Punt Drunk: Buyers keep splashing the cash at Easter sales

Horse racing tips and news

We hope you all enjoyed a winning day on the punt for hump day and the online betting accounts are looking nice and healthy heading into Day 1 of The Championships this weekend. Fields have been released for racing around the country on Saturday afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled for plenty of winners on HorseBetting.com.au over the next day or two.

Farewell, Arcadia Queen – we hardly knew ye

Owner Bob Peters has confirmed what we all sadly knew: that Arcadia Queen has run her final race following a career-ending tendon injury. The star mare won eight races from 16 starts in her career, including the Caulfield Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and, remarkably, the Kingston Town Classic as a three-year-old. She has achieved plenty on the race track, and now all eyes will be on her progeny over the coming years as she will no doubt have a massive impact on the racing industry from the breeding barn. The retirement of Arcadia Queen means she now joins the likes of Russian Camelot and Farnan on a growing list of Group 1 winners that have been retired in recent weeks.

Another day, another ridiculous figure at the Inglis Sales

Sheamus Mills is one of the best judges when it comes to picking up a yearling, especially at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. This week he forked out a whopping $1.95 million for an I Am Invincible filly – a record in terms of cash splashed by Mills on a yearling and, unsurprisingly, the most expensive lot on Day 2 of the Easter sales. The horse is set to be trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr, and we all know just how well that combination can set up a two-year-old’s career. I Am Invincible had two lots go as million-dollar purchases on Day 2 of the sales, which brought his total of five lots to cross that mark at this sale alone.

Thursday racing tips – April 8, 2021

Punt Drunk’s best bet of the day

The Gary Portelli-trained Akihiro has been racing in much tougher company than what he is set to face on Thursday afternoon. He competed in the Black Opal last time out and has run into Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside in his last two starts, so a midweek maiden at Wyong should be right up his alley. The son of classy galloper Maurice will look to settle just off the leaders’ heels from barrier one, and with a bit of luck in the running he will be sprinting clear and bringing up the first of many wins.

Wyong – Race 3 – Maiden Plate (1300m) Akihiro (#8) $2.10 with Sportsbet

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