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Saturday Slingshot: Horse racing best bets for November 18, 2023

The Saturday Slingshot presented by is here and it brings you the best bets for horse racing in Australia on Saturday, November 18, 2023 to help you launch into a winning weekend on the punt.

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Caulfield Race 1: #1 Dunkel @ +290

Our best bet of the day comes up in the opening event as Dunkel makes his return from a six-month spell. The last-start Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) winner strung together an incredible debut campaign which culminated in top-tier success. He boasts a record of six wins from eight starts, with some breathtaking performances along the way. He put in a nice trial over 1200m at Benalla on November 13, and the bloke is just a natural winner. Ain’tnodeeldun is obviously his biggest threat, but the step back to 1800m from the 2040m last time out might bring about his downfall.

Newcastle Race 9: #11 Tavi Time @ +250

Tavi Time had no luck when returning to the Kensington circuit at Randwick on November 1 and should’ve finished much closer than 2.6 lengths away. The four-year-old gelding was held up with 400m to run and on multiple occasions was forced to change course under Dylan Gibbons. It was no more than a glorified barrier trial for the son of Tavistock, and with a bit more room to run from barrier eight on Saturday, watch for Tavi Time to storm down the centre of the course in the penultimate.

Sunshine Coast Race 4: #4 Helluva Barty @ +190

The Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted-trained Helluva Barty was a dominant winner when fresh at Doomben on October 28, where he settled at the back of the field before rounding up his rivals by the 250m mark in an easy 1.8-length victory. The son of Hellbent will have taken a lot of benefit from his return, and now that he is second-up and stepping up to 1200m, this talented galloper should prove hard to beat again. Justin Huxtable will retain the ride, and if he can blend into the race out wide on the home turn, Helluva Barty should be winning again.

Morphettville Race 1: #3 En Francais @ +200

Despite being the second-elect with horse racing betting sites, En Francais is arguably the class galloper in the opener. Last time out, she was never a winning factor at Moonee Valley behind Wishlor Lass after a torrid run in transit, but her run in the Listed Murray Bridge Cup (1600m) the start prior was more than good enough to salute in a race like this. With speed drawn directly underneath, Lachlan Neindorf can land a plumb spot upon settling and give En Francais every chance to show her quality.

Ascot Race 2: #2 Special Sort @ +160

Special Sort is absolutely flying. The Adam Durrant-trained gelding was a dominant winner at this track and trip last start, where Clint Johnston-Porter settled this guy behind the speed and allowed him to go through his gears to take the lead and run away with a 1.2-length victory. This son of My Admiration will be seeking his fifth win in a row on Saturday, and even though he has to carry 60kg and jump from an awkward barrier, the abundance of speed and lack of quality in this race should offset those negatives. Horse Racing Multi for November 18

Dunkel / Tavi Time / Helluva Barty / En Francais / Special Sort all to win


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