The Wizard of Odds analyses the best tips and previews from Pakenham as we head into another big week of racing.
A first starter is poised to go bang on debut and the Wizard is making him the best of the day.
Pakenham race 1
#7 Draft Day
Damien Oliver heads to Pakenham for one ride.
He is not going there for a sight-seeing mission, but rather to guide home Draft Day to a winning debut.
The three-year-old gelding most recently jumped like a bomb at Flemington after going to the line under a hard hold.
Oliver rode him in the jumpout and probably could have won it by an absolute space had he let go of him.
Saving the pennies for raceday and he looks ready to go.
Suggested Bet: Draft Day win at $3.3
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 6 & 7
Pakenham race 2
Sigh comes into this race after a winning jumpout at Cranbourne.
The three-year-old filly sat midfield in her jumpout over 800 metres on a heavy surface and then angled out to the middle and hit the line intelligently.
Trainer Peter Moody has acquired jockey Brett Prebble who is in a fine vein of form having ridden an early race-to-race double.
The horse is trained locally at the track and will be accustom to the surroundings as well as the Pakenham synthetic surface she faces today.
Should be able to make a big impression on debut.
Suggested Bet: Sigh win at $4
Pakenham race 6
Credlin went really well in her jumpout to prepare for this race upon resuming from a spell.
The five-year-old mare trained by the quirky Enver Jusofovic ran 2nd in her jumpout at Cranbourne on Aug 2 in a sign she has returned fit and healthy.
She hit the line under a big hold after being forced to sit wide and off the pace.
Love how she balanced herself up and strode out with strength.
She looks a picture of health and she did win her first-up run last campaign.
Great each-way play to find out if she screwed down enough to win.
Suggested Bet: Credlin each-way at $7.5 the win and $2.15 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 4, 5, 9
Pakenham Race 8
#3 Full of Theories
Giving Full of Theories another go here after he struck some bad luck last week.
He raced at this track over 1400 meters and was held from about the 400-metre mark to the 300-metre mark and it would eventually cost him the race.
Now, he gets the golden switch of inside barrier to outside barrier which should allow him to have full momentum and clear running into the straight.
Senior jockey Daniel Stackhouse has also been booked.
Suggested Bet: Full of Theories win at $4.4