We are quietly confident about the chances of numerous chances at Canterbury and Sandown this Wednesday, which features some promising spring-type thoroughbreds.
Winter is slowing disappearing and punters get the chance to bet on better horses. We have form and expert tips for the best races across both cards this Wednesday.
Canterbury free tips & form
Race 1. (12:50) Tab Rewards Maiden (1550m)
#1 – I’m A Legend @ $2.45 – BET NOW
I’m A Legend has been torture for punters this season with three minor placings but he should be able to go close in this one.
The Les Bridge-trained three-year-old finished a close second as the favourite last start at Hawkesbury and it was good to see him winning a trial at Randwick in preparation for this.
His five placings from six starts show good consistency but it’s about time he crossed the line first.
Race 2. (13:25) Trent Hancock Maiden (1200m)
#5 – Smart Ain’t He @ $2.45 – BET NOW
Trying to live up to his name, the three-year-old has looked solid in two runs to date and the drop in class should help.
The son of Smart Missile finished third on debut behind subsequent winner Sweet Scandal before running third again behind Taygeta last time out. The form from those two races has stacked up nicely and we’re expecting a big move in the betting for this runner.
Race 3. (14:00) ATC Honours Hinchinbrook Maiden (1200m)
#2 – Danawi @ $2.40 – BET NOW
Heavily-backed on debut when running second, Danawi is back and we think it could be something better than average this preparation.
The two-year-old colt ran as a $2.50 chance on debut at Randwick and we can’t blame him for running second to subsequent Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun. It was, in hindsight, a great run to finish second and he will only be harder to beat with fitness under the belt.
We thought he would be at even-money in the betting so the $2.45 represents value.
Race 4. (14:35) Dawn Approach At Darley BM75 (1900m)
#4 – Raqeeq @ $2.65 – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up the four-year-old French import which has shown some signs of improvement in Australia, most notably his run for second behind stablemate Vaucluse Bay last start.
The son of Champs Elysees ran within a neck of the winner and although we’re surprised to see him dropping back in distance, he did win over the mile at Warwick Farm during his first Australian preparation.
The betting will indicate his chances but consider the $2.65.
Race 6. (15:45) Sydney Sprint (1100m)
#8 – Almanzora @ $2.80 – BET NOW
This filly has a stakes-race win in her and the form she showed last campaign would back those claims.
The James Cummings-trained three-year-old scored a 1.5-length win on debut at Warwick Farm before running fifth behind Group 1 winner Shoals at Randwick. That was followed by a fourth in the Woodlands Stakes at Scone behind Debonairly and that form is tops for this.
Her most recent trial was a nose margin behind Siege Of Quebec and she’s ticking along nicely. Having Hugh Bowman in the saddle helps her chances and we thought she would start below $2.
Race 7. (16:20) Vale Noel Bracks Sprint BM77 (1200m)
#6 – Smartedge @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Smartedge lost no admirers when running second behind Star Of Monsoon at Rosehill last start and we’re confident he can get back in the winners’ enclosure.
The Snowden-trained three-year-old hasn’t won since December at Kembla Grange but he has faced quality opposition throughout his career and deserves the utmost respect back in midweek company.
He could end the card on a high note for punters.
Sandown free tips & form
Race 2. (12:25) Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1000m)
#1 – Kinky Boom @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up the two-year-old which was a brilliant 1.8-length winner on debut before running in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes where she was outclassed and a touch unlucky.
The filly by Spirit Of Boom returns here for her second campaign and although she hasn’t been seen in any public trials, she should be able to handle a midweek-graded race.
$4.20 has been bet in from an opening quote of $4.80 and she should start much shorter.
Race 4. (13:35) Clanbrooke Racing BM64 (1300m)
#2 – Holy Command @ $4 – BET NOW
The Mick Price-trained runner is seeking three consecutive wins after winning at Geelong and Cranbourne earlier this season.
That form should be good enough to see the gelding fighting out the finish in what is an even field.
His opening odds have been trimmed in from $4.60 to $4 and he should be well-supported on the day.
Race 5. (14:10) Ladbrokes Multiverse BM64 (1000m)
#9 – Our Regal Warrior @ $2.05 – BET NOW
That was an emphatic win from Our Regal Warrior last start at Geelong and a repeat could be on the cards this week.
The Matt Cumani-trained three-year-old blitzed his rivals by seven lengths and although he’s facing a harder field here, punters had to be impressed with the effort.
Drawing barrier four should ensure jockey Dean Holland gets a nice run in transit and the $2.05 won’t last long.
Race 7. (15:20) Polytrack BM84 (1700m)
#2 – Another Coldie @ $3.10 – BET NOW
Another Coldie will appreciate the drop in grade after running at Moonee Valley, Flemington and Caulfield at his last three starts.
Trained by Darren Weir, the six-time winner relishes dry tracks and he was only 1.4 lengths behind a nice type at Caulfield last start.
He should be competitive against this field and loom into the race around the home turn.