Marquand & Doyle come over, $100k bet landed and follows from The Valley.

Kai Shmukler
Marquand & Doyle come over, $100k bet landed and follows from The Valley.

It was a great weekend in horse racing betting as we are well underway into the Group 1 races season and my Saturday tips went quite solidly 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 but this article focuses on some of the top international jockey’s who make their way to Australia for the peak of the Group 1 races season, big bets that landed on the weekend and some to follow from Moonee Valley. I am keen to get stuck into things so check out all the horse racing news below.

“Aussie Tom” and Hollie Doyle set for Australian bookings.

Spring racing has well and truly kicked off as the peak Group 1 races and listed races approach and horse racing betting has really started to ramp up, so too has the quality of our races and this week four time Australian Group 1 winning jockey Tom Marquand and his wife, Seven time Group 1 races winning jockey Holly Doyle look set to head to Australia as soon as next weekend for what looks like a cracker day in horse racing betting.

"If we have a horse that takes us to the Breeders' Cup we'll be heading there and straight to Melbourne, if not, we'll be coming hopefully and actually spending a bit of time Down Under," Marquand said.

If they don’t see a booking in the Breeder’s cup we could see one of them race in the Cox Plate next weekend.

As for the premier race across all Australian betting sites, The Melbourne Cup, Marquand aims to ride the Late Queen Elizabeth II’s Desert Hero. 

Desert Hero is set to run in the Group 1 St Leger and has to do well enough in that race to retain a light weight for the Melbourne Cup.

"It would be unrealistic of me to say I wouldn't want to be aboard him (Desert Hero), but if I couldn't, it would be a fairly easy suggestion who the substitute might be.”

In reference to his partner Doyle. Regardless of who in the couple lands up getting the ride it will be very exciting to see them come down under and I will be sure to cover the prospects of the runners they are booked on in my Saturday racing tips for those weekends.

Big bet hits from Saturday’s Racing

As always, there were some big bets landed across the Aussie betting sites as punters took advantage of the best horse racing promotions and the best odds across the betting sites and we quickly take a look at some below.

One of the softer ways I have every seen to make $28k was a smart punter who had $10,000 on Howgoodareyou as the Waterhouse / Bott runner under Tim Clark found the front off the jump and was never even threatened from there, smashing the odds on favourite Call Di. I had him in my Saturday tips for Rosehill so if you aren’t following those you are missing out! BET:

$10,000 on Howgoodareyou @ $3.80

Always nice to get out in the get out and one punter backed Pike in the last, which is an absolute moral bet as we know, with a $10,000 bet on the just over odds on favourite who duly saluted under Pikey. BET:

$10,000 on Red Fifty Three @ $2.30

If you have been following my Saturday Tips / Best bets tips you would know I am a big fan of Hefel, who took advantage of the light weight on Future History and had her sit right outside the speed as the Maher and Eustace stayer took over and was never in doubt from there at a nice price. BET:

$6,000 on Future History @ $3.90

Follows from Saturday at Moonee Valley

It was a classic day at The Valley in Horse racing betting, with a strong bias to front running horses which always makes for a day where there are some key runners to follow who were on the wrong part of the track / not totally suited to the bias.

UNITED NATIONS: I always had a cheeky feeling about Maher and Eustace’s latest English import who has taken a couple to get going and now came over to Vic from Sydney where he was forced to last form the wide gate in what became a very stretched field before Zahra smartly cut him to the inside and United Nations had plenty to offer from there when powering home into third and clocking good splits. He looks ready to win the next time he steps out.

MAWALLOCK: Mawallock is one of the better follows of the day. She really did make a soft time of things out from as Mertens was able to find the lead and set the pace from the soft draw but this was her first run since March where she clocked the same paced splits from the 800m to 200m and gave a sight before being eased down late when lengths clear. She’s undoubtedly going to be moving towards some listed races as the Group 1 races season kicks on and I will cover her prospects in my Saturday Tips when she is next placed by connections.

LEGEND OF DUBAI: Legend of Dubai looks good to go for a win in his third Australian start after going out from 1400m to 1600m on Saturday where Zahra had him just off the speed before tracking the winner into the home straight and he found the line very very well inside the last 100m of the race. I assume his next run will be at the 2000m and I will have something on in my best bets tips so watch for those.