The Bendigo Cup gives the stayers a slight chance of making it into the Melbourne Cup and it runs this Wednesday.
Bendigo hosts a quality 10-race card on October 31 and it’s always one of the more popular midweek meetings of the season.
We have free tips for the best races on the card and we also preview the best races from Randwick.
Bendigo free tips & form
Race 1. (12:00) No Fuss Event Hire Maiden (1100m)
#6 – The Running Man @ $3.20 – BET NOW
We thought the three-year-old colt would be favourite for this, so punters are getting good value in the opening race on the card.
Robbie Griffiths lines up the son of Zoustar, which finished eighth behind Written By on debut before improving to finish second at Pakenham last time out. He will improve with that run under his belt and he looks a forward prospect for this.
$3.20 is a fair price and he could firm into favouritism.
Race 2. (12:30) Bendigo Museum Maiden (1400m)
#5 – Jawwaal @ $3.10 – BET NOW
Three consecutive second placings aren’t a good way to win over punters but he looks a good chance here to go one better.
The Lindsay Park-trained colt by Snitzel finished a half-length behind the winner at Morphettville last start and he maps better in this race with a senior ride in the saddle.
Drawing barrier two should see him settle on the speed and be tough to run down in the straight.
Race 3. (13:00) Rankins Catering BM64 (1400m)
#2 – Mr Genoa @ $2.75 – BET NOW
Darren Weir lines up the debut winner which scored impressively by 1.5 lengths. That came only at Northam, but he’s bred for speed and he could continue his winning run.
The son of Blackfriars faces much harder opposition here but there’s some confidence in the market and drawing barrier one only helps his chances.
His opening price of $3 has trimmed into $2.75 and he could start around the $2 mark, so take the value on offer.
Race 6. (14:45) bet365 BM78 (1100m)
#6 – Won Ball @ $3 – BET NOW
Did the job well enough last time out at Pakenham to continue following him here. The four-year-old gelding scored by just under a length and he gets some things in his favour.
The inside draw is ideal around this track and over this distance. He also thrives with confidence and he has shown in the past an ability to string wins together.
He’s still a worth in progress but the early signs are positive and he could continue his winning ways here.
Race 8. (16:00) Bendigo Cup (2400m)
#6 – Furrion @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Furrion was beaten on his merits in the Cranbourne Cup but he didn’t have much luck in the run to the line and we’re prepared for forgive that effort.
The Weir-trained three-year-old has been a model of professionalism, winning six of his eight starts and looking like a lightweight chance in the Melbourne Cup if he gets a start.
He will need to win this, however, but he has the ability to space his rivals here and post another win.
$2.20 is about as short as we would take but he drops in weight and that’s another bonus.
Randwick free tips and form
Race 2. (14:35) Tab BM64 (1100m)
#6 – Colombina @ $3.30 – BET NOW
The James Cummings-trained filly scored a tough win at Warwick Farm by a length last start and we can see that form carrying through to this race.
A daughter by Lonhro, Colombina took six starts to break through for her first win but she could continue on with it now. The confidence is up and she’s not facing an overly tough field here.
James McDonald rides and she should firm into clear favouritism come race day.
Race 4. (15:50) Tab Rewards BM70 (1550m)
#5 – Gretzky @ $2.70 – BET NOW
The four-year-old gelding hasn’t won this campaign but has looked close, especially last time out at Randwick when running second behind Sky Boy.
Sky Boy has since won last Saturday and that form is going to stack up nicely in midweek grade. He’s only a one-win type but the small field helps and there’s respect in the betting.
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Race 7. (17:50) Australian Turf Club BM70 (1100m)
#11 – Sophiella @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Winning races hasn’t come easy for trainer Bjorn Baker this season but he could get back into the winning groove with Sophiella here.
The each-way chance represents value at the price following a third placing at Wyong fresh up. That followed a trial win at Rosehill and she should have strengthened up nicely from that run.
$6.50 is a good price and that price has already firmed in from an opening quote of $7.