Midweek metro racing comes from Sale and Warwick Farm and we have four solid chances to be focusing on.
There are eight races set for Sale’s program and seven at Warwick Farm and we have picked out the best value for each meeting.
Race 2 at Sale is a Maiden and it is SCHERZER ($3.20 MadBookie) that will be out to break through after a series of close up performances. The three-year-old has placed at his past six runs and chased hard to finish 3rd behind Falls last time on a Heavy track at Sale. Prior to that he was a narrow 3rd at Bendigo. At his last preparation he just missed out over the 1600m when third up at Moonee Valley and he should find this easier than recent outings. He has drawn wide but with some even luck in the early stages he will be hard to topple.
Race 7 is a wide open betting race but one that should run well is the Hayes and Dabernig-trained PIERLESS ($5.00 MadBookie). The speedy filly showed promise at her last campaign, winning two races and returned at Cranbourne recently and led over the 1400m before being swamped in the final 100m. She should strip fitter for that effort and the forecast wet conditions will also play into her hands. She has drawn barrier 5 with Jamie Kah to steer and will sit in the first few. Look for her to be right in the thick of things at the business end of the race.
Race 4 at Warwick Farm is a BenchMark 66 for the three=year-olds and after taking out his last start, SEDGEMOOR ($2.45 MadBookie) can go on with the job. The Godolphin galloper has had just the three runs and finished runner-up at his first two before stepping up in trip and holding on from Milunka at this track on May 29. The runner-up out of that race has since gone on to win and there was a big gap to 3rd that day. The step up to the 1600m looks to be ideal and with Sam Clipperton on board he can take this out.
We rise to the 2110 metres and this shapes as a competitive one. JAZZLAND
($5.00 MadBookie) can be the improver at his third run back from a spell. He resumed with a runner-up performance when tiring late over the 1600m at Warwick Farm before finding a Saturday race at Rosehill slightly beyond him when fading to run 6th at Rosehill three weeks ago. He drops slightly in grade and at his previous third up run he showed sharp improvement to win by nine lengths at Wyong in a Class 1 over the distance. The four-year-old will settle on the speed and there doesn’t look to be huge amounts of pace in this. He looms as a solid chance.