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We have studied the form from all races across the country for Saturday, January 29, and provided our best horse racing tips.
It is hard to believe that the first month of the New Year is all but gone, that is until you look at this week’s race fields which are starting to have a real Autumn carnival flavour to them.
Strong cards in both Sydney and Melbourne highlighted by the Expressway Stakes and the Group 2 Australia Stakes at those meetings respectively.
We have made five selections in total and are confident that we have found you some winners! So, read on below to find our best horse racing tips for this Saturday, January 29.
Newcastle, Race 1 – 9. Starry Jack ($3.30)
Looking to the 2yo first event on the Newcastle card to get us off to a flyer.
Starry Jack is an Outreach gelding on debut being prepared by a barn that has produced four Golden Slipper winners, that being Clarry Conners.
We aren’t sure Jack will ever reach those heights but he does look a racey, jump and run type. He’s drawn well here and meets moderate opposition. Will give a good sight.
Rosehill, Race 6 – 5. Travest ($5.00)
He’s anything but a reliable conveyance so we are game to be putting our faith in him to make it back to back wins although he does appear to have turned the corner.
Blinkers on was the gear change he was screaming for and it did the trick when we declared him our best of the day at Warwick Farm last start.
He loomed up to them there like he was going to win by panels of fencing only to look slightly dour even though he posted a handy margin. With that in mind the step to 2000m poses no concerns particularly with him being a Tavistock.
Has always threatened to make a nice horse and this race might be the start of that.
Rosehill, Race 7 – 6. Anamoe ($1.70)
I’m going to refer to him as a last start Cox Plate winner even though the stewards in their wisdom disagreed!
Remember the last time we saw Anamoe?
He returns tomorrow in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill. ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/k9aMwtfUZ1
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) January 28, 2022
Desperately hard done by their not to have achieved the rare honour of claiming our Weight for Age championship at just 3yo but you can only expect it is just a matter of time before he adds a Group 1 victory over the older horses to his already impressive resume.
Whilst many folks initial thoughts would be that this is too short for him given he got out to a middle distance trip last time in, the beauty of this star colt is that he’s a force to be reckoned with at whatever race he is set for.
He is a winner first up, and his 1200m record is outstanding. A second in the Blue Diamond, winner of the Todman, second in the Golden Slipper and a victory in the Run to the Rose to start last campaign.
He has either won or been desperately unlucky behind high class sprinters like Profiteer, Artorius and In the Congo and there is simply nothing of that quality in this field.
Drawn to get the gun run and looks a good thing.
Moonee Valley, Race 7 – 12. Lightsaber ($8.00)
After an extended hiatus, Peter Moody returned to Group 1 glory in the Spring courtesy of eventual Caulfield Cup winner and Melbourne Cup runner up, Incentivise.
Whilst there is plenty of water to flow under the bridge in that saga between now and next Spring, we think Peter Moody can open the Group 2 account for the Spring in the Australia Stakes with this 3yo Zoustar colt.
He was on a Guineas campaign last time but didn’t quite get the trip come his grand final day. Two solid jump outs at Pakenham and straight into a Group 2 1200m is a fair indication that Moody is looking at keeping this fellow to the shorter courses this campaign.
Australia Stakes 👉🏻 C.F. Orr 👉🏻 Futurity 👉🏻 Australian Guineas
The Autumn program is set for Lightsaber. pic.twitter.com/blunswMQnc
— Racing.com (@Racing) January 27, 2022
Whilst he didn’t fire over 1100m first up last campaign, he improved sharply at 1200m second up and being a valuable stud prospect we expect him to be quite forward some winnable targets such as this and the C.F. Orr approaching.
Should land mid field one off which works well off a solid tempo at ‘The Valley’ and with the services of Jamie Kah we expect him to come with a well timed challenge late.
Rosehill, Race 9 – 4. The Bopper ($4.00)
He won well first up over 1000m then went to 1100m off a four week freshen up. They went hard there and he just lost sight of the leaders when they skipped clear turning for home and hit a flat spot. Rallied strongly again late when asked the tough questions.
Hugh Bowman goes back on and the step out to 1200m looks ideal. Favourite Rule of Law is building a nice resume as he progresses but faces his toughest test here and we think The Bopper has a class edge on him.
Best Bet – 6. Anamoe (Rosehill, Race 7)
Next Best – 5. Travest (Rosehill, Race 6)
Best Roughie – 12. Lightsaber (Moonee Valley, Race 7)
*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of Sportsbet.