Horse Racing Best Bets – Saturday 13th August

Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s meetings, with horse racing tips and analysis for the five best bets of the day. Good luck, punters!


I am going to go with race fitness in the P.B.Lawrence Stakes and put SCALLOPINI on top. He was so brave here in the Bletchingly when fought the race out tenaciously for close placing. He will make his own luck sitting up on the speed and may pinch a break last 200m and prove too strong.

This is his fifth start this campaign and he may just be a bit strong for the runners returning from a break but Mr Brightside looks the danger fresh and if rain persists and the track deteriorates then Mr Brightside may have the edge.


Named after one of the Australian turfs greatest sprinters, the Vain Stakes gives the three-year-olds a chance for Group 3 glory leading into the spring. ALPHA ONE could not have been more impressive when making it three in a row at The Valley last start.

Damian Lane let him slide to clear lead and he just kept running proving much too speedy for them. This is a step up in class and he meets some up and coming three-year-olds but he can measure up and win again.


EBHAAR resumes from a spell. She had a very poor autumn in Sydney with two disappointing efforts in Group races but she has been impressive winning a couple of trials up north before coming to Caulfield for a first-up tilt.

She won at this track when on debut and would expect Kerrin McEvoy to let her run from her barrier draw and she can return to winners stall.


SINAWANN chased home the star Marabi when placed in the Group 2 Australia Stakes around The Valley when first-up last time in work. He comes into this fresh from spell and looks nice each way odds in this.

He won the Group 3 Keven Heffernan Stakes around Caulfield last spring and although he will be better when gets over bit further than this he will be steaming home over the top of them.


Looks like Sydney is in for another wet track here and that should be right up the alley for ZOUKERINO. The John O’Shea trained colt made a mess of them on the heavy ground at Kensington on debut and he has been kept up to the mark with a trial leading into this.

Brenton Avdulla should get the perfect run in transit from ideal barrier draw and if he produces the same burst of speed over final 200m he can win at Listed level.