Horse racing tips: 4 to pack ’em and stack ’em at Pakenham on Thursday

We're back on the synthetic track with an eight-race card starting at 08:30.


Last Thursday and Friday were both winning days, while Sikorsky’s win at Flemington on Saturday was enough to make up for some other near misses. Thursday’s main action is back on the synthetic track at Pakenham and the first of an eight-race card kicks off at 08:30.

Race 4 – 10:00 – Tycoon Thunder

This is the last of four maidens on the card.

The first three seem quite tricky. However in race four, I am going to take a chance on Tycoon Thunder for the Shane Nicholls stable. This son of Written Tycoon has looked a bit awkward in some of his runs but he has been recently gelded and I’m hopeful that this will make a big difference to his attitude.

He was running on a heavy track last time so a return to the synthetic surface here will suit. Dragon Time will be favourite but will be short enough. Dane Zelek is making its debut in this and I’m opposing him on the basis of experience, or lack of in this case. However, he comes from the powerful Price/Kent yard who are well capable of having them ready first up. At the odds though, Tycoon Thunder looks to be in around 9/2 and I rate this to be a solid each way bet.

Race 6 – 11:00 – Danawi

Danawi was a 10/1 selection of mine this day last week and I noted in my next article that he was worth keeping on side. He drops in grade slightly here and is a shorter price at 15/4 but I am going to stick with him.This prominent racer’s sole win was over the same trip as here(1400 metres).

Thankfully Danawi has been handed a nice draw in barrier 3. The talented Matthew Cartwright is in the saddle and even takes a few kg’s off the top weight. He’ll either lead or sit just off the pace and if the tempo is reasonable I expect him to hit the line in front.

Race 7 – 11:30 – Call Me Shamus

Call Me Shamus is having his third start after a lengthy break from the track and ran better than his seventh placing last time suggested. He was running on from the back of the field the whole way up the home straight and the extra 200 metres here is right up his alley. This is a competitive heat but at 11/2, Call Me Shamus is a rock solid each way bet for punters.

Race 8 – 12:00 – Humzz

Humzz was another winning selection of mine recently. He made all over this trip at Cranbourne on that occasion and I expect him to do the same here. Noel Callow retains the ride which is a big plus and while his current price of 13/8 is quite short, this field lacks the depth as some of the other races in which Humzz has been running consistently in.

Picks Summary

Race 4: Thunder Tycoon 9/2 each way.

Race 6: Danawi 10/3.

Race 7: Call Me Shamus 11/2 each way.

Race 8: Humzz 13/8.

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What do you think?