Darwin Cup race day betting preview & best bets | Monday, 1/8/22

Darwin racing preview

What Darwin Cup Day 2022
Where Darwin Turf Club – Buntine Dr, Fannie Bay NT 0820
When Monday, August 01, 2022
First Race 12:07pm ACST

The final day of the 2022 Darwin Cup Carnival will be held Monday, August 1st where 10 races will be run and won. Northern Territory specialist David White brings you the race-by-race betting preview with the top tips. First race is set to start at 12:07pm local time.

Race 1 – $30,000 Schweppes 0-70 Handicap (1200m)

Global Winder has won two of his past three races over 1100m (0-64 and 0-70) and there’s nothing to suggest that his current good form won’t continue. Has an ideal gate as well and will likely start favourite with the top Australian betting sites.

Best Bet

Race 1 – Global Wonder silks#2 Global Wonder (1)

5yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Adam Nicholls (58.5kg)

$3.20 with PlayUp

Race 2 – $30,000 Harvey Norman TROBIS 0-58 Handicap (1200m)

Akoni may have cracked his maiden when a comprehensive winner over 1200m on July 9, but he appears to have that special something that suggests that he may have a bright future. Has plenty of speed to burn.

Best Bet

Race 2 – Akoni silks#1 Akoni (3)

4yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Adam Nicholls (59kg)

$2.15 with Neds

Race 3 – $30,000 TAB 0-66 Handicap (1100m)

Rising Sphere produced a disappointing Darwin debut over 1100m (0-66) on July 13 when he finished seventh, but bounced back last start to overcome his rivals over 1100m (0-66) by six lengths on July 27.

Best Bet

Race 3 – Rising Sphere silks#1 Rising Sphere (3)

5yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Jarrod Todd (61kg)

$2.40 with Bet365

Race 4 – $35,000 Seppelt Montgomerie Lightning Plate (1000m)

Ideas Man lined up in the Palmerston Sprint on Saturday and if he comes through that unscathed he might prove far too quick for his rivals. A first up second at Darwin in May was followed by three straight wins.

Best Bet

Race 4 – Ideas Man silks#2 Ideas Man (5)

5yo Gelding | T: Chris Nash | J: Dean Holland (56.5kg)

$2.10 with Ladbrokes

Race 5 – $30,000 Australian Turf Club 0-58 Handicap (1600m)

We Will Remember had two seconds over 1200m (0-58) and 1600m (Class 2) before winning big over 1600m (0-62) on Wednesday. Up in weight. Only has to continue from where he left off to seal victory.

Best Bet

Race 5 – We Will Remember#1 We Will Remember (12)

5yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Jarrod Todd (60.5kg)

$3.10 with Unibet

Race 6 – $30,000 GH Mumm Handicap (1600m)

Dataset has made a statement since arriving from Alice Springs with two tough wins over 1600m on July 16 (0-66) and July 23 (0-70). Led throughout on both occasions. Can win, but will have to be at his best.

Best Bet

Race 6 – Dataset silks#2 Dataset (4)

7yo Gelding | T: Jess Gleeson | J: Casey Hunter (58.5kg)

$3.90 with Betfair

Race 7 – $30,000 Ladbrokes 0-62 Handicap (1300m)

The Mistral didn’t live up to expectations when he finished third as favourite in his Darwin debut over 1000m (0-58) before producing his best over 1200m (0-58) on July 23. One to beat despite a tricky gate.

Best Bet

Race 7 – The Mistral silks#3 The Mistral (13)

5yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Jarrod Todd (59.5kg)

$2.30 with Palmerbet

Race 8 – $30,000 Magic Millions Handicap (1300m)

Autocratic could not have been more emphatic en route to a four length victory in the Darwin Corporate Park Cup (1300m) on Wednesday. He never looked like losing, so on that display he has to be respected.

Best Bet

Race 8 – Autocratic silks#3 Autocratic (2)

6yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Jarrod Todd (57.5kg)

$3.30 with Neds

Race 9 – $30,000 Silks Darwin Handicap (2050m)

Wicked Addiction toppled Venting, who went on to win the NT Derby (2050m), over 1600m (0-62) before finishing second behind Darwin Cup hope Gone Bye in the Buntine Handicap (2050m) on July 16.

Best Bet

Race 9 – Wicked Addiction silks#3 Wicked Addiction (7)

5yo Gelding | T: Kym Healy | J: Wayne Davis (57.5kg)

$3.50 with PlayUp

Race 10 – $200,000 Great Northern Darwin Cup (2050m)

Playoffs brought decent Melbourne form to the Top End before taking out the Chief Ministers Cup (1600m) in impressive style on July 9 in his one and only start at Fannie Bay. Living The Dream was just as powerful in his one and only start in Darwin when he cruised to victory in the Metric Mile (1600m) on July 13, so the question remains as to whether or not his outstanding WA record stacks up against Victorian form. Playoffs carries 2kg less than Living The Dream, who has the luxury of jumping from gate four. The markets and form guide suggests that it’s either Playoffs or Living The Dream. At their best I Am The Fox, Gone Bye, Our Destrier, Vallabar and Venting can make a serious impact. Danon Roman, Noir De Rue and Kaonic finished second, third and fourth in last year’s Cup. Trident is capable of anything, while Starouz was a last start second behind Living The Dream. Should be an intriguing race.

Best Bet

Race 10 – Playoffs silks#3 Playoffs (14)

6yo Gelding | T: Gary Clarke | J: Jarrod Todd (59.5kg)

$4.20 with Betfair

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