It’s Cranbourne and Warwick Farm which provides us with the midweek metro racing on Wednesday.
We have picked out the best two best for both meetings as we look to snag a couple of value winners to take into the weekend.
Race 3 of the day at Cranbourne is a BenchMark 64 over the 1400m trip. The consistent ORIENTAL LILY ($5.50 TopBetta) gets her chance to notch up another win. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper has had seven career starts and has featured in the money at her past four. She thrived on the Heavy track two starts ago at Bendigo, clearing out to a two length win despite racing slightly erratically early in the straight. She then headed to Echuca for a crack at the 1600m and settled well back before closing off well to finish runner-up. She drops back down to the 1400m and looks well placed against some seasoned rivals. Look for her to tuck in to a midfield spot from barrier 7 and she should be doing her best work late.
The final event of the day at Cranbourne is a sprint over the 1000m journey and ASATEER ($3.80 TopBetta) will be hard to beat. The Lloyd Kennewell-trained galloper has had four starts and claimed two successive races, one of which was a Maiden, while the other was a BenchMark 64. Those wins came over the distance earlier in the winter at both Pakenham and Ballarat on Synthetic tracks. He then headed to Moonee Valley where he defeated all but the impressive Condo’s Express, who then went on to win at Listed level in the McKenzie Stakes (1000m). The three-year-old has drawn wide in barrier 12 but might be able to cross from the gate and if he can get across he will take some running down.
This looks to be a nice race in which for the former import, AGOSTO ($3.30 TopBetta) to take another step up at his fourth run in Australia. The Chris waller-trained galloper has won two of three since coming over from France and was too good for them over the 2100m at Newcastle last time in a Class 1. Prior to that he was unlucky at the same track over the 1890m journey. He steps up in grade but looks up to the task and will save plenty of ground from barrier 1 with James McDonald to steer. Stick with him.
Race 4 is a BenchMark 72 and after winning at this track when resuming on August 28, FULL RECOGNITION ($3.90 TopBetta) can go on with the job. In the August 28 race, the Mark Newnham-trained galloper settled just behind the leaders and knuckled down to the task in the last 200m, gradually overhauling Erno in a bit of a headbobber. The son of Smart Missile should only improve off that run and is now in the second campaign of his career after stringing together some consistent performances in the autumn. At his previous second up run he was unlucky when finishing runner-up at the track and distance behind Green Aeon. Tommy Berry takes the ride and should settle within striking distance here.