Spring has arrived and the happiest time of the year for punters certainly delivered plenty of action in it’s opening weekend.
- Beg To Differ ($10.50) won an open race at a great price to kick start proceedings
- Nelson’s Flight ($7.60) made it a perfect day for members
It was a slow start to the weekend for Key Bets members, but there was plenty of afternoon success to turn it around:
- Humidor ($31) won a thrilling Memsie Stakes at a huge price
- Courage Within ($19 place) led all the way and kicked in the straight to hold on for 2nd in a massive showing
- Electric Light ($3) flashed home down the middle of the track to take out a thriller
Man Booker ($2.70) went down by 0.05L in the last at Belmont, and then had a protest dismissed as well in an unlucky result – a profitable weekend nonetheless.
It was a long winter for Barby’s Bets members but the start of Spring looks to have brought a change in fortune:
- Farooq ($2.45) got the ball rolling, beating home Aaron’s other selection Maid Equal for a Race 1 Quinella
- Exalted Craftsman ($11.80) took up the front and just kept going in a brave run to make it 2/2
- Theanswermyfriend ($3.40) crossed the border and got the job done yet again in Race 7
$350 profit over the weekend for members to start off a Spring resurgence.
- Unforgotten ($3.80) took out Race 7 after shortening throughout the day
- Best Of Days ($3.20) led a Quinella with Sir Plush ($5.50) finishing 2nd in an easy watch for members
Both winners came in but it was a winning day nonetheless, albeit a small one.
The Trial Spy backed a winner with Magic Alliance ($5.80) getting the job done at Grafton, giving members a chop-out for the day.
The return of Kiwi Chris didn’t quite go to plan, betting into one race for no return in New Zealand. As usual, the value was there with his second selection Qiji Express available at $4 before jumping at $2.40 and getting run down in the straight.
- Penrith stormed home in the second half to deny the Storm another minor premiership
- St George Illawarra fought back to defeat Newcastle on Saturday
- Gold Coast and North Queensland (over 42.5) played out a try-fest to send out Jonathon Thurston on top
- Sydney (-12) obliterated the Eels to claim top spot
New Zealand (-4.5) struggled their way to a 20-16 win over Canberra, falling just shy of covering to make the weekend a big one.
With Spring now here and the weather fining up, the excitement is only building. More quality racing and the start of the footy finals means there is plenty to look forward to next weekend.