Ballarat Cup 2015 day Racing Tips – Ballarat 21/11/2015

Ballarat racecourse will host their feature race meeting of the year today which is 2015 Ballarat Cup day. We take a look at each of the races on the card and give our tips as well as our best bet and best roughie for the meeting.


Race One: 8 Osteria

Race Two: 19 Catherine Louise

Race Three: 11 Lips Areios

Race Four: 2 Kracken

Race Five: 4 Hellmuth

Race Six: 9 Darragh

Race Seven: 11 Wild Rain

Race Eight: 5 Akzar

Race Nine: 4 Orion

Race Ten: 3 Hard Stride



Best Bet: Race Ten Number 3 Hard Stride

Next Best: Race Nine Number 4 Orion

Best Value: Race Six Number 9 Darragh




A summer staying feature Nigel Blackiston won with Outback Joe two years ago is in the trainer’s sights again with lightly raced Manapine.

Four-year-old Manapine is set to make his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s IGA Liquor McKellar Mile at Ballarat, with the plan to progress to the Listed $150,000 Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

Blackiston won the Bagot two seasons ago with Outback Joe and he went on to also win the Adelaide Cup before injury forced his retirement.

The Adelaide Cup is also an option for Manapine.

The son of Manhattan Rain won the Galilee Series Final over 2500m at Flemington in April before his fifth in the South Australian Derby at his most recent start in May.

Manapine was set to begin his campaign in a race on Oaks day at Flemington but was scratched when it rained and the track was downgraded.

Blackiston has waited for Saturday’s 1600m benchmark race in which Manapine will jump from a wide gate but the trainer is delighted with the way the gelding is going.

“He had a real good spell after the autumn and he’s come back bigger and stronger,” Blackiston said.

“He’s had two nice trials and this is a nice race to start him off.

“He’s come back in great order and he’ll run a nice race, but he’s got an awkward gate and from that barrier we’ll get him back and get him balanced and hopefully he’ll be finishing strongly.”

Manapine is at $10 to make a winning return.

Visiting UK-based apprentice Kieran Shoemark has the ride.

“He’s shown good promise when he won the Galilee Final and I thought his run in the Derby was very good, he just got cluttered up on the fence which doesn’t suit him,” Blackiston said.

“If he can keep on improving he should have a good future as a nice staying horse.”

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