Midweek metro racing takes us to Ballarat and Canterbury Park with some value bets standing out.
It’s an eight-race program at Ballarat and seven races at Canterbury, and we’ve got the best bets picked out for both meetings.
This looks to be a good race for the Mick Price-trained WHYOUASK
($8.01 TopBetta), who has had three runs this time in and showed improvement last time to place at Warrnambool. In that race, the five-year-old settled towards the tail in the seven horse field then did all the chasing. He hit the lead inside the 200m before just being grabbed late by Kings Brook. It was a good performance from the five-year-old in that race and if he brings that form to Ballarat he should be hard to beat. He will save plenty of ground from barrier 1 and is likely to box seat with Michael Dee on board.
Race 7 at Ballarat is a BenchMark 64 and after grinding away to win a slightly weaker affair at Benalla last time, the Patrick Payne-trained PURE COLOUR ($5.51 MadBookie) can go on with the job. The four-year-old likes to settle back in her races and should be suited by what should be a solid tempo in this race. She ran some good races in this class at her last campaign and looks suited by the step up to the 1600m at her third run back.
The two-year-olds line up in the opening event of the day at Canterbury and it is KORDIA ($3.41 TopBetta) that should be hard to beat. The Godolphin galloper made his debut on May 8 at the track and struck a bit of trouble early on but knuckled down to the task in the straight before just missing out behind Discharged. He should take improvement out of that run and a big plus is the booking of James McDonald, who jumps from barrier 4. Look for his mount to go on with it.
This might be the race for the Chris Waller-trained AUSTRIA ($2.61 MadBookie) to break through at his third start in Australia. The former Kiwi came from across the Tasman after three runs late last year and has run on well in both runs this preparation. She switched off heels at Warwick Farm on April 17 when running on well for 4th then was forced wide when again finishing strongly, this time for a narrow 3rd at Scone on May 10. She was a winner at her one third up run in NZ and should be nearing peak fitness.