Midweek Best Bets: Warrnambool and Warwick Farm

It’s Day 2 of the Warrnambool Carnival on Wednesday with Warwick Farm combining to be part of a big day of metro racing.

The feature at Warrnambool in the Wangoom Handicap, one of 10 races at The Bool. Warwick Farm, meanwhile, has seven races on the program in Sydney.

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


Race 5

I’m going for one at the each-way quote in Race 5 of the day at Warrnambool and that is the Michelle Payne-trained SO ASTOUNDING ($8.50 TopBetta).The son of So You Think takes on the fellow three-year-olds and has had just the two starts, including a win at the most recent of those at Cranbourne. In that race he worked around them three deep as they cornered and was strong to the line in the dying stages, clearing out to win by half a length. A firmer in early betting markets, he rises in class but the slight step up in distance should suit and he can go on with it.

Race 8

The Wangoom is the feature of the middle day of the Warrnambool carnival and JUNGLE EDGE ($8.51 MadBookie) looks suited back in this grade. The veteran finished runner-up to Nature Strip three starts ago but couldn’t quite go with them in two subsequent starts at Randwick, finishing down the track in the Group 1 Galaxy at the most recent of those. He has drawn wide here but might be able to cross to a forward position without burning too much petrol early on and is set to strike his favoured wet conditions. A forward showing would not surprise and he is another that represents value at the each-way odds.

Warwick Farm

Race 5

Race 5 at Warwick Farm is a BenchMark 70 and it looks to be a bit of a confidence builder for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained CARIF ($1.81 MadBookie). The three-year-old claimed his Maiden in easy fashion three starts ago then took on some of the big guns for his age group when running a nice 4th in the Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 30. He could then only muster 7th in the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on April 20 but he did endure some issues throughout in that run and looks much better suited back at this level. He has drawn perfectly in barrier 3 and with Kerrin McEvoy on board he should be hard to beat against this lot.

Race 6

This shapes as an interesting race with MYSTIC HILL ($3.31 TopBetta). Vega and the Godolphin contender, Restrained among the main chances. I have a slight leaning towards the filly, Mystic Hill, after her excellent run when resuming in slightly weaker grade at Newcastle on April 18. In that race she settled just off them and had to ease out off heels in the straight before launching at them very late. She should be even better at her second run back and was a solid winner at the distance at her first preparation. The Kris Lees-trained galloper will jump from barrier 4 and there looks to be enough pace in this for her to produce her strong finishing burst once again.