The traditional Anzac Day meeting from Flemington greets us on Sunday and it’s accompanied by a juicy little seven-race card up north at Randwick Kensington.
Our very own Wizard of Odds is keen to get an early winner in Race 1 at Flemington, while the Anzac Day Stakes represents a nice each-way betting play.
All that plus more with the best bets across both programs.
Flemington Race 1
#6 Mohican Heights
Chris Waller has pulled a beauty here by avoiding the handicapper to get Mohican Heights into this race with only 54.5kgs.
This four-year-old gelding has settled into life well since arriving to Australia from Great Britain and has strung together two consecutive wins in impressive style.
It was his last start that really showed his spring-boarding progression in Australia with a smart win over 2400 metres at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
He comes into this race with four runs under his belt and a base of race fitness greater than that of anything in this race.
Suggested Bet: Mohican Heights each-way at $5.5 the win and $2.4 the place* (* no third dividend)
Flemington Race 4
#9 Deluxe Legend
Deluxe Legend absolutely smashed the line on debut over 1000 metres at Sandown to run second by a nose behind the heavily backed Qeyaady.
Although the step up from 1000 metres to 1400 metres might be a tough task, this horse looks to have enough talent and aerobic capacity to overcome that hurdle.
He showed good gate speed on debut and jockey Michael Dee can utilise that to hold a spot on the rails either in the lead or one pair back.
This two-year-old gelding would have derived an improvement in fitness after his debut effort and that should hold him in good stead for this event.
Suggested Bet: Deluxe Legend each-way at $6 the win and $2.25 the place
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 7, 9, 12/ 7, 9, 12/ 2, 4, 7, 9, 12
Flemington Race 7
#5 All Too Huiying
All Too Huiying put in a much improved performance at Caulfield last start after a first-up failure in the Bendigo Golden Mile.
He jumped well from a wide gate but had to sit three deep on the speed and despite looking like a shot force at the 600-metre mark, he rallied back to plug away for fourth.
The three-kilo claim from Matthew Cartwright will help his chances and it looks he will get into a nice position with some cover up near the lead speed.
Step up to 1700 metres should be of no concern and we can back him each-way at a nice price.
Suggested Bet: All Too Huiying each-way at $8.5 the win and $2.9 the place
Randwick Kensington Race 5
Pesto ran an absolute bottler on his Australian debut at Caulfield last start.
Sent out as the $3.4 favourite in a BM-78, he settled towards the rear half of the field from a wide barrier and hit the line with power to finish second over 1400 metres.
This race, he rises in distance to 1800 metres and with a field that does not possess the pace he faced at his first-up assignment, he can settle much closer to the lead and be within striking distance as they turn into the straight.
He gets the services of gun hoop Tommy Berry to aid his chances which is always a positive lead from the Hawkes stable.
Looks the best of the program at Randwick Kensington.
Suggested Bet: Pesto win at $4