There was some fantastic racing on the big stage last Saturday, but now we move onto midweek racing at Warwick Farm and Cranbourne.
We’re seeing more and more midweek winners taking on the Saturday-class thoroughbreds and punters have been able to identify which Wednesday performers are good enough to compete at stakes level.
There looks to be some stakes potential this Wednesday which should make it a great day on the punt.
Warwick Farm Free Tips & Form
Race 2. (13:25) Tabcorp Maiden Handicap (1100m)
The betting drift from $2.60 to $3 is a concern, but it’s tough to overlook the trial form of Nai’a.
The James Cummings-trained three-year-old scored an impressive trial win over subsequent debut winner Woman, which should stack up nicely this season.
The daughter of Lonhro gets Hugh Bowman in the saddle and which is a good sign and he only needs some luck from out wide to figure in the finish.
Punters should expect to see its current odds firm on race day.
Race 3. (14:00) Schweppes Maiden Plate (1400m)
Chris Waller lines up debutante Tangmere which is surprisingly paying a good price here, so we’ve opted for the place option.
He’s a colt by Frankel and Our Echezeaux which is good breeding to have, especially as it gets over more distance later this campaign.
He scored a trial win at Rosehill over a much shorter distance which as a very good sign moving forward and even though he’s not the top elect from the Waller stable, he could offer some value at nice odds.
Race 5. (15:10) Theraces Handicap (1200m)
Three-year-old filly which could have been unbeaten from three starts with a little bit of luck.
The Cummings-trained daughter of Sepoy scored wins at her first two starts before getting too far back in the run last start behind Vienna Romance.
Her first two wins included a two-length romp at Canterbury where she led the field. That’s the key to success here and drawing barrier two should allow her to settle close to the pace.
Jockey Brenton Avdulla is riding in great form and despite drifting in the market from $2.45 to $2.65, it looks the top winning chance.
Race 8. (16:55) Tab Handicap (1400m)
It’s always good to see a top-class thoroughbred receive attention in the betting and Regent has been smashed on the fixed odds tote.
Another quality colt from the Cummings stable, Regent was a good winner on debut before taking on a tough field in the Ken Russell Stakes at the Gold Coast where he finished only 2.4 lengths behind the winner.
He resumed this campaign with a placing behind Screamarr where he got too far back at Warwick Farm and having another start on this track will work perfectly.
He gets the inside draw to settle closer to the pace and it will only continue to firm in the market.
Cranbourne Free Tips & Form
Race 1. (12:25) Tab We Love a Bet Maiden (1000m)
Easy Beast would be odds-on had he not drawn barrier 16, but he has the barrier speed to find a good position in this race.
The Richard Laming-trained three-year-old finished third on debut behind Al Passem at Caulfield before running a narrow second at Bendigo.
He then took on a tough field at Caulfield where he again finished a close second behind Tycoon Dancer and that’s a good form guide for a midweek race.
The son of Super Easy will get a win soon and there’s a lack of experience in this field, so it could capitalise with some early luck.
Race 4. (14:10) Frankston Soil Maiden Plate (1400m)
Three-year-old colt on debut for Ciaron Maher and he’s got plenty to live up.
The son of Ocean Park and talented New Zealand mare Ruud van Slaats is bred for speed and bred to contest much harder races than this.
He hasn’t been to the trials which could be a concern, but he has been well-backed in the early markets and that’s a big positive.
The stable money has come and it could be worth following any strong market movement on race day.
Race 7. (15:55) Tab Cranbourne Cup 15/10/17 Handicap (1200m)
The four-year-old gelding couldn’t have been more impressive when winning at Cranbourne last start.
The Shea Eden-trained gelding won by four lengths in rating 70 grade and he backed up some strong form prior to that which included a placing behind Credible Witness.
His form has been steady throughout 2017 with back-to-back wins in June/July where he didn’t give his rivals a chance.
When he’s on song, he’s tough to beat and he likes to put margins on the field when he wins. Having another run at Cranbourne is ideal and he should be the testing material in a big field.
Race 8. (16:30) Browns Sawdust Handicap (1000m)
Two-time winner at this distance which is capable of running some quick times.
The four-year-old mare almost defeated a hot field last start at Sandown when getting downed by Motown Lil in the shadows of the post.
She ran in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes prior to that where she failed, but this is much easier and she has the ability to set a fast pace up front and kick strongly in the straight.
She won over this distance only five starts back and getting to the front from barrier three won’t be an issue.
Punters have come for it in the early betting which has seen her price drop from $4.40 to $3.40 and that should give punters all the confidence they need.