This Weekend in Racing: The Summer of Racing

Dec 9, 2021

By Terry Kennedy


There could be no better way to start the weekend than gathering at the track, the local or the lounge room to cheer home the horse you OWN on a Friday night. It’s double the excitement for owners in The Racing League with Bellinger racing at Moonee Valley for the Vic Husslers while Hot Spring Gold will make his debut for the Qld Rogues at Doomben.

Both are good chances at juicy odds.

Let’s take a closer look and find a winner from our TRL trainers.



 Qld Rogues trainer Chris Munce had to wait patiently for our bloodstock team to find him the right “ready to race” horse, but he’s pretty happy with Hot Spring Gold who’ll debut for the maroons at Doomben (Race 7) this Friday. The big wet in South East Queensland has caused a few false starts for Hot Spring Gold but Munce is delighted with him and he’s firmed from $16 into $12 on Sportsbet. “Happy with this guy, the horse is in good order, has some nice gallops under his belt and will finish off nicely although we’ve struck a really strong race,” Munce said.

Click here for his full report on Hot Spring Gold. 

On Saturday at Eagle Farm, Chris has Smart Meteor (Race 1) who enjoys the Eagle Farm surface and caught the eye last start when it finished off gamely.

BET: Hot Spring Gold – Each Way  (Doomben Race 7, Friday night)

BET: Smart Meteor – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 1)




Vic Husslers owners will be hoping for a chance of luck with Bellinger on Friday night at Moonee Valley. After winning two starts back at Benalla, poor old Bellinger had a torrid time last start when ridden against instructions to miss a place at Donald. “Really happy with how he’s come out of the trial, he’s done fantastic, will settle midfield and we will ride for luck” trainer Ben Hayes said.

Click here for the full report on Bellinger. 

The Hayes team can also win on Saturday at Flemington with Pioneer River (Race 9). Josh Richards will claim 3kgs, he has good straight form and at $6 on Sportsbet has plenty of appeal.

BET: Bellinger – Each Way (Moonee Valley Race 9 Friday night)

BET: Pioneer River – Each Way (Flemington Race 9)




 The Vic Husslers training combination of Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior certainly look to be enjoying their new facilities at Cranbourne with the horses along with our promising two-year-old Eureka Storm settling in well. I reckon the stable have some terrific each way chances at Flemington on Saturday. Race 2 – Redwood Shadow, a $5.50 hope with Sportsbet,  Jamie Kah in the saddle can only be a bonus. Got back in a slowly run race last time out, but still caught the eye late. Race 3 – Garvoc, has already been specked in early markets with Sportsbet $20 to $16, has won 4 of 14 starts, needs to take the next step but expect a bold showing. Race 5 – Sunfall is over the odds at $20 on Sportsbet, he is one from one at Flemington and will make his presence felt.

BET: Redwood Shadow – Each Way (Flemington Race 2)

BET: Garvoc – Each Way (Flemington  Race 3)

BET: Sunfall – Win (Flemington Race 5)



Strangely enough the Ciaron Maher/Dave Eustace stable has more chances at Randwick on Saturday then in Melbourne. You’ll have to be patient at Flemington with their best appearing in the last race Pioneer River (Race 9). He has good straight form and the 3kg claim of Josh Richards only improves his chances at $6. At Randwick, Herman Hesse (Race 4) only got caught on the line last start. That was five weeks ago he’s been kept up to the mark with a trial and makes his own luck. Boldinho (Race 5) is pretty short with Sportsbet at $2.60 but was a terrific second in the Merson Cooper and looks to be full of promise.

BET: Pioneer River – Each Way (Flemington Race 9)

BET: Herman Hesse – Win (Randwick Race 4)

BET: Boldinho – Win (Randwick Race 5)



 Trainer Mark Newnham has a nice horse on his hands with Dragonstone (Race 3). He came out and blitzed his rivals first-up after a spell last start. He does jump 4kgs in weight for that impressive win but looks good enough to go back to back.

BET: Dragonstone  – Win (Randwick Race 3)



 Queensland Rogues trainer Tony Gollan was on fire last Saturday leading in 4 winners and he has a couple of cracking chances this weekend’s Eagle Farm meeting. His best bet, is Garibaldi (Race 8) which does have a nasty habit of missing the start. “If he steps away, sits roughly in the third pair, he’s the horse to beat” Gollan said. Ingear (Race 6) has plenty of speed and will go forward. Loves the Eagle Farm circuit and is in great form coming off a win last start.

 BET: Garibaldi – Win (Eagle Farm Race 8)

BET: Ingear – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 6)