Midweek racing takes us to Caulfield for a twilight meeting and Wyong this Wednesday.
Sandown has an eight race program to look forward to, while seven races are slated in Sydney for Wyong’s Wednesday racing.
We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!
Race 7 of the day at Caulfield is for the fillies and mares and the consistent PALMATEER ($5.26 ClassicBet) gets her chance to notch up a deserved win after a series of close up performances. The Chris Waller-trained mare was a fast finishing 5th at Flemington on Oaks day behind Nessuna Fiducia over 1700m before running home well to miss out by a narrow margin behing Shrouded In Mist. The daughter of Fastnet Rock likes to get back in her races and should be suited in this as there looks to be plenty of early pace, which will help her launch late. With Michael Walker on board, she will be hard to beat.
Another leading hope for Walker is TAVISTOCK DANCER ($5.26 TopBetta) who lines up in the last race of the day, which is a BenchMark 64 over 1800m. The Mick Price-trained galloper has had just the one career start for a strong win at Kilmore over 1600m and hit the line very well in that race. The three-year-old did a couple of things wrong in that race and was still good enough. He should be an improver at his second start, while the step up to the 1800m also looks to be a positive. Look for a big run from the son of Tavistock.
ZEPPELIN ($2.90 MadBookie) isn’t the biggest name in the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable but must be respected in this, which isn’t the strongest race. The four-year-old drops down in class after running a six length 6th at Warwick Farm on December 5 and had little luck in that affair after being chopped out of it at the 200m. Prior to that he strung together successive wins and he looks to be more than capable of taking this one out.
Race 6 is a BenchMark 70 and one that can improve back on the drier ground is EXCELLING ($4.80 TopBetta). The Joseph Pride-trained galloper failed on the Heavy at Warwick Farm when leading last time but was good prior to that, winning at Kembla Grange before running a narrow 3rd to Poetic Charmer at Canterbury. The son of Manhattan Rain should race on the speed and will get a nice run from barrier 3 with Corey Brown on board.