We take a look at Espiona’s third Invitation win, Clipperton confident in Think About It’s chances and Blackbookers


It was a bit of an all over the show weekend in horse racing betting as we are in the thick of the Group 1 races season and my Saturday tips went okay across the Aussie betting sites as we picked up a few winners even if our best bets tips didn’t go so well. Our exotics tips also went quite nicely and this article goes through Espiona and McEvoy’s tough but awesome win in The Invitation, Sam Clipperton’s thoughts on Think About it in the Giga Kick Stakes and some follows from Moonee Valley this past Saturday.

Espiona overcomes tough run to claim The Invitation

It was a huge weekend for Kerrin McEvoy in horse racing betting and our Saturday Tips picked him to remain undefeated in The Invitation, which he has now claimed since its induction two years ago.

He was able to take out the $2 million race despite Espiona enduring a tough three wide run for the trip on Saturday.

Chris Waller’s horse was able to take out fellow Group 1 races winners Ruthless Dame and Alcohol Free and Magic Time in a flash four way finish for Kerrin to claim the race.

I was lucky to get the ride on this girl, she's obviously been in great form. It's nice to get the job done. It's a nice race to be winning. It makes up for not being there for Cox Plate day, but it's a great racing day up here as well.", said McEvoy.

McEvoy overtook from Nash who had ridden Espiona for her three starts this season and many doubted he’d be able to get the same out of her as Nash had.

As for the odds across the Aussie betting sites, Espiona drifted out to nearly $5.00 across the australian horse racing bookmakers when he beat Maher and Eustace’s $18.00 chance Ruthless Dame and the favourite, Begg’s $2.80 Magic Time.

"I was able to pop off, get on his back and be a little bit closer. I was worried at the 300m then at the 100m she just done enough to get her bib in front, so it was a nice win.", said McEvoy.

Espiona has seen an outstanding prep and whilst I think this marks the end of it for this year be sure to follow my Saturday Tips in case she steps out again.

Clipperton confident that Think About It measures up in the Giga Kick Stakes

It’s going to be another big weekend in horse racing betting and Sam Clipperton believes that Think About it has been set up very well for his finale for the season as the duo attempts to continue their insane winning streak at Rosehill racecourse.

Clipperton is undefeated when combining with Think About it for nine wins from nine starts, with the last of which being a massive win in The Everest.

He’s been with her whilst she rose through the ranks for Joe Pride and gets another chance to take out a huge race this coming Saturday with the $3 million Giga Kick Stakes run over the 1300m at Rosehill.

Think About It has taken out the Group 1 Kingsford Smith over the 1300m before taking out The Stradbroke over the 1400m as well this year and Clipperton is confident that “the Giga Kick will probably suit him in theory perhaps better than a 1200m but it's hard to say that after winning an Everest and nearly running track record time,".

Think About It comes into this third up and whilst he might not have heaps of upside after The Everest, Sam is confident he’s going to be running on very well here.

"He's a superstar, I am not surprised but then I am surprised by just how much he rises to the occasion basically.”, said Clipperton.

I will be sure to thoroughly outline Think About It’s prospects when my Saturday tips come around next weekend and I see myself following the horse again after we had her in our horse racing tips last time out as a $4.50 chance in The Everest.

Blackbookers from Moonee Valley

It was a pretty awesome Saturday of horse racing betting at Moonee Valley this past weekend and there were definitely more than a few horses who ran very well that I didn’t pick up on in my Saturday Tips, I will cover more of them in my next news article but for now we will go through three of the biggest runs from horses on Saturday at The Valley.

Thalassophile: Thalassophile should have finished a lot closer than he did when Jmac started to really get going on the horse before running out of room from the 400m all the way through the home turn until getting a split in the last 150m where she ran the best 200m of the race and looks very on track for getting out to a 2000m assignment now. Wishlor Lass was outstanding however so not taking anything away from his win in this race. Watch for Thalassophile in my Saturday Tips when he is next placed.

Immortal Star: Bold Bastille clocked an ever impressive win in this race but I think that Immortal Star is going to be a moral when she next steps out. She bombed the start and was never a winning factor after then when last in the run and then looked to start a run but was bumped on the home turn. However he was very brave and kept finding the line in defeat and ran the last 200m in only 2/10ths of a second slower than the winner. I will definitely be following her in my Saturday Tips when she next steps out. I think she’s going to run a great race.

Prowess: This wasn’t a race I was able to bring into my Saturday Tips as we had some bigger races to look at but I certainly had a bet on the star New Zealander Mare who absolutely belted this race in just her second up effort and first run back in Aus. She sat on the rail just behind the speed before getting a split in the straight and flying through on the inside to claim it well and beat the two favourites. She is aiming towards the Group 1 champion Stakes over the 2000m at Flemington and I will be sure to cover her prospects for it in my free horse racing tips but I think she’s going to be extremely prominent then.

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