The premier midweek destinations take a break from racing this Wednesday as Ballarat and Hawkesbury feature two good punting cards.
Both meetings boast good records with producing Australia’s rising talent and punters should have no problem getting value with our best tips across both meetings this Wednesday.
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Ballarat free tips & form
Race 3. (17:30) Medical Edge Australian Maiden (1100m)
#14 – Roobeena @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up the two-year-old filly which finished a game second on debut at Flemington.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel finished 1.3 lengths behind Setsuna as a $10 chance and bookmakers have trimmed her odds up considerably for this run.
There’s a touch of concern with her odds drifting from $2.45 to $2.60, but there’s more value on offer now and the inside draw is only going to help her settle throughout the run.
This stable is firing with their juveniles and she should be right in the mix.
Race 4. (18:00) Craig’s Royal Hotel Maiden (1400m)
#3 – Caribbean Wonder @ $3.60 – BET NOW
There was plenty to like about the debut performance of Caribbean Wonder at Stawell.
The Nick Smart-trained colt finished a nose behind the seasoned Black Mosheen and form out of that race should stack up very well in maiden grades.
There was enough support on debut to suggest that he has good natural ability and bookmakers have been met with good action throughout the week.
After opening at $3.80, his price has firmed in to $3.60 and we’re expecting more action to come his way.
He’s another runner which gets the inside draw to his advantage.
Race 5. (18:30) Porter Plant BM64 (1600m)
#2 – Potentate @ $2.90 – BET NOW
Potentate drops back in grade after taking on the likes of Mr Churchill in rating 70 grade last start.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained talent has won and placed from his four career starts and his recent win at Werribee was enough to suggest that he would be winning again this preparation.
The son of Fastnet Rock has been given plenty of time to mature, having had six barrier trials and four race day starts.
That experience will help here and he could be tough to run down over the concluding stages.
Race 6. (19:00) Hygain Winner’s Choice BM64 (1200m)
#1 – Nat’s The Boss @ $5 – BET NOW
Nat’s The Boss was a multiple winner last season and there have been signs of encouragement so far this season.
The John Salantri-trained gelding has won or placed in eight of his 11 starts, which is great consistency and his run for sixth at Sandown last start has been franked.
That was taken out by Sohool, which was a winner at Flemington on Saturday and anything close to that form should take this five-year-old close to winning at value odds.
Race 8. (20:00) Hygain Winner’s Choice BM70 (1400m)
#2 – Kings Will Dream @ $2.35 – BET NOW
The second-up syndrome could come into effect for Kings Will Dream, but we were impressed with his win last start.
Darren Weir lines up the European import which scored by three lengths at Warrnambool at its Australian debut and he made short work of the field.
Rising in grade won’t make it easier, but he was a winner over the mile last year and the 1400m will suit nicely on this occasion.
Punters have shown confidence in the four-year-old.
Hawkesbury free tips & form
Race 2. (14:15) B & J Carroll 40th Anniversary C1 (1300m)
#2 – Commanding Witness @ $2.60 – BET NOW
The Waterhouse/Bott combination lines up Commanding Witness, which has been prepared with three trial runs this campaign.
A gelding by Star Witness, Commanding Witness has had three starts for a win and a placing. He was a winner on this track in July last year as a $1.90 favourite and punters are getting better odds this time around.
Drawing barrier eight could make it tricky, but expect the three-year-old to be sent forward and to be tough to run down.
Race 3. (14:50) Richmond Club Maiden (1100m)
#8 – Tarabai @ $3.20 – BET NOW
There is a $1.85 favourite in this race, but there has been better support for debutante Tarabai.
The Hawkes-trained filly has been prepared with three trial placings and the amount of money coming for her is a good sign.
She opened at $3.60 and has firmed in since to $3.20. Her trial form has included three close-up placings behind some nice types at Rosehill.
Carrying 55.5kg means that she gets a weight advantage over the majority of the field and it’s good to see Brenton Avdulla take the ride.
Follow the market movement with interest.
Race 4. (15:25) Easy Lane Provincial & Country Maiden (1100m)
#2 – Fifth Affair @ $2 – BET NOW
We’re not sure how Fifth Affair hasn’t won a race by now after 11 attempts, but that elusive success could come here.
The three-year-old has placed in five of her 11 starts and she has been taking on the likes of Al Ma Haha and Woman.
She should find this much easier and punters are confident with the daughter of Casino Prince. She opened at $2.25 and has come tumbling in to $2.
This is last chance saloon for Fifth Affair, but $2 is a fair price against this field.
Race 6. (16:45) Abax Contract Maiden (1500m)
#12 – Stella Victoria @ $2.60 – BET NOW
The odds for Stella Victoria have drifted from $2.45 to $2.60, but that’s largely due to drawing barrier 12.
David Payne lines up the three-year-old filly which has placed in eight of her 10 starts. Winning a race has been tough for the daughter of Foxwedge, but she has been facing tough fields.
Coming up short against the likes of Wooshka and Marble is form to be proud of and the other favoured runners in this field don’t have the best form.
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