TAB Betting Blog: Odeon to break long drought at Pakenham

The racing continues at Pakenham and Werribee and Nick Quinn from tab.com.au has a look through the cards to pick out some winners on the day.

BEST BET: Odeon (Pakenham Saturday, Race 5, No.1)

NEXT BEST: Double You Tee (Werribee Sunday, Race 7, No.2)

VALUE BET: Never Again (Pakenham Saturday, Race 6, No.8)

PAKENHAM

Race 5

This race sets up perfectly for the ultra-consistent Odeon to win his first race since saluting on Melbourne Cup Day in 2017.

He caught the eye when resuming from a spell, has a good second-up record and his rating has now dropped to a level where he is ready to win again.

Odeon is also in well at the weights after the claim for Thomas Stockdale and punters are stepping in backing him from $4.40 into $2.90.

One punter has parted with $10,000 on Odeon at $3.10.

I anticipate the main danger to Odeon could be Brown Ben from the McEvoy stable who resumed with a nice fourth in the Kilmore Cup and should strip fitter.

Suggested Bet: Odeon the win.

Race 7

Punters are latching onto Secret Blaze to make it two wins in the space of a week after a strong win at Moonee Valley last Saturday,

The McEvoy trained galloper has been well backed already, firming from $3.50 into $2.60, will start around the $2.50 mark and does look one of the better bets on a strong Pakenham program.

Fresh off a marvellous Group 1 win last Saturday aboard Hey Doc, leading jockey Luke Currie will have to overcome the wide draw, but the horse has enough versatility for that not to be an issue.

Outside the favourite it does look an open race, I anticipate Chapada will be in the placings again.

Chapada was strong finishing third behind Southern France in the Sandown Classic and must again be respected.

Suggested Bet: Secret Blaze the win.

ASCOT

Race 8

The Group 1 Kingstown Classic has a nice mix of local contenders and raiders from the eastern states.

The Grant & Alana Williams team saddle up four runners including the rising star Tuscan Queen and last start Group 1 winner Regal Power.

Tuscan Queen was a $51 chance in early on and now heads the market at $3.20. She has won three of her four career starts and is a progressive type who will be aided by the services of William Pike.

I am not opposing the favourite, and betting against Pike when he has had the choice of runners normally ends poorly, but the each-way play looks to be Regal Power.

Regal Power was impressive winning the Group 1 Railway Stakes, he has drifted in betting due to the wide barrier and the fact that William Pike has jumped off. The replacement jockey is superstar Damien Oliver. so nothing is lost in that department.

Regal Power will be nearly the same price simply to run a place as Tuscan Queen is to win and worth sticking.

At longer odds Pacodali looks to be the blowout chance from the Lindsay Smith stable.

Pacodali was ultra impressive winning at Sandwown last start winning the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes defeating the highly touted Setting Sail.

Suggested Bet: Regal Power each-way.

WERRIBEE (Sunday)

The time honoured Werribee Cup with Double You Tee heading the market at $2.90.

Double You Tee has enjoyed a tremendous campaign having already won five races at caught the eye last start in the Ballarat Cup running a fast finishing second.

He is a progressive staying type who looks the winner and a good anchor for multi bets.