First thing this morning the Races.com.au team made their late-mail 2011 Victoria Derby Day Tips public knowledge, with the insider selections for all nine-events on the Flemington race card, so below we thought we would expand on a few of our picks and provide readers with our best bets of the day – where your money should be and when you should flee.
Lay Of The Day Race 5 #12 Rekindled Interest
Jim Conlan’s luckless Cox Plate third placegetter is back for another shot at an elite level today, and while their run at the Valley last weekend was strong, they were unable to get the better of the likes of December Draw and Glass Harmonium when they last saw the 2000m at Flemington running fifth in the Turnbull.
Fear it will be a similar story in the Mackinnon, especially as they aren’t in Melbourne Cup contention and don’t seem as desperate for the victory as say #3 Midas Touch ($7.50 Luxbet) or #9 The Verminator ($21 Luxbet).
Better Than Bank Interest – Take Your Pick!
Today there are odds-on favourites a plenty and really they all should come away victorious.
Really hard to go past #1 Atlantic Jewel to win the Wakeful (Race 3) and maintain her unbeaten record, #1 Sepoy in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (Race 4) where even down the straight his class should prevail
Best Roughie Of The Day Race 9 #4 Woorim
Rob Heathcote’s tough Queensland galloper Woorim pays $11 for the last Derby Day race in a market where there are four single figure chances. Flemington suits him and has the racing style to sit back off them from his horror barrier (15) and get home late. Double Figures – get on him.
In the Big One Race 6 #1 Manawanui
The Victoria Derby this year is shaping up as a beauty with a full field of 16, all going the distance for the first time, and only three at single figures.
Favourite is Manawanui, he’s easing out to $2.70 at Luxbet now and really deserves to win this. Money for Geelong Classic winner Induna, but Manawanui has the rank, the draw, the record, the former Group 1 win and they have our support as well.
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