What an amazing day of racing it was at both Randwick and Caulfield last Saturday with Winx only narrowly getting up in the Warwick Stakes after missing the start.
The feature racing is starting to heat up and we’ve already seen many midweek thoroughbreds perform on the big stage.
This Wednesday the feature meetings belong to Warwick Farm and Sandown, with the latter hosting big betting fields throughout the day.
We head to Warwick Farm first where the fields are smaller, but there’s some up-and-coming types involved and punters will have their black books ready.
Free Tips and Form at Warwick Farm
Race 3. (14:35) TAB Rewards Handicap (1300m)
The three-year-old colt resumes after running two solid races in good company last preparation. Trained by Team Hawkes, the son of Snitzel finished sixth in the Kindergarten Stakes behind Property on debut, but he made up good late ground.
He then ran in the Ken Russell Stakes at Gold Coast where he was extremely unlucky not to win. After starting slow from the barriers, Dissolution cut the corner and flew home to go down by a nose behind Taking Aim.
The form out of that race has been good and despite drawing wide here, he looked good in a recent trial which was soft and he will be putting in the big bounds late this Wednesday.
Race 4. (15:10) Schweppes Handicap (1000m)
It’s been a great start to the career for Nictock which has won five of his six starts to date.
The Cameron Crockett-trained four-year-old has only tasted defeat on one occasion which came at Randwick in the Highway Handicap behind Clipper.
He has bounced back with consecutive wins and he drops in grade slightly for this after recording a narrow win at Canterbury last start.
He does rise in weight to 61kg because of the penalty, but Hugh Bowman stays in the saddle and that should give punters plenty of confidence.
He’s a runner that can handle varying track conditions and he should be competitive against an even field.
Race 5. (15:45) Theraces Handicap (1600m)
Fortensky has been knocking firmly on the door since winning to kick off this campaign.
The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old scored a strong win at Hawkesbury on July 6 to start the campaign before running three consecutive second placings.
He settled back at Warwick Farm three starts ago and worked home nicely behind Invicta, but he has settled much closer his last two starts.
He led last start at Canterbury and the change in tactics almost came off. Blake Shinn just had to do a little too much work to get to the front, but Hugh Bowman takes over the riding duties for this start.
There doesn’t appear to be much speed in this race so don’t be surprised to see Bowman go forward with Fortensky.
Race 6. (16:20) Ascot Restaurant Handicap (1200m)
Connections must have been serious about this runner because she’s now with Chris Waller.
The four-year-old comes from the country with an unbeaten record and she hasn’t really been tested in any of her three wins.
She won on debut by almost three lengths before winning as the odds-on favourite following that. Her last run of the campaign came at Tamworth where she won by over two lengths and the change in stables is a good sign.
The betting market will show punters how much improvement she has made with Chris Waller, but she looks to have a fair amount of ability.
Free Tips and Form at Sandown
Race 2. (13:00) Dream Thoroughbreds Handicap (1500m)
Mutamayel was a classy winner on debut for the Hayes/Dabernig team and they usually produce them to win again.
The three-year-old chestnut colt had some support at $5 on debut at Pakenham and it handled the soft conditions very well.
Drawing a touch wide in barrier seven might not be an ideal situation for this run, but there is enough pace in the race and he could just take a sit in behind them and show his turn-of-foot late in the race.
The progeny of Snitzel is running terrifically this season and Mutamayel could continue the run.
Race 4. (14:10) Hamilton Reid Chartered Accountants Handicap (1400m)
Punters should be forgiving of Swiss Moments last start which was fresh up in Australia having run in New Zealand.
Now with Michael Kent at Cranbourne, Swiss Moments was well-supported at Sandown last start, but couldn’t manage to show the same turn-of-foot as she showed over the Tasman.
The Swiss Ace mare scorched home on debut at Pukekohe to win in impressive fashion and she made big ground at her second start against a tough field.
There are no superstars to face on Wednesday and the track conditions should suit her well.
Punters should be able to get each way odds for Swiss Moments which should produce a more encouraging run with that effort under its belt.
Race 5. (14.45) Win A Car at Highway’s Handicap (1600m)
Tony McEvoy lines up Antipas which scored a dominant win at Pakenham last start.
The three-year-old gelding ran second on debut at Geelong before rising right up in grade and running at Flemington. He was no match for the highly talented Anchor Bid on that occasion, but he dropped back to maiden grades last start and did it easily.
He looks a natural stayer that is more suited to running at midweek level and McEvoy has realised this which is a good sign.
Drawing wide won’t bother him over this distance and he should get a nice drag into the race given the size of the field.
We’re expecting there to be plenty of speed from the long shot chances, which will give Antipas every chance to wind up and come with a big finish.
Race 6 (15:20) Heritage Finance Handicap (1000m)
This is a cracking midweek field with many top line talents, but King’s Authority looked well above average when winning on debut.
The Mick Price-trained colt scored by 1.5 lengths at Flemington and he showed a great burst of speed when the gap was presented.
It’s always good to note the horses that take the gap as it can be the winning or losing of a race, and he showed that ability to burst through it.
The form in behind King’s Authority on that occasion has yet to fully mature and he hasn’t been seen since December last year, but the tracks are getting better and he’s well-weighted for this at 55.5kg.
Punters might be able to lock in a good price.