This Weekend in Racing: Your Horses Hit The Track

Oct 1, 2021

Massive week for The Racing League with four runners hitting the track to start October.

October 4: The Sherpa, looking to go back to back at Muswellbrook for the NSW Tycoons

October 6: Bellinger, makes his debut for the Vic Husslers over 1100m at Sale

October 6: The Big Goodbye, back in action for the Qld Rogues at Doomben

October 9: The Captain, makes his debut for the Vic Husslers and Matt Cumani in the Hamilton Cup

Keep an eye out for a full preview of those races plus the final word from your trainers. Now Let’s try and find some winners from our TRL trainers for a Super Saturday of racing at Randwick, Flemington and Doomben. .


The Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott stable is becoming a firm favourite among followers of our weekend preview, constantly delivering good value winners. Gai’s knack for producing an early two-year-old was there for all to see with Kibou arguably the most impressive at the official trials, running good time and putting a gap on them. Gai’s magic also works with stayers and there’s no reason why Entente can’t make it back to back wins when tackling the Metropolitan Handicap over 2400m. While at Flemington, Gai and Adrian also have Black Tahitian in the two-year-old race on Saturday. Black Tahitian led all the way in the jump out and is worth a bet around that $9 mark.

BET: Kibou – Each Way (Syd Race 3)

BET: Entente – Each Way (Syd Race 9)

BET: Black Tahitian – Each Way (Melb Race 1)



 How good was The Sherpa writing himself into the history books by becoming the first winner for The Racing League last start at Scone. The Sherpa showed tremendous tenacity over an unsuitable 900 metres to win a three horse war to the line. Trainer Brett Cavanough reports he has thrived since that win will be hard to beat at Muswellbrook next Wednesday (October 6) and will then aim for a Highway race at Randwick on Everest Day. Brett has Fender (Race 10) stepping out on Saturday at Randwick. Fender got too far back in the Show County and can improve to be in the finish in the last at Randwick.

 BET: The Sherpa – Each Way (Muswellbrook  Race )

BET: Fender – Each Way (Sydney Race 10)



 The Epsom Handicap over the Royal Randwick mile is one of the great races of the Sydney Spring Carnival and I’m not prepared to let the Joe Pride trained Private Eye go around without a small interest. Private Eye looked a touch special winning first-up, since then has been okay in some unsuitable races, but if he can run out the mile will take some beating.

BET: Private Eye  – Each Way (Sydney Race 8)



Vic Husslers’ trainer Peter Moody reports Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise will relish the extra distance in Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. Incentivise completely controlled the race in winning the Makybe Diva last start, the extra 400 metres is no worries, neither is the soft ground, he looks a good bet. Gimmie Par (Race 5) did the right thing by us last start, there’s a nice hard edge to this filly and I’m happy to stick.

Bet: Gimmie Par  – Each Way (Melb Race 5)

Bet: Incentivise – Win (Melb Race 7)



Trusting that our Vic Husslers’ trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young can keep their hot early season form going at Flemington on Saturday. Glint Of Hope (Race 3) has already been specked in early markets, she has caught the eye the last couple of starts and the extra distance will suit in a wide open race. Mr Tipla (Race 9) is at big odds $14, was good at Flemington, had no luck in Sydney and gets through the ground.

BET: Glint Of Hope – Each Way  (Melb Race 3)

BET: Mr Tipla – Each Way (Melb Race 9)



 Qld Rogues trainer Rob Heathcote is making the most of his experience as a former tourist operator. Normally it’s the Sydney trainers heading north, but now Heathcote has two runners looking to take the Sydney prize money. After a year off with injury, stable favourite Rothfire (Race 6) was terrific first-up against the best sprinters in the land and this is a much easier assignment. Startantes (Race 7) was pretty good in the Golden Rose last week getting home late, she’s on the seven day back-up and is pretty classy. Aswaat (Race 4) is in career best form and as the old adage says “mares in form, stay in form”.

BET: Rothfire – Win (Syd Race 6)

BET: Startantes – Each Way (Syd Race 7)

BET: Aswaat – Each Way (Bris Race 4)



 The Pines all three runs this campaign have been full of merit, but just hasn’t been able to crack it for a win. That should change for The Pines (Race 2) there’s no Miami Fleiss’s in this race. Ruuca (Race 7) has been backed as if unbeatable, halving his opening quote. Look for him to race a little closer and finish strongly.

BET: The Pines – Win (Bris Race 2)

BET: Ruuca – Each Way (Bris Race 7)