Racing

Midweek Best Bets

Wednesday horse racing will take place at Canterbury and Bendigo.

We’ve picked out our two best midweek bets for both metro meetings.

Bendigo

Race 4

After winning at Bendigo three starts ago, the Godolphin galloper, FRAZIL ($4.20 TopBetta) can repeat the dose in Race 4 of the day, a BenchMark 70 for the three-year-old fillies. The daughter of Medaglia D’Oro was too good for the likes of Proven and Darlamax at the course on July 5 and was taken to Flemington but could only manage 7th behind the handy Heirborn on a Heavy track a month ago. She then stuck on well in what was a bit of a sit and sprint at Sandown recently when runner up behind Simply Dreaming. She looks suited by the step up to the 1600m and enjoys the Bendigo surface. With Craig Williams on board she will go very close.

Race 8

The second last event of the day at Bendigo is a BenchMark 78 for the fillies and mares and OCEANEX ($3.70 TopBetta) looks well placed. The Mick Price-trained galloper should be an improver at her second run back and with the step up in distance. After claiming her Maiden by a massive margin at Geelong late last year, she went on to win at Moonee Valley over the mile and then at Flemington over the 2000m before dropping in distance and running a competitive race at Group 3 Level at Randwick in March. She resumed at Sandwon on August 28 and was one of few horses that made ground that day, working home well for 3rd behind Bianco Nuovo. She should camp just off the speed with the 2kg claiming apprentice hoop, Lachlan King, on board and will be doing her best work late.

Canterbury

Race 2

This shapes as an interesting one as some promising gallopers go up against one another. DANCE HALL GIRL ($2.45 TopBetta) only has to run up to her last start effort to be a big factor. The Tim Martin-trained galloper has had just the three career starts and claimed a Kembla Grange Maiden back in March before being put away for a spell. She resumed on August 28 at Warwick Farm and led from start to finish in what was an impressive effort ahead of some handy types. In that race she strung out to an early lead in the straight and kept going through the line to win by almost two lengths, running good time in the process. The four-yea-old has drawn ideally in barrier 4 and has the option of going forward again or taking a sit. She will be hard to beat.

Race 4

Race 4 is a BenchMark 74 and the Joseph Pride-trained KYLEASE ($1.80 TopBetta) looms as a clear top pick. The lightly raced four-year-old has had five career starts for three wins, registering a hat-trick back in the autumn before rising to Group 3 level but pulling up with issues in the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m), a race that was won by Military Zone. She resumes on Wednesday and will be hard to beat back in this grade. She has had the benefit of two trials in the lead up to her return and a positive lead is the booking of Kerrin McEvoy, who will look to cross from the wide barrier and control proceedings. If the experienced hoop can do that without burning too much fuel early on, the daughter of Choisir should be too good.