Wednesday’s metro racing comes at Sandown and Warwick Farm with some competitive midweek action.
It’s an eight-race program at Sandown Hillside in Melbourne, with seven races to look forward in Sydney at Warwick Farm.
We pick out the best bets:
Race 4 at Sandown is a BenchMark 84 and ROYAL ACE ($4.41 TopBetta) should be hard to beat at his second run back from a spell. The Danny O’Brien-trained galloper stepped out at the Warrnambool carnival recently and after jumping awkwardly he was able to run on well in the concluding stages to grab 3rd behind Curragh. He strung together two successive wins in handy company late a his most recent preparation, while his second up form reads very well with three wins from four starts. He was a winner at Sandown at his only start at the track and should benefit with the rise in distance. He will be hard to hold out.
Race 7 sees another O’Brien contender in action and it is the highly promising SOVEREIGN AWARD ($2.71 MadBookie) that can go on with it after spacing her rivals at her second career start. That came in an easier affair at Geelong but the seven length win was impressive nonetheless and a positive lead is that she has been a firmer in the early betting. At her only other start she did a few things wrong when finishing runner-up to Tofane at Ballarat. Brett Prebble rides the daughter of Shamus Award and barring any bad luck from the inside gate she should be hard to beat.
Race 3 at Warwick Farm is for the three-year-olds and after a series of narrow misses, TIME RAID ($3.41 TopBetta), should be hard to hold out. The Newcastle galloper has finished runner-up at his past three and was unlucky at Gosford at his latest, when just failing to catch Editors. At his start prior he went down in very narrow fashion behind Je Suis Tycoon. He won two on the trot at his first preparation and is another that has attracted support in early markets. Look for him to settle handy and if he can slot in without too much trouble from barrier 9 he can chalk up a deserved win.
The final event of the day at Warwick Farm is a BenchMark 70 and I am pretty keen on the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained CHARRETERA ($2.71 MadBookie). The three-year-old has had the five career starts and has begun to put it together this preparation, finishing runner-up behind Kylease at Gosford before proving to be too good for the likes of Bare Naked Lady at Randwick on April 25. The son of Epaulette can tuck in just behind the speed from barrier 2 and will look to stalk them as per his recent win. A slight query is the step up in distance but he does look to have a bit of upside and he is worth sticking with.