It’s Warrnambool Cup day and in Wagga, the two-day carnival is kicking off. Here are Thursday’s racing tips.

Be sure to check out The Last Hurdle with Tim Hickman for the best Warrnambool tips for the jumps events. He’s backed five out of six winners over the obstacles so far.


Tooradin resumed from a long spell with a brave all the way win at Pakenham. That was a really good sign for a big campaign from him given that he was well performed out to 2000m last prep, including some excellent performances in Saturday city company. Getting out to 1700m here looks ideal and while he has drawn wide, that shouldn’t be a hindrance by this time of the day.
Recommended Price: $3.50
Confidence Level: 4.5/5


Steven Pateman is best known for riding winners over jumps at the Warrnambool Carnival (including a double on Tuesday) but he looks a great chance of recording his first win as a trainer here on the flat with Lion’s Share. The mare ran fourth first up at Geelong behind Media Award and that form now looks outstanding as she went on to claim last Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks. Mark Zahra should give her the gun run from the good draw.
Recommended Price: $5.00
Confidence Level: 3.5/5

Moonlight Maid is a classy mare at her best and can go close in the 2021 Warrnambool Cup. A Group 2 winner and dual Group 1 placegetter as a three-year-old, she ran a terrific race last time at Caulfield when forced to do a power of work from a wide draw. She was badly weighted there under the set weights and penalties conditions and is much better in here with 54Kg. She is a gun wet tracker and can give this a real shake at good odds.
Recommended Price: $11/3.50
Confidence Level: 3.5/5

Southern Lad ran second in this race last year and can go one better in 2021. Prior to a spell, he finished second to Masked Crusader in the Southern Cross Stakes which is an excellent formline. He flies fresh and has trialled well – Regan Bayliss will just need some luck from the wide draw.
Recommended Price: $3.50
Confidence Level: 4/5


Warrnambool 6/7 Tooradin & Wagga 7/3 Southern Lad (place)


Warrnambool: 1,3,5,6/6,9/1,4,5,11,12/4,8,9,11,14

Wagga: 1,2,7/4,5,7,8,15,16/2,3,4,9/2,7,8