Massive day for all racing fans around Australia, with the running of the 2013 Melbourne Cup. 19 overseas gallopers take their places in the field of 24, and owner Lloyd Williams has a quarter of the field engaged with 6 runners. That’s a 25% chance of winning the worlds richest handicapped race, with over 6.2 Million in prize money on offer.
Another fantastic off shoot of Cup day, is the betting pools are rather large and big bets can be placed on all racing codes. Something that’s a rarity these days. I’m going to cheat a little and box 8 up in a big first 4; Verema, Red Cadeux, Royal Empire, Sea Moon, Mount Athos, Masked Marvel, Dandino and Dear Demi.
Hopefully they can run the first 4.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 8 Box 4 Zafonic Babe, 7.22pm
This girl has a great record here at Ipswich and finally returned to some form here last week when she flew out and held on for 3rd. She was burnt off mid race, and once she was, she stopped chasing as hard. Today’s race is far from harder, and is in fact a lot easier than last week’s. The biggest question is, can she lead and can she find the top? I think she can, with her best jump and a little bit of luck. She’s recorded a solid 25.27 here and has won 3 from 7 over the journey. Her record here is better than most and it’s really hard to make a case for any of the other runners. Kikem Riddler gets his chance but he’s an old dog and will need a complete form reversal. But he’s drawn the box and gets his chance. Zafonic Babe looks the one and I give her a fantastic each-way chance.
Lismore Greyhounds Race 8 Box 2 Shoe Laces Lady, 9.05pm
I made a mistake tipping against this girl last week. Regular followers will be aware of my following of her and I’ve won a great deal of money on her. One important thing to remember is she actually beat the great Queen Lauryn’s track record when running second at Ipswich a few starts back. And that alone was a huge effort. While she’s only run average time here, she is 2 from 3 here and won extremely well when winning here last start. Tonight’s race is a little easier, but what does concern me is I’m not so sure she puts in 100% when on the bunny all alone. She seems to chase far harder when chasing another dog, but with that being said she still looks the one to beat. From box 2 she should find the top or near to it early on, and once in a winning position, she’ll prove very hard to beat. She looks the one and should win.
Cranbourne Greyhounds Race 7 Box 5 Silent Girl, 6.10pm
A flying machine early, Silent Girl, possesses enormous early pace and has done so since she first won her maiden in Tasmania. She won here a few starts back and should win with ease here again. Box 5 will suit and she clearly has more pace than all the others in this race. She’s run 17.96 here and I have no doubt she can go far quicker. I generally stay away from these scamper racers, but with her enormous early pace I expect her to be winning. Big chance.
Best of Luck
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