Daily Racing Tips – Thursday, January 20

Pakenham: Race 3 (6:45pm AEDT)
No. 5 Matao Ma

Matao Ma is unlucky not to have already struck this time in, and he looks well placed to win at Pakenham this evening.

The Price & Kent Jnr-trained gelding finished second, beaten a nose at The Valley when resuming, and he returned a similar effort behind Pascero at Sandown last time.

Fitter third-up, he probably won’t be offered a better opportunity than this.

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Pakenham: Race 5 (7:45pm AEDT)
No. 6 Shotmaker

Shotmaker hasn’t been seen at the races since February last year, but he is generally competitive when fresh, and we can have an each-way bet today at around the $9 mark.

Shotmaker has been a good horse for the Price & Kent Jnr stable since making his debut, recording two wins and a further three minors from his fifteen starts.

Races like this one have typically been his bread and butter, and he does boast a class edge over a lot of these rivals.

Pakenham: Race 6 (8:15pm AEDT)
No. 5 Fateela

Fateela has made just one appearance at the races so far, but she looks to have plenty of ability, and she can break her maiden at Pakenham tonight.

The Fastnet Rock filly had a handful of trials prior to making her competitive debut, and she worked through the line well at Cranbourne to fill the minors earlier this month.

She’ll enjoy plenty of improvement for that experience and she can begin her rise through the grades tonight.

Pakenham: Race 7 (8:45pm AEDT)
No. 3 Santero

The consistent Santero takes her place in seventh at Pakenham tonight third-up, and she is ready to win.

The Hallowed Crown mare has only missed placing once in ten previous trips to the races, and she has filled the minors at Moe and Sandown since resuming this time.

She is drawn to receive a lovely run today under Michael Dee, and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish.