Balaklava Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday, March 29
Our form expert provides Balaklava tips for today’s horse racing at Balaklava Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Balaklava Tips 29/03/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 1 No. 3 KRISTOBEL – ($2.80)
Former McEvoy stable-hand Sarah Rutten had her first runner go around when taking over the training of KRISTOBEL recently. The filly debuted in the McEvoy-Mitchell colours when sticking on gamely and not beaten far to Dubenenko on the Parks track. She improved at her first start for Rutten when settling around midfield the fence. Barend Vorster found clear running when crossing heels to the outside prior to turning. Kristobel finished off strongly once again over the 1000 metres on the Parks when getting to a neck of the winner. We thought she could win a Listed race over this trip at Morphettville last time around. There wasn’t a lot of pressure up on the speed with Kristobel peaking on her run from the back. Fitter and Rutten has found a good race for Kristobel to open the account with.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 9 No. 6 MASTER AT ARMS – ($5.50)
#SABlackbookers horse MASTER AT ARMS took a few runs this prep to break his maiden. He did so in a good form race over 1000 metres at Murray Bridge before placing in town. He came from well back that day to finish third in another good race behind Endlessly. Wasn’t the best to begin under Jake Toeroek before moving seamlessly between horses on turning. Jake had a handful of horse and just had to check his position before attempting to shift out on straightening. Not being clear of Two Times Twice meant that he wanted to come back to the inside of Bamyan Buddha who subsequently shifted in. The horse continued to make ground without being fully tested before being thereabouts again in town at his latest run.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 7 No. 2 MANAGE THE CYCLE – ($8)
The lack of a reliable winning record is standing in the way of placing MANAGE THE CYCLE among the #SABlackbookers. Trainer John Macmillan had sent the young stallion for a let-up prior to finishing third over this track and trip. On its own, the second-up run of Manage The Cycle goes into a video watch file. Had he held a better win record, then one would think the black book punters would be all over it. Ellis Wong had been forced to check his run as he attempted to bring Manage The Cycle into the race. The winner had kicked well before Wong could gather his horse and find some momentum. Senior rider Jason Holder comes into the saddle with Manage The Cycle winnings from the inside gate here previously.