Saturday Racing Tips - Sportsbet-Ballarat Racecourse 09/12/23

Racing comes back to Ballarat this Saturday for Ballarat Cup Day and we have ten high level races on the card for a total prize of the day of $1.8 million and I am keen to outline my best three betting spots of the card as we obviously go through the listed Sportsbet Ballarat Cup in race eight and also two other races so follow me below!

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Best of the DaySportsbet-Ballarat R5
#8 - Excelleration 
Win: $4.40
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Place: $1.75 
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Next BestSportsbet-Ballarat R7
#8 - A Little Deep
Win: $2.50 
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Place: $1.90 
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Roughie of the DaySportsbet-Ballarat R8
#2 - Just Folk
Win: $7.50 
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Place: $2.30
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Sportsbet-Ballarat R5 - Global Turf (Bm84) (2000m)

#8 - Excelleration (BEST BET) - $4.40
#6 - Independent Road - $6.50
#4 - Harmysian - $10.00
#11 - Kettle Hill - $6.50

BEST BET - #8 - Excelleration (BEST BET)
Excelleration has to be a good bet here after the time he clocked at Flemington splits wise in the run when resuming. He got no luck there and it shows in certain splits but the parts of the race where he had clear air, he was flying and the clock doesn't lie. He’s jumped out very well for this, maps well and should be super strong at this trip. 

THE DANGER - #6 - Independent Road
Hard to ignore Independent Road based on the way he returned to racing last time out for the Hayes boys. He came off of a 20 week spell in the Ballan Cup and just continued to grind the leaders down the whole way through the run to eventually get the money in the dying meters of the race. That was impressive given he was racing over the 1500m first up and now should be improving into this second up.

VALUE BET  - #4 - Harmysian
Harmysian is a smart horse who has had three runs over the 2000m and now that the track should have a bit of juice in it he really gets his chance to win. He last ran well in the Country Cup where he was just held up at a crucial stage for the run but still came on so strongly and has been running well prior. I think he’s a winning chance here.

Sportsbet-Ballarat R7 - Magic Millions Ballarat 3YO & 4YO Classic (1100m)

#8 - A Little Deep (NEXT BEST) - $2.50
#3 - Baroque Road - $9.00
#13 - Foujita San - $17.00
#4 - Zou Sensation - $16.00

BEST BET - #8 - A Little Deep (NEXT BEST)
I think this race is not an afterthought for A Little Deep and it’s been on the radar since the planned to have her come back to race. She hasn’t raced since the end of October on Moe Cup day where she belted a decent field over the 1000m. She’s very good with fresh legs however and the stable doesn’t screw around, they’ve had her jumpout a bunch for the return and she looks awesome.

THE DANGER - #3 - Baroque Road
Baroque Road has the class to take this out first up for Maher and Eustace and comes back here to race since the end of August were he smashed a good field at Sandown before going away for the spell. He has jumped out very well for his return and he generally runs well fresh. Can take this out.

VALUE BET  - #4 - Zou Sensation
Zou Sensation resumed two weeks ago at Cranbourne in a Friday night race where he looked to have his moment to come on and he didn’t do much with it but wasn’t disgraced when able to finish third. He now comes into this much fitter and ready to win, can feature at odds.

Sportsbet-Ballarat R8 - Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (2000m)

#8 - Foxy Cleopatra - $5.00
#11 - Red Sun Sensation - $6.00
#4 - Ain'tnodeeldun - $7.00
#2 - Just Folk (ROUGHIE OF THE DAY) - $7.50

BEST BET - #8 - Foxy Cleopatra 
Foxy Cleopatra has got to be the leading contender in this race as I think getting out to this trip and perhaps even this exact race have been the target. She raced in the Cranbourne Cup a fortnight ago when just wanting to lay in in the straight which cost her the race but did look strong prior to doing that and still wasn’t disgraced by the way she ran there. She’s rock hard fit now, gets out to her ideal distance and will surely run well here.

THE DANGER - #11 - Red Sun Sensation
Red Sun Sensation is a horse that really caught my eye when he last stepped out for Peter Moody three weeks ago at Caulfield in the Country Cups Final where he got held up but once he got clear air he was absolutely flying to the line in a very sharp effort behind the awesome winner Claideamh Mor. He’s been a model of consistency, not being out of the placings in his last four runs and strikes a winnable contest now.

Just Folk has been turned around quickly for this assignment but I think he is as good of a chance as any here, He stepped out for the Bedggood stable in the 1800m G3 race last week at Caulfield as a long priced favourite but saluted very very well when taking on a solid amount of weight and showing so much fight to hold on when he had every reason to lose. Well placed here to do the double from a good gate and better at the weights.

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Sportsbet-Ballarat R5 - #8 - Excelleration - PLC $1.90
Sportsbet-Ballarat R7 - #8 - A Little Deep - PLC $1.45
Sportsbet-Ballarat R8 - #2 - Just Folk - PLC $2.50

Total Odds = $7.00
$50 Stake = $350.00 Return!

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2nd: 4, 6, 8, 11
3rd: 4, 6, 8, 11

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