Racing

Midweek Best Bets

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Wednesday’s metro throws up some good chances and we’ve got you covered with selections at Canterbury and Sandown.

It’s a seven-race program in Sydney with Canterbury flying the flag, while eight races are scheduled for Melbourne racing at Sandown.

See our best chances below:

Canterbury Park

Race 2

Race 2 at Canterbury Park is for the two-year-olds and after finishing a narrow runner-up to the promising Exceedance at his latest outing, SHIELDED ($6.50 MadBookie) can go on with the job. The Godolphin galloper has had two starts and showed improvement last time at Wyong over the 1100m when doing all the chasing before just being run down late. The son of Helmet finished ahead of Blazing Miss in that race and has a fitness edge on a number of his other rivals here. He has drawn in a slightly tricky spot but if Sam Clipperton can land with some cover in the early stages he can go very close.

Race 6

The promising LICKO’PAINT ($4.80 MadBookie) resumes for the Hayes and Dabernig stable and takes on the fellow fillies and mares. The three-year-old made an impression late last year when cruising to a comfortable win at Sandown in a Maiden over 1300m then stepped up to the 1440m and finished a three length 5th after travelling wide without cover for much of that. The daughter of Denman has had a long spell since those performances but tuned up with an impressive trial win at Rosehill just over a week ago and the stable must be respected when they send their youngsters up north.

Sandown

Race 4

The stayers tackle the 2400m journey at Sandown and NASHVILLE SOUND ($2.70 MadBookie) should find this easier than a last start effort that saw him run a competitive 5th at Group 3 level behind Valac in the Queens Cup (2500m) at Morphettville. Prior to that, the Daniel Bowman-trained galloper strung together two wins in succession, both on Soft tracks, including one during the Warrnambool carnival over the 2350m journey. A feature of those performances was that he settled in the first few and he will look to do the same thing on Wednesday. With little predicted speed in the race, he should enjoy a cushy run and he is a clear top pick.

Race 8

We close out with a BenchMark 78 over the 2100m and NO MONEY NO HONEY ($5.00 MadBookie) can turn the tables on Bea Tempted after going down to that horse on May 15. In an open race, those two look to be the key chances and cleared out from their rivals in the dying stages over 1800m last time before Bea Tempted got the upper hand. The six-year-old meets that horse 2.5kg better at the weights and should relish the Soft conditions after an early week deluge in Melbourne. She has drawn in a perfect spot and with Jamie Kah on board she should be hard to beat.