Midweek racing takes us to Sandown and Warwick Farm this Wednesday with some interesting punting opportunities.
Sandown stages an eight race twilight program, while eight races are also set in Sydney for Warwick Farm’s Wednesday racing.
We’ve picked out some of the best chances to concentrate your punting on!
The stayers line up over the 2400m trip and one at the each-way quote that should go well is WILD SEA ($5.75 ClassicBet). The Michael Kent-trained galloper raced over the track & trip at his last start and finished 3rd in the six horse field behind Rockarral after settling towards the rear. He should really be reaching his peak fitness after three runs this time in and a key to his chances in this is the bigger field. Pace in the race to come from the likes of Wee Gilly and Bianco Nuovo and that will play into his hands. Ethan Brown claims the 1.5kg and his mount looks to be a solid chance.
I’m pretty keen on the super-consistent KAZIO ($3.71 TopBetta) to close the day out at Sandown as a winner. The Colin Little-trained galloper has some great form over the 1400m here and was a winner over Laure Me In late last year before defeating Pakaya Prince two starts ago. He drops in class after running 3rd behind Bravo Tango at Sale last and we know that he is very genuine. He has drawn to get the run of the race from barrier 2 and the 1.5kg claim for Zac Spain might just be enough to see him edge home.
Race 5 at Warwick Farm is for the fillies and mares and the promising DEBATE ($3.11 MadBookie) will be out to turn things around after not a lot went right when she resumed at Rosehill on February 27. On that occasion the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained galloper botched the start and was ridden along to stay in touch in the early stages. As the field straightened she was unable to gain a run but chased well when she found the gap at the 300m mark but the tough run counted against her in the end as she finished 5th behind Sheriff, beaten three lengths. She was an impressive winner in a trial before that and at her only other start she was too good for them at Gosford last year. She has drawn barrier 1 in this race and Tommy Berry rides.
An even bunch of gallopers line up in a BenchMark 76 in Race 7 at Warwick Farm and it is the well-bred GHOSTLY ($6.51 TopBetta) that gets his chance in this grade. The son of Lonhro has had four runs this time in and placed in the first two of those before missing out from wide barriers at his two recent runs. He got too far back at his most recent start when running 5th to Archedemus but has drawn barrier 2 this time around and can settle a little closer to the midfield. He races well at Warwick Farm and with his strong finishing burst it will be no surprise to see him prominent at the business end of the race.