This Weekend In Racing: Top Picks

Mar 11, 2022

By Terry Kennedy

The Sydney Autumn Carnival officially kicks off this Saturday with the running of the Group 1 Coolmore and the final chances for the two-year-olds to qualify for the Golden Slipper through the Pago Pago and the Magic Night. 

The Australian Cup steals the limelight at Flemington, while racing returns to Eagle Farm in Brisbane after a torrid time with mother nature. 

Let’s try and find some winners from our TRL trainers, who by the way have been on fire across all three states. 

MOODY MAGIC 

Peter Moody reports our promising two-year-old Lethal Thoughts has returned to training for the Vic Husslers and the Moody stable has been proving “lethal”. 

Pete has a strong line-up of top chances you should follow. 

Nanagui (Race 1) is a justified $3.80 chance at Sportsbet, she was checked badly last start before flashing home late, and has James McDonald on board. 

Gimmie Par (Race 3) is a talented filly, well in at the weights and has won 2 of 4 starts.

Merchant Prince (Race 4) won well at Pakenham and was luckless in the Blue Diamond – before finishing fast. 

Spanish Mission (Race 7) Peter has prepared this European star the Australian way for this campaign. Spanish Mission finished a cracking third in the Melbourne Cup and with speed left in the legs is ready to win first-up over 2,000 meters – I reckon he can pull it off. 

BET: Nanagui – Win (Flem Race 1)

BET :Merchant Prince – Each Way (Flem Race 4)

BET: Spanish Mission – Each Way (Flem Race 7) 

CIARON MAHER/DAVE EUSTACE THRIVING

It may be hard to believe but the Ciaron Maher/Dave Eustace appears to be growing stronger and there’s no reason the winning strike won’t continue this Saturday. 

Arktika (Race 5) is a promising 3yo filly and has frimed from $7.50 to $6 on Sportsbet. She won on debut and backed it up at her second start to remain undefeated and can complete the hat-trick. 

Junipal (Race 8) is a favourite of ours, he hit the line well first-up, is fitter now and at $11 with Sportsbet is worth a flutter. 

Cardigan Queen (Race 9) is another talented 3yo filly, she reeled off the second-fastest final 200 meters of the day at Moonee Valley last start and will be hard to beat. 

BET: Arktiki – Each Way (Flem Race 5)

BET: Junipal – Each Way (Flem Race 8)

BET: Cardigan Queen – Each Way (Flem Race 9)

GAI GIGGLES WITH A HEAVY TRACK

There may have been six hundred millimeters of rain over the past two weeks in Sydney but Gai Waterhouse isn’t complaining. 

Rise Of The Masses (Race 3) is a proven winner on heavy ground, will be up on pace and hard to get past. 

Zouman (Race 10) is a last start winner of on a Heavy 10 and looks to be a promising young stayer. 

BET: Rise of the Masses – Each Way (Rosehill Race 3)

BET: Zouman – Each Way (Rosehill Race 10)

PRIDE ON THE LINE

Joe Pride is another NSW Tycoons trainer who’s not complaining about the rain affected tracks. 

Brutality (Race 4) is now second-up, relishes the wet and meets Ellsberg better at the weights. 

Stockman (Race 7) has been good to followers of the Pride stable, he’s $6 into $4.60 with Sportsbet in early markets, will relish the 2,000 meters and the heavy track. 

Taksu (Race 9) has also been well supported in early markets, takes a 2kg claim is fitter and sticks on. 

BET: Brutality – Each Way (Rosehill Race 4)

BET: Stockman – Each Way (Rosehill Race 7)

BET: Taksu – Each Way (Rosehill Race 9)

EAGLE FARM RETURNS A GOOD TRACK

Racing returns to Eagle Farm this Saturday and despite all the wet weather the track is expected to be a Good 4. 

Qld Rogues trainer Michael Costa has close enough to the best strike rate in the country, there’s no doubt he places his horses well. 

Ocean Emperor (Race 4) looked great winning at the Gold Coast, is up in grade but has the talent to win again. 

Sir Rocket (Race 8) got way too far out of his ground last start, has won 6 of 14 starts and is a justified $4.50 chance with Sportsbet. 

BET: Ocean Emperor – Each Way (EF Race 4)

BET: Sir Rocket – Each Way (EF Race 8)

GOLLAN TO SPRINKLE HIS MAGIC 

There’s no denying Tony Gollan has the magic touch, which makes Abracadazzle (Race 3) the omen tip of the day at Eagle Farm. 

Dreamcatcher will be extremely hard to beat, but Abracadazzle is ultra consistent and can break through for a well deserved win. 

A Call From Heaven (Race 6) beat a smart one home last start and can win again. 

Vaporizing (Race 7) won fresh last campaign, has been tuned up by Tony in a couple of trials and can continue his good first-up record. 

Don’t let Charretera (Race 9) slip under your guard, Sportsbet have him at a juicy $12 quote and after winning first-up at Ipswich he can step up to this grade and win again. 

BET: Abracadazzle – Each Way (EF Rae 3)

BET: Vaporizing – Each Way (EF Race 7)

BET: Charretera – Each Way (EF Race 9)

Good luck and good punting

TK