Raceday focus: Best bets and inside mail for Swan Hill meeting

LEO SCLINK’s best bets and Monday Mail for Monday’s Swan Hill meeting and the week ahead.

BEST BET

BILBAO (Race 1, No.2 – $4.40)

Has good speed and perfectly suited to the 975m dash. Pulled up lame after leading to 250m at Echuca. The one to beat here.

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HE’S ALL READY (Race 3, No.3 – $3.80)

Finished off strongly at Casterton when brave off a tough run. Needs only luck to figure here.

RUE GRANDE (Race 5, No.9 – $3.10)

Fought on doggedly off a torrid run at Wangaratta after having little luck at Ballarat. Drawn to enjoy the run of the race.

VALUE BET

THE VIEW (Race 6, No.5 – $13)

Capable of significant improvement off Sale ninth. Best judged on two previous runs when winning at Hamilton before luckless Geelong fourth.

Jockey Harry Coffey will ride eight chances at Swan Hill. Picture: AAP Image/Mark BrakeSource:AAP

THE JOCKEY – Harry Coffey

Recently returned to the saddle, Coffey unites with his father Austy on their home track with THE PHANTOM BANTAM (Race 1, No 6, $6), WARROWIE ROSE (Race 3, No 12, $9.50), TOTAL CRAFT (Race 4, No 12, $2.20), RAIDERS ROBBED (Race 5, No 3, $16), FURTHER IN (Race 6, No 9, $9), VINGT CINQER (Race 7, No 11, $8.50), POPPY’S ORSE (Race 8, No 12, $5.50) and TOP FRED (Race 9, No 4, $16).

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Royal Ascot’s World Tote Pool, which involved 20 nations including Australia, Hong Kong and the US, was an immense success, driving turnover of $247 million across the meeting’s 36 races. Officials reported trade was up 49 per cent from 2019 despite the absence of on-course operations because of COVID lockdowns. The Tote’s win price beat the British industry starting price in 19 races.

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New Zealand’s famed Cambridge Stud struck immediate paydirt with Hello Youmzain’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) victory at Royal Ascot. The colt was bought last year by Cambridge Stud and French partners Haras d’Etreham. He will be retired to stud later this year as a shuttle stallion after joining an Ascot honour roll featuring Black Caviar, Choisir, Starspangledbanner and Merchant Navy.

Jockey Kevin Stott celebrates after riding Hello Youmzain to victory in The Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Picture: Edward Whitaker/AFPSource:AFP

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Gamine and US hall of fame trainer Bob Baffert are under renewed scrutiny following the filly’s stunning Acorn Stakes victory at Belmont. Gamine clocked a race record 1:32.55 for the 1600m trip, the fastest in the 90-history of the race and just outside the 1:32.24 track record held by Najran. Gamine is one of two horses trained by Baffert to test positive to banned lidocaine when winning at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas in May.

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Koonunga’s stunning effort to almost catch Mister Mogul produced the fastest splits of the Flemington meeting for the 800m (42.97), 600m (32.49) and 200m (11.21). Still 13th at the 200m, she failed by a head after bombing the start. The slickest last 400m of the day was clocked by Intuition (22.08) when a charging fifth behind I Am Someone.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Swan Hill hosts Monday’s meeting before action switches to Ballarat (synthetic) on Tuesday and Sandown (Hillside) on Wednesday.

Moe hosts Thursday’s meeting before racing returns to Geelong on Friday.

Caulfield has Saturday’s meeting with the winter race day, while Casterton stages a mix of highweight, hurdle and steeplechase contests.

Ballarat races on Sunday.

Originally published asOn The Punt: Best bets for Swan Hill

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