Wednesday Racing Tips - Sportsbet-Ballarat Racecourse 14/02/24

Racing comes back to Ballarat racecourse this Wednesday for a cracker midweek card in Victoria as racing all around the country really starts to heat up and I am keen to get stuck into things and have picked out three of my best betting spots on the card as we look towards big Autumn Group 1 races this Saturday. Follow me below for my best betting spots!

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Best of the DaySportsbet-Ballarat R1
#6 - Igotcha
Win: $2.45
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Place: 1.45
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Next BestSportsbet-Ballarat R5
#6 - Pondalowie
Win: $2.00  
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Place: $1.18
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Roughie of the DaySportsbet-Ballarat R6
#6 - Rising Sun
Win: $11.00
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Place: $2.80
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Sportsbet-Ballarat R1 -Porter Plant (Bm64) (1600m)

#6 - Igotcha (BEST BET) - $2.45
#5 - Mawhera - $4.40
#2 - Vivideel - $4.80
#4 - Boondocks - $6.50

BEST BET - #6 - Igotcha (BEST BET)
Igotcha looks set to get another win aboard for Ciaron Maher here after only putting in good efforts in his three career starts with a win and close placing in the three runs. He came off of a 24 week spell last time out when running well two weeks back at Sandown Hillside. The way he came on strong late suggests to me that he will be even stronger here out to the 1600m and I think he is a solid bet.

THE DANGER - #5 - Mawhera
Mawhera looks the main danger here, having not put a bad foot forward in three runs to kick the career off for the Busuttin and Young stable. He resumed off of a 17 week break when racing over the 1400m at Cranbourne and winning well first up before last racing at The Valley when running well again into the placings and just laying in a bit in the straight. He rates well coming back to race here third up now and hard fit.

VALUE BET  - #4 - Boondocks
Boondocks has only had the four career starts for the Hayes boys but has only put in one bad effort in running in those starts. He ran two close placings, one of them being in Saturday grade at Caulfield before jumping as a very short favourite at Cranbourne last time out where he found the lead and wasn’t challenged at all from there. His last run he struggled a bit but I think he hits back hard here

Sportsbet-Ballarat R5 - Power Fm Hcp (C1) (1100m)

#6 - Pondalowie (NEXT BEST)  - $2.00
#2 - De Bergerac  - $3.00
#3 - Rock The Bar - $7.50
#4 - Mount Olympus - $10.00

BEST BET - #6 - Pondalowie (NEXT BEST)
Pondalowie has had just the career debut for the Browne camp but I think he has to be given an element of respect off the back of it. He debuted at Bendigo over the 1000m a couple weeks back when finding the lead early and giving a strong kick at the top of the straight to win well on debut. You would think there is plenty of upside to come off the back of that effort and I assume he runs well here.

THE DANGER - #2 - De Bergerac
All you can do is win and I think that it is hard to knock De Bergerac off the back of how he debuted for Graeheme Begg at Seymour at the end of November where he stepped out over this trip untrialled and came wide in the straight to fly home in a very strong effort that saw him win there. He has had a nice trial to lead him back into racing and appears to be going well for the return here.

VALUE BET  - #3 - Rock The Bar 
Rock The Bar is yet another last start winner who won on debut and has to be given respect here. He debuted in October for Danny O’Brien at Murtoa when coming from third along the rails to chase strongly and win very well late when powerful through the line. Has had a sharp trial win since and hasn’t really given anyone a reason to jump off her.

Sportsbet-Ballarat R6 - Hygain Winners Choice (Bm64) (1200m)

#5 - Rhapsody Chic - $3.50
#7 - Girl  - $4.00
#9 - Miss Titeline - $5.50
#9 - Miss Titeline  - $11.00

BEST BET - #5 - Rhapsody Chic
Rhapsody Chic has only had the two career starts, with the most recent being for Anthony and Sam Freedman since coming back from a 10 week break and coming over from New Zealand. He made his Aus debut at Cranbourne when running home well over the 1200m to place third. He now comes back off of a 25 week spell and off the back of a decent trial, should run well. 

THE DANGER - #7 - Girl 
Girl has run quite well in for the Corstens camp with two wins and three placings and now seems to come back here with a fair bit of intent. One of her wins came first up when kicking off the campaign last time out and I think that with the booking of Shinn she’s clearly been placed here with a fair bit of intent. Go well here.

Rising Sun should be able to hit back hard here for the Dwyer camp after pulling up with an irregular heart rhythm last time out when never able to get into the race and forced to do things wide. He was very dominant in winning when making his debut at Horsham prior to then and three subsequent winners have emerged since so go well here.

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Sportsbet-Ballarat R1  - #6 - Igotcha  - PLC $1.45
Sportsbet-Ballarat R5  - #6 - Pondalowie  - PLC $1.18
Sportsbet-Ballarat R1  - #6 - Rising Sun  - PLC $2.80

Total Odds = $4.50
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