Friday, 22 June 2018

Orch's Weekend Wagers - Friday June 22

Each Friday I will throw out my brightest bets for the weekend ahead.

I'll dive head on into horse racing around the country, and try and stay on top of the mainstream sporting action all around the globe.

I'll even throw out my best multi bet for Saturday sport only, so if you want to have a weekend wager, I will hopefully make it a winning one.


FLEMINGTON - Saturday marks the return of Nature Strip to the races after the best part of seven weeks off. The talented sprinter is now in the hands of master trainer Darren Weir, who said this week he "couldn't be happier" with the way the gelding has presented for his first run since a disappointing fourth in the Euclase Stakes in South Australia.

Will enjoy getting back to the wide open spaces of the Flemington track where he's run and won once before in the Inglis Dash, and with a change of jockey (Damian Lane takes over from Craig Williams) should be winning here.

My Bet - Back Weir, Drink Beer. Nature Strip WIN @ $2.05 POWERPLAY

DOOMBEN - The Tatts Tiara is the final Group 1 of the season and some kind of field has been assembled for Saturday's flagship race.

I like the look of two in this race. Champagne Cuddles will most likely start favourite and rightly so after two hard-earned thirds in both the Stradbroke Handicap and Kingsford-Smith Cup. Will appreciate the favourable barrier draw, and starting from gate four will no doubt ensure she stays closer to the leaders throughout the 1350m journey. Finds herself back against the girls this time around and is too consistent not to be there or thereabouts at the finish.

Siren's Fury is the other one that caught my eye after a barnstorming finish in the Group 2 Dane Ripper two weeks ago. Meets the winner of that race - Invincibella - two kgs better off after storming home from the back of the field to finish fourth by a length. A brilliant each-way chance and although she likes to get back, may be close enough from gate 2 to cause a boil over.

My Bets - Champagne Cuddles WIN @ $5.50
Siren's Fury EACHWAY @ $17.00 and $4.60

RANDWICK - I like Bandipur in the get out here, with the James Cummings trained colt forgoing an opportunity to take on Nature Strip in Melbourne to instead target this race.

Has seven career starts for three wins and three seconds with it's only miss coming in it's first ever race at the end of 2016. A noted wet weather performer (2/2 on soft tracks), Bandipur should handle a possible heavy track fairly well.

Has drawn wide (gate 11), but that may work into jockey Tye Angland's hands as the best part of the track should be wider late in the day. She Knows is the obvious threat, but will be backing Bandipur to continue it's six race pattern of 1-2-1-2-1-2.

My Bet - Bandipur WIN @ $3.40


TENNIS (Halle) - Borna Coric is a rising star of the men's tennis circuit. The young Croatian notched up his 100th tour win in a second round victory at Halle last night (Thursday), but will face a much sterner test  in the quarterfinals tonight when he runs into Italian journeyman Andreas Seppi

Coric doesn't have the best record on grass (only two career wins before Halle in 2018), while Seppi loves this time of year. He won one of only three career titles on grass (albeit way back in 2011) and is fresh of a destructive 6-2 6-4 victory over German Florian Mayer - who earlier in the tournament accounted for 8th seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Seppi (ranked 50th) leads Coric (34th) head-to-head 1-0, with that victory coming over five sets at Wimbledon in 2015.

Coric is undoubtedly a player of the future, but Seppi will fancy his chances against the 21-year-old on a surface he rates as his favourite to play on.

My Bet - Andreas Seppi WIN @ $2.82

WORLD CUP - Our attention turns to World Cup action between Germany and Sweden for hopefully another safe bet of the weekend.

The Germans were caught off guard by a dangerous, counter-attacking Mexico in their first Group F encounter, going behind 1-0 early and then failing to overhaul the deficit despite throwing the kitchen sink at the Mexican defence.

The world number one side will be looking to respond in their next contest, and I believe a match-up with the Swedes - ranked 24th in the world - will see them regain their World Cup swagger.

A loss will most likely see Germany bow out of the World Cup, so not only will they be pushing for victory, I think their endeavour and intensity will rise a few notches, meaning more chances and more goals, especially early.

My Bet - Germany HT/FT @ $2.30

Saturday Multi - 

Fabergino WIN (Belmont R4) ---> Tradesman WIN (Doomben R6) ---> Belgium WIN (World Cup) ---> Hawthorn 40+ WIN (AFL)

TOTAL = $5.01

God speed and goodluck!

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