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Australian racing preview & best tips for April 25, 2020

Welcome to our preview and best bet tips for Australian metro racing at Flemington, Rosehill and Morphettville in Adelaide on Anzac Day, Saturday April 25, 2020.

The Sydney autumn carnival concluded with two group 1 races last Saturday at Randwick, but there is Group racing at Rosehill, the other major Sydney track.

 The Rosehill meeting is actually the relocated Hawkesbury Cup meeting. Ordinarily, the meeting would be held at Hawkesbury, about two hours drive north-west of Sydney,  but because of biosecurity measures it’s being held in Sydney’s west.


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Much attention also turns to the other states, with key races at Flemington in Melbourne and Morphettville in South Australia.

April 25 is Anzac Day in Australia, which is normally a day of celebration and which has always included Group races at Flemington.

The racing continues in all states of Australia bar Tasmania under strict biosecurity measures which have been tightened even further during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have examined some of the best races so read on for our free Australian racing tips for Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Rosehill, race 6: Hawkesbury Guineas, 3.45pm local time (1400m)

Some really talented three-year-olds in this race, even with the scratching of the nominal pre-post favourite Indy Car. This is a seriously competitive race and there will be value about whichever runner you want to back. The money has come for the Team Hawkes-trained Spend, which cost a tidy $1.55 million as a yearling. He has not suggested as yet that he will pay back that hefty price tag, but we think Spend should get all the favours here from gate 6 for champion rider James McDonald. The logical dangers are Icebath, on of only three fillies in the race, and the talented Eleven Eleven, which is group 1 placed.

Suggested bet: Stick with Spend each-way. The addition of McDonald for the first time is a huge plus.

Rosehill, race 7: Hawkesbury Cup, 4.20pm local time (1500m)

The 1500m is an in-between type of distance which should suit the ultra-consistent Royal Celebration, which is drawn a little awkwardly in gate 16. He should race handy and if he can slot in will be hard to beat. Royal Celebration loves this track, having won two and been placed twice in four starts there. Amangiri is another from the strong Hawkes team and she will appreciate the drop in class on recent starts. Gaulois is from the Godolphin operation and should race handy as well. He is never far away in this sort of class.

Suggested bet: Royal Celebration each-way at around 8-1 and hope he is not caught wide early. If he gets cover in the run for jockey Sam Clipperton is sure to be hitting the line hard.

Flemington, race 6: VRC St Leger, 4pm local time (2800m)

This long-distance test for three-yearolds used to be a good pointer for the looming Melbourne Cup, though it has fallen a way in terms of quality. But on thing that has not changed is that it requires a true stayer to win it. The 2800m at Flemington is no place for speedy squibs. Royal Crown is the favourite and despite not appearing to be bred to stay he finished off well over 2400m last start to win at Caulfield. We don’t mind the look of the Matthew Cumani-trained pair of Sign Seal Deliver and Tarn’s Prince. The both shape as though the distance will be no problem and Cumani seems to have the family knack with staying types.

Suggested bet: Try Sign Seal Deliver and Tarn’s Prince each-way, both at odds of around 14-1 in the early betting at Unibet.

Morphettville, race 1: Breeders’ Stakes, 12.41pm local time (1200m)

The interstate raiders look to have this Group 3 race for two-year-olds at their mercy, though punters should not overlook tough Murray Bridge-trained filly Ecumenical. She did a few things wrong but still managed to win in listed company last start and looms as the best of the locals. The Redoute’s Choice filly Charm School was impressive at her only start at Sandown and she is a short-priced favourite, while Jerle has been racing in NSW and should be competitive.

Suggested bet:  Charm School is the one to beat but if you are looking for each-way value Ranting comes into the picture. Ranting was an unlucky second at her only start at Caulfield and has rising SA star Lachlan Neindorf to ride here.

Morphettville,  race 9: Chairman’s Stakes, 5.25pm local time (2035m)

The final Australian horse race that caught our eye is the ninth at Morphettville. race is a lead-up the South Australian Derby and Dalasan is a very smart colt which thrashed his locals rivals at this track two weeks ago. Dalasan is odds-on for this race, while Victoria Derby winner Warning brings a different formline after being well beaten in the ATC Derby in Sydney. He might appreciate a firmer track but should be better again over the longer distance in the SA Derby. Bookmakers believe the pair will fight it out.

Best bet: Dalasan looks a good thing, with Playoffs a good value play at around 16-1 with Unibet. Playoffs looks to have the most scope for improvement of those that finished behind Dalasan last start.

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