AFTER Victoria’s first race-free Monday, thoroughbred action returns to the southern state.
Ballarat hosting an interesting eight race meet this Tuesday and we are excited about what the day will bring.
We have pored over the form and delivered our eight selections for each race.
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Race 1 – Maiden Handicap (2200m)
Bernie’s Tiger has been in great form recently, placing in two-straight events. The blinkers are added for the first time, which is a big tick and in a smaller field the horse can break the maiden tag at the sixth time of asking.
Race 1 tip: Dollar Thief to win at Sportsbet
Race 2 – Maiden Plate (1200m)
King Of Vandals only just missed out on debut on Christmas Eve, and while it jumps from a wide alley here it looms as a winning threat. The son of Burgundy will be a major player if it overcomes the obstacle of the carpark draw.
Race 2 tip: King Of Vandals to win at Neds
Race 3 – Maiden Plate (1200m)
Civil Guard is the horse to beat here. The horse is resuming after a five month break, and prior to being turned out Civil Guard had missed out by a combined half length across its last three runs. Only question mark is the double figure gate, but it is by far the best credentialed runner here.
Race 3 tip: Civil Guard to win at Ladbrokes
Race 4 – Maiden Plate (1000m)
Tata Madiba is overdue for a win. The Lindsay Park runner has placed twice in its last three starts, missing out by a combined half length on those occasions. The Nicconi gelding will look to go forward and win it from the front.
Race 4 tip: Tata Madiba to win at Sportsbet
Race 5 – Benchmark 58 (1400m)
A weight penalty will be the only thing that undoes Callisto Moon here. The last-start winner gets a perfect draw and returns to a distance it has previously won at.
Race 5 tip: Callisto Moon to win at Ladbrokes
Race 6 – Benchmark 78 (1000m)
Red Casino is second-up on Tuesday where it has previously won at in the past. The resuming run wasn’t the greatest, but before that the horse had won two races in a row. The horse will go forward from barrier nine and look to win from the head of affairs.
Race 6 tip: Red Casino to win at Crownbet
Race 7 – Benchmark 64 (1200m)
Heza Magic Man can bounce back nicely from its first-up failure on December 27. The horse has previously placed three times from five race attempts and it also returns to a distance where it has won twice and placed a further three times over nine races. Expect Heza Magic Man to spear out from gate six and take some catching.
Race 7 tip: Heza Magic Man to win at Crownbet
Race 8 – Benchmark 64 (1600m)
Archie Luxury has placed in back-to-back events at this grading and we are backing it to again provide a good run for punter’s money. The horse won at BM64 level just five starts ago and while this is the horse’s first attempt at the mile, there’s no reason to think it cannot deliver a solid performance.
Race 8 tip: Archie Luxury to win at Crownbet