Midweek Best Bets: Hawkesbury and Sandown

Midweek racing takes us to Hawkesbury and Sandown this Wednesday with some interesting punting opportunities.

Sandown stages an eight race twilight program, while eight races are also set for earlier in the afternoon in Sydney for Hawkesbury’s Wednesday racing.

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


Race 5

I’m pretty keen on the Godolphin galloper, MULTAJA ($2.06 ClassicBet), in this grade after the filly performed admirably at Group 3 level when resuming in the recent Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. On that occasion, she endured a tough run throughout, settling four wide before fanning even further out on the turn and eventually running 6th, beaten three lengths behind Embrace Me. The form out of that has held up with the runner-up horse, Spanish Whisper, since winning at Flemington. While she has been asked to carry a big weight, she does look to be a class above some of these and with James McDonald on board she will be tough to beat.

Race 6

Race 6 at Hawkesbury is a BenchMark 76 and it is THE AUGUST ($4.11 TopBettathat should be primed to run a big race at his third run back from a spell. The former Victorian, who is now in the hands of Chris Waller, ran some big races last spring and wasn’t far behind the likes of Native Soldier and Brutal at Group level. He was a fraction unlucky when resuming at Canterbury and before being outclassed by the handy Desert Lord at his latest but he did stick on well for 3rd in that. A firmer in early betting markets, the son of I Am Invincible is likely to settle on the pace and in a race without too much predicted speed he can make his presence felt.


Race 5

Race 5 at Sandown is BenchMark 64 and the Team Hawkes-trained FEATHER ($3.11 MadBookielooks well placed. After claiming her Maiden at Kembla Grange in excellent fashion back in September, the daughter of Husson was put away for a spell and has since ran successive 4th placings in Sydney. At her last start she worked home very well behind Eugene’s Pick on Feb 19 and that horse has subsequently come out and run an excellent race at Group 3 level. The stable generally have success when they send their horses south and with the experienced hoop, Dwayne Dunn, on board Feather can get the job done.

Race 8

The final event at Sandown shapes as an interesting one and the improver should be TEMPLE OF BEL ($4.81 TopBetta). The Tony McEvoy-trained galloper never really got into it when resuming in the Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Group 3 level but has an excellent second up record, winning one and finishing runner-up in another, while at her last campaign she wasn’t too far behind I Am A Star in the Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield. She drops significantly in class for this race and if Luke Currie can manage to find the running line from the wide gate, she should be hard to beat.