Horse racing tips, best bets for Randwick, Caulfield and Sunshine Coast

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

Last week … Two winners. The Astrologist ($4.40) – Chris Vernuccio, Lindhout ($3.30) – Glenn McFarlane (value)

Saturday: RANDWICK (10 races, start 11am), DOOMBEN (9 races, 11.43am), CAULFIELD (9 races, 11.50am), GAWLER (9 races, 12.03pm), BELMONT (9 races, 12.48pm). Sunday: Sunshine Coast (9 races, 12.35pm)

Check out their best and value bets:


RAY THOMAS (Daily Telegraph) Form: x2215

HULK (Race 6, No.3 — $3.50)

Hulk has been racing in top form but without much luck this winter. He has been runner-up in three of his four starts this campaign including fast finishing efforts behind smart duo Malkovich and Madam Legend in recent starts. Bursting to win a race, Hulk gets his chance on Saturday as the Randwick 1100m suits and he handles wet tracks.

Value bet: MAJOR ARTIE (Race 2, No.2 — $8.50)

MATT JONES (Daily Telegraph) Form: 2525x

HARPO MARX (Race 5, No.3 — $2.80)

He is ready to win now after running a quick final sectional last start and there’s no real reason why he won’t be able to beat this field at this stage of his preparation.

Value bet: DAME KIRI (Race 4, No.6 — $14)

Harpo Marx is ready to peak third-up from a spell. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

SHAYNE O’CASS (Daily Telegraph) Form: x1293

LANCASTER BOMBER (Race 6, No.1 — $4.60)

Put the writing on the wall for another second-up win on the C.V when he resumed with a fast closing third.

Value bet: SPANISH POINT (Race 5, No.10 — $16)

CLINTON PAYNE (Racenet) Form: x3x25

ZAKAT (Race 9, No.11 — $11.00)

Proven fresh performer that’s been in the Godolphin racing system during the spring and autumn over the past 12 months, so he should appreciate the level of opposition in July. Adept on rain-affected ground and performs at Randwick, just four runs back got within a neck of Criaderas.

Value bet: MONEGAL (Race 7, No.2 — $13)

MITCH COHEN (Racenet) Form: x51x6

LANCASTER BOMBER (Race 6, No.1 — $4.60)

Expecting Tom Sherry to return a winner in his first ride for six weeks at Randwick. Lancaster Bomber showed enough fresh to suggest he will be competitive again second up where he has won three from five attempts. He ticks the wet track box and is drawn to get a cosy run. There’s a lot to like.

Value bet: TRICKY GAL (Race 8, No.7 — $10)



BRAD WATERS (Racenet) Form: x255x

VIRIDINE (Race 8, No.1 — $6.00)

Viridine is suited at weight-for-age in the Monash Stakes as the highest-rated runner. His efforts at Group level were solid in the autumn and he trialled well in Sydney leading up to this.

Value bet: CRU CLASSE (Race 6, No.10 — $15)

GILBERT GARDINER (Herald Sun) Form: 22134

MALKOVICH (Race 8, No.10 — $2.60)

Fingers crossed Jamie Kah’s record is sorted by Race 8 but if not, it will be after 1100m. Three-year-old taking on the older horses but Sydney sprinter has the most upside.

Value bet: BETCHA FLYING (Race 7, No.8 — $26)

Malkovich can make it three in a row in the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

CHRIS VERNUCCIO (Racing News Editor) Form: 94351

ZORRO’S DREAM (Race 3, No.9 — $3.70)

His last three starts have all been seconds and most recently was nabbed on the line by Express Pass at Flemington in a strong rating race. The third horse from that race, High Risk, won at Sandown midweek.

Value bet: VIRIDINE (Race 5, No.1 — $6.00)

GLENN McFARLANE (Herald Sun) Form: 14334

RED SANTA (Race 6, No.7 — $3.80)

Christmas in July anyone? Been running consistently in Sydney and hopefully can find the line here

Value bet: ZORRO’S DREAM (Race 3, No.9 — $3.70)

SIMON MOY (NewsRacing) Form: 5473x

GRINZINGER ALLEE (Race 9, No.13 — $3.20)

Both runs this time in full of merit and gets ideal conditions again. Perfectly placed to ice Jamie Kah’s big day.

Value bet: METEORITE (Race 3, No.4 — $6.00)

NICK QUINN (TAB) Form: 1133x

MALKOVICH (Race 8, No.10 — $2.60)

Malkovich is racing through the grades, he lumped 61kg to a dominant Caulfield win last start in his first Victorian run. Jamie Kah takes the ride on Saturday and from gate ten expect her to take him to the lead or sit just off the speed and bring him into the race in similar fashion to what Lane did last start.

Value bet: JUMBO OZAKI (Race 9, No.8 — $8.00)


Stockman will be hard to beat in the Caloundra Cup. Photo: AAP ImageSource:AAP

TRENTON AKERS (Courier Mail) Form: 78143

STOCKMAN (Race 5, No.3 — $1.70)

Will lap up the rain-soaked Sunshine Coast track and has been aimed at this race after skipping the Grafton Cup during the week.

Value bet: DERULO (Race 6, No.12 — $5.50)


s – denotes tip was scratched.

x – denotes spell or holiday.

Note: TAB odds correct at time of publishing.

Originally published asWeekend Best Bets: Hulk to prove the hero

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