pike will undoubtedly drop in behind the leader (4) Unchain My Bike. There has been some early money for (10) Trail Blazer who gets the blinkers on for the first time. Blinkers could prove to be the difference. There is one runner at good odds (3) Luna One who could improve sharply despite dropping back in distance. He wasn’t disgraced and closed out well despite racing three deep to place sixth in a field of nine. He ran a little green and fought the jockey a touch—but I won’t underestimate Mick Kent’s ability to get him straightened out.
This is a pretty good race for a Thursday meeting. (11) Tanaawol sat inside behind the speed last race and pounced demonstrating an impressive turn-of-foot to win. He was untested due to the manner in which he won that race considering Jamie Mott hit top gear then backed right off. The value odds are well and truly gone—opening at $10 —which was complete overs. Luck in running is going to be the problem as he’ll drift back and need to contend with some traffic. The Sale track should lend itself nicely to a wide-out closing run. There are several other runners that should make their presence felt—including (4) Raise Em Up and (10) Mr Roger. While others are looking for their pet distances like (1) Saint Eustace who we can put a line through for this race.
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