Pakenham Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday January 25

Pakenham Preview & Best Bets


Our form expert provides Pakenham tips for today’s horse racing at Pakenham Racecourse and gives his best bets.


Pakenham Tips 25/1/2023


Race 8 No. 6 COLOMBE D’OR- ($1.85)

COLOMBE D’OR can end the night as a winner. The promising mare from the Maher/Eustace camp was a strong winner at Geelong on debut back in June last year before returning at Cranbourne on January 6 and finishing runner-up behind She’s Notorious. The daughter of Rubick started a $2.50 favourite in her return race but did is tough as she was posted wide without cover the trip. But she stuck on well enough and form out of that has held up. Expect her to bounce back here.  



Race 7 No. 5 RHINOCEROS – ($3)

RHINOCEROS is worth thought in Race 7 at Pakenham. The four-year-old has not won since the spring of 2021 but has been edging closer in recent times, placing at his past three. He narrowly went down at Moonee Valley two starts ago before running 3rd behind Rambler Rebel and Riverplate, who has since toyed with them at Sandown. He was scratched from the recent Moonee Valley meeting after drawing wide. This looks much more suitable and he draws barrier 7 with Blake Shinn to ride. 



Race 5 No. 5 CROWN CRUSHER – ($7)

Nice debut by CROWN CRUSHER at Pakenham on January 12 and the locally trained galloper will be looking to go a few spots better this time around. The Barry Goodwin-trained three-year-old settled back at a big price then was caught in traffic at the top of the straight before storming home to finish 5th, beaten just under two lengths by Eight Decades. The son of Gold Standard produced the fastest last 200m to go two lengths slower than standard benchmark, which is the second best figure that any horse in this race has produced. He draws wide this time around but that might suit and look for him to be strong late. 



Race 6 No. 9 MADAM DUBAI – ($7.50)

Some promising types in action here and am expecting some improvement from MADAM DUBAI. The Phillip Stokes-trained galloper resumed at Cranbourne on January 6 and settled in a midfield position before running 5th behind She’s Notorious. She was keen early then was held up as they cornered before landing four lengths away. The winner has since come out and scored again and she went 3.4 lengths slower than standard benchmark, which is the best last start figure of any runner. Improvement to come at her second run back should see her be hard to beat here.