The fields might not be huge this Wednesday at both Canterbury and Mornington, but there are quality thoroughbreds across the cards and plenty of good betting opportunities.
Canterbury hosts an eight-race card where there are some handy spring types kicking off their campaigns and also some that are looking to regain their form before heading back to Saturday grade.
Racing returns to Mornington where even betting fields are the flavour of the day. With only one short-priced favourite for the day, value punters should have plenty of chances to make good money.
Canterbury Free Tips & Form
Race 1. (12:50) Pluck @ Vinery Handicap (1100m)
James Cummings lines up debut winner Beacon which lost no admirers when running second on this track last start.
The three-year-old by Lonhro won by a length on debut at Wyong and then tackled city class racing second up at Canterbury. He was unable to peg back Cudabeen on that occasion, but there was good merit in the run and he should improve from that.
The lack of pace in this race should play into his hands and as the betting suggests, he should be too strong for them late.
Race 3. (14:00) You’re In The Game Maiden (2040m)
Woman is a three-year-old filly on debut for the Waterhouse/Bott team and there is plenty of hype surround this runner.
She’s a daughter of Frankel and More Joyous, so there will naturally be plenty of attention headed towards the filly.
She looked impressive at the trials which caught our eye earlier this month and given that performance, her current odds are appealing.
We’re expecting in-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy to sit just off the pace and come with a late run.
Race 5. (15:10) Tab Are You In Handicap (1100m)
Chris Waller has spring ambitions with this four-year-old and she has plenty of improvement to come.
The daughter of Street Cry has won two from her eight starts, but she has finished second at every other start and that consistency is what punters look for.
Her placings have come behind the likes of Miss Debutante, Bonny O’Reilly and Memes, so that’s strong Saturday grade racing.
The danger is Nictock which is in fit order after three consecutive wins, but In Times of War gets the weight advantage and she’s heading to bigger and better things this spring.
Race 7. (16:20) Tab Handicap (1200m)
We were confident Mahalangur would run a good race in the Ming Dynasty last start and he didn’t disappoint.
The Hawkes-trained runner finished only 2.2 lengths behind the quality Addictive Nature and he will enjoy having more experience under his belt.
His debut win at Newcastle when scoring by 1.3 lengths over The Avenger has since been franked and the son of O’Reilly should run well at midweek level.
The early betting suggests he’s in for a good run and expect a win if the money comes late for the talented colt.
Mornington Free Tips & Form
Race 1. (12:25) Mornington Members Raceday Maiden (1000m)
Robert Smerdon-trained filly which didn’t fire on debut in the Widden Stakes at Rosehill, but this is a massive drop in grade and there have been good signs since.
The three-year-old put many lengths on her rivals in a recent trial and she looked impressive in her action.
The daughter of Star Witness attracted good attention on debut in the betting market, so there’s good natural speed there and she shouldn’t let punters down in the opening race on the card.
Race 3. (13:35) Norm Cove Handicap (2000m)
There was plenty to like about the run of Kilmacurragh last start at Sandown and he should improve with two runs under his belt this campaign.
The Hawkes runner ran second behind former New Zealand Derby entrant Night’s Watch, which has since won again, and that form should hold up well at this level.
His form before that placing included some good runs behind recent winner Wayanka and a win at Pakenham in rating 70 grade.
Having only seven runners in the field will help his chances and the odds are appealing.
Race 5. (14:45) Carol Campbell Handicap (2000m)
Dropping in grade after fighting well from in front at Sandown last start in rating 78 grade.
The Hayes/Dabernig-trained four-year-old is the fit runner of the field, having been in work since its debut earlier this year and she continues to run good races.
A daughter of Fastnet Rock, Blazers makes her own luck out in front and that makes her tough to beat over the concluding stages.
Dropping back in distance might switch her on a touch and if this field gives her a soft lead up front, she will be very tough to reel in late.
Race 8. (16:30) Edgell Bad Boys Handicap (1000m)
Quality type which gets in lovely on the weight scale.
The Smerdon-trained four-year-old scored a smart win at Sandown last start and her form prior was too strong for this level of racing.
She ran second behind Overstep at Flemington and she was able to produce back-to-back wins at Sandown earlier in the year.
She carried a much heavier weight to win last start and she has the race day fitness this spring to finish over the top of her rivals.