It’s a Wednesday double-header at Sandown at Randwick with some value chances standing out.
We’ve picked out two runners in both Melbourne and Sydney to be backing with a midweek best bets.
Race 7 at Sandown is a BenchMark 78 and it is JUMBO OZAKI ($2.50 TopBetta) that should be an improver. The promising galloper, who was scratched from a similar race last week, was last seen in a Saturday race at Flemington when resuming on August 10 and lined up an easing $3.80 chance before racing accordingly. On that occasion, the Philip Stokes-trained galloper settled just off the speed and loomed up at the 200m mark but couldn’t go with Ruban Bleu, who was powerful to the line. He should improve from that outing and at his initial campaign he won two of three before being sent for a spell. John Allen retains the ride and if he can find a spot from the wide gate then his mount can bounce back.
We close out with a BenchMark 78 and TONY NICCONI ($4.60 TopBetta) can make his presence felt. The Hayes & Dabernig-trained galloper has had some mixed results in recent times, but has bumped into some handy performers and might find this easier. He showed improvement when second up at Randwick, punching hard to lead and holding on for 4th and ran a similar race behind the flying Pippie last time. The 3kg claim for the apprentice hoop, Lewis German will help, while the four-year-old might be able to box seat with a couple on his outside set to vye for the lead.
I’m keen on one at the each-way odds in Race 2 at Randwick and MEMPHIS ROCK ($11 TopBetta) should find this easier than his last start effort that saw him run 3rd to the promising Condo’s Express at Moonee Valley. In that race, the son of Fastnet Rock raced keenly outside the leader and chased hard in the straight before finishing a length away. The winner has since come out and won well at Group level. Prior to the run at the Valley he was a commanding winner at Pakenham, while he produced a number of competitive runs in the autumn in good grade. James McDonald takes the ride and the pair can go close.
This looks to be a nice race for ROCK ($2.00 TopBetta) to continue on from where he left off after winning on resumption at Canterbury on August 21. The Team Hawkes galloper was sent out a $2.25 favourite over the 1250m and didn’t let punters down, producing some nice closing sectionals in the process to score by over two lengths. In the autumn he worked through the grades before finding some of the top liners beyond him on a bog track in the Phar Lap Stakes (1500m). However, he looks to have come back in good order and must be respected from this stable. He looms as the one to beat.