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Geelong Tips, Best Bets & Preview - Friday 16th July
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Geelong stages the Victorian Friday meeting this week. (Getty)
Geelong Tips - July 16
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Race 3 1:30pm AEST – No. 11 Sandy Prince
The Hayes-trained two-year-old is looking to cap off consecutive second placings with a win at his third start. He started his career with a second placing at Ballarat behind Saif before running second behind Swamp Vixen last time out. Both runs were good efforts and the son of Pride of Dubai looks set to breakthrough at his third start.
He has drawn barrier five and Craig Williams rides, so there are plenty of things in his favour. We’re not surprised at his shortening odds and money should continue to come for Sandy Prince on race day.
Race 4 2:00pm AEST – No. 5 Mr Brightside
Mr Brightside is another runner from the Hayes stable that should go close. The former New Zealand runner finished fifth on debut at Matamata before being sold to Australian interests. He finished second at Bendigo behind Toomuchtobear and we’re expecting that form to stack up nicely at this level. He was only a short margin behind the winner and it’s another good ride for Craig Williams.
Being a Kiwi-bred means he should handle the wet conditions. Both runs have come on a soft track and we won’t have any problems handling the heavy track. Drawing barrier 14 isn’t ideal on face value, but he should appreciate being in the better part of the track. Punters have to take short odds, but he should give a good sight.
Race 7 3:30pm AEST – No. 13 Lombardo
The four-year-old gelding had four runs last preparation and he won two of them. He is a son of I Am Invincible that comes off a three-length win at Morphettville and there is little wrong with that form. He owns a win and a placing in three starts at this distance and despite drawing barrier 16, he should get a nice drag into the race.
There has been solid betting support throughout the week and he would have been much shorter in betting had he drawn a gate. Punters should take the value available and we can see his odds firming considerably throughout the day. He could start around $2.40, so lock in the early value with bookmakers.
Race 8 4:00pm AEST – No. 8 Awapuni Princess
Awapuni Princess comes off a win at Geelong and she’s more than capable of producing back-to-back wins. The New Zealand-owned three-year-old by Deep Field won by a half-length last start and she clearly handles wet tracks, so conditions won’t be an issue on Friday. She has yet to finish worse than second in three attempts on the track, so she’s consistent and worth putting on top.
Carrying 59kg in heavy conditions is never easy, but she’s well-weighted comparatively to the field and there have been big betting moves come her way. She opened at $3.50 with bookmakers and those odds have firmed to $2.50, which is one of the biggest betting moves of the meeting. She is a winter runner worth following and there are big expectations for this filly.
Our four best bets from Geelong on Friday.
Best Bet: Sandy Prince Race 3 @150.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Bet: Mr Brightside Race 4 @-125.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units
Best Bet: Lombardo Race 7 @240.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units
Best Bet: Awapuni Princess @150.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units