Midweek racing takes us to Sandown for a twilight meeting and Warwick Farm this Wednesday.
Sandown has an eight race program to look forward to, while seven races are slated in Sydney for Warwick Farm’s Wednesday racing.
We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!
I’m pretty keen on the beautifully-bred MORE SUNDAYS ($2.06 ClassicBet). The daughter of More Joyous was a commanding winner on debut at Geelong last year in August before stepping out at Randwick at a short price at his next start and doing plenty wrong, jumping awkwardly and racing keenly before fading to run 7th. He pulled up shin sore after that run and the Hayes/Dabernig stable will no doubt have been working overtime in preparation for his return. They have nominated the youngster for the All Star Mile (1600m) in March and we can expect him to come back in fine style.
Another galloper from the Hayes/Dabernig stable that can make his presence felt at Sandown is GOLD MAG ($2.35 TopBetta), who takes on the likes of Magnesium Rose and Tin Hat. The four-year-old has had just the three career starts and won his first two by huge margins, including one at the track and distance by five lengths. At his only other run he couldn’t quite make up the ground in the closing stages when finishing runner-up down the Flemington straight. He has drawn to save plenty of ground from barrier 1 and with Mark Zahra on board he should be hard to hold out.
MARMARIS ($5.26 MadBookie) has had a bit of a stop start career to date thus far but his best is good enough to take this out. The Godolphin galloper has had six starts for a win and two runner-up performances and resumed with a 6th at Canterbury when he never saw daylight in the straight. At his last campaign he had just the two starts, which were both on wet tracks and he ran 4th behind Helaku in the most recent of those when settling a bit too far back. Thinkin’ Big was 3rd in the same race. The son of Lonhro has attracted a bit of support in the early betting. He is likely to again get back but there looks to be enough pace in this for him to launch at them late.
BOTTI ($3.21 TopBetta) that looks well placed at his second run back from a 10 week spell. The three-year-old has raced six times for two wins and ran on well to grab 3rd over the unsuitable 1300m when resuming on the Kensington track on January 5. The Chris Waller-trained galloper claimed victory at Geelong at his only previous second up run en route to finishing down the track in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate day. He has drawn perfectly in barrier 4 and is the one they have to beat in this.