Ichibansan (Gawler Race 4 No. 4)
After winning his last three races in a row, this four-year-old gelding from the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas stable is the favourite in this BM 76 Handicap over 2106m. He got a big break ahead of the field and never looked in doubt when he won by 2.2 lengths over 1800m at Morphettville on 17 December, then he chased solidly to get there late for a 0.1 length win over 2040m at Morphettville on 17 December. Looks set to continue his winning streak.
Fighting Mclaren (Gawler Race 7 No. 3):
This four-year-old Fighting Sun gelding trained by Ryan Balfour has three wins and two places from six starts. He resumed from an 11 week break to win by 1.1 lengths over Morphettville on 17 December, then worked home solidly from too far back for 1.5 lengths 5th over 1050m at Morphettville on 26 December. Forgive his last run. He looks a nice each-way bet.
Tequila Time (Gawler Race 6 No. 1):
This six-year-old Stratum gelding is the early favourite in this BM 82 handicap over 1100m. He was a length winner over 1000m at Morphettville Parks on 20 November, then chased hard for 1.6 lengths 4th in the Listed Kensington Stakes over 1000m at Flemington on 11 December. Has a massive weight rise from that run and I’m prepared to risk him here.
Best Bets Our Ascot Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. Spin The Knife (Ascot Race 1 No. 1) Spin The Knife resumes in this 3YO Plate after a 15 week spell. In the Spring he won by 3.2 lengths over 1000m at Belmont on 25 September, then was picked off in the final stride for 0.1 length 2nd in the 3YO Classic over 1000m at Ascot on 9 October. Has won both his previous first-up starts and has a class edge. Rates very well and will be
Best Bets Our Gawler Racing Tips for the weekend. Victory Bandit (Gawler Race 5 No. 5) Sue & Jason Jaensch train this four-year old mare. She winded to the line when 3.2 lengths 6th over 2040m at Morphettville on 26 December, then battled away to gain the upper hand in the final 50m for a 0.7 length win on a soft track over 2106m at Gawler on 8 January.She seems to like this track and looks the leading hope. $3.20 Each Way
Best Bets Our Doomben Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Mix (Doomben Race 7 No. 3) With three wins from three starts this campaign, Lee Freedman is putting this four-year-old Medaglia d'Oro gelding in the right races. He was bumped at the start before going on to a 0.2 length win over 1200m at Gold Coast on soft going on 11 December, then led all the way for a lovely 2.5 length win over 1200m at Kilcoy on 13 January. Rates highly. $3.75
Best Bets Our Moonee Valley Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. In The Boat (Moonee Valley Race 8 No. 11) Lightly raced Lindsey Smith galloper with four wins and three placings from his seven career runs. He lead around Caulfield at a fast speed last start and offered a strong kick on the turn to fend off the smart Marine One with a good gap back to third. Maps to find the lead again here with just 55kg on his back after the claim. Think the Valley