Wednesday’s midweek metro action comes at Canterbury and Sandown.
It’s a seven race program for Sydney with Canterbury flying the flag, while eight races will be run and won at Sandown, which stages Melbourne’s midweek feature.
We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!
The promising WOLFE ($2.51 TopBetta) steps out for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable and should be an improver at what is his second start this preparation. The four-year-old has had three career runs and was put away for a spell after claiming victory in his first two starts. He resumed at Randwick on ANZAC Day and looked to be struggling at the 250m mark but stuck on well to finish just under a length from the winner. He was victorious when stepping up in trip at his second start at his previous preparation and is bred to appreciate longer ground. A forward showing would not surprise.
Race 6 at Canterbury is a BenchMark 74 and it is another Waterhouse & Bott-trained horse that should be hard to beat. ROCKIN’ RUGA ($3.21 MadBookie) is a lightly raced four-year-old from the stable that resumed with a dominant win at Kembla Grange on April 20. On that occasion, the son of Fastnet Rock enjoyed a cushy time on the speed before careering away to a three length win. He has been kept to the distance range this preparation after a couple of failed attempts over the mile last year and again there doesn’t appear to be too much pressure out in front for this race. He can go on with it.
The fillies and mares line up over the 1500m and VANUATU ($3.31 MadBookie) should go very close with the drop back in grade. The Grahame Begg-trained galloper resumed with an eye-catching 3rd over the 1300m here three starts ago before taking out a Class 1 over the 1600m at Cranbourne. She then rose sharply in grade to Group 3 level and did well to finish 6th behind Mirette in the Schweppervesence Stakes (1800m), beaten three lengths. The winner out of that has since come out and produced a big performance to finish runner-up in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m). The daughter of High Chaparral will be ridden by Jamie Kah and the big field should ensure there is a solid tempo for her to produce her strong finishing burst.
The stayers tackle the 2400m trip and the Lloyd Williams stable take a three-pronged attack into the race. The pick of those looks to be BASS, ($2.61 TopBetta) who has had just the two starts in Australia for a runner-up performance over the 1800m on April 10 before fading late in a harder race at Flemington on Anzac Day over the 2520m. On that occasion he led them up in what was a truly run affair before being run down by the likes of Observational and Sin To Win. The five-year-old might be better suited ridden a bit more quietly and looked promising at Sandown when running home from the back of the field when resuming. He has drawn to get a nice run in transit and Michael Poy claims the 2kg. Look for him to be strong at the business end.