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Tim's Tips (Racing)

Prahran Football Club, Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:25AM

WELCOME to  Tim's Tips - Selections for main Melbourne race meetings by former Herald Sun sports journalist Tim Habel. He is now a contributor to The Age so his tips for major city meetings will be in The Age formguide.

CAULFIELD SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24. Rail true. Track good 4.

RACE 1

HOUSEMAN 1, Almandin 2, Bedford 3, Gallic Chieftain 4

Intriguing race with Cups class stayers and stablemates Houseman and Almandin resuming. Houseman is lightly raced, a Group 3 2000m winner at the Curragh and last start start third in the Belmont Derby.

RACE 2

ASTORIA 1, So And So 2, Belfast 3, Amaninto 4

Astoria was never closer than three wide without cover resuming in the Autumn Stakes and stuck gamely to his task. A Victoria Derby placegetter, the extra 400m is ideal.

RACE 3

OVERSHARE 1, Prevailing Winds 2, I Did It Again 3, Piracy 4

Overshare was gallant in a close defeat resuming after racing three wide on pace.

RACE 4

MISS WAHOO 1, Smart Coupe 2, Earth Angel 3, Summer Sham 4

Miss Wahoo was brave last start holding off the smart Freehearted who has won since. The McEvoy-Kah combination are hot and she's likely to push forward and make her own luck.

RACE 5

JESTER HALO 1, Silent Sedition 2, Samovare 3, Flippant 4

Jester Halo will lead from the coveted rails draw and appeals as the best each-way bet of the day. Second last in the Orr but she overraced on a slow pace and still clocked 11.89 for the last 200m. Silent Sedition is clearly the class runner but didn't finish her race off first-up. Blinkers go on, out the jury is out on whether she is as good as she was.

RACE 6

BRAVE SMASH 1, Tosen Stardom 2, Mighty Boss 3, Showtime 4

The Weir pair Brave Smash, desperately unlucky not to win the Orr, and Tosen Stardom, who had a torrid run three wide on the pace, can fight this out.

RACE 7

LONG LEAF 1, Oohood 2, Qafila 3, Plague Stone 4

An open Blue Diamond but the unbeaten Long Leaf appeals as a model racehorse, will tuck in behind the pace and run out a strong 1200m, the ideal Blue Diamond recipe. Among many other chances are Oohood, provided he mends his manners, Plague Stone and first-upper Qafila- if they overcook the early speed she can be the late swooper.

RACE 8

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1, Catchy 2, She Will Reign 3, Booker 4

Often a blow out race the Oakleigh Plate, cast as wide a net as you can afford for the quaddie. Staying with Russian Revolution, unbeaten fresh, (if the rain arrives so much the better, he won the Galaxy on a heavy 10), and the three year-old fillies down in the weights Catchy, She Will Reign, who will improve ridden back and Booker.

RACE 9

HARTNELL 1, Gailo Chop 2, Silent Gaze 3, Lord Fandango 4

Match in two, Gailo Chop will lead and Hartnell can overhaul him late, the forecast rain would be a bonus.

BEST BETS: Astoria, Long Leaf. VALUE BET: Jester Halo.

THE $20 FLEXI QUADDIE
1st leg: 1, 3
2nd leg: 1, 8, 15, 16
3rd leg: 2, 16, 17, 18
4th leg: 1, 2
For a $20 outlay you would receive 31.25 per cent of a $1 dividend. 












 

Last updated: Friday February 23, 2018 3:02PM
Author: Tim Habel