Flemington Tips – best bets for Flemington on Saturday

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July 21

I really like the way Mick Kent’s filly, MISS PANDANUS, is progressing and she can measure up here. She won her maiden running the quickest final 200m split of the meeting over 1225m at Geelong on a Heavy track, and then she clocked the second quickest final 200m split last start over 1206m at Sale on a Soft 7. The way she gets back and runs on suggests the step up to 1400m will suit, and with two good runs under her belt, she’s fit enough. This is tougher, but she’ll get her chance to storm over the top of them with the long Flemington straight. 

Darren Weir’s THUNDER CLOUD is flying the preparation having won four of his past six, and he looks hard to beat again as she steps out to 2500m and gets to Flemington for the first time. He did a lot of work from the 600m to the 400m last start and despite working in hard in that part of the race, he still finished off better than the rest to score comfortably. Although this trip is an unknown, he looks like a horse crying out for longer, and with peak fitness on his side, he’ll be hard to hold out. 

PACODALI looks like the best bet on the Flemington card following his ultra-impressive last start win. He clocked the quickest 400-200m and 200-finish sectionals of the entire Caulfield meeting when defeating stablemate Sixties Groove over 1800m. He won only second-up and the form has been franked with Sixties Groove coming out and winning by 3.5 lengths at Flemington over 2000m. Pacodali improved with every run in his first Australian campaign for Darren Weir, and with three runs under his belt, he won his next three including two at Flemington over 2000m and then a win over Almandin at Moonee Valley over 2040m. He seems to be going better than ever this time and should be winning this. Sixties Groove is the favourite, but Weir has made the point he only has a short, sharp burst, and without a perfect ride, he may not be suited at Flemington.

July 7

Race 2 - 12:25PM VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy (2000 METRES)
Darren Weir saddles up four of the nine runners in this event and SIXTIES GROOVE looks the pick of them. The import was good in his Australian debut after a year-long lay-off before a disappointing second-up effort where he looked a bit flat. He bounced back last start with a 2nd placing behind stablemate Pacodali but just peaked on his run late. He should be near peak fitness now and will prove hard to beat. 
Result (1st - $1.75)

Race 6 - 2:50PM Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600 METRES)
I think drawing barrier 6 gives the advantage back to CHOYSA here. He led all the way to score two starts ago from barrier 6, but then an inside gate worked against him last time as he was crossed early and got shuffled back to the tail. Jockey Kate Walters got out wide and made a midrace move to go and take the lead, and that would have taken plenty out of him, but when he was headed in the straight and clearly passed, he kept kicking and was actually gaining ground again in the final 100m. He’s won two 3000m races last campaign and looks best suited going up in trip slightly, while he also meets Lycurgus 2.5kg better at the weights. Walters can let him find his rhythm this time and gradually creep to the lead, and if he can bowl along up front and set up a big break like two starts back, I can’t see them catching him. Looks like a special for the day. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 3:30PM A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200 METRES)
On the strength of his last start win, NATURE STRIP is clearly the one to beat. He meets the 2nd and 3rd placed horses much better at the weights despite braining them and running blistering sectionals in a near track record performance. As he long as he can run 1200m as strong as he does 1100m, nothing will get near him. 
Result (1st - $1.50)

June 23

Race 3 - 12:51PM Great Ocean Road Handicap (1100 METRES)
We all know how good Nature Strip can potentially be, but do you want to take $1.80 when he’s failed in both runs this campaign and gives a stack of weight to some handy youngsters. Danny O’Brien’s three-year-old Squamosa gelding, ORDER OF COMMAND, is a progressive type who has really impressed in both runs this time in. He’ll settle back off the speed, and with 4.5kg less than last time, he can launch late and finish best to score. 
Result (4th)

Race 5 - 2:06PM High Country Handicap (2520 METRES)
HIGH CHURCH is a genuine Group-level horse and he looks ready to show his best fourth-up from a spell. He’s undefeated in three fourth-up runs with the most recent being a six-lengths win in the Warrnambool Cup (2350m). He is unplaced in five starts at Flemington, but three of those were his last three starts for Robert Hickmott before being sent to Darren Weir, and the other two were first and second-up this campaign where he was in need of the run. He can shake the Flemington hoodoo on Saturday. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 3:26PM Brian Beattie Handicap (1400 METRES) 
OZI CHOICE is a horse that can hold his form when he finds it, and he really found it last start winning at the track and trip in very quick time. He carries 1.5kg more on Saturday but still has room for improvement, and if he brings his last start form, they won’t be able to catch him. 
Result (2nd)

June 9

Race 2 - 12:15PM Trevor Clarke Handicap (2500 METRES)
Fitness is key with the Darren Weir-trained FALAGO and he’s rock-hard-fit now and is ready to show his best. He won the Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) at his seventh run two campaigns back, and then won at Flemington over 2500m when sixth-up last preparation. He was poor in his first three runs back this time, but two hurdle trials saw an improvement next time. He then had another two hurdle trials before finishing 3rd behind Lycurgus and Opposition last start over 2400m at Sandown. He meets Lycurgus 2kg better at the weights here and looks set to peak sixth-up from a spell.  
Result (3rd)

Race 5 - 2:05PM Ken Cox Handicap (1000 METRES)
I think ABILITY has been tuned up nicely for this and he may just blow them away. New trainer Henry Dwyer said he had come back a very gross horse and needed a few good hit-outs to drop some weight. He’s had three barrier trials in preparation for this, and it was his most recent that really impressed. He settled in last place and jockey Craig Williams got him to the outside where he charged home into 2nd. But Williams said he didn’t seem comfortable in the Soft going despite rattling home. He gets a dry track at Flemington where he won two from two down the straight last campaign, and with further improvement since the trial, he’ll be hard to hold out. 
Result (unplaced)

May 19

Race 5 - POITREL HALL OF FAME TROPHY (2000m) 2:10pm
It was a massive first-up effort from BOOM TIME who looks to have come back better than ever this campaign. If he wasn’t caught three wide without cover, he would have won last time, and being a galloper that naturally improves deeper in his campaigns, he’ll take plenty of beating on Saturday. 
Result (1st - $2.80)

Race 7 - ANDREW RAMSDEN STAKES (3200m) 3:30pm
CHEQUERED FLAG has been impressive winning his past two at Morphettville, but the fact trainer Darren Weir has given him another two hurdle trials over 2400m suggests there’s still plenty of improvement to come. Weir uses the hurdle schooling to sharpen them up and gain extra fitness, so with that in mind, the son of Raise The Flag should be right at his peak now. His only run at Flemington was a narrow 2nd to stablemate Yogi, and he has previously finished runner-up over 3200m in a hurdle race where he carried 64kg. 
Result (3rd)

What Bets To Place at Flemington Races

There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.

Flemington Race Track Description

Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.

Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly referred to as "The Straight Six" course.

The run to first turn in the Melbourne Cup is 888m, ensuring that no horse has their chances hampered during the opening half-a-mile.

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