Pakenham Preview & Best Bets – Thursday March 23
Our form expert provides Pakenham tips for today’s horse racing at Pakenham Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Pakenham Tips 23/3/2023
BEST BET 🏆 (WIN)
Race 3 No. 8 HOLLY LOLLY- ($2.50)
This looks to be a winnable assignment for HOLLY LOLLY. The filly from the Clinton McDonald stables shows a bit of promise and resumed down the Flemington straight on Australian Guineas (1600m) day, finishing 4th behind Arctic Fairy. She landed just over a length from them to go a healthy 7.5 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is nearly five lengths better than what any other runner has produced in their careers to date. The daughter of Snitzel was an improver in her initial campaign before tapering off in the Twilight Glory Stakes (1400m). She draws perfectly in barrier 4 and will be ridden by Ben Melham.
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Race 6 No.5 SECRET LOCATION – ($3.30)
SECRET LOCATION can make it two wins from as many starts when he steps out in Race 6. The Patrick Payne-trained galloper stepped out at Ballarat over the 1400m on March 7 and overcame a bit of traffic in the straight to drive to the front at the business end, scoring in dominant fashion from George The Giant. He might have a bit of upside on this lot and should handle the step up to Class 1, while he draws well in barrier 4.
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Race 5 No. 10 WEALDSTONE – ($6.50)
Nice debut performance by WEALDSTONE at Pakenham on March 2 and the three-year-old can go one spot better after filling the exacta behind Eye Of The Eagle. That came over the 1200m and he settled in a midfield position but was held up at the top of the straight before closing off steadily. The Jim Conlan-trained galloper gets out to the 1400m and that should suit at his second career start.