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Warrnambool Racing Carnival: Day One: Best Bets and Tips

Mon, May 1, 3:49pm by Senior Writer

The famous three-day Warrnambool May Carnival kicks off on Tuesday in what can be both a punter’s Christmas and worst nightmare rolled into one.

There will likely be 30 races with big fields, soft tracks and jumps races providing all sorts of obstacles to emerging a winner come Thursday.

There are those who swear thy never want to see another horse again by the time the final race is run, but it is also the place where legends are made, both on and off the course.

I grew up in the Western District and went to school across the road from the famous track and The Bool has been a ritual in my family for generations. The one thing I have learned is to enjoy the moment, don’t get too caught up in the grind, and keep backing local trainers as well as Darren Weir.

Day one presents us with ten races, with three of them over obstacles, including the Brierly Steeplechase, the feature event which many use to prepare their horses for the Grand Annual on Thursday.

The former Kiwi galloper Zed Em is the $2.50 favourite, having won a steeple at this course and distance by 15 lengths and then winning the Von Doussa at Oakbank.

That’s certainly good form, but the one we are looking at is the local Gold Medals. He steps up the bigger jumps having won a Novice Hurdle at this meeting last year and has plenty of fitness having won the Terang Cup on the flat last time. He went around in a Steeple trial last Wednesday and looks nice value at around $5.

Our Best of the Day comes up in the first race, No.2 Bonfire. Bonfire fronts up to his first jumps start off two good hurdle trials at Cranbourne. He was a pretty good stayer in his day and ran sixth in the Metropolitan in October last year. He’s also a horse who likes the give out of the ground and is trained by Gai Waterhouse, who has come to love this carnival. Has champion jockey Steven Pateman on his back, and at $3.40 looks good value.

Best value comes up in Race 3, No.12. Mookcat.

She contests a competitive maiden, but is drawn well and gets the services of Linda Meech, arguably one of country Victoria’s best jockeys. Her trainer Symon Wilde has a great record of producing maiden winners at this carnival (27 winners at the Bool in the past 20 months) and has a 50% win record when engaging Meech to ride his horses. Her first-up run at Warracknabeal was very solid and she has shown in the past she can handle wet tracks. At $13, she looks terrific value.

Here’s our tips in each race at Warrnambool on Tuesday

R1: 2-5-9-1

R2: 1-6-10-8

R3: 12-10-6-11

R4: 7-1-6-5

R5: 1-2-7-4

R6: 5-3-1-4

R7: 7-9-10-6

R8: 6-8-5-3

R9: 6-11-3-5

R10: 1-12-2-7

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