Big Winter runners and Gibbons closes in on apprentice premiership

Kai Shmukler
Big Winter runners and Gibbons closes in on apprentice premiership

It was a great weekend in  horse racing betting  if you were following onlyracing’s Saturday racing tips and best bets tips and we take a look at two runners who I counted out that got the money at big odds across the betting sites as well as Dylan Gibbons racing ahead for the Sydney apprentice jockey premiership 

Gibbons four wins extend his championship lead

Ucalledit backed up his big stakes win to take out the Robrick Lodge Winter Stakes over the 1400m under Dylan Gibbons for his sixth Stakes win and his second in conjunction with Kris Lees, both with Ucalledit.

He started out Saturday’s meeting only one win ahead of Zac Lloyd but took a big lead of four by the end of the day with four winners to Lloyd’s one. He now has 69 winners for the season.

Gibbons impressively rode a treble of back to back winners early on in the card with one of those runners being in our Saturday racing tips and then took out the Robrick Lodge Winter Stakes for another powerful display on Ucalledit.

"Obviously you need the book of rides to do that. Thanks to my boss and the bigger boss at home. Things are going great.", Gibbons said.

With six meetings left of the season you would think Gibbons looks very good to take out the Sydney apprentice jockey premiership. 

Cigar Flick set for big Winter and Spring

Cigar Flick made her return to racing for Chris Waller and had an impressive first up run for the stable, taking out the 1100m Agency Real Estate 2YO Handicap in a small field of four.

It was a tactical ride by Collett who was competing with Gibbons on the favourite Epic Proportions, a well bred 2-Y-O herself from the Maher and Eustace stable.

"She will solve her own problem. She is pretty adaptable. She did everything right and can take those narrow margins which is all part of racing but certainly a feather in her cap.", said Collett about the horse.

He had her sitting just off the lead and when he got the split Cigar Flick raced through the inside next to the rail to win by nearly a length to Epic Proportions and the Anthony Cummings trained Missile Defence who specked at odds.

Waller’s assistant trainer, Duckworth wasn’t surprised by the win and said, "Realistically off the races she was running in in the autumn carnival, she didn't really need to improve much to win." 

The stable is looking to move her onto bigger and better things this prep and we had her in our Saturday racing tips and expect to see her again in her next outing in our best bets tips.

Spicy Margs salutes dominantly under Mertens

Spicy Margs returned in awesome fashion for Mick price and Michael Kent Jr in the opener on Saturday in a 1100m 2YO Handicap with an all the way win.

The short price Peter Moody trained favourite Sensical tracked her into the run as she led them out under Mertens but couldn’t even get within two lengths of her at the line.

Mertens had this to say about her, "She's very speedy … she jumped out of the machine and jumped straight on to the bridle, gave me a beautiful ride and travelled so nicely."

This $340,000 juvenile looks to have been worth the investment for the stable and I think she will be moving onto bigger things this Winter. 

"Especially this tight turning track, she was able to carry herself around it so well … this track is going to suit horses like that, that make their own luck.", said Mertens.

She looks a dynamic horse who I will be sure not to count out of my best bets tips and who will likely be onto listed racing.