Weekend Best Bets: Parker’s star to march up the Hill Think It Over looks extremely toiugh to beat in the $1 million Group 2 Hill Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Grant Guy


Think It Over can bounce back from a luckless third to champion mare Verry Elleegant last start to win at Randwick while Elusive Empress is poised to breakthrough at Flemington.

Our experts give you an early shot at finding a winner this weekend.

Last week … Two winners. Home Affairs ($6.50) – Clinton Payne; Elephant ($2.35) – Brad Waters, Chris Vernuccio and Jett Hatton.

Saturday: RANDWICK (10 races, start 11.50am), FLEMINGTON (9 races, 12.10pm), DOOMBEN (9 races, 11.58am), MORPHETTVILLE PARK (9 races, 12.52pm), KALGOORLIE (9 races, 2.13pm).



RAY THOMAS (Daily Telegraph) Form: 39223

THINK IT OVER (Race 5, No.1 — $2.00)

Think It Over has developed into an elite performer this year winning the George Ryder Stakes and finishing a close fourth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes to Addeybb and Verry Elleegant over the Randwick 2000m course last autumn. He has returned in spring to win the Chelmsford Stakes before his game third in the George Main Stakes. Think It Over raced wide without cover for most of the race and ran on very gamely last start. Think It Over is in great form and clearly the one to beat in the Hill Stakes.

Value bet: SKY LAB (Race 8, No.17 — $19)

MATT JONES (Daily Telegraph) Form: 3341x

MONETFILIA (Race 9, No.8 — $5.50)

She’s dropping in weight off a few top runs this time in and ran against the track bias in the Kingston Town was still super. It’s her time to make it Group 1 number three.

Value bet: VON TRAPP (Race 7, No.8 — $21)

JETT HATTON (Racenet) Form: 93311

ROTHFIRE (Race 6, No.5 — $3.40)

Can’t see how Masked Crusader is favourite after Rothfire went much better last time out. The Queenslander had not raced since suffering an injury which nearly ended his career and faced a shifty track, but went great to run fourth behind Eduardo. He’s much better on top of the ground and is suited out to 1200m. Expect him to give this field a touch up on his way to the big dance.

Value bet: FANGIRL (Race 7, No.12 — $14)


BRAD WATERS (Racenet) Form: 1s111

MYSTIC JOURNEY (Race 6, No.3 — $4.20)

Showed she was on the way back to her best with her first-up second in the Let’s Elope Stakes. She’s drawn a better gate and should settle closer.

Value bet: CHARACTER (Race 2, No.3 — $31)

CHRIS VERNUCCIO (Racing News Editor) Form: 12211

INCENTIVISE (Race 7, No.3 — $2.80)

Has lost Turnbull Stakes favouritism to Verry Elleegant but he’ll go to another level at 2000m after winning the Makybe Diva Stakes. He will control the tempo and can handle soft ground.

Value bet: ANNAVISTO (Race 6, No.9 — $5.50)

GLENN McFARLANE (Herald Sun) Form: 11212

ELUSIVE EXPRESS (Race 3, No.2 — $2.90)

Talented filly who charged home late in the Thousand Guineas Preview and looks even better suited at the mile.

Value bet: MORNINGTON GLORY (Race 5, No.10 — $10)

SIMON MOY (NewsRacing) Form: 11820

COLETTE (Race 7, No.8 — $8.50)

Should have finished closer in the Makybe but forced to come off heels. Both comeback runs full of merit and rain helps immensely.

Value bet: GRAND PROMENADE (Race 8, No.11 — $4.60)

NICK QUINN (TAB) Form: 11312

VERRY ELLEEGANT (Race 7, No.4 — $2.25)

Superstar mare who was tenacious last start winning the George Main and steps up to 2000 metres where she is a five-time winner. Looks well placed to defend her crown.

Value bet: MORNINGTON GLORY (Race 5, No.10 — $10)


TRENTON AKERS (Courier Mail) Form: 43116

ENTERPRISE POMME (Race 9, No.2 — $2.90)

Comes out of Group 2 grade in Sydney where she ran a blinder ahead of subsequent winner Four Moves Ahead. Comes back to Brisbane here and has a stack of class on these gallopers. Should be hard to beat despite a tough draw.

Value bet: OUR REBEL (Race 5, No.3 — $5.50)

s – denotes tip was scratched.

x – denotes spell or holiday.

Note: TAB odds correct at time of publishing.

Originally published as Weekend Best Bets: Tips for Randwick and Flemington



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