Randwick Betting Tips – 19th July 2018
July sees a bit of a lull in the top class racing action as the Australian season comes to an end. Massive races such as the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup are getting ever closer but there are still some tempting betting opportunities in the much closer future.
There is some competitive racing in July Sprint Day at Randwick on Saturday for example. So, to try and secure some end of season profit, we’ve gone through the card to pick out our Randwick betting tips below.
Rosebud Prelude (Race 1)
Let’s start at the beginning with Race 1 of Randwick’s card, the Rosebud Prelude. Favoured by many big name trainers, this 1000m race is used as a yardstick for promising two-year-olds to see if they have what it takes to compete in the Group 1 Golden Rose next season.
Some bookies are confident enough about the chances of Plague Stone that they’ve made James Cummings’ charge the odds-on favourite. Although he hasn’t competed for 19 weeks, Plague Stone did win two recent trials to underline his status as the favourite.
We wouldn’t necessarily want to put anybody off from backing the favourite but at the same time we can’t help but think that The Tenor is a more tempting option at $6.00 with bookmaker.com.au.
The Tenor won his only start to date at Newcastle less than two weeks ago and drops down in weight for this race. The Kris Lees stable know what they’re doing with promising two-year-olds while the jockey booking of Brenton Avdulla is another plus.
Book Spring Now Handicap (Race 3)
Next up for our Randwick betting tips is Race 3, the Book Spring Now Handicap. This is a very competitive looking handicap run over 2400m which carries a decent prize of $53,375 for the winner.
Ombudsman has been the favourite in the betting ever since the markets were priced up. It was only recently that some were questioning whether one and a half miles was the right distance for Chris Waller’s three-year-old but he answered those questions in style when winning in style over 2400m last time out at this track.
He’s a worthy favourite who will be well backed in the lead up to the race but it’s worth pointing out that his recent win at Randwick came on soft ground. It’s going to be firmer under foot on Saturday which opens the door up for Mongolian Wolf.
The four-year-old has had a short three week break from competitive action. In the five race spell that preceded that he put in his best performance at Morphettville over 2400m and on the same sort of good ground expected at Randwick on Saturday.
Mongolian Wolf was one of just three nominations on Monday so Daren Weir has clearly been targeting this race and we think he’s a fair price at $4.20 with William Hill.
July Sprint (Race 7)
Run over just 1100m, the July Sprint is the feature race of the day at Randwick. It’s also perhaps the most competitive race of all with 13 horses entered (although Oriental Runner has been scratched) and several in with a good chance of winning.
There will be a great deal of interest in how Tactical Advantage ($4.20 with Bet365) goes after a 33 week break. Punters are also expecting good things from the tentative favourite, I Thought So ($3.80 with William Hill).
With so many potential winners, we’re going to recommend having an each-way bet in this one and in that regard it’s Sir Plush who looks the best option at $7.50 with Unibet.
The five-year-old is another who returns from a long break. He’s performed well first up over this distance in the past and had two trials to ensure he is fit and ready to perform on a fast track.