Horse racing tips, best bets for Eagle Farm, Randwick and Sandown

Our experts give you an early shot at finding a winner in the major races this weekend.

Saturday: ROYAL RANDWICK (9 races, start 11.20am), EAGLE FARM (9 races, 11.29am), SANDOWN (9 races, 11.40pm), MORPHETTVILLE (9 races, 11.50pm), BELMONT (9 races, 1.17pm).

EAGLE FARM

NATHAN EXELBY (Sky Racing). Form: 13031

CONVERGE (Race 7, No.2 — $3.50)

Was one of the best beaten runs you will see in the Sires’. Went further back than expected from bad gate and then struck traffic problems at a vital stage in the straight. Still managed to get close after charging when in the clear. Will still find his feet in this race, but won’t be conceding as much start this time, which makes him clearly the one to beat.

Value bet: FUNSTAR (Race 9, No.1 – $8)

TRENTON AKERS (Courier Mail). Form: x578

CONVERGE (Race 7, No.2 — $3.50)

Was the unlucky runner out of the Sires’ Produce and has drawn perfectly to put himself in the right position this time around. Looks great value stepping up to 1600m with key rivals drawn off the track.

Value bet: BROOKLYN HUSTLE (Race 9, No.10 — $9)

NICK QUINN (TAB). Form: 81141

AYRTON (Race 3, No.2 — $1.80)

A rising star who will be worth sticking with as he races through the grades and is backable odds.

Value bet: THE HARROVIAN (Race 8, No.12 — $8.50)

Converge looks hard to beat in the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

ROYAL RANDWICK

RAY THOMAS (Daily Telegraph) Form: 8124x

ORDER AGAIN (Race 6, No.2 — $6.00)

Order Again ran a blinder when resuming in the Scone Cup, finishing fast from the back of the field for a luckless third after being held up at a vital stage in the straight. He’s been kept fresh with a month between runs, he’s very effective at 1600m and second-up from a spell. Order Again also excels on heavy tracks where he has won three races. At $6, he’s great value.

Value bet: CASINO KID (Race 2, No.8 — $14)

SHAYNE O’CASS (Daily Telegraph) Form: x

CISCO BAY (Race 9, No.8 — $7.50)

Has been trialling well and will have no issues with the rain affected track.

Value bet: ORDER AGAIN (Race 6, No.2 — $6)

Order Again ran a great race when resuming in the Scone Cup and will go close at Randwick. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

JETT HATTON (Racenet) Form: 25252

GRAVINA (Race 4, No.7 — $2.10)

They rarely win like Gravina did last time out and she looks perfectly placed to score again on Saturday. Reece Jones produced a pearler to score in that race and from the same draw in barrier two, she loses nothing with him retaining the ride and drops 1kg as she rises slightly in grade.

Value bet: BROKEN ARROWS (Race 3, No.3 — $26)

CHRIS VERNUCCIO (Racing News Editor) Form: 87194

BLONDEAU (Race 9, No.11 — $3.40)

Looking for 1400m now third-up. There’s was merit in his last-start defeat despite being the odds-on favourite after he ran the fastest last 600m of the meeting.

Value bet: APACHE CHASE (Eagle Farm, Race 8, No.18 — $11)

LATEST BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS

SANDOWN

BRAD WATERS (Racenet) Form: 33×25

BLESS HER (Race 9, No.7 — $6)

Bless Her made a solid start to her campaign on good ground at Caulfield but improves dramatically on wet ground. She’s a great chance to break through on Saturday.

Value bet: PARMIE (Race 4, No.3 — $8.50)

Bedford (grey silks, centre) is ready to peak at Sandown. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

GILBERT GARDINER (Herald Sun). Form: x4542

BEDFORD (Race 5, No.5 — $3.20)

Ready to fire third-up and appreciates rain-affected ground. Gets back as a rule so wide barrier of less concern, especially with the long straight at Sandown.

Value bet: DEGRAVES (Race 6, No.4 — $7)

GLENN McFARLANE (Herald Sun) Form: 21714

CORNER POCKET (Race 8, No.8 — $3.70)

Has a tough draw, but is chasing a sixth consecutive win with great formlines around him.

Value bet: OCEAN MISS (Race 6, No.10 — $3.80)

SIMON MOY (NewsRacing) Form: 03×15

SPRING CHOICE (Race 5, No.9 — $5.00)

Returns on the back of a powerful win at the same track and looks well placed to repeat the performance.

Value bet: RETROVAILLES (Race 3, No.10 — $6)

LATEST BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS

s – denotes tip was scratched.

x – denotes spell or holiday.

Note: TAB odds correct at time of publishing.

Originally published asWeekend Best Bets: Converge to join Group 1 club

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