The Melbourne Spring Carnival might be over but that doesn’t mean racing comes to a stop. Midweek racing action comes to us from Bendigo and Hawkesbury this Wednesday.
We have found the best bets and value runners from both meetings and there are some improving types in action.
Bendigo free tips & form
Race 1. (13:00) Mypunter Maiden Plate (1600m)
#3 – Suburbia @ $2.70 – BET NOW
The three-year-old colt by O’Reilly didn’t open as the favourite for this, which is a touch surprising, but punters can get the value on offer.
Trained by the Maher/Eustace stables, the talented type finished fourth on debut behind Mickey Blue Eyes and that’s Group 1 form. He then followed that up with a third placing on the same track and he’s heading in the right direction.
We’re expecting the $2.70 to drop throughout the week.
Race 2. (13:35) Jayco Super Maiden (2400m)
#5 – Mutanaaseq @ $3.30 – BET NOW
The colt by Snitzel isn’t bred to be running over the staying distances but that was a handy run behind Zapurler last start and that’s stakes-racing form.
His run prior to that came at Ballarat when running sixth behind Grinzinger Star, which ran in the VRC Derby at Flemington. Although he was well-beaten in both runs, he has plenty of upside and meeting easier opposition helps.
Race 5. (15:20) The Big Screen Company BM64 (1100m)
#5 – Starvirgo @ $2.65 – BET NOW
Anthony Freedman lines up the nicely-bred son of Zoustar, which has been having a lot of success this season.
Starvirgo has been in the money in all three starts this campaign, which included a win two-back at Geelong when scoring by a nose. He has bookended that win with two second placings and he looms as a serious winning chance in this.
This is an even and tough field but he has upside and deserves to be the current favourite.
Race 6. (15:55) Midland Irrigation C1 Handicap (1400m)
#6 – Mr Genoa @ $4.80 – BET NOW
That was a strange run from the three-year-old last start when running last of five runners as the $2.25 favourite at Bendigo, but we’re prepared to give him another chance.
The Darren Weir-trained gelding was a classy winner on debut at Northam by 1.5 lengths and he’s much better than what he showed last start.
Faces a tough field here but we’re prepared to give him another chance given the nice odds on offer.
Race 8. (17:05) Ace Training BM70 (1300m)
#7 – Wassergeist @ $5 – BET NOW
There have been many runners well-fancied in this market but Wassergeist has been running in good form races and could be a touch underrated here.
The son of Fastnet Rock finished a close fifth two-back at Mornington behind Sirius Suspect, which has subsequently run well on the final day at Flemington. He backed that run up with another good showing at Pakenham last start and his form bodes well for this.
$5 is a good price and having Michael Walker in the saddle helps.
Hawkesbury free tips and form
Race 1. (13:25) Claredon Tavern BM64 (2000m)
#2 – Quality Approach @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Quality Approach is coming off a 2.4-length defeat at Randwick last start but drops right back in grade for this and his efforts prior were a good guide for this.
He was a 1.5-length winner at Kilmore prior to coming to New South Wales and the rise in distance to 2000m looks ideal for the son of Dawn Approach.
Barrier 1 is another positive and he looks tough to beat at the short price.
Race 2. (14:00) Robert Oatley Wines Maiden (1000m)
#9 – Rosina Kojonup @ $4.20 – BET NOW
We’re not sure what’s going on in the Bjorn Baker stables but the drop off in form is concerning. That being said, we’re confident his three-year-old filly can do the job against a competitive field here.
The three-year-old filly by Shamus Award finished a disappointing ninth on debut at Scone in May before taking a lengthy spell. She has been primed with two recent trial wins, including one at Rosehill and that has to be good form for this.
It’s a big betting stable so any positive moves in the market would be welcomed.
Race 4. (15:10) Easy Lane Maiden (1300m)
#10 – Sizzling Ace @ $2.90 – BET NOW
The form of Sizzling Ace doesn’t appear to be very good at face value but the Chris Waller-trained filly has some sizzling form lines coming into this.
She finished fourth behind Zousain at Doomben before running third behind Lean Mean Machine. She then ran ninth behind potential champion The Autumn Sun and that’s Group 1-winning form throughout her campaign.
A touch average last start at Warwick Farm but the weight drop helps here and she should go close.
Race 7. (16:55) Hawkesbury Members BM64 (1600m)
#6 – Wolfe @ $2.75 – BET NOW
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott line up the three-year-old gelding which looked impressive when winning by 2.3 lengths on debut.
Running as a $10 chance, the son of Novellist made easy work of the field at Kembla Grange and faces a harder field here, but it’s a good sign to see the money coming for him. He opened at $3.40 and has already been backed into $2.75.
Respect the move and his chances.