It’s Canterbury and Sandown which provides us with Wednesday’s metro racing in Sydney and Melbourne.
Seven competitive races are in store at Canterbury, while Sandown stages eight races.
We’ve picked out the best two bets for each meeting.
We look no further than Race 2 at Warwick Farm and it is EXCEED THE STARS ($3.80 TopBetta) that should be hard to beat. The Mark Newnham-trained galloper takes on the fellow two-year-olds and enjoys a bit of a fitness edge on his rivals after stepping out at Canterbury a fortnight ago, finishing runner-up behind Rule The World. He ran the best closing sectionals in that race and should improve off that run. At his last campaign he wasn’t far away from them at Group 3 level and this looks to be a nice race for him to break through.
The promising HAUT BRION HER ($1.90 TopBetta) kicks off her preparation in this race and should be hard to beat with a couple of strong trial performances under her belt. The Chris Waller-trained filly impressed in two starts late last year, finishing runner-up on debut at Kensington before working home well at this track, winning over 1400m. She has been kept solid in the early betting after her recent trial win at Rosehill and the daughter of Zoustar is one that can progress further this preparation.
Race 6 at Sandown pits some handy types up against one another in a BenchMark 78 and the South Australian galloper, DEXELATION ($3.80 TopBetta), looks primed to break through after a couple of close up performances in his native state. The four-year-old tends to need a run or two before firing and was 3rd when second up at Morphettville before overcoming difficulties to just miss out at the venue on June 22. He strung together four wins in a row at the end of his last preparation and comes right into this with the 2kg claim for Michael Poy.
The fillies and mares close out proceedings and it is CEDAR GRANDE ($4.00 TopBetta) that looks to have a class edge on her rivals. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained galloper has won two of her past three. She ran 6th at Group 3 level in Adelaide two starts ago before relishing the Heavy ground at this track at her last start, winning over the 2100m ahead of No More No Honey. She rises just the 1kg in weight and can stalk her rivals on the speed with Jye McNeil on board.