THE Melbourne quaddie attracts punters from all around Australia each Saturday, but this Saturday’s quaddie at Flemington looks one of the toughest in recent history.
The shortest favourite across the four legs is De Little Engine in Race 6 at $3.50, which should make for two things; a wide open affair and a massive quaddie pool.
We’re interested in the big quaddie pool and the potential payouts could be huge at Flemington this Saturday.
The first leg kicks off with the Banjo Paterson Series Heat over 2500 metres where De Little Engine will likely start as favourite.
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Leg One – Banjo Paterson Series Heat
The big field of 16 runners will make for a very tough introduction to the quaddie, but if you can narrow your selections to three runners, then you can take a few more runners in the other legs.
The Danny O’Brien-trained De Little Engine is expected to take most of the money, but the four-year-old has been expensive at its last two starts.
It finished fourth on both occasions when well backed, but this field looks slightly easier and Damien Oliver takes the riding duties.
It’s opening price of $3.70 has been cut to $3.50 and it should be at the fore of quaddie selections.
Include Black Jag ($7), which won very well at Flemington last start and also Cadillac Mountain ($7), which improved significantly when second last start.
Leg Two – David Bourke Provincial Plate
Kenjorwood has been one of the best backed runners of the day at $3.60. The Peter Moody-trained runner opened at $4.20 and has been steadily backed all week.
It won well three back at Flemington before putting in a couple of sub-par performances, but back to the mile will suit here and it likes running at this track.
It is a definite quaddie inclusion in what is another massive field at Flemington. Drawing barrier four is a big assist and we’re looking towards the other runners that have drawn well.
Third favourite Majestic Duke ($8) has drawn the inside barrier and it’s coming off a last start win at Moonee Valley.
It mixes its form, but the weight of 54kg makes it a real player here and should be included in selections.
Throw in Baron Archer ($6.50) and Kings Palace at $23 to boost up those potential payouts.
Leg Three – Winter Championship Series Heat
Very even field here with five runners at single figure odds. Those include Mr Utopia ($4.80), Amovatio ($7), Good Value ($4.80), Venture On ($7.50) and current favourite Sir Andrew at $4.20.
Sky Racing’s Ron Dufficy stated Sir Andrew as his horse to watch and the former New Zealand runner has had the flashing light on.
It flew home for second two starts back and it was extremely unlucky last time out on this track. It was good enough to win a Group 2 Guineas race in New Zealand and with a classic Craig Williams ride, Sir Andrew could be an anchor in the quaddie.
Due to its running style of getting back and finishing hard, it can get unlucky. Therefore, include horses such as Mr Utopia, Amovatio and Good Value for some extra security.
Leg Four – Leilani Series Heat 4
The last leg is always the toughest and that’s no exception here with six horses currently quoted at single figure odds.
Miss Rose De Lago and Nautical share favouritism at $5.50 in what is an open affair and punters might have to include four or five runners here.
If you’re live come the final leg you won’t mind having spent a few extra dollars by including a handful of runners and even if all four favourites win, the Quaddie will still be very rewarding.
Miss Rose De Lago is a must-include after winning two starts back and it gets a 2kg claim from Mick Dee. Nautical has prepared nicely for this so include it and throw in Whistle Baby ($9) and Pathways at $14 for some extra value.
Quaddies aren’t easy to hit, but they will line your wallets if you do. Good luck!