International Racing Betting Tips: Our man on Halmstad and Oaklawn Park

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International Horse Racing continues from around the world on Thursday, with dirt action from Oaklawn Park in the United States a Trotting card from Halmstad in Sweden.

We’ve enlisted the help of one of our traders to run through the action either side of the Atlantic.

Johan Untersteiner at Halmstad

At last week’s Halmstad fixture Johan Untersteiner won on two of his four drives. The 35-year-old, who trains just a few miles from the track, saddled one of those winners too.

It was a good day for the Untersteiner family with Johan’s 59-year-old Austrian-born father Peter driving and training a winner on the card too.

The pair drove 310 winners between them in 2019 with 166 for Peter at a near 16% strike-rate compared to 144 for his son, who managed a strike-rate of just under 18%. Both have driven over 30 winners so far in 2020 and they have numerous chances to add to their tallies at their local track on Thursday.

Untersteiner chances on Thursday

Peter, who has trained over 3,000 winners from his Halmstad base since taking out a training licence in 1987, perhaps has the stronger fancies on Thursday’s card. 

Furies Rain looks to have a leading chance in three-year-old race at 11:42 despite not having the best draw. The colt won on his debut at Jägersro in November with Johan doing the steering, before finding just one too good at Åby on his return from a long break last time when his trainer Peter took over the driving.

Italian-bred Tragopan Jet is an interesting runner in the 12:26. The eight-year-old gelding is having his first start since joining the Peter Untersteiner stable.

With 16 career victories, he has won over twice as many races as any of the other entries in this contest and he ran creditably to finish third at Berlin-Karlshorst on his most recent start in November. 

Johan Untersteiner drives: Cooling Break O.O. (11:20), Dizzy River (12:04), Global Warrior (12:26), Elle Titation (13:27).

Peter Untersteiner drives: Furies Rain (11:42), Lord L.S. (12:04), Tragopan Jet (12:26), Super Alice (12:47), Ritz Happy Star (13:07), Rosie Access (13:27).

Oaklawn Park on Thursday

Racing at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas is now drawing to a close for the season with only seven of this year’s scheduled 57 cards still to be run, and the first of those is a nine-race card on Thursday evening. 

Steve Asmussen earned over three times as much prize money at Oaklawn Park as any other trainer in 2019, and since their 2020 season began on January 24th, he has picked up over $3.5 million to sit clear at the top of the table once again.

In 2020 he has sent out 40 winners at the Hot Springs venue and has had over 41% of his runners at the track finish in the top three. 

Ricardo Santana Jr. has ridden more winners at Oaklawn Park than any other jockey in six of the last seven seasons and he currently tops the Oaklawn Park jockeys’ table again this year with 48 winners at a strike rate of over 19%.

Oaklawn One to Watch

That pair combined for three winners here last week. They team up with four runners on Thursday’s card which should provide a decent chance of further success.

Seattle Slang, who broke her maiden at Fair Grounds last month on her first start as a three-year old looks to have strong claims in the three-year-old contest at 23:09 from stall two.    

Steve Asmussen runners: Urbanite (21:06), Young Phillip (21:36), Fascilitator (22:06), Seattle Slang & Lightning Bug (23:09).

Ricardo Santana, Jr. booked rides: You’re Killin Me (19:35), Thornish (20:05), Roaring Fork (20:35), Urbanite (21:06), Young Phillip (21:36), Fascilitator (22:06), Out Of Trouble (22:38), Seattle Slang (23:09).

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.