This’llbetheone (Warwick Farm Race 4 No. 5):
This three-year-old Exceed And Excel gelding trained by John O’Shea is unbeaten in two starts. On debut he fought on well for a 0.1 length win over 1400m at Kembla Grange on 2 November, then led throughout and fought on well for a 0.3 length win over 1500m at Hawkesbury on 18 November. James McDonald sticks with him and he will be hard to beat.
Ocean Emperor (Warwick Farm Race 6 No. 2):
This four-year-old Written Tycoon gelding trained by Bjorn Baker has two wins and three places from 13 starts. He was the leader straightening but the winner was too strong late and he finished 0.8 length 2nd over 1100m at Canterbury Park on 27 October, then led early before winding late for 5.4 lengths 4th over 1100m at Canterbury on 12 November. Has a 3 kg claim here which will help and looks a nice each-way bet.
Hollywood Gossip (Warwick Farm Race 5 No. 8):
This three-year-old I’m All the Talk filly trained by Gary Portelli is the early favourite in this Fillies & Mares BM 64 handicap over 1100m. She led early and was headed in the last 100m for 0.6 length 3rd over 1300m at Goulburn on 31 October, then was the leader straightening but was nailed late for 0.4 length 2nd over 1200m at Canterbury Park on 12 November. Has only raced once on heavy going and finished well back in the field, so I’m prepared to risk her 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