Midweek Best Bets: Caulfield and Canterbury

Midweek racing takes us to Caulfield for a twilight meeting and Canterbury this Wednesday.

Sandown has an eight race program to look forward to, while seven races are slated in Sydney for Canterbury’s Wednesday racing.

We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!


Race 2

The Hayes and Dabernig galloper, NUMOOR ($2.30 ClassicBet), stepped out at Sandown Hillside just under a month ago and claimed victory in strong fashion at just her second career start. She lines up in Race 2 of the day at Caulfield and based on her Sandown win, she looks to be one that can go on with the job. In the Sandown race she settled just behind the speed and took over at the 300m mark, sprinting clear to win by nearly three lengths. She has been given a brief break since then and I suspect the stable have earmarked her for some bigger and better things for the upcoming autumn carnival. She has drawn barrier 2 and the claim for the apprentice hoop, Fred Kersley, will help. She will be hard to beat.

Race 7

Race 7 is a BenchMark 70 and ROSSMAN ($3.20 TopBetta) can go on with he job after digging deep to claim victory at Mornington on December 27. On that occasion, the David Brideoake-trained galloper overcame difficulties in the straight to record a narrow win and steps up in trip. He has won two from four over the distance and at his last campaign he wasn’t far behind the likes of Mr Money Bags and Iconoclasm in a series of races. The son of Mossman will box seat from barrier 1 and with plenty of speed outside of him, he should have the race run to suit.


Race 1

The opener at Canterbury features a number of promising three-year-olds but the one they have to beat is the Chris Waller-trained RE EDIT ($2.20 MadBookie). The filly stepped out for her race debut at Warwick Farm in late November and showed plenty of tenacity to defeat Sizzling Ace right on the line. That effort was over the 1400m trip and the way she won on debut suggests that the step up in distance shouldn’t be a problem. Stick with her.

Race 6

I’m going for one at a bit of value here in the form of WHITELEY ($7.50 TopBetta). The Gai Waterhouse and Adrain Both-trained galloper showed promise in his early career starts, taking out his debut at Wyong before finishing a very competitive 3rd behind The Autumn Sun at his second start and has since had a couple of issues. He overrated and couldn’t quite go with them in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) before never seeing daylight when resuming at Randwick on Boxing Day. He has drawn wide but should enjoy a nice cart into the race and he has dropped in weight. Look for him to produce a nice run.