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Flemington Betting Tips for May 18, 2024 - Race-By-Race preview for Andrew Ramsden Stakes day

Last updated: 16 May 2024
Alex Marsh 16 May 2024
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  • Flemington hosts a ten-race program on May 18, featuring comprehensive race-by-race previews
  • 'Flying Fizz' is tipped to win Race 4, with other key picks including 'The Map' in Race 8 and 'Sisterhood' each-way in Race 5
  • Value picks are highlighted throughout the races, offering strategic betting opportunities for punters
Flemington tips for 18.05.2024
The Andrew Ramsden Stakes headlines Saturday's Flemington card. (Getty)

Flemington hosts a ten-race program on May 18 and race-by-race preview for Saturday is included below.
  • Flemington Tips May 18
  • Race 1 - 11:35AM Sir Eugene Gorman Handicap Tips (1400m)
  • Race 2 - 12:00PM Murray Cox Handicap Tips (1800m)
  • Race 3 - 12:30PM Inside Headquarters Tips (1200m)
  • Race 4 - 1:05PM K.A Morrison Handicap Tips (1400m)
  • Race 5 - 1:40PM Stud and Stable Staff Awards Tips (1100m)
  • Race 6 - 2:15PM Sir Henry Bolte Handicap Tips (2000m)
  • Race 7 - 2:50PM Hilton Nicholas Straight Six Tips (1200m)
  • Race 8 - 3:30PM Lexus Andrew Ramsden Tips (2800m)
  • Race 9 - 4:10PM L.V Lachal Handicap Tips (1600m)
  • Race 10 - 4:43PM Trevor Clarke Handicap Tips (1100m)

Flemington Tips May 18

Race 1 - 11:35AM Sir Eugene Gorman Handicap Tips (1400m)

Best: 6. Eau De Cologne. It's a low confidence race, although one at long odds that makes some each-way appeal is this first starter from the Archie Alexander camp.

He's moved well in all hit-outs and was given time following a second in our November jump-out last year, while he was sent for a short break after a quiet workout on February 6.

Eau De Cologne finished off strongly via his latest heat at Terang and coming straight to 1400m at metro level shows there's intent here at his first outing.

Value: 5. American Wolf. We marked him down following some good jump-outs ahead of the May 4 meeting from Caulfield and American Wolf was accepted to debut then.

Instead of running there, the Busuttin & Young stable scratched and contested another jump-out two days later, while a nomination for the JJ Atkins was also thrown in.

He's clearly showing them something at home and in a race that's lacking standouts, the son of Tivaci is one that could figure at a bolters quote.

Race 2 - 12:00PM Murray Cox Handicap Tips (1800m)

Best: 6. Euphoric. He's still a query at the trip given the son of Sebring hasn't saluted past 1500m but I'm favoring his form over the BM70 references of Cadmus and Mirzann.

Blinkers go on the Euphoric here fourth-up after an encouraging Caulfield performance, where he made ground from the rear and he's well down in grade off that.

That 2000m attempt followed a ninth-of-fifteen finish in Golden Mile at Bendigo, which came off the back of a good return here at Flemington and back to 1800m is no knock.

Value: 9. Sir Kingsford. The South Australian will be an interesting one should he run here. with Sir Kingsford also in at Morphettville Parks on Saturday.

A free rolling type who continues to improve with racing, the gelding has won his last two and he was brave with 61.5kg via his latest, where he hung on after setting a strong tempo.

He won't know himself here with only 54kg after the 3kg Jaylah Kennedy claim and she's one of the more promising apprentice riders in the country.

Race 3 - 12:30PM Inside Headquarters Tips (1200m)

Best: 5. Fearless Writer. She's arguably more effective over longer distances, which was evident last time in when getting to a mile and saluting at Mooney Valley.

She brought up a much deserved victory in that November 24 tilt, which followed  luckless attempt at Flemington, while the October form around Lady Jones reads well.

On paper, her sprinting credentials are as good as her middle distance stats (she's a second-up winner over this trip) and she went past the fav (Niance) first-up at Flemington.
Value: 2. Puketiro. Look for an improved showing from this Mark Walker trained four-year-old, a mare who had won five of eight starts in New Zealand before coming to Australia.

She was luckless in her Down Under debut at Mornington, as the daughter of Savabeel was slow away there and after recovering, she found trouble in the run home.

Puketiro stays in a BM78 but she's back against her own sex, hence the 2kg weight rise here and with more favours early in the piece, she comes right into contention.

Race 4 - 1:05PM K.A Morrison Handicap Tips (1400m)

Best: 8. Flying Fizz. She showed ability in her first campaign, with back-to-back wins recorded and she went from a Warrnambool maiden to a Sandown BM64 in the process.

That form warranted a look in the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes before a spell and while she was well held behind a flying Miraval Rose, Flying Fizz was still sound in second.

I thought it was an outstanding return over the Warrnambool Carnival, where she made ground from back and wide over 1200m, which was completely against the pattern of that track.

Value: 13. Riverina Power. The daughter of American Pharaoh was a third-up maiden winner in her first prep and following a little freshen-up, she completed three more runs.

That campaign culminated with two stakes attempts at Caulfield, having recorded a fourth in the Blue Sapphire Stakes before a competitive showing in the Sandown Guineas.

Riverina Power was doing her best work late over six furlongs first-up on April 17 and while she was a little flat second-up, a return to firmer ground is a positive.

Race 5 - 1:40PM Stud and Stable Staff Awards Tips (1100m)

Best: 11. Sisterhood. I've got plenty of time for Adelaide Visitor Losesomewinmore and while he could easily atone third-up, Sisterhood should be fav in this BM70.

There were excuses in the Geelong flop third-up in her second prep and early in a campaign has been the time to catch her, and that includes a fresh win over Who Dares.

That form is stacking up nicely, with that galloper winning the feature sprint on VOBIS Day and from her first campaign, she brings a short SP from a strong Sandown race.

Value: 9. Don't Hope Do. There was enough to like about what was delivered in his first prep, which he opened with a debut victory at Bendigo 1000m.

Don't Hop Do followed that up with a third at Group 3 level behind Archo Nacho and Maharba, and he was at the end of his prep when tested over 1400m at Caulfield.

He's a galloper with tactical speed who has completed three jump-outs leading into this and being prepared by a Flemington yard is always a plus in these straight races.

Race 6 - 2:15PM Sir Henry Bolte Handicap Tips (2000m)

Best: 4. Heed The Omens. It's a competitive race, but from a low draw this time around and coming back to three-year old grade, I'm leaning towards this Chris Waller-trained gelding.

Heed The Omens has hardly put a hoof wrong, having progressed off a nice Cranbourne debut to breakthrough over a mile and then at start three, he lost the rider.

He bounced off that eight days later when just missing in a BM70 here behind older gallopers and he likely wins that with a better draw, while Damian Lane has gate five at his disposal here.
Value: 7. Gawnski. A striking chestnut from the Jason Warren yard, Gawnski is a horse that's still learning the caper but he's going in the right direction this campaign.

His first-up win over The Jester's Son reads well, with that runner-up having won his last two and this three-year-old looks suited stepping back up in trip.

It was somewhat of a strange run in the Port Adelaide Guineas. where he loomed out wide before fading and the blinkers went on after that at Caulfield and he was strong late there.

Race 7 - 2:50PM Hilton Nicholas Straight Six Tips (1200m)

Best: 6. Steparty. One of the more interesting runners on the entire card is Steparty, who was tipped straight out after finishing third-of-six in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes, where he raced keenly.

Giving that he'd been up last winter and then freshened-up before completing three spring runs, the summer may have come too soon for the three-year-old.

He looks an ideal Stradbroke horse should he return to his best, so it's no surprise to see a nomination put in for that Brisbane feature, while he's won a trial and jump-out leading into this.

Value: 5. Pintoff. The son of Toorak Toff is still very lightly raced for a seven-year-old, having completed only eighteen starts and he is proven at this level.

Pintoff was spelled after recording back-to-back triumphs last May and given that he was chasing a long way out, his most recent return was a solid performance.

He stuck to the task well despite really needing that hit-out at Flemington, while he has proven to be effective on both good ground and soft tracks.

Race 8 - 3:30PM Lexus Andrew Ramsden Tips (2800m)

Best: 12. The Map. The price discrepancy is tad large between The Map and Excelleration given the latter won the Adelaide Cup, although The Map has raced since then.

That last attempt resulted in a demolition job at Morphettville over 2500m and while I'm taking nothing away from Excelleration, every gap opened when he needed it.

The Map also has a little weight swing in her favour from that key rival, which is a big factor over these staying trips and she loses nothing with Damian Lane taking the reins.

Value: 14. Let'sbefrankbaby. She got a much deserved last start victory at Caulfield, with the daughter of Frankel relishing the rise to 2400m in what was a better win than the margin indicates.

Let'sbefrankbaby did plenty of work early in last Saturday's fourth-up attempt, with the mare sustaining a long run to the line before holding off Ferago.

This is obviously more depth than this race but the lead-up has been just about faultless and while she's tried past 2500m, I don't think she'll have any trouble running out this trip.

Race 9 - 4:10PM L.V Lachal Handicap Tips (1600m)

Best: 6. Galeron. I'm prepared to forgive the Mornington failure second-up on April 20, with that track a regular graveyard for many favourites and he's since completed a nice jump-out.

Galleron was well backed there following a slashing return over this track/trip on March 30, with Damian Lane back on board and Frosty takes this engagement.

I suspect that he'll run out 2000m down the track but for now, coming back in distance is no negative, especially on the fresh side and he'll give this a shake off his fresh effort.

Value: 10. Packing Waltham. Nothing went right via his Caulfield return on April 27, where the seven-year-old was slow away and never in calculations via a leader-dominated race.

Packing Waltham couldn't have done any more under the circumstances in that seven furlong event and the ex-Hong Kong galloper is suited up to a mile second-up.

A lack of tactical speed is the main knock, however, the booking of Daniel Stackhouse is a positive here given his quirks and he had a prior rapport with the Hayes runner.

Race 10 - 4:43PM Trevor Clarke Handicap Tips (1100m)

Best: 11. Unconquerable. This filly is well bred, being by I'm Invincible and out of Champagne Cath (stakes winner) and that dam has already produced two handy ones in Pindaric and Kir Royale.

While she was far from being the finished product (green), Unconquerable justified odds-on favoritism when saluting at Caufield on December 14 and she was tipped out after that.

Mick Price felt she was a black-type horse in the making after that debut performance and the three-year old looks forward enough to fire off her lead-up work.
Value: 3. Diamond Decorator. A lot of Pat Carey runners go under the radar and Diamond Decorator looks to be another underwriter one from this yard going off the early markets.

She won her sole try over this track/trip, which is always a positive and the filly ran better time than Sans Doute when taking out her 1100m race on March 2.

Sans Doute is flying, with a Listed win recorded on March 30 before a Group 3 placing at her latest, while Diamond Decorator arrives a soft trial win at Moe in what was good time.


Our Flemington tips for Saturday, May 18 are:

Best Bet1: Flying Fizz To Win @13/2 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Best Bet2: The Map To Win @43/20 at betfair - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Sisterhood Each Way @11/2 at Neds - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Galeron To Win @17/2 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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