The focus is on the Kensington course at Randwick and Sandown for our midweek best bets.
It’s a seven-race program in Sydney and eight races for punters to get involved with in Melbourne, and we’ve pick out two selections for each of the meetings.
After missing out when finishing runner-up to The Party Girl on June 10 at the Kensington track, STELLA SEA SUN ($2.30 TopBetta) can go one better when she lines up in Race 3 of the day. The Kris Lees-trained galloper has been in the money in each of her seven starts and has won twice in the wet. At her last start she was posted wide without cover and peeled out on the bend before just going down in the dying stages. She has drawn barrier 5 and should sit on the speed. With Blake Shinn on board she looks to be the one.
The final event of the day is a BenchMark 70 over the 1550m journey and one that represents value at the each-way quote is the Chris Waller-trained BREAKDANCE ($8.50 TopBetta). The former New Zealand galloper has had four starts in Australia for a win over the 1500m at Newcastle earlier this year and resumed with an unlucky 5th behind The Party Girl here two weeks ago when never getting clear in the straight. He attracted support in the betting that day and has drawn much better this time around with the recent Group 1 winning jockey, Jason Collett, set to steer.
Race 6 of the day at Sandown pits some handy sprinters up against one another and in an open betting race, PREZADO ($4.20 TopBetta), can go very close. The Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper has had two runs this time in and should find this much easier than his last start effort that saw him finish 11th, beaten just two lengths in a blanket finish behind Milwaukee down the Flemington straight. The son of Denman generally takes a run or two to get going in his preparations and a key to his chances looks to be the solid tempo in this with Our Luca, Aluf and Fill The Flute all likely to vie for the lead early on. He will be running on and reunites with Craig Williams, who steered him to his most recent win, which was five starts ago.
After winning with a bit in hand at her most recent start, the Jim Conlan-trained PINYIN ($3.30 TopBetta) can make it three wins from as many starts when she steps out in Race 8 of the day. The daughter of Wanted rises from a BM 64 to a BM70 and seemed to relish the wet conditions when careering away from Cosmic Ruby after doing a fair bit of work early on over the 1200m last time. She steps up to the 1400m but gives the impression that distance should suit and will be ridden by Ted Nugget, who rode her to victory last time and claims the 2kg.