Saturday Horse Racing: George Main Stakes Preview

September 18th 2015, 8:56am, By: tim_tips

The weather is warming up and so is the Australian horse racing scene with another cracker this Saturday with big meetings at Caulfield and Randwick, featuring the Group 1 George Main Stakes. The bookies are also starting to get serious with some incredible promotions, including one from Ladbrokes where you'll get cash back if your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th! Our resident horse racing expert Tim is back once again to bring you some more great horse racing betting tips

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GEORGE MAIN STAKES 1600M - WFA GROUP 1

Similar race to the Chelmsford Stakes two weeks ago with the top 3 in the market all coming out of that race and I expect the form to run pretty true here. The forecast is for showers in the lead up to the race so I'm expecting the surface to be somewhere in the Soft range.

PROTECTIONIST comes into this 2nd up and on a path towards the Melbourne Cup. Going to need a couple more races before he starts to show anything. Not convinced he is going terribly well anyway.

PORNICHET was well backed at both of his starts this preparation and while his first up run in the Warwick Stakes was very encouraging, his effort two weeks ago was slightly disappointing. Some questions over the ride but I thought he raced flat nonetheless. Comes into this 3rd up which is when he began to peak last prep and he should run well. Not well enough to win in my opinion.

HOOKED was met with some support first up when winning the Group 2 Tramway Stakes over 1400m. His trainer John Thompson said he would clearly take benefit from the run and he was expecting him to improve significantly. His 2nd up record isn't exactly flattering and he steps up in grade here to tackle some of the country's premier milers. He's come back well but needs to improve again.

MORIARTY is looking for longer still and probably needs another run to reach somewhere near his peak fitness. Not going very well though and he is a level below his stablemates.

KERMADEC is one of my favourite horses going round and one of the top horses this country has got at the moment but he has also cost me plenty throughout his career. Not always his fault as he's received a couple of shocking rides in his time, and Glen Boss' effort in the Chelmsford was pretty dismal. Draws absolutely perfectly in barrier 5 here so should get a dream run, and he did incredibly well to stick on for 2nd after travelling 3 wide on pace for the entire race last start. Loves the Randwick mile and he comes into this ready to peak. Clear top pick and today should be his day.

SWEYNESSE returned with a promising effort in the Tramway behind Hooked where he just died on his run at the 200m mark. Comes into this 2nd up and with improved fitness he should be in the mix here given he has performed well against these horses over 1400m-1600m previously. Might be looking for 2000m but he is drawn to get a charmed run and Godolphin are going okay at the minute! He is a smokey at big odds.

HAURAKI also returned in the Tramway but was well beaten. Found his best over 2000m and beyond last preparation and that will also be the case this time in so look to back him after another run or two.

ROYAL DESCENT finished 3rd in the Chelmsford Stakes last start behind stablemate Kermadec. She had a good run in the race but was still comfortably beaten by Kermadec who travelled wide on pace for the entire race. Ultra consistent over the Randwick Mile where she has never missed a place and that looks to be where she will finish once again here.

LUCIA VALENTINA returned in fine form first up when streaking home between runners from the back of the field. That is pretty standard for her when she runs fresh but she does have a case of second up syndrome, having never placed from 4 attempts when second up from a spell. She is heading towards the Cox Plate but that stat is a worry and against the country's best milers she would have to be at her best to win. Place chance.

KIRRAMOSA has returned superbly this time in and both her runs this prep have been outstanding. She has finished 1.4L away from the winner both first up over 1200m and second up over 1400m. Makes the step up to 1600m which will suit her down to the ground, and while she is looking for 2000m she is definitely a place hope. Keep an eye on her going forward!

Summary

KERMADEC gets a perfect chance to win here and has absolutely no excuses. He was a moral beaten last start when travelling 3 wide all race before sticking on to finish 2nd, but he won't have that problem today from barrier 5. He is set to get a lovely run in the race and should be peaking 3rd up from a spell. Flies over the 1600m at Randwick and he rates as a clear top selection here. Behind him you can expect ROYAL DESCENT to run well and finish in the placings once again, while PORNICHET raced flat 2nd up but did improve 3rd up last prep. KIRRAMOSA is flying and the step up to 1600m sees her as a place chance while SWEYNESSE is the roughie that must be kept under consideration at double figure odds for Godolphin.

1st KERMADEC ($2.80 at Bet365)
2nd ROYAL DESCENT ($4.60 at William Hill)
3rd SWEYNESSE ($15 at Sportsbet)
4th PORNICHET ($7.00 at Ladbrokes)

* prices correct at time of publishing

Promotions

Sportsbet

Place a Win bet on the George Main Stakes, Race 6 at Randwick this Saturday, and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, receive cash back matching your stake up to $100. Applies to your first bet only.

Sportsbet horse racing promotion

 

Ladbrokes

We have a tremendous promotional offer for you this Saturday at Ladbrokes on the George Main Stakes. Place a fixed odds win bet on the George Main Stakes, Race 6 at Randwick this Saturday, and if your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th, you'll get cash back up to $100!  That's cold, hard cash, not a bonus bet, and you'll get the full refund all the way down to 4th place. What a great offer!

CrownBet

CrownBet Boost: Receive enhanced prices for eight horses across eight different races at Randwick and Caulfield on Saturday. Promotion available from 11am-1pm Saturday. Details will be provided on the CrownBet website.

Crownbet Horse Racing Boost

 

Multi Bonus: Place a Fixed Odds win 3+leg multi on any metro venue this Saturday, and if one leg fails, you'll receive a bonus bet refund up to $50.

Live Vision: CrownBet also offer free streaming vision of all Victorian horse races for its customers on their website, so you can watch Victorian races live.

Bonus Bet Refund: Place a Fixed Odds win bet on any of the last four races at Randwick or Caulfield this Saturday, and if your horse finishes 2nd, receive a bonus bet refund matching your stake up to $100.

Crownbet money back promotion

 

Palmerbet

Money Back Promo: Place a win bet on the nominated race of the day this Saturday and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you'll receive your money back up to $50. Check the website for details.

Luxbet

10% More Winnings: Place a Bookies Best +10% bet on any of the first four races at Randwick or Caulfield this Saturday, and you’ll get 10% more winnings than the best price out of Sportsbet’s Top Tote Plus, Crown Bet’s Best Tote Plus and William Hill’s Best Tote +5%. Maximum stake $250.

George Main Stakes Bonus: Place a Fixed Odds or LuxDiv win bet on the George Main Stakes, Race 6 at Randwick, on Saturday and if your selection wins, you'll receive a bonus bet equal to your stake up to $100.

Bookmaker

The Shorts Bonus Offer: Place a Fixed Odds win bet on the The Shorts, Race 4 at Randwick on Saturday, and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, receive a bonus bet refund matching your stake up to $100.

Lay of the Week: Get boosted odds on a selected horse this Saturday. Max bet $50. Check the website for more details.

William Hill Australia

George Main Stakes Offer: Place a win bet on the George Main Stakes, Race 6 at Randwick, this Saturday and if you horse finishes 2nd, you'll receive cash back up to a maximum of $50.

William Hill George Main Stakes promo

 

Quaddie Insurance: Place your first quaddie at Rosehill this Saturday at Randwick and if your last leg loses, get cash back matching your stake up to $50.

Premium Prices: Receive special over the odds prices on selected horse races this Saturday around the country. Head to the website for more details.

BetStar

Place a fixed odds win bet on the Tessa Rossa Stakes, Race 6 at Caulfield, this Saturday, and if your horse runs 2nd or 3rd, you'll receive your stake back as a bonus bet up to $100.

Lay of the Day: Get boosted odds on a selected horse this Saturday. Max bet $50. Check the website for more details.

MadBookie

Place a win bet on Race 3, 4, 5 or 6 at Caulfield on Saturday, and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you'll receive a bonus bet refund up to $100! Applies to your first bet on the race only.

MadBookie horse racing promo

 

 

Centrebet

George Main Stakes Offer: Place a win bet on the George Main Stakes, Race 6 at Randwick, this Saturday and if you horse finishes 2nd, you'll receive cash back up to a maximum of $50.

Quaddie Insurance: Place your first quaddie at Randwick this Saturday at Centrebet and if your last leg loses, get cash back matching your stake up to $50.

BetHQ

No Loss Weekend! New customers can enjoy a no lose weekend at BetHQ. Get busy on the punt over the weekend, and on Monday morning, if your account has suffered a loss, then the difference will be refunded as a bonus bet up to $500!

BetHQ No Loss Weekend

 

TopBetta

Horse Racing Tournaments from Randwick and Caulfield

Another Saturday full of big fun and even bigger prize pools awaits at TopBetta with their fantastic array of Australian horse racing betting tournaments. Compete against other punters and whoever can accumulate the most winnings during the day with their tournament dollars will scoop the lion's share of the prize pool! Great fun for a Saturday on the punt with minimal risk and big cash to be won!

 

Make sure to read full terms and conditions of any betting promotion before placing any bets. 

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Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly.  Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!

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