$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
Deposit $50, Bet with $200*
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in Free Bonus Bets!*
$600 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in Free Bonus Bets!*
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonuses*
$502 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $502 in bonuses*
Deposit $100, Bet with $350
Sign-up, deposit $100 & receive $250 in bonus bets. That's $350 to bet with!*
$400 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $400 in bonuses*
$250 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $250 in bonuses*
$250 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $250 in bonuses*
$200 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $200 in bonuses*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

A wide barrier for Perfect Punch in Wednesday’s Geelong Classic has put the reality back into racing for Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Leon Macdonald.

The win of Southern Speed in Saturday’s Group One race was among the most satisfying of Macdonald’s career and came after everything went to plan, including barrier three.

For Victoria Derby aspirant Perfect Punch, his next step to Group One glory will be all the more difficult after coming up with gate 13 of 16 in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m).

“It’s a terrible barrier, it’s a bit of a downer, that’s for sure,” Macdonald said.

“He’ll go forward from there so hopefully he can get into a decent position.

“We’ll do our best.”

Perfect Punch and the Gary Portelli-trained Eagle Command, who has barrier nine, were the $4.50 equal favourites in TAB Sportsbet’s first markets on Monday.

A Kyneton maiden winner last month, Eagle Command was an eye-catching second to Isopach in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 2 after striking early interference.

Perfect Punch has earned his way to Melbourne with three wins from his past three starts at home in Adelaide, including the Group Three Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) last Saturday week.

It is a similar, but so far more successful leadup, to the one Macdonald employed three years ago with Rebel Raider who ran third at Geelong before winning the Derby.

Rebel Raider went into the Derby at his ninth start while the 2500m feature on Saturday week will be number seven for Perfect Punch.

“He is still learning, he is very green but I believe he is a stayer in the making,” Macdonald said.

“The timing of the Geelong race worked well with Rebel Raider and fits in nicely.”

Perfect Punch and Eagle Command are both at $13 for the Victoria Derby with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Niagara ($5) deposing Manawanui ($5.50) as favourite.

Both are entered for Saturday’s Group Two Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

Niagara was an unlucky third to Sabrage in Saturday’s Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield while Manawanui was a gallant second to Cox Plate favourite Helmet in the Caulfield Guineas at his most recent start.

Although Macdonald and the owners of Southern Speed opted to bypass Saturday’s Cox Plate with Southern Speed, he and training partner Andrew Gluyas still hope to have a runner.

Lalla Rookh is entered for the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) but with several international Melbourne Cup aspirants including last year’s winner Americain in the race, she may not get a start.

Lalla Rookh is also still in the Melbourne Cup entries but the Long Black, generally considered the stayers’ consolation on the day, is her aim.

“The Long Black is her race,” Macdonald said.

“But if we can’t get into the Moonee Valley Cup we will have to hope we can get into the Bendigo Cup the following Wednesday just to get into the Long Black.”

AAP TURF

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available on every online bookmaker on the internet. We...

Big Bets – 19/8/2017

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on the weekends horse racing around the country with most...

Punters Smash Japanese import

The Japanese should always be respected when they come down under and punters have launched into one at Caulfield in...

Would Winx win the Melbourne Cup?

We take a look at the stats, figures and history of the Melbourne Cup to see if Champion mare Winx...

Crazy bookmaker takes on Winx

One of Australia’s biggest bookmakers is set to take on the Mighty Mare Winx this Saturday in the Group 2...

 
 
 

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.