Midweek racing takes us to Bendigo and Randwick this Wednesday with some interesting punting opportunities.
Bendigo flies the flag in Victoria and has a seven race program to look forward to, while eight races are also set in Sydney for Randwick’s Wednesday racing.
We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!
The powerful Williams stable will be represented by a couple of horses at Bendigo on Wednesday and the pick of those shapes as LATIN BEAT ($3.11 ClassicBet) , who lines up in Race 5 of the day, a BenchMark 70 over 2200m. The former Irish galloper has had just the four career starts and has won two of those, including his last start effort when resuming over the 1800m at Sandown when finding plenty in the dying stages to score ahead of Mieszko. That was just his second run in three years and we can expect him to take plenty of improvement out of that hitout. The 2200m is in his favour and he looks the one to beat here.
The last event of the day at Bendigo is a BenchMark 64 over 1300m and after winning by seven lengths on debut at Pakenham over 1200m, the Phillip Stokes-trained JUMBO OZAKI ($1.71 TopBetta) looks set to go on with the job. In his debut race he was steady in the betting, starting at just better than even money and settled handy before taking over at the 250m mark. He jumps up slightly in trip and has drawn to get a perfect run from the barrier. None of his rivals are in any real menacing form at the moment and the exciting youngster looks to be a bit of an anchor for the day. It is hard to see him getting beaten.
A number of handy three-year-olds line up in Race 6 of the day at Randwick and it is the Godolphin galloper, WAGNER ($2.41 MadBookie), that should be hard to hold out in this class. The son of Bernadini is first up after a spring campaign that saw him win his first two races before his form tailed off towards the end of his campaign in strong company. Those wins came at Canterbury in a Maiden and then a BenchMark 74 before he ran 7th in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and 5th in the Red Anchor Stakes (1200m), finishing just behind the likes of Ringerdingding. He heads to the Kensington track and the 2kg claim for the apprentice hoop, Robbie Dolan, is in his favour.
This looks a nice race for THE AUGUST ($7.01 TopBetta) to make his presence felt at his second run for his new trainer, Chris Waller. The former Brent Stanley galloper ran a series of handy races against top opposition in the Melbourne spring and the most notable of those was a runner-up performance behind the flying Native Soldier in the McNeil Stakes (1200m) as well as a 5th behind that horse in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. He stepped out recently at the Canterbury track in a BenchMark 74 and chased well to finish in 3rd position, beaten just under a length behind Tonsor. The son of I Am Invincible generally likes to get back in his races and there should be enough speed in this through the likes of Gaughin and Desert Lord, which will play into his hands. Second up, he looms as a solid bet at the each-way quote.