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Bendigo Betting Tips for April 13, 2023 - Race-By-Race preview for Golden Mile day

Last updated: 11 Apr 2024
Alex Marsh 11 Apr 2024
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  • Ten races feature on Saturday's Bendigo program
  • The track is currently in the Good 4 range
  • A pair of Listed events headline a competitive meeting
  • Our race-by-race preview is included below
Bendigo Tips for 13.04.2024
Saturday racing heads to Bendigo on April 13. (Getty)

Bendigo host the Victorian Metropolitan program on Saturday, April 13 and a competitive program awaits punters.
  • Bendigo Tips April 13
  • Race 1 - 12:05PM Carlton Draught BM78 Handicap Tips (2400m)
  • Race 2 - 12:35PM Apiam Animal Health VOBIS Gold Rush Tips (1000m)
  • Race 3 - 1:10PM Smartloans Bendigo BM70 Handicap Tips (1300m)
  • Race 4 - 1:45PM IMMIX, Metal Recycled Right BM70 Handicap Tips (1600m)
  • Race 5 - 2:20PM Balgownie Estate Bendigo 3YO Handicap Tips (1100m)
  • Race 6 - 2:55PM Off the Track BM84 Handicap Tips (1100m)
  • Race 7 - 3:35PM Catanach’s Jewellers Bendigo Gold Bracelet Tips (1400m)
  • Race 8 - 4:15PM RSN 945AM Bendigo Guineas Tips (1400m)
  • Race 9 - 4:50PM bet365 Golden Mile Tips (1600m)
  • Race 10 - 5:25PM Filkel BM84 Handicap Tips (1400m)

Our race-by-race preview is included below.

Bendigo Tips April 13

Race 1 - 12:05PM Carlton Draught BM78 Handicap Tips (2400m)

Best: 11. Divus Romulus. This is harder again now stepping up to a BM78 at Saturday level, but he's one of the few progressive horses in the race and there's certainly no world beaters here.

Divus Romulus showed promise in a short first prep for Nick Ryan and he's much more furnished in this second campaign, which opened with a stylish maiden win at Pakenham

Going straight to a midweek BM64 is nothing to be sneezed at and he handled that rather comfortably, while 2400m and staying on a big track in bendigo are both positives.
Value: 4. Nordic Pride. He's been an honest campaigner for the Ben Brisbane yard and the well traveled Nordic Pride arrives to this assignment third-up.

The son of Zoffany has proven himself in this benchmark over the last few years in Melbourne and Sydney, while he's suited out to 2400m following an encouraging last start performance.

He was only just edged out in that second-up assignment by Double Cherry and that winner followed that up with a third in the Group 2 Chairman's Quality, so the form looks okay.

Race 2 - 12:35PM Apiam Animal Health VOBIS Gold Rush Tips (1000m)

Best: 4. Bold Bastille. While she proved herself over 1100m when taking out another stakes race last time, coming back to five furlongs is no knock for this speedster.

With a rich VOBIS race in her home state, connections haven't gone to Sydney and she might well be tipped out after this, with an aim towards a Moir Stakes in the spring.

She's now fourth-up in her second prep, however, given the slow build up and a fresh miss, where there were excuses, she hasn't been knocked around and the filly arrives off a little freshen.

Value: 3. Linkvue. I'm always wary of local horses on these days, with this first starter prepared by Bendigo trainer Toby Lake and his two jump-outs suggest that he has talent.

Linkvue has been well looked after in both of those hit-outs, which includes the 700m heat here on March 26 when ridden cold and he settled closer in the latest.

He appeared to have a lot more to offer in Avoca workout, having gone to the line under a strong hold and off that jump-out, Harry Coffey should be able to take a position here from gate one.

Race 3 - 1:10PM Smartloans Bendigo BM70 Handicap Tips (1300m)

Best: 8. Presser. A lightly raced five-year-old, Presser threatened to progress well beyond this level last winter, having opened up the prep with back-to-back victories.

The last of those was in this grade at Sandown and while he couldn't quite progress from that July 26 triumph, he was in the market buy some stronger affairs in subsequent outings.

We'll get a better gauge on his ceiling this time in and while 1300m appears short, a strong tempo on a big track brings him into it, while he appears forward enough going off his lead-up work.

Value: 14. Brazen Lady. There wasn't much expected of her fresh at Sandown, however, the four-year-old should've finished closer there, as she was held-up at key stages.

That fourth-place finish on March 27 was still a pass mark for Brazen Lady, who is much better suited out to seven furlongs and she's always improved with a run under the belt.

Her second-up attempts include a maiden win in a prep where she was tested at stakes grade, while her latest was a third behind Von Hauke and Helix, which is good reading for this level.

Race 4 - 1:45PM IMMIX, Metal Recycled Right BM70 Handicap Tips (1600m)

Best: 16. Coco Sun. We were with the McEvoy-trained three-year-old first-up at Sandown, where she saluted at a silly price as the class runner in a BM64.

There was a touch of arrogance to that March 27 victory, where she opened up a 1.5-length margin and en route to an Australasian Oaks later this autumn, the 1600m now is a logical move.

Connections haven't caught a break this week, as she's drawn wide in everything they've put her in, but this is one of the more forgiving tracks in that regard and it's not a strong race.

Value: 4. New York Hurricane. Suited up to a mile fourth-up is this son of Manhattan Rain, an honest galloper from the Liam Howley yard who has been consistent all prep.

New York Hurricane completed three runs in March and he was competitive each time, which includes a last start second at Yarra Valley and he was giving 5kg to the winner there.

There is more depth of this BM70, however, he's on a track that he has a decent record on and as a proven weight carrier who is hard-fit, he has to be among the chances here.

Race 5 - 2:20PM Balgownie Estate Bendigo 3YO Handicap Tips (1100m)

Best: 1. Skybird. Fascinating race, where we see some talented three-year-olds early in their work taking on the fav in Moby Dick, who has impressed via two strong Pakenham victories.

I'm not overly confident here, however, Skybird is the most interesting runner in the race, a filly who was one of the more progressive runners in the country over her first campaign.

She handled the rise to Group 2 level with a brilliant win on Cox Plate Day and while she was at the end of her prep, she was against the track bias when third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
Value: 3. Celui. He was notable drifter when crossing the border for what looked a very winnable race at Morphettville and there was merit in the that fresh effort.

The son of Toronado was given no peace up in front via that return, which left him vulnerable late, so the half length losing margin in the finish wasn't a bad result.

This is harder, but he's down in the weights and from barrier two, and with other speed influences drawn outside, he has the option see the kick up and hold them out or take a sit.

Race 6 - 2:55PM Off the Track BM84 Handicap Tips (1100m)

Best: 7. Garza Blanca. This entire has been a money muncher for punters since a big victory on Cranbourne Cup Day in 2022, having recorded just one narrow win in eight subsequent starts.

Aside from a Group 3 loss, Garza Blanca to be defeated at short odds on most occasions, although to be fair, the Ciaron Maher-trained entire has been competitive the entire time.

He's fresh from through Astero is good enough and while back in trip second-up, it sets up well on the map, as he should get a nice camp behind what looks to be a strong tempo.

Value: 10. Wolflands. The Hayes yard turned around Wolflands following a disappointing autumn campaign last year, with the gelding saluting once and placing twice from three summer runs.

The highlight was a second-up triumph at Murray Bridge, where he sat wide and still saluted with ease, and following that, he wasn't well placed in a 955m dash.

He still performed well in that Moone Valley outing before a spell and with his recent jump-outs suggesting that he's held that touch, Wolflands is right in this first-up from a good draw.

Race 7 - 3:35PM Catanach’s Jewellers Bendigo Gold Bracelet Tips (1400m)

Best: 10. Lady Jones. It's a very competitive race, although I'm a tad surprise at Lady Jones isn't the fav, with the four-year-old beaten a length first-up at Caulfield on March 16.

Ultimately, the daughter of Toronado lacked a turn-of-foot at 1200m, which isn't surprising given all of her winning form is in the seven and eight furlong range.

She's a month between runs now, however, she followed a similar pattern when just missing in a blanket finish via a strong Group 3 at Caulfield last prep, so it could be by design.

Value: 1. Sirileo Miss. There are obvious queries resuming here of a 12 month break, although it's worth noting that it wasn't an injury enforced break (suspended).

It couldn't have come at a worse time for the mare, who's was in hot form with two dominant wins last March before failing in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

She won what was arguably a stronger edition of this race two years ago and while her lead-up work has been on the quiet side, Sirileo Miss travelled nicely in both heats.

Race 8 - 4:15PM RSN 945AM Bendigo Guineas Tips (1400m)

Best: 8. Roll On High. Off her fresh run in the Group 1 Surround Stakes, along with her listed win at the back end of spring, Roll On High would take a power of beating in this.

She beat two Group 1 gallopers in Joliestar and Kimochi via that Flemington triumph before a break and she was well backed at Moonee Valley last start off the good Sydney return.

I'm not sure what to make of that latest run, as she had her chance, but the filly also didn't appear to balance up at The Valley and back on a bigger circuit, Roll On High can atone.

Value: 17. Elphinstone. This McEvoy-trained filly was one of the better maiden runners going around in Victoria last year, with handy form as a two and early three-year-old.

They had a shot at the stumps at a Stakes race in spring and following that failure, she was given time before returning in 1200m Ballarat maiden on March 24.

She saluted as $1.24 fav should, with the daughter of Steet Boss winning by six lengths and that might have been the confidence booster that she needed after a frustrating 2023.

Race 9 - 4:50PM bet365 Golden Mile Tips (1600m)

Best: 17. Golden Path. The emergency still needs a scratching to make the final field for the Golden Mile and should that occur, there's a good chance that he starts as the fav in this Listed affair.

A lightly raced four-year-old, Golden Path didn't quite progress last spring and then when resuming in a BM84 at Flemington on March 30, he was luckless via that recent return.

A wide gate forced a cold ride in that fresh attempt, where was held-up for most of the straight and now from a kind of draw with less weight, he will get more favours on the speed.
Value: 1. Jimi Hendrix. An interesting runner is this Annabel Neasham-trained import who covered ground on Australian debut in the Five Diamonds last spring and he was spelled after that.

A Royal Ascot winner last year who was then tried at Group level, Jimi Hendrix completed a very quiet trial in his first autumn hit-out over a short journey at Warwick Farm.

His last workout in a 1200m heat was stronger, where he got warm late behind a smart Celestial Legend and I'll be interested to see what the betting does here first-up.

Race 10 - 5:25PM Filkel BM84 Handicap Tips (1400m)

Best: 3. Chief Altony. Although the market suggests otherwise, I felt this was one of the more open races on the program, with the returning Chorlton Lane leading the market in the last.

I do have time for the Ciaron Maher-trained import, although most of his Australian form is just fair at best and he just got the better of a stayer via his most recent workout.

Chief Altony takes a run to his straps and the return effort was fine in what was effectively a trial, while over a more suitable trip and from a softer draw, he makes some each-way appeal.

Value: 8. Hennessy Lad. Coming out of the same race as Chief Altony is Hennessy Lad and he also resumed in that Mooney Valley BM84, where he was specked late in betting.

While he couldn't land those bets, it was still a brave performance from the four-year-old, as he covered ground and was working throughout, yet he still toughed it out in the finish.

He's no star, but as a trier who has tactical speed and a galloper who is also suited out to seven furlongs, Hennessy Lad will have his admirers, especially off a decent map.


Our best & value bets for Saturday's Bendigo program are:

Best Bet1: Roll On High To Win @9/4 at Boombet - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Divus Romulus To Win @11/5 at betfair - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Garza Blanca To Win @17/5 at Topsport - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Chief Altony Each Way @36/1 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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