Cranbourne and Warwick Farm fly the flag for our Midweek Best Bets this week.
There are eight races to look forward to at Cranbourne and seven competitive contests at Warwick Farm to get our teeth into.
We pick out two selections for each meeting.
After debuting with a runner-up performance at Geelong, THE MEMORY MAN ($3.30 TopBetta) can go one better when he lines up in Race 2 of the day of the day at Cranbourne. In the Geelong race, the three-year-old sped across to sit outside the leader and stuck on well in the Heavy conditions before being unable to reel in Howyalikemenow. He has drawn wide for this race but can cross over and will be ridden by the experienced hoop, Mark Zahra, while the rise to the 1400m should also suit.
The fillies line up over the 1400m journey and CATCHING BEAMS ($4.20 TopBetta) can go on with the job after giving her rivals windburn at this track on July 4. In that race, the Jerome Hunter-trained galloper settled in front position and bounded away in the straight to win by almost four lengths from Abinger and Menina. She may get conditions to suit once again as she is likely to push forward and there doesn’t look to be too much speed outside of her. Logan McGill partners her again and claims the 3kg.
Looking to get off to an early winner here and it is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained SATIN SOCKS ($4.00 TopBetta) that takes on the fellow two-year-olds in Race 2 of the day. The daughter of Medaglia D’Oro resumed with a win at Kembla Grange on Soft ground on June 15 and in that race she settled towards the tail of the field before showing a nice turn of foot when the split came at the 200m to score. She rises slightly in class but should only improve from that outing and must be respected coming from this stable, who have taken their time with her. She has drawn to save ground from barrier 1 and will be strong at the business end.
Race 4 is a BenchMark 66 for the three-year-olds and it is FRONT SIGHT
($2.30 TopBetta) that should be hard to beat. The Kris Lees-trained galloper has had four career wins and broke through for a big victory out at Wyong last time over the 1350m. A couple of the beaten brigade out of that have since come out and won and the form should hold up. Prior to that race he resumed with a runner up effort at this track and there was a big margin to 3rd that day. He can lead or box seat from the inside draw and will be hard to hold out late in the race.