The road to the Golden Slipper has started for many of the top juvenile prospects this season and there’s some exciting types running this Wednesday.
Wyong and Mornington host quality betting races across the board and although the fields are slightly on the smaller side, they’re not lacking for quality.
The festive season isn’t far away so fill up your stockings with our best midweek tips this Wednesday.
Wyong free tips & form
Race 1. (14:00) Openshore Handicap (1000m)
#1 – Montreal @ $1.50 – BET NOW
The odds might be short to start the day at Wyong, but there will be plenty of punters looking to start the day with a 50 percent return on income.
Montreal is a Waterhouse/Bott-trained son of Lonhro which scored a quality debut win in 2016 before running fifth at Rosehill later that year.
He hasn’t been seen since, but he did score an impressive recent trial win and that suggests that he’s back to his best.
It’s not always easy to take the $1.50 on offer, but it could be a good early multi-bet play.
Race 3. (15:10) Potters Flooring Maiden Plate (1600m)
#3 – Enlightened Boy @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up this three-year-old gelding which hasn’t yet won or placed from four starts, but is knocking on the door.
The son of Smart Missile showed nothing on debut at Randwick in April, but has improved since in some stronger fields.
Owned by the powerful C.C. Lai, Enlightened Boy finished only 1.8 lengths behind the winner last start at Wyong and that track experience should do it some good here.
The field of only five will help and he should be in the thick of the action.
Race 4. (15:45) Wyong Equine Clinic Maiden (1350m)
#4 – Thrilled @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Thrilled has been knocking on the door of a win after three consecutive second placings.
The James Cummings-trained three-year-old finished a close second placing behind Pretty Fast, which is a fantastic form line for a midweek race.
A well-bred son of Exceed and Excel, Thrilled should enjoy the rise in distance and he should be working home the best.
Race 5. (16:20) Guardian Partners Handicap (1200m)
#6 – Zabeel’s Choice @ $3.80 – BET NOW
There has been some good specking for the filly by Snitzel, which will be ready to fire on debut.
The Bjorn Baker-trained three-year-old has been prepared for two consecutive trial wins and she showed a clean pair of heels on both occasions.
Out of a Zabeel mare, the filly looks to have staying blood as well as sprinting prowess and she should be tough to beat.
Race 7. (17:30) MDA Building Handicap (1600m)
#2 – Cajetan @ $2.35 – BET NOW
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained Cajetan rebounded from a shocking performance at Warwick Farm in June to score a narrow win at Gosford in November.
A son of Pierro, the gelding went to the front last time out at Rosehill and almost held on for the win. He was headed close to the line by Unforgiven and he’s at much shorter odds for this.
Midweek grade should be his go and we’re confident of a good performance.
Mornington form & free tips
Race 1. (13:00) Eliza Dry Cleaning Maiden (1500m)
#2 – Captain Harry @ $2 – BET NOW
Three-year-old colt Captain Harry produced a solid finish in a strong race last start at Ballarat and that form should be good for this.
Trained by Darren Weir, the three-year-old finished second in maiden grade prior to that and stepped up in grade to score another quality placing.
That form looks much stronger than his opposition he faces here and John Allen is a strong rider to have in the saddle.
Race 2. (13:35) Musk Creek Maiden (1600m)
#7 – Alnaas @ $1.65 – BET NOW
Lindsay Park lines up the talented Alnaas, which should have broken maiden grades by now.
The three-year-old filly finished third on debut as a $5 chance and was beaten again as the $2.40 favourite at Cranbourne last start.
Punters were expecting a much better performance last time out, but this looks an easier target and she stays at the same weight of 55kg this time around.
Craig Williams takes the ride which will help her chances.
Race 5. (15:20) Ron Hutchinson Turns Handicap (1500m)
#9 – She’s Popular @ $2.60 – BET NOW
The Savabeel filly was a smart winner on debut by 2.25 lengths before fading out of contention in the Red Roses at Flemington.
A well-bred type, the three-year-old then went to Sandown and finished a close-up second behind the talented Black and Tan.
That performance will see her winning another race very soon and she’s still paying a good price for value punters.
Race 8. (19:05) Frankston Suzuki Handicap (1200m)
#12 – Toy Boy @ $3.50 – BET NOW
Four-year-old gelding Toy Boy looks a strong each way chance following his last start win at Pakenham.
Trained by Greg Eurell, the son of Turffontein has competed against some of the best thoroughbreds in Melbourne, including Sweet Sherry, Eurack and See Me Fly.
His most recent effort was impressive as he was forced to sit wide throughout, but he pressed on around the outside of runners and persevered.
The sizable field shouldn’t be a problem as he has drawn well in barrier three and should get a nice trip in transit.