Jumps racing, flat racing, beers and Ric McIntosh erupting through the microphone.
The Warrnambool Carnival comes around for 2022 and the Punter’s Prince is all over the best bets for Day 1 of the three-day event.
Warrnambool Race 1
#6 portland jimmy
Get the feeling Patrick Payne has left plenty in the tank for Portland Jimmy to fall back on ahead of his jumps debut.
The eight-year-old gelding performed admirably on the flat before Payne opted to turn him into a jumper, and he seems to have handled the switch nicely.
He had three barrier trials over the jumps to prepare himself for this effort and looked classy in his most recent go over the sticks on April 27.
Interestingly, the blinkers go on here for the first time, which he did not sport last week.
It might be the gear change that turns into a handy jumper.
If this were a flat race, he would be $1.30 against this field.
Suggested Bet: Portland Jimmy win at $2
Warrnambool race 4
Harbin’s debut at Terang can pretty much get in the bin, given he looks clearly set for this maiden race on home soil at the ‘Bool.
The three-year-old colt blundered the start, missed it by five and was never winning hope, but still had the audacity to run 5th only beaten 2.2 lengths.
It was a fantastic effort considering everything went wrong and he has since had a very professional trial since where he showed good racing manners.
Get the inkling they will be pressing forward from barrier nine and he is worthy of a bet here.
Suggested Bet: Harbin each-way at $6 the win and $2.25 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed First Four – 3, 5, 7, 8, 11
warrnambool race 8
#3 Adelaide Ace
Talk about being ‘set for the ‘Bool.’
Adelaide Ace has purely targeted this event on his home track under the guidance of Lindsey Smith.
The five-year-old gelding resumed with a slashing run behind Flash Aah at Bendigo in a BM-100 event worth $130k when he stormed from the back of the field.
He tapered off late in the run after a big mid-race surge, which will top him off beautifully for the second-up run.
It was the perfect platform run over 1400 metres to get him ready for a 1700-metre event.
He has since had a nice jump out at Terang over 800 metres to keep him ticking for this.
It should be a pretty simple task for Patrick Moloney; find cover in a midfield spot and take off at the 500-metre mark.
He prefers dry tracks, which is what he will likely get with clear weather, a good-four path predicted.
Suggested Bet: Adelaide Ace each way $7 for the win and $2.15 for the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 3, 4
warrnambool race 9
#8 as i please
I had to look twice at the markets when seeing double-figure odds on offer for As I Please.
The five-year-old gelding has raced in city-class at his last start three starts and returns to his home track, where he has won three times from three attempts.
Forget his last start, where he had a bit of a throat issue which stopped him from running at his best.
Look towards his run in BM-70 at Warrnambool back on December 31 last year.
He hurried in by a narrow margin when resuming from a spell and only went up 2kgs from that winning run.
A recent Terang jump out showed signs he got over his throat issue and has held onto that residual fitness he built up throughout this campaign.
Suggested Bet: As I Please, at $11 the win and $3.80 the place each way.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 7, 8, 12