NIGHT racing at Pakenham returns this Thursday as the club dusts off the floodlights for the first-time in 2018.
There’s a great eight race card in the offing so let’s take a look at where your money should go ahead of the first at 6.30pm AEDST.
Race 1 – Maiden Plate (1200m)
Seberate debuted with a fourth-placed finish in late 2017 after a decent trial and we believe the horse will benefit from stepping out onto the track on the competitive circuit. In a race with not a lot of form going into it we think the Lindsay Park runner can breakthrough at the second time of asking.
Race 1 tip: Seberate to win at Neds
Race 2 – Maiden Plate (1400m)
Confluence is unlucky to still be in the maiden grade. In five-straight races the horse has finished in second place, missing out by less than a length on four of those occasions. Surely Confluence’s time is now.
Race 2 tip: Confluence to win at CrownBet
Race 3 – Maiden Plate (2500m)
Sarteano Star has finished in the placings in four-straight races and from the perfect draw it will be hard to hold out here. In a race where a lot of runners here have shown some class in the past we believe Sarteano Star looks best placed to breakthrough.
Race 3 tip: Sarteano Star to win at Sportsbet
Race 4 – Maiden Plate (1400m)
Songs Of Ireland gets an ugly draw for Thursday night but if the last-start third is anything to go by the horse has the class to win. In a race with not a lot of early speed the galloper can do the business here.
Race 4 tip: Songs Of Ireland to win at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 5 – Benchmark 70 (1400m)
Miss Mo is second-up on Tuesday where it has previously won at in the past. The horse returned in good order as a short-priced favourite at Stony Creek, although it failed to record the win. Strips fitter now and will be a genuine contender.
Race 5 tip: Miss Mo to win at CrownBet
Race 6 – Benchmark 64 (1600m)
The Hayes, Hayes and Daberning-trained Alnaas has yet to miss a placing in its career, culminating in a breakthrough win last-start to end the maiden racing at the fourth time of asking. That maiden win was dominant so we believe Alnaas can get the job done straight into benchmark company.
Race 6 tip: Alnaas to win at Neds.com.au
Race 7 – Benchmark 64 (1200m)
Nina Rules has been performing well around this grade over the last few runs and we think it is more than capable of bouncing back in a big way. It only missed out by a length and a half last start and we think it can return to the winner’s stall here.
Race 7 tip: Nina Rules to win at CrownBet
Race 8 – Benchmark 64 (1400m)
Gotta Be A Rokstar is racing in BM64 after a recording its maiden victory on December 29. It has been a good preparation for the horse, which recorded a third placing upon resumption, and we believe it can win again third-up here.
Race 8 tip: Gotta Be A Rokstar to win at William Hill